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2013 MLB Extra Innings Pricing Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by cmasia, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Apr 8, 2013 #121 of 147
    jayco33

    jayco33 New Member

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    I love how the Extra Innings page says: Lowest price in 5 years! Get it now for just $199.95...

    and immediately below it, it offers me: $55.99/mo. for 4 months.

    I've never been great at math, but even I can see those don't match!

    Makes no sense, but I guess that should be normal by now.
     
  2. Apr 8, 2013 #122 of 147
    Lord Vader

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    My final attempt was to speak directly to the retention dept. The rep. was very nice and friendly. She gave me a ton of credits totaling $63/month (that's no typo) for 3 months. I told her to then add MLB Extra Innings in 4 monthly installments, giving me the package for a net cost of $31.00. I can live with that.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2013 #123 of 147
    tjguitar

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    How did you manage that? Threaten to cancel?
     
  4. Apr 9, 2013 #124 of 147
    Lord Vader

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    Strong is the Dark Side. The Force has a strong influence on the weak mind. ;)
     
  5. Apr 9, 2013 #125 of 147
    ThyKingZG

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    still have my credits mentioned above, but i don't have mlb extra innings lol. $170 in credits for calling in to ADD EI, no EI on my account. have called in twice and they have no idea why it's not on my account and they can't add it either.....whatever. we'll see if they figure it out before the end of the season.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2013 #126 of 147
    ichiro

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    I've been told by numerous people (including customer retention and the guy who runs a local satellite installation company, who deals with Directv on a daily basis), that the only discounts that are currently being offered for EI are programming discounts that your account is already eligible for, whether you order EI or not. If you've already maxed out the programming credits on your account, you're not getting a EI discount.
    Since Directv will have a new round of offers come May 1st, if enough people choose to not order EI at full price (currently right around $224, as they're no longer offering the $199 early renewal price) they're far more likely to start offering a special EI discount. If enough people decide to pay full price, they'll probably figure there's no reason to cut the price.
     
  7. Apr 9, 2013 #127 of 147
    ThyKingZG

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    apparently since monday 4/8/13 directv has a problem adding EI to ANYONE's account, at least this is what i'm being told. $147 credits so far.....going for $200.
     
  8. joshjr

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    I was able to get the following deal. All in all I got $270 in credits. I will take that.


    04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX7295 MLB EXTRA INNINGS 2013 HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00

    04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 Advanced Receiver-HD - 6mosFree HDExist ($10.00) $0.00

    04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 SPORTS - $10/6mosSPORTS ($10.00) $0.00

    04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 CHOICE XTRA CLASSIC - $15/12moBasePkg ($15.00) $0.00

    04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX7295 MLB EXTRA INNINGS 2013 - Charge $55.99 $0.00
     
  9. DawgLink

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    Some of the deals that you all get are amazing
     
  10. Amazing_5067

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    Does anyone know if they are considering an MLB Extra Innings package in a smaller offering such as one or 2 - 3 team package?

    I don't subscribe to MLB Extra Innings anymore because I don't watch but one or two teams out of my area. Just not worth it to me. And I'm hoping they will eventually offer a one or several team option, for about 10 bucks a month. I'm doubtful.

    I subscribed for about 5 years, each year asking for a one team option, or something close, and was told no, so I gave up about 5 years ago, and haven't subscribed since. Thanks.
     
  11. ichiro

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    That's a great deal, but those are all programming and hardware discounts/credits that most good customers can get whether they order EI or not. In other words, by Directv holding out on those discounts and credits until it comes time to order/re-up your EI package, they get you to pay for $224 of your credits.
     
  12. joshjr

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    Sort of I guess. MLB EI will get their money and it will be made up by DirecTV not making their's I guess.
     
  13. dbalone

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    Question MLB IE. I am a Reds fan and live in Charlotte NC. Reds games are usually blacked out here because Charlotte is in there territory. Why? I have no idea but that is the way it is. If I get MLB IE will the Reds games still be blacked out? What if I got the Sports Pack instead? Would they be blacked out there too? I do not want to subscribe and then find out I cannot watch there home games. Would it not be cheaper to do the Sports Pack and then cancel after the baseball season?
     
  14. abcward

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    I used to live in Charlotte so understand the blackout zones of that city. The following teams are in the blackout zone: Reds, Nationals, Orioles, & Braves.

    But if you purchase Extra Innings and pay for the Sports Tier (and Directv offers up the RSN that carries those teams locally), you can watch those 'blacked out' teams HOME broadcast but cannot watch the AWAY broadcasts.

    Example: I grew up in St. Louis and am a Cardinals fan. When I lived in Charlotte, when the Cards played the Reds, I could still watch the games but could only watch the Reds broadcast, not the Cardinals...with the sound turned down ;)
     
  15. tjguitar

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    The reason you could only watch the Reds broadcast is because the Reds claimed your area, it has nothing to do wtih home vs away. You did not need EI to watch that, it would have been on your local RSN or in sportspack.

    dbalone, put your zip code in at http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageIF.jsp?assetId=3450006 and see what teams it say and with what packages.
     
  16. tjguitar

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    I don't think this is ever going to happen.
     
  17. ichiro

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    As I understand it, MLB already made their money from Directv in 2007 when they signed a 7 year deal worth a reported $700 million. I'm pretty sure any money Directv gets from EI subscriptions goes right in their own pockets, so Directv is definitely still making theirs.
    I'm pretty sure Directv looks at it like this...
    scenario 1) They give you the $270 in credits/discounts that you're eligible for, and they're out $270.
    scenario 2) They give you the $270 in credits/discounts that you're eligible for after you subscribe/renew your EI package, and they're only out $46.
     
  18. joshjr

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    I guess I understand if you are saying DirecTV has already paid for EI. Kind of reminds me of Showtime. Its not a per sub fee for DirecTV and that is why they are able to give it away like water.
     
  19. ichiro

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    Correct. But for some reason Directv has decided to be a lot more hard nosed about the EI package this season (at least so far), and as of April isn't giving any EI discounts aside from discounts/credits that your account is already eligible for, whether you were to order EI or not. If they take enough of a hit from people not ordering/renewing, they might introduce some kind of EI discount for the month of May.
    Seems like a pretty big gamble to me, as I know lots of people who have taken Directv's new approach to EI pricing as a reason to give MLB.com a try, at half the cost.
     
  20. joshjr

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    I had MLB.TV last year and even though it was okay, it wasnt the greatest on PQ. I know when my kids were streaming Netflix and me a game in HD I had problems with the PQ. Also it was a hassle that only 1 tv in the house was able to watch all the games.
     

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