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NFL network redzone channel

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by PA GIANTS FAN, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. scoop8

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    You're right in my case. Maybe I'm in the minority ST bracket but I rarely watch RZ. That's why I wish DTV would include HD games with the ST subs and not require SF.
     
  2. 24Flames

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    Just my two cents worth.....

    I've subscribed to D* since 1996 and had ST for 4-5 years before it just got to be too pricey and I cancelled. Today was the first time I'd actually seen the RZ channel and I have to admit, I was very impressed and watched it 95%+ of the time during the early games. If I lived in my home team's market (which I do) and their games aren't blacked out, then I could see where watching the RZ channel would get very addicting.....unless there was a "high profile" game being played, or my home team was involved.


    But do a majority of ST subscribers buy the product because of the RZ channel.....no, probably not. However, I can see a significant majority of ST subscribers who may very well rethink the need to stay with D* since Dish and cable have their own red zone channel. That's assuming the NFL's red zone channel is, indeed, similar to D*'s (which very early reports seem to say it is).

    In any event, I do think D* has now lost it's monopoly when it comes to NFL fans. Once fans understand what the red zone network is, and DISH/cable co's understand the gold mine that they have and start advertising, I have no doubt that D* is going to start feeling it financially. The question is 1) are they contractually allowed to offer the red zone channel as a separate service? and 2) will they begin to lose enough customers/$$ to make them consider offering the red zone channel as a stand alone service?

    We can all disagree until we're blue in the face :nono2: , but the fact remains Dish and the cable co's now have a stand alone NFL channel that obviously many people will covet and a product that is SIGNIFICANTLY lower priced. I very much would like to have the OPTION of subscribing to the RZ channel a la carte, as I won't be paying $300-$400 annually for ST. I don't begrudge the NFL for charging what they can get, but I do begrudge D* for not offering us the OPTION to subscribe to an a la carte RZ channel.....now that their major competitors have it.
     
  3. colebert

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  4. bidger

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    Given the fact that announced loosening restrictions on Cable Cards @ CEDIA would mean I could add it to my Vista Ultimate MC Interface, my personal preferred DVR platform, only heightens my disappointment that DIRECTV chose to abandon that platform. If TWC were to come to an agreement with the NFL Network and add RZC-HD @ a reasonable rate, I'd have to reassess my choice of multichannel providers. But, knowing TWC like I do, there are two chances of this happening: slim and none.
     
  5. deweydm

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    If the NFL redzone is anything like Sunday Ticket redzone, I might switch providers. Sunday Ticket is too much for me. Just redzone for much less would be great.
     
  6. IndyMichael

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    I'm surprised Dish Network hasn't offered to pay DirecTV's early termination fee, if you sign up with them for 2 years. The Motegi IndyCar race is this coming Friday and I'm not happy about the prospects of missing it. I'd like to get the NFL redzone channel too.
     
  7. JoeTheDragon

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    cable cards are dead end right now and tru2way is the system that you want. and they can't do SDV and RZC-HD is very like to be on SDV why use a HD slot that is only used 6H a week for only part of the year?

    also many cable co hit you with card rent + outlet fee + Hd cable card fee (per outlet) (some systems) as well.
     
  8. Justin23

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    D* has over 18 million subs....NFL ST has about 2 million subs. So you figure that there are over 16 million D* subs without NFL ST, that is still a huge amount. Do I think there will be some people that leave D* because other providers have the NFL Redzone channel, yes. But for the hardcore fan, NFL ST is a must have.
     
  9. Red Dog

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    Depends on what you mean by "hardcore fan." Hardcore displaced fan, sure. Hardcore gambler (the type who typically bets more than 1 game at a time) or fantasy league fan, then RZC is the ideal channel for that type of fan.
     
  10. WestDC

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    I use the redzone like this It's short attention span theater, Without commercials, I watch the Redzone channel and watch MY home team in a PIP window, when my home team is NOT on a timeout,Commercial break,injury cart wait. I hit the perviuos channel button and go to the REDZONE,putting the junk time in the PIP window without sound.:)

    No being able to see the NFL version (channel) I doubt I would switch to cable just for the redzone channel ? if the channel was run like D* redzone perhaps I would-It's just unkown to me at this point.
     
  11. Reaper

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    I have (and have had) NFL ST because I'm an out of market Steelers fan. However, when the Steelers aren't on, I watch the Red Zone channel exclusively.

    I have FiOS as my primary TV provider and they have the new NFL RedZone channel for $50/season in HD. If D* hadn't offered me NFL ST with SuperFan for free this season when I called to cancel my account, and I didn't have a sizeable commitment remaining, I'd be in the wind.
     
  12. dcowboy7

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    So was every TD Live ? :sure:
     
  13. jamieh1

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    Directv should offer REDZONE CHANNEL for "Compliments of Directv".
     
  14. Reaper

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    No more so than with DirecTV's Red Zone channel.
     
  15. dcowboy7

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    Yes we know that....but we didnt say that they were on Directvs RZC....but others said they would be on the other RZC.
     
  16. oldschoolecw

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    Not on channel 703 DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, I watched it all day yesterday:(
    I don’t know about the NFL Networks version on there Red Zone but they have been getting great reviews all day:sure:
     
  17. loudo

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    No idea, never got a chance to see it. I stayed home and watched ST which had a few of them live. Will try to get to family members who have DISH, next week and check it out.
     
  18. Reaper

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    "Every TD. Live."

    That's marketing hype, dude. Chill.

    Note the period between "TD" and "Live". Yes, the coverage is live, yes they show every TD - but no, they do not show every TD live. They couldn't possible do that. The coverage is similar to DirecTV's Red Zone channel. But you could have guessed that (I did get the sarcasm).

    The impression that I have from reading the reviews is that the channel is as good as DirecTV's. That's pretty cool.
     
  19. dcowboy7

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    Right....i had mentioned that here already:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2206797#post2206797

    But evidently some people werent buying it.
     
  20. Reaper

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