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DirecTV could pull plug on NFL Sunday Ticket

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by lacubs, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Mar 6, 2013 #1 of 159
    lacubs

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    More at http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/06/directv-could-pull-plug-on-nfl-sunday-ticket/
     
  2. Mar 6, 2013 #2 of 159
    joshjr

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    I am not that worried about it for now. I have read over and over again that the NFL does not want it available to all providers as it would lower their worth with the local channels. In the past the Cable Co's didn't have the capacity to run it and Dish Network is too cheap to get it. I don't see it leaving DirecTV soon.
     
  3. Mar 6, 2013 #3 of 159
    JoeTheDragon

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    cable will need to do a lot of work to fit it in.

    Directv will lose a lot bars if they drop the ticket. and cable can't cover all the areas that directv does.

    Maybe it will come to cable systems and directv / dish.

    In Canada there is no exclusive to it.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2013 #4 of 159
    RAD

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    Could be a good thing if DIRECTV didn't have exclusive rights anymore, maybe a pricing battle between DIRECTV and the cable/telco's.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2013 #5 of 159
    damondlt

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    Not surprised NFL ST isn't pulling its own weight.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2013 #6 of 159
    sigma1914

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    How so? It's very difficult to find a decent sports bar without ST.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2013 #7 of 159
    sdk009

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    Didn't the price come down last season because of the NFL Net's Thursday night games, NFLST had less inventory to offer? I don't see where the NFL has a lot of negotiating room to demand a significant increase in the fees paid to it for ST.
    Could this be another attempt by D* to lessen its desire to keep the sports fan happy? As fees rise, D* could be positioning itself to pass on more sports programming, and appeal to a more general audience; keep the fees down by limiting what's available on its system.
    I don't begrudge them if that's their plan going forward, just let us know.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2013 #8 of 159
    joshjr

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    Not saying there is no chance of this happening but I have read a few times over the years that the NFL is the one that wants it exclusive. To many options for the package lowers the NFL's worth in other areas and it was not worth it to them. I am sure DirecTV see's that it is a big draw for them as well. They seem to have alot of installs around that time of year. I do think there could be more gained if the price was lowered but that is not by decision.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2013 #9 of 159
    cjrleimer

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    Id leave if it left Directv, but Id stay if it was like MLB Extra Innings.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2013 #10 of 159
    joshjr

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    I would strongly consider leaving if DirecTV lost Sunday Ticket but it would have to be with another provider that made sense. I mean, the cable co here would never get it and if they did, their 20 hour cap on a HD DVR does nothing for me. I would probably try to find another way to watch the games. Hopefully if it comes to that, there will be a way to stream them with a RoKu box or PS3 or something of that nature.
     
  11. Mar 6, 2013 #11 of 159
    cjrleimer

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    I agree, and to clarify what I said was Id stay if it went non exclusive like Extra Innings and the other packages. If its like mlb.tv, then its a whole different story.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2013 #12 of 159
    espnjason

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    I think D* will still maintain the upper hand even if they renew NFLST on a non-exclusive basis.

    1. D*'s HD is unmatched.
    2. Could CableCos from coast to coast really alter their infrastructures to accommodate the capacities needed for NFLST for a few months out of a whole year?
    3. Fios and Uverse is good on technology and PQ, but distribution is comparatively limited and will be so for the foreseeable future.
    4. We all know E*'s stance on paying for anything.
     
  13. Mar 6, 2013 #13 of 159
    lparsons21

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    I see the story as an early negotiating tactic. The package is a very big plus for Direct. I don't see them dropping it at all, just trying to keep the cost of it down.
     
  14. Mar 6, 2013 #14 of 159
    je4755

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    The availability of Sunday Ticket remains of central importance to me as an 18-year DirecTV subscriber. It truly would prove a cosmic jape that as DirecTV finally is presenting most of the channels I desire in HD it would lose broadcast rights to NFL games, thereby obviating the ability to follow – albeit often in despair – my beloved Eagles.
     
  15. Mar 6, 2013 #15 of 159
    JoeTheDragon

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    shaw / rogers and others use MPEG 4 and or SDV to fit in Sunday Ticket and 9-15+ NHL CI HD feeds.
     
  16. Mar 6, 2013 #16 of 159
    litex2x

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    With the advent of nfl red zone, I don't think NFL ST is worth as much as it used to be.
     
  17. Mar 6, 2013 #17 of 159
    ken100

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    Well it is cheaper than it was a few years ago which has gotten a cheap guy like me to pony up the money to get it. Red Zone is nice, but nothing like seeing your team from start to finish.
     
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    tonyd79

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    Bah. Mike Florio is known to throw crap against the wall to see if any of it sticks.
     
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    renbutler

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    I'd follow ST to U-Verse or even Dish. Cable exclusivity would be a disaster for me. :(

    RedZone doesn't do it for me. I want to watch football, not just scoring plays. I really hope this isn't the end of ST.
     
  20. Mar 6, 2013 #20 of 159
    JoeTheDragon

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    U-verse covers to few areas and DISH still has the RSN game only HD joke.
     

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