In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.
One thing that's not terribly fun is throwing back to read about a problem that's still there three years later. In this case I'm talking about Pac-12 networks, which weren't on DIRECTV in 2012
and still aren't on DIRECTV now. There are plenty of people who would watch this channel if it were available, but there's a good reason why it's not available — because there aren't plenty of people who want to pay for it. Yes, it's a wealthy conference with a lot of national appeal, but apparently college football just isn't worth what the network wants to charge.
The fight for the Pac-12 channel has been compared to the SEC channel, which currently airs on DIRECTV. Yeah, that's true they are both regional college sports channels and there's a lot of similarity in the kinds of people who watch both, but there's one big difference: SEC is owned by ESPN and is part of the massive Disney empire. DIRECTV renegotiated their deal with Disney and SEC came along for the ride. On the other hand, Pac-12 is its own separate thing and appearently the price they want to charge is just too high.
So, throw back to this article
, if you want... and you'll be as bummed as I am that certain things just haven't changed...yet. A lot has been made of the fact that DIRECTV is currently testing the Pac-12 channel, so it could be any day... it's just not today.