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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by keithtd, Dec 6, 2011.
I think the Colts should be paying their poor fans to watch them this year:lol:
DTV makes their real money on ST from commercial accounts where pricing is based on occupancy, not on residential accounts.
Those commercial establishments, sports bars and the like, are not going to stop carrying it.
That's not how Colts fans feel. No real backup plan for Manning was a huge mistake. The fans and the team are paying for that this year.
It's nothing like what Bengals, Chiefs, Rams and Dolphin fans have been through over the years.
This year is killing Irsay and I'd bet everything I have that next year will be the polar opposite of this one.
And, I got the Ticket for free this year. The Colts don't owe me anything.
Comcast also wanted it in the past and maybe it can be on comcast hits.
Also now In Demand now has the room but they will likely have to have no NBA HD / MLS HD or NHL HD / MLB HD. to fit it in but then they may have to rename the team and game channels. Or add NFL channels. But then do cable systems have room in the channel map to fit that in? Maybe just have In Demand sports HD 1-19 or 1-23 or what ever. ROGERS SUPER SPORTS pak may be a good channel plan to bases it off of.
As for room to fit in cable systems can just trun off some VOD HD slots a max 15 of slots is not that bad for part of 1 day.
And how long before D* stops giving deep discounts. I dont think this practice will go on forever. Ive never paid full price for NFLST but I suspect those days are ending.
I'll pass. I got it last year for $200 + To Go, and got it free this year. Anything more than $250 and I'll drive the hour to Indiana and watch the Colts there.
I love Sunday Ticket, but it's not the only reason that I switched to D*, and it's far from the only reason why I stay. If they want to charge more for it than I (and others) are willing to pay, that's their choice.
Now, if D* were able to negotiate to show blacked out games in the local market, I could get behind a higher price. Show Bengals games locally when they are blacked out and make my wife, son and daughter happy. I'd be willing to pay more for that.
As it stands, they can't use Sunday Ticket and that greatly reduces the value of the package for me.
I'm a displaced fan too. And a huge NFL fan. But I just can't justify the cost of ST after it got above $250 or so. We are all in different financial situations obviously. But for $400 I can go to the bar a LOT with the guys and still see my Bears lose.
About the same time that auto dealers start refusing to take anything less than sticker price.
It's not going to happen.
That's what I like about Directv. When I had Dish, they wouldn't give a deal on a sports package to save their life!
As others have said, I will not pay full value for Sunday Ticket or frankly...anywhere near it.
I am back in my hometown now and thus all home games are on TV.
I like Sunday Ticket because I like flipping through the games on Sundays. But, I just wont pay over $200 for it per season.
I figure that at some point in the future, DirecTV will stop giving discounts to so many.
Doesn't D* realize that the more they charge for ST, the more people will go to "alternative" sources that are free?
I agree with others that it will go on forever, they don't give the discounts to everyone. I could only get them down to $200 this year and that was still too high for me so I didn't get ST. The two years before that, I got ST for $59.99 and free. People's mileage varies on this a lot. They never budge on the Center Ice price for me, I have had it ever since the Primestar buyout except for one or two years so they seem to know they don't need to give me any discounts on it. I sure miss the $99 C Band price for ST from way back.
I sure miss the days before ST when I could get all the backhauls on C or Ku bands for free.
These new Network contracts have nothing to do with the Sunday ticket. (although I'm sure an announcement will come before the Super Bowl about it's future and I'm sure the cost will go up, like everything else in this world.)
Remember, the Networks all lose money on every NFL contract they sign, even though the NFL gets the largest ratings, year in and year out.
The networks mostly find their value in the promotion of their fall network schedules, since the regular season coincides so well with the new Network schedules every season.
FOX started it all, when they were not even considered a REAL Network (like the CW today) and they overpaid for the then most wanted, NFC slate of games.
A couple of years later, FOX was considered a real network and even beating the original 3 regularily.
CBS balked at matching the price that FOX offered, stating that it wasn't worth it.
A few years later, after CBS primetime schedule had dropped from #1 or #2 to pathetic, they were ready to steal any slate from somebody when the next deals came up.
They overpaid for the AFC slate from NBC and NBC said they wouldn't overpay.
NBC primetime slate fell from #1 to #4 shortly after they lost the NFL...
(of course NBC's current lineup is so bad, only their Sunday Night game even registers anymore)
Come the next contract, NBC was BEGGING for anything and took the Sunday Games while ESPN took over Monday Night football.
To me, ESPN is getting screwed the most by paying more for 1 game each week (and usually a horrible matchup at that) and 1 wild card game and no Superbowls, while the other 3 networks get to rotate the big game and pay less.
Personally, I find the Sunday Ticket package to still be a value at $300+ now.
Granted I am a Bronco fan and my Wife is a Colts fan and we live in South Carolina, so being stuck with horrible Panther games OTA is NOT an option for us.
Plus, I would pay for the ability to switch to whatever game turns into a great game every Sunday afternoon. (I would say at this point in my life, I have become more of a fan of the NFL itself, than my Broncos. There is no greater product out there.)
The major soccer leagues in Europe make much more than the NFL does for their various TV contracts and their players make more than the overpaid MLB and NBA stars do here in the US.
As long as people are willing to pay a premium for their favorite sports league, be it NFL, Soccer, Rugby or Cricket, it is each individual's choice.
My Wife and I don't make much each year, but rather than paying for HBO or other pay channels year round, we prefer the product we get from the Sunday Ticket 17 Sundays a year for 7 or so hours.
As a diehard NFL fan, I am just estatic that we have NFL peace for the next decade and TV contracts already in place for a year past that.
Wait, ESPN is getting a wild card game now too???
They have the option to. Believe they have to pay 100 million to air it though.