abc/disney/espn owns VT rights as well as monday nite nfl football. They are saying if YOU viewer want to see any sports on ESPN, including the BCS and college basketball you cable company must purchase the entire suite. ARE YOU PREPARED TO See no VT sports or NFL monday nite or college football. or ABC prime network.
YOU know that Roth and the VT network is operated by CBS. They purchased the rights from VT including the scoreboard etc.
Y;862176]i think that's the point of this whole conversation. (live) sports are in such demand that they will keep the current pay for television models alive and well for a long time. (Edit: nevermind, i read your post out of context, we're on the same page afterall...my bad!)
i would add that convenience is a big piece, too. i also have a Roku, but nothing is as simple/easy as turning on the TV and browsing with my cable box remote. i can't imagine a day where i would have to manage a separate streaming subscription for every sports property i follow. convenience is king, and i, as most others, am willing to pay for it.
now what i would love, and i'm guessing it is a ways out, is for FiOS/Xfinity/DTV, etc to form content partnerships to allow channels like ESPN3, NBC SportsExtra, and all the various "season pass" properties for all the major sports properties to create one or more "OnDemand" channels that work directly through my cable box. FiOS has apps on their cable box, it seems creating an ESPN3 App would be a simple transition. it's the multiple device management and lack of simplicity/quality for watching on a 60" TV that is killing me.[/QUOTE]