So put us down in the "yes" category, but we're not SUPER upset.
The idea would be to see if there were enough customers who wanted ESPN service to pre-fund the three year commitment. Don't want it? Don't contribute! If those that do we're to raise enough funds, that would cover the cost.
A la carte would decimate the pay TV industry, resulting in loss of $70 billion in revenue, Wall Street analyst warns again
Digital Editor, New York
If pay TV providers were forced to sell channels a la carte, retail prices would skyrocket — with ESPN costing in the ballpark of $30 monthly — and the industry overall would lose half its revenue, or $70 billion, according to one Wall Street analyst.
In a statement ESPN said, “The report underscores what economic studies have said time and time again — that the cable package presents an undeniable value and the consumer would pay more and get less with a la carte.”
And if it's in Variety, it must be true!