They tried to get me to switch to ENTERTAINMENT (from Choice Extra Classic) a year ago when I complained and complained about the Regional Sports Fee (I hate sports). But then I looked at how many non-sports channels that I watch weren't in ENTERTAINMENT and decided that wasn't an option.
When I started talking "Hopper" to retention I ended up with a $10 bill credit for a year and 6 months of no DVR fee.
Now, I discovered that the Regional Sports Fee suddenly disappeared for my ZIP code on February 1!
Why doesn't DirecTV just put ALL the sports channels into their sports tier and let viewers who don't watch sports escape from the outrageous charges that sports channel providers (I.E. ESPN) charge?
im not a sports fan either. ive also wondered why they dont group all the sports channels together, in their own premium package like they do the movie channels. im sure there are some reason why they cant or wont do that. im guessing the sports part of directv cost so much a premium type sports package would be too expensive. maybe?
Satelliteracer has giving his opinion on why its not feasible previously:
We will agree to disagree on this. The sports channels are a product of many things, including huge salaries for players, etc. They need eyeballs for ad revenue and subscribers to drive ratings for that ad revenue. On the flip side, they also need high subscription fees to pay for the rights fees that pay for the salaries, etc.
Many distributors right now are trying to put Pac 12 into a "premium" package, or a sports tier, same with Longhorn Network, etc. You see what happens as a result. No matter what, someone isn't going to be happy. The sports fan that feels all sports should be included and costs be damned, or the non sports fan that could not care less about sports and has to bear huge portion of their monthly bill to support the very sports they do not want. Where's the middle ground?
Problem is that the RSNs demand that the channel be in those higher tier packages and are required under contract. That's one of the core issues. The RSNs (the teams, etc) want broad penetration for advertising eyeballs AND large fees from the distributor.