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DirecTV could pull plug on NFL Sunday Ticket

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

  1. Mar 7, 2013 #61 of 159
    joshjr

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    After being with DirecTV for this long, I am not sure I would switch even if Dish got Sunday Ticket. They still wouldn't have MLB Extra Innings so I probably wouldn't.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2013 #62 of 159
    bjdotson

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    One possibility is that directv retains the exclusive on commercial contracts and opens up on the residential. It's all about the negotiation.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2013 #63 of 159
    gpg

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    If NFLST went to cable, I'd get a minimum cable subscription. If it went to Dish--a more likely alternative if Directv dropped it IMHO--I'd get sick at the thought of doing business with Charlie Ergen, and probably drop the package.
     
  4. Mar 7, 2013 #64 of 159
    cjrleimer

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    That is what I see occurring as D* has a crap load of businesses that get it because of Sunday Ticket. But as Ive read, would in demand if it goes the cable route have enough capacity to hold it?
     
  5. Mar 7, 2013 #65 of 159
    joshjr

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    That is one big question another is there is no cable provider out there that reaches the entire US so its not just a matter of capacity. It would be a waste it if was on cable only.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2013 #66 of 159
    tonyd79

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    The cable packages are handled by In Demand and the systems pick up what they can fit. Not all MLB, NHL, NBA games are in HD but they are getting better but a lot of systems do not do more than a handful of HD channels.

    Not sure the NFL would stand for inconsistency. They demanded that the networks and DirecTV have all games in HD a few years ago.

    Branding is as important to the NFL as payments in contracts.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2013 #67 of 159
    RACJ2

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    If DIRECTV drops NFL ST, I would probably keep DIRECTV because of their excellent NHL CI HD pacakge. Then add the new provider of NFL ST and suspend DIRECTV during the NFL season.
     
  8. Mar 7, 2013 #68 of 159
    lacubs

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    the NHL season is in-season when the NFL season is going
     
  9. Mar 8, 2013 #69 of 159
    WebTraveler

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    Not to mention negotiating with how many systems?
    Having a patchwork of carriage here and there across the USA?

    This is also part of a strategy. With more and more cable sports channels each wants a shot at the NFL to make them relevant. Despite efforts to compete with ESPN both Versus/NBC Sports Network has been largely shut out of high quality content. They'd love a chance for a NFL game a week to make them relevant. So would new Fox Sports One, and them CBS Sports Network, and on and on. Taking more games to national distribution can work to the NFL's favor. The only constraining item is enough TV windows that don't compete with each other.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2013 #70 of 159
    fleckrj

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    Except for years in which there are labor disputes ;)
     
  11. Mar 8, 2013 #71 of 159
    joed32

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    As a huge NFL fan absolutely yes! I will go to whatever provider has Sunday Ticket. If cost was a consideration I wouldn't sub to ST in the first place.
     
  12. Mar 8, 2013 #72 of 159
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    I would switch to FIOS in a heartbeat if they had ST.

    Comcrap? If it's exclusive to Comcrap, that would be tough. I'd probably pass on it, but still switch to FIOS and get NFL RZC.
     
  13. Mar 8, 2013 #73 of 159
    ccrowe3

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    That would be a pretty simple deal for a cable company. Use MPEG4 and require all Sunday Ticket subscribers to use the newer MPEG4 receivers, which Comcast, for one, has already rolled out in a lot of areas. Bandwidth problem solved.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2013 #74 of 159
    DawgLink

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    I have always wondered how high D* would go....and it seems that maybe they are reaching their limit

    Though, I suspect this is all public pr garbage...and negotiations are going on behind closed doors.
     
  15. Mar 8, 2013 #75 of 159
    MysteryMan

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    Losing Sunday Ticket would be a bummer but would not be a game changer. I'd still stay with DirecTV.
     
  16. Mar 8, 2013 #76 of 159
    dcowboy7

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    The contracts for cbs,fox,nbc actually end after the 2022 season....just espn ends after 2021.
     
  17. Mar 8, 2013 #77 of 159
    saleen351

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    If they offered the ability to create your own game mix channel I'd pay an extra 100/year for it... A lot of us would... Game mix is there it's at, RZ imho is fading it's just not the same. The problem is GM is horribly broken... Imagine putting full screen the best 4 games of your choosing on GM, it would be epic!
     
  18. Mar 8, 2013 #78 of 159
    WestDC

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    20 years latter-With the advent of smart phones-tablets-Xbox-Play station-Looks like the NFL will be cutting the Cord :)

    YEAH!
     
  19. Mar 8, 2013 #79 of 159
    Bill Broderick

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    For me, the worst part about this would be that I'd lose the "Because they have Sunday Ticket and you don't" answer whenever a door to door Cablevision salesman comes to my house. That's the one answer that they don't even try to argue with.

    I may have to go back to the "Cablevision sucks and, while the Dolan family is in control they will never get a penny of mine" answer. But they do tend to argue with that one :)
     
  20. Mar 8, 2013 #80 of 159
    chevyguy559

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    :lol: :lol: I agree but its for Comcast in my area!!!
     

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