Having pieced together information from various sources, it appears the Pac-12 and DirecTV are close to a carriage deal.http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2012/08/21/pac-12-networks-updates-on-directv-and-coxcomcast-neuheisels-debut-and-the-objectivity-issue/
Does that mean an agreement in the next few hours … or days … or next week? I’m not sure of the exact timing. And as with any negotiation, last-minute snags are always possible.
But it sure seems like only that — a last-minute snag — will prevent the two sides from reaching a deal prior to the start of the football season.
As I posted to the folks over on Charter's facebook page yesterday, the Pac 12 Networks train is moving out with DirecTV on board and Charter should not be left at the station! I got their usual canned response.
Be sure to read the "comments" to Wilner's blog because they are as informative as the blog posting !
USC Trojan Honk in his comments to this post writes the following:
In response to another request to Charter regarding the Pac-12 Network, customer rep John Mattingly this time has used another prepared statement that compared to the others we have read, offers some positive feedback: (NOTE: Notice the last sentence)
"We are interested in carrying the PAC-12 Network in a manner that takes into account the best interests of our customers. The latest terms offered by the PAC-12 Network require Charter to provide programming to our customers at an increased cost. We do appreciate your interest in our programming and hope to have the network for you soon. "
Hmmm...the word "soon" has been the most positive comment made since any of the various "canned" responses have been posted.
That is good news!