This broke yesterday in the WSJ and was confirmed today. Surprised it hasn't made the Board, but now it has:
Basically, details are that it will encompass ESPN (etc.) and FS1 (etc.). Price is thought to be about $40, but I wouldn't put much stock in that, especially if NBC signs on, which is still possible, even likely.
Also note that BTN is a partnership with Fox, so it isn't hard to see how it could be bundled in as well, or as an add-on. Given the Big Ten's recent deal with Fox Sports and the likelihood that the rest of the non-BTN games will go to ABC/ESPN, the bottom line is the whole Michigan Football schedule could be available in one package, beyond local cable/fiber, sort of.
Ars Technica had a short summary yesterday (some of the reader comments are interesting), the last paragraph of which gets to the inner dynamic here:
What makes this Hulu service so interesting is that traditional cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable are customers of Disney, Fox, and other TV networks. By licensing live content out to a digital service, Disney and Fox would essentially be competing with its biggest customers. This move only underlines how the cable industry is struggling to offer options for everyone that combine the best content with the best prices and meet the needs of those consumers who are watching more video online than ever before.
I don't think it is surprising that bundling will survive. This is a direct consequence of virtually all programming being owned by just a few companies.
Same old, same old.
Interesting list....Pretty suprised where a few coaches have landed.
As reported before, the CoFoPoff semis (Peach & Fiesta Bowls) will be played on Saturday 12/31/16. The big change now is ESPN moving the Gator and Citrus Bowls to Saturday 12/31 with an 11 AM EST kickoff time. The Outback, Cotton, Rose, and Sugar Bowls will remain on their traditional date, Monday, January 2nd.
Was really surpised to see no one else had posted this yet.
Per his high school team, 6-6 wing Harold Baruti, an unsigned senior out of Mountain Mission HS (Grundy, VA), is headed to Michigan today for an official visit. Rivals has him as a three star with offers from SMU and UNC-Wilmington. Highlight reel below.