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2013 MLB Extra Innings Pricing Discussion


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#126 OFFLINE   ichiro

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:39 PM

I've been told by numerous people (including customer retention and the guy who runs a local satellite installation company, who deals with Directv on a daily basis), that the only discounts that are currently being offered for EI are programming discounts that your account is already eligible for, whether you order EI or not. If you've already maxed out the programming credits on your account, you're not getting a EI discount.
Since Directv will have a new round of offers come May 1st, if enough people choose to not order EI at full price (currently right around $224, as they're no longer offering the $199 early renewal price) they're far more likely to start offering a special EI discount. If enough people decide to pay full price, they'll probably figure there's no reason to cut the price.

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#127 OFFLINE   ThyKingZG

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

apparently since monday 4/8/13 directv has a problem adding EI to ANYONE's account, at least this is what i'm being told. $147 credits so far.....going for $200.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:00 PM

I was able to get the following deal. All in all I got $270 in credits. I will take that.


04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX7295 MLB EXTRA INNINGS 2013 HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 Advanced Receiver-HD - 6mosFree HDExist ($10.00) $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 SPORTS - $10/6mosSPORTS ($10.00) $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 CHOICE XTRA CLASSIC - $15/12moBasePkg ($15.00) $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX7295 MLB EXTRA INNINGS 2013 - Charge $55.99 $0.00

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:21 AM

Some of the deals that you all get are amazing

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:46 AM

Does anyone know if they are considering an MLB Extra Innings package in a smaller offering such as one or 2 - 3 team package?

I don't subscribe to MLB Extra Innings anymore because I don't watch but one or two teams out of my area. Just not worth it to me. And I'm hoping they will eventually offer a one or several team option, for about 10 bucks a month. I'm doubtful.

I subscribed for about 5 years, each year asking for a one team option, or something close, and was told no, so I gave up about 5 years ago, and haven't subscribed since. Thanks.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:41 AM

I was able to get the following deal. All in all I got $270 in credits. I will take that.


04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX7295 MLB EXTRA INNINGS 2013 HD - Charge $0.00 $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 Advanced Receiver-HD - 6mosFree HDExist ($10.00) $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 SPORTS - $10/6mosSPORTS ($10.00) $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX2037 CHOICE XTRA CLASSIC - $15/12moBasePkg ($15.00) $0.00

04/09/2013 XXXXXXXX7295 MLB EXTRA INNINGS 2013 - Charge $55.99 $0.00


That's a great deal, but those are all programming and hardware discounts/credits that most good customers can get whether they order EI or not. In other words, by Directv holding out on those discounts and credits until it comes time to order/re-up your EI package, they get you to pay for $224 of your credits.

#132 OFFLINE   joshjr

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

That's a great deal, but those are all programming and hardware discounts/credits that most good customers can get whether they order EI or not. In other words, by Directv holding out on those discounts and credits until it comes time to order/re-up your EI package, they get you to pay for $224 of your credits.


Sort of I guess. MLB EI will get their money and it will be made up by DirecTV not making their's I guess.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:30 AM

Question MLB IE. I am a Reds fan and live in Charlotte NC. Reds games are usually blacked out here because Charlotte is in there territory. Why? I have no idea but that is the way it is. If I get MLB IE will the Reds games still be blacked out? What if I got the Sports Pack instead? Would they be blacked out there too? I do not want to subscribe and then find out I cannot watch there home games. Would it not be cheaper to do the Sports Pack and then cancel after the baseball season?

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:03 AM

Question MLB IE. I am a Reds fan and live in Charlotte NC. Reds games are usually blacked out here because Charlotte is in there territory. Why? I have no idea but that is the way it is. If I get MLB IE will the Reds games still be blacked out? What if I got the Sports Pack instead? Would they be blacked out there too? I do not want to subscribe and then find out I cannot watch there home games. Would it not be cheaper to do the Sports Pack and then cancel after the baseball season?


I used to live in Charlotte so understand the blackout zones of that city. The following teams are in the blackout zone: Reds, Nationals, Orioles, & Braves.

But if you purchase Extra Innings and pay for the Sports Tier (and Directv offers up the RSN that carries those teams locally), you can watch those 'blacked out' teams HOME broadcast but cannot watch the AWAY broadcasts.

Example: I grew up in St. Louis and am a Cardinals fan. When I lived in Charlotte, when the Cards played the Reds, I could still watch the games but could only watch the Reds broadcast, not the Cardinals...with the sound turned down ;)

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:17 AM

I used to live in Charlotte so understand the blackout zones of that city. The following teams are in the blackout zone: Reds, Nationals, Orioles, & Braves.

But if you purchase Extra Innings and pay for the Sports Tier (and Directv offers up the RSN that carries those teams locally), you can watch those 'blacked out' teams HOME broadcast but cannot watch the AWAY broadcasts.

Example: I grew up in St. Louis and am a Cardinals fan. When I lived in Charlotte, when the Cards played the Reds, I could still watch the games but could only watch the Reds broadcast, not the Cardinals...with the sound turned down ;)


The reason you could only watch the Reds broadcast is because the Reds claimed your area, it has nothing to do wtih home vs away. You did not need EI to watch that, it would have been on your local RSN or in sportspack.

dbalone, put your zip code in at http://www.directv.c...assetId=3450006 and see what teams it say and with what packages.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

Does anyone know if they are considering an MLB Extra Innings package in a smaller offering such as one or 2 - 3 team package?

I don't subscribe to MLB Extra Innings anymore because I don't watch but one or two teams out of my area. Just not worth it to me. And I'm hoping they will eventually offer a one or several team option, for about 10 bucks a month. I'm doubtful.

I subscribed for about 5 years, each year asking for a one team option, or something close, and was told no, so I gave up about 5 years ago, and haven't subscribed since. Thanks.


I don't think this is ever going to happen.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:05 PM

Sort of I guess. MLB EI will get their money and it will be made up by DirecTV not making their's I guess.


As I understand it, MLB already made their money from Directv in 2007 when they signed a 7 year deal worth a reported $700 million. I'm pretty sure any money Directv gets from EI subscriptions goes right in their own pockets, so Directv is definitely still making theirs.
I'm pretty sure Directv looks at it like this...
scenario 1) They give you the $270 in credits/discounts that you're eligible for, and they're out $270.
scenario 2) They give you the $270 in credits/discounts that you're eligible for after you subscribe/renew your EI package, and they're only out $46.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:12 PM

As I understand it, MLB already made their money from Directv in 2007 when they signed a 7 year deal worth a reported $700 million. I'm pretty sure any money Directv gets from EI subscriptions goes right in their own pockets, so Directv is definitely still making theirs.
I'm pretty sure Directv looks at it like this...
scenario 1) They give you the $270 in credits/discounts that you're eligible for, and they're out $270.
scenario 2) They give you the $270 in credits/discounts that you're eligible for after you subscribe/renew your EI package, and they're only out $46.


I guess I understand if you are saying DirecTV has already paid for EI. Kind of reminds me of Showtime. Its not a per sub fee for DirecTV and that is why they are able to give it away like water.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

I guess I understand if you are saying DirecTV has already paid for EI. Kind of reminds me of Showtime. Its not a per sub fee for DirecTV and that is why they are able to give it away like water.


Correct. But for some reason Directv has decided to be a lot more hard nosed about the EI package this season (at least so far), and as of April isn't giving any EI discounts aside from discounts/credits that your account is already eligible for, whether you were to order EI or not. If they take enough of a hit from people not ordering/renewing, they might introduce some kind of EI discount for the month of May.
Seems like a pretty big gamble to me, as I know lots of people who have taken Directv's new approach to EI pricing as a reason to give MLB.com a try, at half the cost.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

Correct. But for some reason Directv has decided to be a lot more hard nosed about the EI package this season (at least so far), and as of April isn't giving any EI discounts aside from discounts/credits that your account is already eligible for, whether you were to order EI or not. If they take enough of a hit from people not ordering/renewing, they might introduce some kind of EI discount for the month of May.
Seems like a pretty big gamble to me, as I know lots of people who have taken Directv's new approach to EI pricing as a reason to give MLB.com a try, at half the cost.


I had MLB.TV last year and even though it was okay, it wasnt the greatest on PQ. I know when my kids were streaming Netflix and me a game in HD I had problems with the PQ. Also it was a hassle that only 1 tv in the house was able to watch all the games.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:26 PM

I had MLB.TV last year and even though it was okay, it wasnt the greatest on PQ. I know when my kids were streaming Netflix and me a game in HD I had problems with the PQ. Also it was a hassle that only 1 tv in the house was able to watch all the games.


Yeah, I've kinda heard mixed reviews, with the possibility of buffering and some other issues. You can get it on multiple tv's by having several different devices like Roku hooked up to multiple tv's, but you need to have/buy multiple devices... I've been wondering how the quality and issues have been this year, compared to past seasons.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:51 PM

The Major League team owners think their "mindless moron" is worth $22 million a year. I can be dumb for half of that.

http://espn.go.com/b...million-commish


See, this is yet another reason why Selig is an idiot and why the owners are totally clueless as well.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:14 PM

Very frustrating for me.... My lovely wife said I could get Exta Innings to see the Red Sox but I had to cut back on things......that said I have.... When I called DTV it was full price with no discounts...... Frustrating with three DVRS, Premier package, whole home DVR (which is spotty at best), and have been a customer on and off since 2002. Because we budget.....I am able to get EI for $175 or less....but no more..... Perhaps I should try MLB but not certain how to get it? For the MLB folks....do you get the local feeds for MLB? Looking to see Jerry Remy (2nd cousin's family) and Don Orsillo?
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:19 PM

If you subscribe to MLB.TV, your blackouts will be similar or the same as DirecTV's. For example, if the Rockies are your home team and blacked out on MLBEI, they'll also be blacked out on MLB.TV. MLB.TV feeds are the channels on which your home team is broadcast. (The away feeds are also offered in the premium package, but said feeds are also subject to blackout rules.) That could be either a superstation (like WGN, TBS, etc.), a regional sports channel (like Comcast's sports channels or FOX's sports channels), or even a local channel if it is broadcasting a game (like channel 9 or 26 in Chicago, for example).

Regardless, of whether the channel that is showing the game is local or not, it is subject to being blacked out on both MLBEI or MLB.TV pursuant to MLB's arcane and insane blackout policies.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:21 PM

Very frustrating for me.... My lovely wife said I could get Exta Innings to see the Red Sox but I had to cut back on things......that said I have.... When I called DTV it was full price with no discounts...... Frustrating with three DVRS, Premier package, whole home DVR (which is spotty at best), and have been a customer on and off since 2002. Because we budget.....I am able to get EI for $175 or less....but no more..... Perhaps I should try MLB but not certain how to get it? For the MLB folks....do you get the local feeds for MLB? Looking to see Jerry Remy (2nd cousin's family) and Don Orsillo?


1. If you dont talk to Retention you might as well forget it.
2. If you have a bad payment history thats a big strike against you.
3. If you had a recent major upgrade like a HR34 for a very low price, thats a big strike against you.
4. If you sub to cheap packages and dont spend much money your odds decrease as well.

Call and say cancel at the voice prompt after they confirm your address. They will ask if you want to shut off service, say cancel again. Then when they ask if its because you are moving say no and boom you are in. Good luck and let us know. FYI I called twice last night and still had to talk to a supervisor (3rd different person) to get my deal. See my deal a few posts back. That should work for you to get the pricing you want.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:09 AM

Well, got tired of waiting for Directv's possible May EI offers, so I went ahead and ordered MLB.com. So far I'm really happy with the HD picture quality, features like getting to watch certain games when it's convenient for me, ability to watch condensed games, highlights, archived games, ability to pull up things like the box score during the game, play game highlights on demand during the game, watch games on my phone or laptop instead of just the TV, and lots of features I haven't even figured out yet.

If there are no picture quality or buffering issues as the season goes on, I'll likely stick with MLB.com instead of EI for around half the price.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:24 AM

Got the following email today:

 

Due to a recent system error, you were incorrectly billed for the MLB EXTRA INNINGS package. The amount billed to your account was $223.96 (as a 1-pay or 4-pay option) but the correct amount should have been $199.95 (as a 1-pay or 5-pay option). As a result, you will receive a credit on your next bill.

If you signed up for the 4-pay option, you will be switched from the 4-pay offer ($55.99) to the 5-pay offer ($39.99). You will then be credited $55.99 on your next bill. If you signed up for the 1-pay option, you will receive a credit on your next bill in the amount of $24.01.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

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Interesting...


Edited by abcward, 19 April 2013 - 10:30 AM.





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