View Full Version : Big controversy coming up involving NFL Network ?

11-12-2007, 10:44 AM
The network is scheduled to carry the Packers @ Cowboys game on Thursday
night, Nov. 29 and many Cable/Satellite service providers don't offer the NFL Network among their selection of TV channels.
I happen to have AT&Ts U-Verse which has the Network, so I can get it along with the Texans game in December when the Broncos are in town.
But this is one of the reasons I left TW, which was replaced by Comcast here in Houston. They didn't offer the Network then, do they now ?
But the Packers/Cowboys game could be huge and the crap may hit the fan for those cable companys not offereing the NFL Network and therefor that very big game.

11-12-2007, 10:46 AM
edit: nevermind.

the cable companies are being pretty bad about this.

11-12-2007, 10:48 AM
edit: nevermind.

the cable companies are being pretty bad about this.
Not according to ESPNs schedule.

11-12-2007, 11:39 AM
Well, I must say that that's no good for the people who don't have NFL network. In general, I feel bad for NFL fans without this channel; it's the only channel I watch (besides the news).

11-12-2007, 12:01 PM
edit: nevermind.

the cable companies are being pretty bad about this.

Actually no they are not. maybe you need to do some research and actually learn what the problem the cable companies have with this.

This is from 2006 - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116347066760722270.html?mod=hpp_us_editors_picks

"The NFL is asking a very stiff price when you consider the network is currently unrated," says Time Warner Cable spokesman Mark Harrad, whose company boasts 13.5 million subscribers in 33 states. He adds that the network would jump to the fourth-priciest Time Warner carries, despite airing its marquee programming only six weeks a year. Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN is the most expensive cable network, charging operators in the neighborhood of $3 a subscriber each month.

With Time Warner, Cablevision and other companies that the network has yet to strike a deal with, the league hasn't only insisted on its high price, but also pushed to keep it part of its standard cable package, which doesn't charge subscribers premium fees to get the network. The NFL is in a legal battle with the nation's largest cable company, Comcast Corp., over the channel being in a special tier of sports channels. Cox Communications Inc. will continue showing the games on a special tier for digital-cable subscribers, but neither company will comment on how they worked out such an arrangement."

2007 - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118756679294202415.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

As football season approaches, the cable industry is gang-tackling a fledgling network created by the powerful National Football League.

Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. are refusing to carry the NFL Network, launched in 2003, on the league's terms. Charter Communications Inc., whose controlling shareholder owns the Seattle Seahawks, stopped carrying the network in late 2005 because of a contract dispute. Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable operator, yanked the NFL Network out of millions of homes after a bitter battle. The NFL tried to stop Comcast by suing, but lost. The case is now on appeal.

Oct 2007 - http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/other/10/23/1023cable.html

"It is too expensive. It doesn't make sense for our business," said Ron McMillan, Time Warner's Texas vice president for government affairs, who added that increases in programming fees are the main factors behind rising cable subscriber rates.

The NFL Network says it is asking cable operators to pay "about 2 cents a day per subscriber" for its programming, which amounts to just more than $7 a year. The cable companies counter that they would rather put the NFL Network in a special programming tier aimed primarily at sports fans.

On Monday, the cable operator made what it described as a new offer in its two-year negotiations with NFL Network. The network could charge customers whatever it wants to cable customers who want to watch the games, and the cable company would simply pass the charge on to its customers.

NFL Network dismissed the offer out of hand.

"That is a proposal?" asked network spokesman Seth Palansky. "It's a desperate gimmick."


This shows what it would cost the cable company per month per customer, no matter if they want the channle or not. I think it would cost over $1.60 per month in my house. Just counting degital box receivers, and not the regular cable hook ups.

The NFL is doing what Microsoft was accussed of doing and was found guilty of. They are trying to extort money from the cable companies and using fans passions against fair business practices. Now I would pay a few bucks for NFL Network but of course I think Cable companies would in-turn try and gouge the customers, so it is a double edged sword at this point.