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NFL Sunday Ticket promo starting 7/12/07

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by convem24, Jul 12, 2007.

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  1. Jul 14, 2007 #61 of 109
    FHSPSU67

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    Amazing, indeed! In my area they feed the cable company over fiber with original signal and I'm pretty sure it's before it's combined for broadcast OTA.:mad:
     
  2. Jul 14, 2007 #62 of 109
    convem24

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    Sorry I had a bad day yesterday. :D You can drop down to any level of service you want after 4 months. If you want the HD-DVR package than go for it. I basically dropped down to a similar level of service last year. I didn't read you question the way you intended. Sorry. :D
     
  3. Jul 14, 2007 #63 of 109
    lespaul91

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    Folks on here seem to be familiar with the ST HD games. With this current promotion I'm VERY tempted to switch to D* from TWC (whom I'm happy with PQ). I've read a lot on these forums about the "HD-lite" from D*. Is this all their offerings in general or specific channels? I'm wondering if I'll be disappointed with the quality of the ST HD games' PQ.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  4. Jul 14, 2007 #64 of 109
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    My neighbor wants to sign up but there is no place on the D* website to sign up. D* needs a "click here to sign up" button.
     
  5. Jul 14, 2007 #65 of 109
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    There are a few stations around the country that provide a fiber feed to DirecTV but most of them don't want to spend the money so capturing OTA is how it goes. Dish does the same thing. And actually several cable companies around here were capturing via OTA as well although I think most have gone to a fiber feed.

    Also really depends on "podunk" your market really is as well as if the local station actually cares about their HD quality. Many don't and are only doing HD because the network is forcing them to do it and thus will spend the least amount of money and just do the bare minimum required.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2007 #66 of 109
    bonscott87

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    Best thing to do is always call. You'll get the best deals that way.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2007 #67 of 109
    FHSPSU67

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    Makes sense - I know the cable companies were providing the fiber to connect to WWCP-FOXHD in my area of the woods.
    Thanks, Scott!
     
  8. Jul 14, 2007 #68 of 109
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    Thanks buddy, that's all I needed to know. If E* doesn't pick up the Big Ten Network, then D* will have a new customer come the end of August.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2007 #69 of 109
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    Big 10 Network by the way will be in HD later this year. So you should be in heaven. I am suprised E* right now seems to be dropping the ball on HD sports programming. That is a big customer base that is sports fanatics. :hurah: I am wondering if the cost of the BTN (big ten network) is just too much for some providers. I know Comcast has been stern about not being taken hostage by the BTN.
     
  10. Jul 14, 2007 #70 of 109
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    Comcast and the rest of the major cable companies are a bunch of hypocrites. The issue is the BTN doesn't want to be put on a Digital Tier, where the cable companies want to stick them because cable claims they are a "niche" network. I guess The Golf Channel and HGTV and about 50 other networks on expanded basic aren't niche networks.

    To me the BTN is comparable to an RSN, with a cheaper cost to carry. I really don't see what the big deal is.
     
  11. Jul 14, 2007 #71 of 109
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    I agree but the issue with Comcrap (sorry Comcast, I have had enough of Comcast) is that they own Versus and Golf which means they will promote their products more over outside products. But if only one major provider is going to offer BTN and especially in HD I bet D* will see some action because of BTN in the BTN primary markets. Heck I live in Pac 10 country and I will probably watch BTN to see some HD college football. It will be an interesting fall to say the least.:D
     
  12. Jul 15, 2007 #72 of 109
    rcoleman111

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    Also keep in mind that Dish Network's $20 HD access fee is kind of steep compared to the $10 charge at DirecTV.
     
  13. Jul 15, 2007 #73 of 109
    rcoleman111

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    That's also the reason cited by TWC and some others for not carrying NFL Network.
     
  14. Jul 15, 2007 #74 of 109
    nbajam

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    Yeah, I completely understand.

    D*/BTN could use an advertising campaign up here in Big 10 country to make sure everyone knows. It'll be an interesting month.

    I'm currently a TWC subscriber and am thinking seriously about switching for the BTN and Sunday Ticket.

    Have you ever heard of a new subscriber having success in getting an HR-20 for less then $199? Just curious if that's even possible. I know new subs get tons of free programming, but not having to pay for hardware would be very nice. I've read the thread over in the HR-20 forum, but that seems to be mainly existing subscribers using Retention to there advantage.
     
  15. Jul 15, 2007 #75 of 109
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    $200 each is about the best you can do. Getting some programming credits softens the pain. I heard there is a special for NFL Sunday Ticket for new subscribers but I don't see that on their website. For sports in HD nobody is close to D* but it's not cheap.
     
  16. Jul 15, 2007 #76 of 109
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    I got my HR20 for free with a 2 yr commitment.
     
  17. Jul 15, 2007 #77 of 109
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    You got that as a new subscriber? Did you go directly through D*'s normal new customer 800#? Just curious how you managed that, haha.
     
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    He flashed his tits.:hurah:
     
  19. Jul 15, 2007 #79 of 109
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    No, I threatened to cancel and go to dish. :)
     
  20. Jul 15, 2007 #80 of 109
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    That is a tough one. I think the reason that you might not get an HD-DVR for free is one, the now existing Mail-in-rebate is gone ($199 out the door for an HD-DVR). Two I think if you look at the NFL Sunday Ticket promo D* is giving away close to $500 in programming which is not a bad deal unless you don't need Sunday Ticket (I would die if I had to give up Sunday Ticket by the way, not that my avatar gives that away or anything). It is a tough one. You might be able to find an independent dealer that sells D* to give you a HD-DVR for $99 but I doubt a consumer electronics retailer that sell D* or D* itself would budge on that price just because D* is still losing money on that $199 price point right now. Its your call but look around and obviously asking never hurts. Good luck!:hurah:
     
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