Posted 18 February 2010 - 11:52 AM
Those prices for Sports bars are much higher than the $300 consumer prices. Not sure if they are still that way, but they used to be based on the capacity of the establishment.
They ARE still that way, and DirecTV's big money maker on NFLST is commercial subs, with Casinos paying $50k or more per season and bars pay a ton too. NFLST for regular customers is more of a "bring you into DirecTV/keep you at DirecTV tool," (Customer addition and retention) and that is why discounts can be had. You don't see discounts for commercial service though.
Customer addition and retention, and the fact that nobody would sub to NFL ST just for RZC (And thus someone who subs for NFL ST to get their out of market team is not going to drop to RZC only), means there is a chance that RZC only will be offered stand-alone or part of the sports pack.
If not now, when DirecTV's deal expires and they want to renew with the NFL and keep it a DirecTV exclusive, NFL could demand that RZC (Either DirecTV's or NFLN's version) be offered stand-alone or in a sports pack, and in that case DirecTV would comply because they love NFLST exclusivity, mainly because of commercial accounts.
My setup (TV + DirecTV):
Master Bedroom: LG 32" 120hz LCD TV, GENIE Client
Living room: Samsung 46" 120hz LED LCD TV 7000 series, GENIE Master
Dedicated HT: Epson 8700UB projector with 150" 16:9 painted on screen and 180" 2.4:1 painted on screen, HD-DVR (HR22), Denon AVR-890, Klipsch Icon Front Speakers, Center Speaker, and Klipsch Icon Floorstanders for side and rear speakers (6 total floorstanders), subwoofer is BIC America V-1220 12" down-firing sub