The Number One Ranked team in College Football will be playing another team ranked in the top 25 this Saturday, and nobody with Cable Service in the away team’s town will be able to watch the game at home. No one will be able to rationally explain how this situation benefits the provider of the content, or the entity that hosts content. Second one first; The content host (hereafter known as Charter) does not benefit one bit, in fact they may lose business if customers realize they can switch to the Dish to receive the content they want. First one second the content provider (hereafter known as the Big Ten Network) doesn’t benefit greatly by situation, because instead of reaching 150,000 people they profit from maybe 5,000 subscritions, as every tavern owner in Dane County will want to ensure that when folks can’t watch the game at home, they can go to their neighborhood bar to see the game. Now who sells the HD receivers and gets to charge the Big Bucks for a commercial use Content Package? DishNetwork + Direct TV but not Charter. How many recievers do taverns use? Two? Three? Six? Ten? How can Charter afford to pass on that market share? I don’t even care. I’m just going to the bar, and I’m going to try real hard not to drink, because after Ohio State and Wisconsin play, I have to go to work to earn the money to pay the cable bill for the TV package that doesn’t carry the game I had to spend the cable money at the bar to see. Did you follow that? So, you see, the real winners in this situation are satellite TV providers, bar owners and bartenders. So when you don’t find the game on your TV at home, get out to the bar and watch the game with every other sucker that shells out $$$ every month for 12 decent channels, and 60 $#!+^& ones, and then when its all over, go home and write a nice polite letter to Charter Communications telling them they can ditch all the programming on the basic tier above channel 75, the Golf Channel, the Fashion Network, and Fox News, and give us the Big Ten Network instead.
Counter point by T-Bone