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What is the DirecTV "VIP Package"


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#1 OFFLINE   wilbur_the_goose

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:39 AM

I'm watching Morning Joe today, and one of the talking heads says she had the "DirecTV VIP Package". According to her, she was able to watch last weekend's CPAC convention on DirecTV.

Is there really a package for "VIP's"?

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

The only thing I can think of is VIP installation which is a little more than the "standard" installation. There are a lot of packages I don't know about but I've never heard of that one.
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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:02 PM

I thought I read a post once where someone had that. It was a flat fee per year of several thousand dollars. It had all the receivers you wanted and every bit of programming that came on the DTV satellites including all of the sports channels and PPV channels.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:04 PM

I thought I read a post once where someone had that. It was a flat fee per year of several thousand dollars. It had all the receivers you wanted and every bit of programming that came on the DTV satellites including all of the sports channels and PPV channels.


I think that was called the Titanium Package.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

At one point I was offered that package. IIIRC it consisted of a flat annual fee of like 5k that enabled one to have ALL services and unlimited receivers.

I had been whining to a CSR about the costs of maintaining just the lease fees on my enterprise which then was like 8 service machines. Pre DBSTalk era for me and the CSR suggested this plan.

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I'm watching Morning Joe today, and one of the talking heads says she had the "DirecTV VIP Package". According to her, she was able to watch last weekend's CPAC convention on DirecTV.

Is there really a package for "VIP's"?


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:16 PM

Here it was called Titanium Ultimate Couch Potato

Directv website says they no longer offers it.

Edited by JACKIEGAGA, 18 March 2013 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

I wonder if they offer a special package for people they consider "VIPs" - big-name actors, jocks, news types, politicians, etc?

And, was CPAC available on D* this past weekend? (I'm definitely not a CPAC type, but I always appreciate hearing what we all have to say)

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

Sorry us VIP's have been sworn to not discuss the VIP package with commoners such as yourselves...:contract: :D


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

And, was CPAC available on D* this past weekend? (I'm definitely not a CPAC type, but I always appreciate hearing what we all have to say)

C-SPAN aired it, so it wasn't something that would be a "VIP" exclusive

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:20 AM

The way Joe Scarborough was talking about it, it seemed like a "mix" channel...multiple feeds of coverage, each of a different aspect of the conference, on a single screen.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

There's not just one "VIP Package".

There are scores of different customized packages for all sorts of different customers that have special arrangements with DirecTV.

The pre-paid $10,000 per year package that is no longer offered is called Titanium.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:47 PM

Is that the one OJ had? :grin:

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:27 PM

Is that the one OJ had? :grin:


Minus the $10,000 :lol:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

I wonder if it includes both the NY & LA big 4 feeds...that the "rest of us" don't qualify 4.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:39 AM

I wonder if it includes both the NY & LA big 4 feeds...that the "rest of us" don't qualify 4.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

So, once again, some are above "the law"? Once again...not surprised.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:46 PM

Titanium customers must qualify for DNS through the usual channels. DNS is provided only if the service address qualifies.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:11 PM

Titanium customers must qualify for DNS through the usual channels. DNS is provided only if the service address qualifies.


I think Titanium was all channels with NO black outs.

It mainly was to put a price on the cost of the hacked boxes / cards that got all channels.
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:50 PM

Since it was an official package there had to be some blackouts due to contracts (as well as legal issues when it came to DNS since it was around the same time the FCC started cracking down on DNS rules). i.e. someone in CSN Philly territory would still be blacked out of the games, and I doubt they got any of the private network broadcasts in the 570s.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

I think Titanium was all channels with NO black outs.

It mainly was to put a price on the cost of the hacked boxes / cards that got all channels.


at least it used in a court to justify a fee for violators (not a hackers) whose watched but programmed the cards

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:47 AM

I think Titanium was all channels with NO black outs.

It mainly was to put a price on the cost of the hacked boxes / cards that got all channels.


Titanium exists currentlly as a grandfathered package and that is the rules on DNS, DNS channels available only if service address qualifies - I checked before I posted.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:01 AM

something else came to mind that may be in the customer's reference. DirecTV has channels that open only to certain pre-qualified individuals. For instance some Native American tribes used to have a weekly broadcast on a specific channel which was only available to accounts that had that tag on their services. That could be what she is referring to as well - a specific broadcast or series of broadcasts that is only available and veiwable to those tagged accounts. For example, look at channel 575 on the guide at DirecTV.com - it's a part time broadcast for the Seminole Tribe.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

Since it was an official package there had to be some blackouts due to contracts (as well as legal issues when it came to DNS since it was around the same time the FCC started cracking down on DNS rules). i.e. someone in CSN Philly territory would still be blacked out of the games, and I doubt they got any of the private network broadcasts in the 570s.


I have seen clips other teams feed / national feed of games on the local news even when a game is on a local channel / local RSN (with the national feed blacked out) So there some ways to get around the black outs with no breaking the law.
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:06 PM

I have seen clips other teams feed / national feed of games on the local news even when a game is on a local channel / local RSN (with the national feed blacked out) So there some ways to get around the black outs with no breaking the law.


Local news stations usually aren't recording the games themselves -- they get clip packages from one of the news services they subscribe to.
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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:44 AM

Local news stations usually aren't recording the games themselves -- they get clip packages from one of the news services they subscribe to.

I have talked to the engineer at one of our local stations and know for a fact that they use a high end HD capture card (utilizing component cables from the HD cable box/receiver) and make there own highlights for some local sports highlights.

They always do this for games that air on CSS HD because CSS (owned by NBCUniversal) will not provide them a HD highlight even if they request it and are willing to pay for it! (I think they might provide DVD quality SD highlights to stations)

They have both Comcast and DirecTV at the studio so they can also get the Fox Sports South Alt / Plus and SportSouth Alt / Plus HD feeds (to capture if they know they won't be getting highlights quick enough for the newscast) because the Grizzles, Predators, and some college games are usually dumped on an Alt that the local Comcast will not show so they have to get it from D*. Of course they have to have Comcast service to capture games from CSS HD because unfortunately D* doesn't carry the channel.

I assume they are getting permission to use these clips they create, they generally always will say Courtesy of: Fox Sports, SportSouth, Comcast Sports South, etc. when they air although a few times I have noticed the wrong attribution given which will be for another network then where the highlight comes from. Also, the highlights they do get from the service generally have inferior picture quality and look like widescreen SD, the ones they capture themselves always look noticeably better in HD quality.

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