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NFL Sunday Ticket online without DirecTV sub

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by bonscott87, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. bidger

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    Given the fact that Bon's a former customer, his address would already be in their database as an unobstructed residence.

    I have to agree. Seems like you're trying to jump through a bunch of hoops, Bon. I think your chances of being qualified for the online package are dubious at best. I think the better value would be subbing to DirecTV for six months during the Season and suspending for six months after. You'd get the ESPN and NFL Network games, plus late Season MLB games on your RSN(s). Hell, you could probably get a new customer deal, you'd just want to clarify that they would let you suspend during the off-Season.
     
  2. JoeTheDragon

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    And what happen if at a later time that line of sight issues goes away?

    Like a storm takes down a tree that was in the way?
     
  3. bonscott87

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    Trees grew in. ;)

    I honestly don't think I'd have a problem getting it, they aren't going to send a truck roll to my house to verify that trees or storm damage hasn't changed my line of sight.

    But when I think about it, it would be cheaper to actually activate Uverse TV for the 4 months of the season, get RZC along with ESPN and NFL Network and because there is no commitment I can cancel in January. I'll be at the bar at least 4 weeks of the season anyway for my fantasy football league gatherings so probably a better deal to do that.

    We'll see. Either way it's good that ST is available to anyone that wants it, even if they don't have DirecTV.
     
  4. RACJ2

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    I guess we will know soon enough if it is indeed available to anyone that wants it. Or if we see a new thread, "Denied NFLST Online". And everyone will post about how their brother or friend that has cable, couldn't get NFLST after the installer confirmed there is no line of site issue.
     
  5. bidger

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    Sept. 12 is six weeks away, so yeah, we'll know soon enough.

    I would imagine that if a less "hands on" approach is taken, it would actually build good will for DirecTV and help them recover some of the cost of ST. I mean, if folks are willing to throw down the full subscription cost, would the particulars of being able to receive satellite transmissions really matter all that much?
     
  6. RACJ2

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    I really do wonder about that. If current subscribers that are out of contract could get it as a stand alone, they might drop DIRECTV. They could go with a cable, FiOS or U-verse promo and just buy the NFLST online. Or customers that were thinking about switching from one of those other guys might not. Thus it could cause them to lose subscribers and cost them more then they are gaining. So there are two ways they can be looking at this.
     
  7. bonscott87

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    Here is the thing though. How many people actually have a computer/HTPC hooked up to their TV? Very, very few. The amount of people that will do this isn't going to be all that huge. In a few years maybe, but right now it's not going to be a big deal in terms of tens of thousands of people suddenly dropping DirecTV and then getting ST online only. Just not going to happen.

    And DirecTV certainly isn't going to spend millions of dollars sending a tech out to every address of those who want this. Why bother even offering the package at all if you'll spend all the money you make on it sending a tech out?
     
  8. cjrleimer

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    Could they ask when you try to sign up if you currently subscribe to Dish because if they do that then you get into some waters. But who knows. Well find out.
     
  9. bonscott87

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    They could ask by why would you say yes? I'm sure they'll ask if you have line of sight and you just say no. Case closed.

    It's like back in the day before locals were available there was the "Prime Time 24" pack with NBC, CBS, etc out of New York and LA. If you called up to get that package they would ask you some questions about if you could get your locals via cable or antenna. Just answer No to every question and viola! you got the PT24 turned on.
     
  10. RACJ2

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    Not sure how many people have a computer/HTPC hooked up to their TV, but most people I know have a laptop. When I miss an episode of one of my favorite shows, I watch videos from the network sites on my flat screens all the time. I use my laptop, wireless access and an HDMI cable, which a lot of people have these days. I've watched videos on all of my flat screen TV's this way and its very easy to do.

    On the truck roll, they don't pay the third party installers much, say $50. All they have to do is drive out and check the line of site, which doesn't take long. So they would clear $300 on every subscriber. So I think it is realistic that they will check. Although, as I said in an earlier post, it will be interesting to see which route they choose.
     
  11. cjrleimer

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    Hmmm interesting I am going to wait and see what theyll do once 2010 info is officialy out on Dtvs website.
     
  12. bonscott87

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    And there is no requirement of "no line of sight" or anything.

    From the FAQ: No, you can get NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ To-Go without DIRECTV satellite service. But only DIRECTV satellite service gives you every game, every Sunday, LIVE in HD on your television

    So basically they don't care anymore about if you can or can't get DirecTV service, they will sign you up no matter what.

    And the cost is $350. Ouch.
     
  13. RACJ2

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    Finally they are listing it on the website. Although not sure about your comment about "So basically they don't care anymore about if you can or can't get DirecTV service, they will sign you up no matter what." Here is what it says:

    It will still be interesting to see which way they go with this. I guess if you subscribe and get it, we will know.
     
  14. bryanw3535

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    I seriously doubt that they'll look into individual cases to see whether people can get DirecTV service at their house or apartment.

    In fact, if you take the question at the top of the page ("Can't get DIRECTV?") literally it could mean "Can't get DIRECTV because you're in a contract with another provider?"

    For blackouts, they'll use your billing ZIP code, just as MLB.tv does.

    I'm a DirecTV sub with NFLST and I'm OK with this new offer. It's a smart move that brings in more revenue for D*. It also gets people familiar with the D* product and brand.

    If someone's impressed with the service and quality of the product, maybe they'll become a full-fledged subscriber in a year or so.
     
  15. pappy97

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    Considering they say you can't sign up for this until Sept. 8 and the first NFLST Sunday is Sept 12, I don't see how they are going to verify. $350 is pricey but the idea is to give NFLST-lite to non-DirecTV subs and say "do you want it better, as in on TV and not on a computer? And cheaper, not just officially but unofficially with DirecTV CSR given discounts? Sign up for DirecTV."
     
  16. pappy97

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    The thing is though, now that you can get NFLST without being a DirecTV sub, albeit the online version, it's probably time to officially offer RZC standalone to anyone who wants it that is a DirecTV sub. If you are going to offer a product that could cause some to leave DirecTV altogether and simply do the NFLST-online route, might as well offer RZC standalone for a fee to current DirecTV subs.
     
  17. james2006

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    Actually I think MLB.tv uses your ip address and not your billing zip code. Using the IP address is much better for people that travel, too bad Directv isn't using the same system.
     
  18. rkunces

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    This is great news that they would be offering this package. I have season tickets and would love to have this for tailgating in the parking lot and during halftimes and tv breaks at the game. Too bad it costs so damn much though.

    MLB.TV uses the ip address not billing Zip.
     
  19. Hoosier205

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    You cannot leave DirecTV and go the online route. You will not be eligible for the online version of Sunday Ticket if you can receive DirecTV service from your location. Unless they verify that you are unable to receive traditional service, you won't be eligible for the online version of Sunday Ticket.
     

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