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Single-team sports packages?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stlmike, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. dishbd

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    I imagine that the vast majority of subscribers are only interested in one team. So, as someone else said, it would probably be the same price as getting all the teams. Apparently there are enough subscribers as it is to keep it at the current price.
     
  2. Paul Secic

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    Good luck with that. Directv's hands are tied.
     
  3. Coca Cola Kid

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    Hey I'd pay good money to lift the Lions in market blackouts (yeah I know, league rules, nothing D* can do). I know they suck but I still want to see every game. Having to pay for tickets, food, and gas to drive to Detroit gets harder and harder the more they lose. It'd be so much easier if I could just stay home and order a pizza and watch it on the 50''.
     
  4. Beerstalker

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    Yeah, I think the blackout rules are stupid. I could see them back in the days but not anymore.

    Of course in my area it doesn't matter. We have bad teams all the time but they still seem to sell out. I hardly ever go to Cubs or Bears games because it's too expensive. Not just because of beer and food, but because it's so hard to find tickets (everyone wants way over face value).
     
  5. dhkinil

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    No one is smarter than I am, but seriously, I bet they have not run numbers because I bet a lot of people would pay 1/3 or so of a package price for one team and I bet it is more than 3x the number of subs they have now. And I also bet some people do watch lots of games, for CI or LP, maybe a game every night which is 2x at least the number of games they see of their favorite team.

    This does not work for football, because some teams do show up every week on near national tv, just look at the weekly maps on AVS so if I were a fan of a team that rarely shows up I might pay say 1/3 of the season price to see 12 or so games I would otherwise miss but not 3 or 4 games.
     
  6. Koz

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    Why don't you just drive to Sarnia?
     
  7. Coca Cola Kid

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    Cuz the Border Patrol loves to search for car for no good reason. Screw em.
     
  8. Koz

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    Gotcha. I grew up in Saginaw and I remember having to hold the antenna in the perfect position so my dad could pick up the game from Cadillac or something like that when the Saginaw station was blacked out. I don't think that works anymore.
     
  9. Coca Cola Kid

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    Yeah we used to do that too. They had a big 40 foot directional and we could barely get distant Fox stations. Good times.
     
  10. Juggernaut

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    Didn't MLB try offering individual games on a PPV basis years ago? It was a huge failure if I recall, something like $10/game.

    If they charged a buck or two per game, it would have been a success, but they prolly still make more with the $200 per sub for EI.
     
  11. Skyboss

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    I'd be up for "Buy a division(conference) for $99" with no blackouts.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    I can just imagine the mess ups with blackout rules.
     
  13. sunfire9us

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    Yes back in the mid 90's when out of market mlb became avail, we had the option ( if you didnt subscribe to the sports package similar to DTV's SportsPack) where it cost like $5 a game via ppv. This was back on cband satellite. On cband they didnt have MLB EI etc. All you had to do was subscribe to the package w/ the rsn's and you got ALL the games NBA,NHL, and MLB back then. The cost of the out of market rights was already in the monthly price of the sports package
     
  14. dcowboy7

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    I think again it goes back to the fact the NFL wants to keep a cap on the total # of subs to keep the networks happy so people watch the local commercials etc.

    Same reason why people always say NFL/directv should lower the ST $$ or even let cable get ST too but it does not happen because the NFL does not want it to happen as that would just increase the sub count way too much which obviously is not the NFLs goal.
     
  15. dhkinil

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    AFAIK you can buy single ST days, only in SD and i think it is about $45 or $50. I got four last year as my anniversary gift, watched one game.
     
  16. Araxen

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    Eventually Sunday Ticket pricing will get to the point where it's no longer feasible that the average joe can afford it. Eventually they'll have to go the team route or ST will be only for businesses and the rich and they'll bleed a ton of ST subs during that time. I see more and more posts every year where people can't afford it now so it's only a few years away I believe.
     
  17. BattleZone

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    Yes, but administration costs would triple with 3 times as many customers, while revenue would be the same, so that would be a losing proposition. You'd probably need 6 times as many customers to end up making the same or better money, and that's probably not realistic.
     
  18. stlmike

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    Maybe I'm being simplistic, but what administration is needed? You can sign up online for these packages without ever talking to a live person.
     
  19. EricRobins

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    I think y'all have it right. Too many people have the packages to watch one or two teams. The number of additional subs would not be enough to supplement for the lost revenue of people who would drop down to the smaller packages.

    I have had EI for 10 years, just to watch the Yankees and would pay up to $125 (meaning almost $75 less) to have only the Yankees games.

    I would, however, add ST if I could get one team for $100. Anything more than that would be too much.
     
  20. BattleZone

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    Right, but most people CALL to sign up, and you HAVE to call to cancel. Then there's all the calls DirecTV has to field about black-outs, HD quality, alternate channels, etc. All that costs real money.
     

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