Will the ViacomCBS and Disney/Fox Merger Affect Cable TV Prices?
Yes it will, but the reason I ask this question is not from a traditional cable TV perspective, but from a vMVPD, like Sling, and YouTube TV for example.
With Sling, they have three base packages: Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Blue+Orange. Once upon a time, the difference was essentially if you want Disney channels like ESPN, Freeform, and Disney Channel, those were on Sling Orange, and Sling Blue had the Fox and Comcast channels. Or get both Orange and Blue. Also, the Viacom channels were included on either package, but the CBS channels weren't. Now that it's 2020, the combined entity that is ViacomCBS has stated they have some renewals this year, especially with vMVPDs, which is what made me question how a service like Sling will change, seeing that Disney now owns the FX networks, will they move into the Sling Orange package? Seeing that CBS's cable channels aren't on Sling, will ViacomCBS force their carriage with their renewal? How will this affect the pricing of the packages?
More than Sling, other services like YouTube TV and Hulu Live carry the CBS cable channels, but not the Viacom channels. Will ViacomCBS force the Viacom channels into the next renewal, and how much will this raise the prices? We're certainly seeing a downturn in cable subscribers, and while a giant mega-conglomerate is great for creating a streaming service, I can't imagine this will work out well for cable TV services, or consumers.
One last note: Hulu Live and YouTube TV are horrible names. Dish Network had the right idea by naming Sling its own separate name (Aside from the fact it shares a name with Slingbox, but I'm sure I'm the only one that knows that). PlayStation Vue died a slow painful death due to essentially non-existent marketing, and the fact that it shared a name with the video game console. This confused consumers into thinking PSVue was something you needed a PlayStation for, much like Microsoft's attempt at positioning the Xbox name as their complete entertainment brand for games, videos, and music. It didn't work because it was confusing; the same reason PSVue died. PlayStation Vue probably had the highest quality stream too, with some innovative features, like a nice multi-screen view for sports fans, but Sony had to screw it all up by confusing consumers. The same goes for Hulu Live, and YouTube TV because it confuses everyone I talk to that Hulu and Hulu Live, and YouTube and YouTube TV are different services. Even AT&T continues to screw this all up, first with DirecTV Now, and now AT&T TV Now, which is a lot of syllables. Just make it easy like Sling and Philo ave done. Thank you very much.