wstegemann wrote back in late August:
Totally get where you're coming from. It's a rights issue and it's being worked on. Hope to have news on this in the near future.
How long can this possibly take? How is it that 120 other rights distributors have negotiated this with ESPN but DirecTV has not? DirecTV has in the past called itself the #1 sports provider. Clearly not. I don't think the argument that ESPN doesn't negotiate mid-contract holds water. But just in case it does/did, I wrote directly to DirecTV back on 9/15/14 and specifically asked when their agreement with ESPN was due to be renegotiated. Of course their reply was "unable to comment". I'd really be torked at this point for it not for my cable provider (Cox) allowing ESPN3 to stream to at least my PCs. But of course nothing to cell phones, tablets, or Roku devices, even while they're operating in my residence.
Does anybody have a clue when this will be settled one way or another?
I have been inquiring for about two years now regarding Watch ESPN. Just recently inquired about the Fox Sports App too. Would have been nice to watch MLB playoffs for NL. At least I watched AL playoffs on TBS. More than rights issue... Someone mentioned it won't be discussed until next contract. My contract with DirecTV runs out in February 2015. My cable company provides this option. I am seriously considering the switch. I somehow don't think all of the other providers waited until contract renewal time. Changes to contracts are made all of the time...why not now? if that's the case.
As has been stated multiple times complete with links to proof of it, Disney will NOT provide access to the Watch apps outside of the renewal of the contract. Prior to 2010 ESPN3 was an ISP only product called ESPN 360, last time DirecTV renewed their contract that didn't even exist. Most ISPs made deals for ESPN 360 and later ESPN3, but for whatever reason Time Warner and their lapdog Bright House along with Optimum restrict it to those with TV subscriptions. Maybe you should be asking Time Warner why are they blocking you from accessing ESPN3, something internet only subscribers of providers like Comcast, Verizon, Cox and Charter have no problem accessing.
Wouldn't the whole "renegotiate" argument have lost validity when they negotiated for the SEC Network? It was an ADD without renegotiation.
My thoughts are that DirecTV is not overly interested in paying much of anything for it, as it is no value to them - allows you to watch content without using their hardware.
I have been a subscriber for YEARS, but this kind of thing frustrates me with them. DISH is getting a leg up on them more and more with this kind of thing - but I'll go back to cable before I go DISH.
Another US Open Tennis Championship! And as much as Direct TV touts their multiple court feature, now as we get into the second week, the multiple court features expire and the bigger networks control what feeds are broadcast. So now major 4th round and QFs and probably SFs are going to take place simultaneously and they are going to say, go to ESPN3 for the action. I've been with Century Link as ISP for years. I have requested repeatedly that they provide ESPN streaming media. At one time they said they hoped to get a contract, but that was 3 years ago. This last time they said it was a problem with ESPN. I'm seeking a response from Direct to find out which ISPs in the Portland area will bundle that can provide me with ESPN 3. I now have Smart TV and would REALLY like to take advantage of the technology and have gotten tired of getting dismissed. I've been loyal and patient for so long and have expressed willingness to pay extra for access to the streaming media. The lack of movement on this issue makes me wonder is this just a problem for myself and about seven other people who appear on this post? Because if that's the case Century Link, Direct TV, and whoever powers that be will not miss our $ at the end of the month when we figure out a way to drop them.
Actually there are more. I have Charter Communications and they have ESPN3.com. I have watched several games already. Charter also has WatchESPN, therefore changing providers would help me out with what I want to do.
DirecTV is a great company...but my last discussion they were trying to push me towards Genie, which I do not want to do. ESPN and DirecTV just need to work it out soon.
We've been with Directv for 1.5 years so far. At 3 months I find out they don't have Pac12 channel, because they cannot negotiate an agreement. Just last week I tried to use WatchESPN and find again Directv can not solve negotiation issues. Now I'm watching Walking Dead and in the middle of the show AMC rolls an announcement that their contract is in jeopardy due to stalls in negotiations. If there had only been one negotiation issue I wouldn't be so concerned, but the problems are stacking up. for my watching purposes, Directv programming is becoming seriously compromised. I will be considering other options when our contract is up.
AMC's contract still has over 6 months, they just have a record breaking show that is giving them leverage to ask for more money from consumers for their programming. If you think changing providers will get you away from contract negotiations, you are wrong. SuddenLink is without Viacom programming right now, and DISH is currently without Turner channels (TNT, TBS, TMC, TruTV, etc). Negotiations happen with every company, if you fall into the broadcaster issue and change companies over a negotiation, you will lose in the end, because the other company will come into negotiations as well.
You make the comment that "if you fall into the broadcaster issue and change companies over a negotiation, you will lose in the end." All I can say is this, I was with AT&T uVerse for six years. I switched to Direct TV because they had the NFL Sunday Ticket. I assumed I would still get all the other stuff that made me happy at uVerse. I was WRONG. You know the saying, the grass is always greener...Before switching, I got all the things you folks are asking about, including Watch ESPN. Now all i can do is hope that one day.... Believe me, after my CONTRACT is up I'll be leaving DTV faster than you can say "seeya!!!!!!!!!!!"
I have been a Directv customer for more than 12 years but, as they continue to fall behind the competition, it is becoming harder it is to remain loyal. When my friends and neighbors who have Comcast or Dish can stream many times more channels on their devices than Directv, access major apps like FOXSportsGo and WatchESPN, and have thousands more on-demand choices, it is hard to see any advantage, other than a very expensive Sunday Ticket package, in staying with Directv. Like many Americans, my television viewing has changed and I watch a lot of programs and sports events on my phone and tablet. Directv is the worst provider in my area for that. I don't care why Directv can't get a deal done to support apps like FOXSportsGo and WatchESPN or why they have minimal out-of-home streaming and on demand options. All I know and care is Directv does not offer this support or services. As much as I would like to continue with Directv, my loyalty ends when I'm expected to be content with an inferior product. Hopefully Directv is able to step it up before my agreement with them expires in May or I will be looking elsewhere for my television provider. If it comes to that, hopefully the grass is greener on that side of the fence.
Other providers are catching up to DirecTV in the sports department. They better hurry and make a move. Not having Dodger Baseball is making me considering leaving after having them since 1998. NFL Sunday Ticket is great, but football itself is becoming soft, and with good reason, with all the concussion reports and other injuries. May not be as popular in a few years, if rule changes keep doing what they are doing to the current game, not to mention the players run ins with the law. Bottom line to me is it makes no sense to pay what I'm paying if I'm not getting the programming I want, others do provide it.
It is has been reported and discussed for a long time now the earliest Directv customers would be able to access all of the channels on WatchESPN (along with WatchABC, WatchABC Family, Disney, Disney Jr, Disney XD) on mobile and streaming devices would be when Directv and Disney negotiated a new agreement. Does anyone have a clue if these negotiations are taking place?
I would like to get that answer too. I thought the Disney Contract ran out the last of this month. You would think somebody at Directv could at least say when the contract expires. I'm really frustrated over the lack of having WatchESPN and SECN+ networks. I have already missed several SEC basketball games that were on SECN+. This kind of reminds me of the different SEC sporting events that we missed out on when CSS was still in existence.
Here are all the providers that allow you to watch ESPN on your mobile but DirecTV does not. I've been a subscriber for about 15 years and I can't tell you how much it bums me out to miss so many games because I have DirecTV and not one of these providers:
3 Rivers Communications
Algona Municipal Utilities
All West Communications
Ashland Home Net
Baldwin Telecom, Inc.
Bardstown Cable TV
Bay Country Communications
Bay Creek Communications
Beaver Valley Cable
Blue Ridge Communications
Brandenburg Telephone Co.
Bright House Networks
Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
Cable Services Inc.
Cable TV of East Alabama
Cable TV of Stanton
Cedar Falls Utilities
Celect-Bloomer Telephone Area
Celect-Bruce Telephone Area
Celect-Citizens Connected Area
Celect-Elmwood Spring Valley Area
Celect-West WI Telephone Area
Chesapeake Bay Communications
Chippewa Valley Cable
Cim-Tel Cable, LLC.
Citizens Cablevision - Floyd, VA
Citizens Cablevision, Inc.
Citizens Telephone Corporation
Clarence Telephone and Cedar Communications
Clinton Cable Inc.
CML Telephone Cooperative Association
Coaxial Cable TV
Colo Telephone Company
Columbia Power & Water Systems
Community Communications Company
Crestview Cable Communications
CTC - Brainerd MN
Cunningham Telephone & Cable
Dakota Central Telecommunications
Delta Telephone Company
Direct Communications Cable
Duo County Telecom
East Arkansas Cable TV
EATEL Video, LLC
Emery Telcom Video LLC
Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation
EPB Fiber Optics
Fayetteville Public Utilities
Flint River Communications
Frankfort Plant Board
Franklin Telephone Company
GBT Communications, Inc.
Glasgow Electric Plant Board
Glenwood Telecommunications LLC.
Golden West Cablevision
Great Plains Communications
Harlan Municipal Utilities
Hart Communications, Inc.
Heart of Iowa Communications Cooperative
Hickory Telephone Company
Highland Communication Services
Hinton CATV Co.
HomeTel Entertainment, Inc.
Hood Canal Communications
Hope - Prescott Cable TV
Horizon Cable TV, Inc.
HTC Communications, Inc. - IA
Innovative Cable TV St Croix
Innovative Cable TV St Thomas-St John
Inside Connect Cable
Interstate Telecommunications Coop
Kalida Telephone Company, Inc.
Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company
Kuhn Communications Inc.
Laurel Highland Total Communications
Limestone Cable / Bracken Cable
Longview - Kilgore Cable TV
Lost Nation-Elwood Telephone Co.
Madison County Cable Inc.
Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Company
McClure Telephone Company
Merrimac Communications Ltd.
MTA Communications, LLC
Mulberry Telephone Company
Muscatine Power and Water
Nebraska Central Telecom, Inc.
Nelson Telephone Cooperative
Nemont Communications Inc
North Central Telephone Cooperative
Norwood Light Broadband
Opelika Power Services
OTEC Communication Company
Park Region Telephone & Otter Tail Telcom
Paul Bunyan Communications
Pembroke Telephone Company
Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative
Pine Bluff Cable TV
Pottawatomie Telephone Co.
Red River Rural Telephone Association
Reedsburg Utility Commission
Resort TV Cable
River Valley Telecommunications Coop
RMA Broadband & Cable TV
Rock Port Cablevision
RTC Communication Corp
SCI Broadband-Savage Communications Inc.
Scottsboro Electric Power Board
Service Electric Cablevision
Service One Cable TV dba Clear Choice
Sherwood Mutual Telephone Association, Inc.
Silver Star Communications
South Central Rural Telephone Cooperative
South Holt Cablevision
South Slope Cooperative Communications
Spencer Municipal Utilities
SRT Communications, Inc.
Sumner Cable TV
Surry TV PCSI TV
Sweetwater Cable Television Co
Tahlequah Cable TV
TCT West, Inc.
The Community Agency
Time Warner Cable
Tri County Communications Cooperative
Troy Cablevision, Inc.
Tullahoma Utilities Board
***** Telephone Company
USA Communications/Shellsburg, IA
Venture Communications Cooperative, Inc.
Volcano Vision, Inc.
Wabash Mutual Telephone Company
West Carolina Communications
West Central Telephone Association
West River Cooperative Telephone Company
Western Iowa Networks
White County Cable TV
Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
WTC Communications, Inc
I appreciate you posting this list. It makes the situation even more disheartening when I look at the list of all the providers that do support the WatchESPN app. I've read all the reasons why Directv doesn't support WatchESPN but that doesn't change the fact that Directv is the only major provider that does not support the WatchDisney family of apps that includes WatchESPN and millions of Directv customers are unable to watch programming on what is a popular service.