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Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 9:50 a.m. MDT

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jpjazz
Sandy, UT

I just read the open letter to the Pac12 Fan's "writing to inform our fans that we do not have a distribution agreement with DirecTV"... at least not for tonight and maybe not for the entire season.

I'm tired of being held hostage to the Cable contract negotiations, "Call your cable provider", "Switch to Dish", "Switch to Comcast" !

It's not my responsibility to negotiate on behalf of the University of Utah or the PAC 12. Having switched providers twice during the Mountain fiasco, only to receive a high school production, this time we have "cut the cable". No more cable or satellite until I have the power to choose what media I watch and when I watch it.

In the meantime, the money saved will easily pay for a scalped ticket or two or give me the time to do something better with my evening hours.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@jpjazz

I respectfully disagree. While I'm disappointed that a satellite deal is not in place, it's very typical behavior of Dish and DirecTV to play this cat and mouse game.
Bottom line is this - though disappointing, I give props to Larry Scott and the gang for holding out to get the right deal in place. The last thing you want to do is play into the satellite providers hands by being too desperate ... desperation results in the end user having to pay too much.
So just as the Pac 12 has advised, if you're on satellite, now is the time to call and cancel your service. Make sure you get them to the point where they are offering you the world to stay, but then say SORRY, STILL LEAVING ... GET ME THE PAC 12 NETWORK.
Once satellite providers have the network, switch back ... it's not hard to switch and you'll still be offered the world when you return.
I see nothing wrong with assisting the conference I'm a fan of to get the right deal in place. Be patient folks ... it will happen (probably by the time USC plays Cal for obvious reasons).

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree and disagree. Directv should get on the bandwagon. But, is Mr Scott and the PAC12 demanding too much money? I would like to know the financial terms between Directv and the Big10 network. This new agreement should be about the same.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

motorbike

Good points, I have had both Dish and DTV, with a DVR, they require a 2 year agreement. So switching is not an easy or painless process. All I know is that I am now a free agent and it feels great!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Agree and agree.

It's true that we don't know the numbers being discussed, so it's a valid point that if it's the Pac 12 being too greedy then yeah, we the user should be upset.

I also forgot that satellite companies have contracts ... forgive me, it's been a while since I had DirecTV.

Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

Open letter to the PAC 12.

I'll be happy to switch to Comcast just as soon as I receive your check to reimburse me the cost of cancelling my newly signed two-year agreement with DirectTV.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

(Supposed) Ufan - why would you sign a two year agreement with a provider that can't provide you with the content you desire? That sounds as effective as trying to adjust the rabbit ears on your TV hoping to tune in ESPN over the air.

sammyg
Springville, UT

PAC 12 in full panic mode!

The situation is worse than even what I imagined...

From Jon Wilner - San Jose Mercury News - 'Pac-12 Networks: DirecTV, Comcast and Cox; the league’s letter to fans; and a list of providers'

In addition to the 'letter' to DirectTV this was mentioned.

"Comcast and Cox are two of the Pac12Nets’ founding partners, along with Time Warner and Bright House, and they have thus far refused to provide Pac-12 National on a sports tier in many regions outside the league’s footprint, including Washington D.C./Northern Virginia, where there are thousands of Pac-12 fans."

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

SoonerUte

Hasn't the PAC 12 been claiming for over a year that the PAC Net would been televised nationwide and hasn't the conference been claiming for weeks that the PAC Net was on the verge of signing an agreement with DirectTV?

Less than an hour from kickoff, and the first game schedule for the PAC Net ISN'T going to be on satellite. How much weight can we give to all of the other projections and promises we've heard from the PAC 12, when they've failed miserably on their first attempt?

PAC NET = The MTN 2.0

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@sooner ute

"Ufan - why would you sign a two year agreement with a provider that can't provide you with the content you desire"

Maybe he'd read motorbike procaiming that "A DEAL IS EMMINENT" with dish network? Sadly it appears he believed him.

EMBO23
Riverton, UT

Don't switch to COMCAST. Their product is terrible (except their high-speed internet) and you'll regret the downgrade in overall quality.

Go to a restaurant or to a sports bar or to a friend's home.

1Infidel
APO, AE

Gotta enjoy all those PAC-12 benefits - no TV, bewildered referees - guess the BYU threads will be inundated by bored Ute trolls who will be commenting (or ranting) on the games they can see....

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Sounds like the Mountain West Network all over again. I bet Scott was trying to do the same thing Thompson was doing, getting the conference network on basic packages. So in essence Scott is saying, "Hey we have a great product, put us on your system for (cue Adam Sandler) frrreeeeeeee. Direct TV response, "Uhm, here's another thought, you could pay us for our services. That's sorta of why we are a business."

Scott and Craig Thompson both have graduated from the "hold your fan base hostage" bargaining school. Direct TV wants more compensation than just promises that fans will sign up for their service.

bradleyc
Layton, UT

BYU is on Dish. BYU is on Direct TV. BYU is on Comcast. WOW! Independence is looking better all the time. Oh and we beat a PAC 12 School on opening night. Washington state was also on Dish, Direct Tv and Comcast. Life is good.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Use to work for directv and this is stupid. I remember they pull the plug on some channels for nonsense reason and directv would say comcast did it or disagree in some things like money. And how about this, "Exlusive Rights" and blame it on FCC people. That is why I careless about those two things. Welcome to cable wars!

BYU Deek
Spanish Fork, UT

Directv is in no way interested in Negotiating with Comcast. Directv probably offered a fair deal to the Pac12, but surprise. . . surprise. . . They didn't take it. Hmmm, seems like an ongoing trend here. The Pac12 and first offers don't do so well. Good thing the Utes were part of the second offer when it came to expansion, or were they third?
The bottom line is this, Pac12 fans are complacent. They don't care about football the same that SEC fans, Big12 fans, B1G fans do. The fans on the left coast are too busy hugging trees to care about whether or not their football channel is on the Directv. If the SEC came out with a channel and Directv refused to carry it, then you would see an uproar. The simple fact that the Pac12 had to remind its fans that directv isn't carrying their channel is telling me that Pac12 fans just don't care. We're used to it though, most Ute fans only care if BYU loses in the first place, and they get BYUtv for free. . . why care about the Pac12 network?

zaal
Boulder, CO

DirecTV kinda sucks now. Putting their money in front of their fans .

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