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DirecTV's 'NFL Sunday Ticket Available on Macs/iOS Devices


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#1 OFFLINE   tunce

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

Very intriguing...No satellite subscription needed!...

 

 

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:59 PM

I hope this is true! I can finally ditch DirecTV.

I'm currently subscribing to two services because DirecTV lacks something I want, while conversely I still want Sunday Ticket.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:00 PM

NFL ST "has long been accessible on iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices".

I'm pretty sure NFL ST was available without a DIRECTV subscription for the 2012 season so the article is likely a couple years late.

http://www.sportsgee...ithout-directv/

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:02 PM

I hope this is true! I can finally ditch DirecTV.

Unless the terms change, DIRECTV won't qualify you for the online service because you are not "underserved".

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:06 PM

are you sure its for those who are "underserved"   I haven't read anything saying that yet, just started reading though.



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:14 PM

I think your wrong Harsh, here is the Appleinsider link that shows the tiers and it states NO Satellite sub required.

 

http://appleinsider....cription-needed


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

Read the third and fourth paragraphs of this March 2009 New York Times article regarding the latest contract between the NFL and DIRECTV:

http://www.nytimes.c...domir.html?_r=1

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:21 PM

I think your wrong Harsh, here is the Appleinsider link that shows the tiers and it states NO Satellite sub required.

Since the AppleInsider link made other serious errors (like missing the first two seasons the service was available), I wouldn't hang my hat on anything what the article says; it is classed as a rumor after all.

Again, no subscription is required, but you must NOT be able to subscribe to DIRECTV to qualify for the online-only service. In either case, you have to go through DIRECTV and if you can receive their conventional satellite TV service, they'll more than likely sign you up for a two year hitch with it.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:41 PM

Since the AppleInsider link made other serious errors (like missing the first two seasons the service was available), I wouldn't hang my hat on anything what the article says; it is classed as a rumor after all.

Again, no subscription is required, but you must NOT be able to subscribe to DIRECTV to qualify for the online-only service. In either case, you have to go through DIRECTV and if you can receive their conventional satellite TV service, they'll more than likely sign you up for a two year hitch with it.

This is fully correct. Appleinsider and Macrumors posted before understanding the full facts. This is almost the same program that has existed for the past 2 seasons. Simply put if you can get DTV it's not for you.



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:38 PM

this is big news

 

http://nflst.directv...nflws/index.jsp


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:43 PM

"... if you live in an apartment building where DIRECTV service is not available, attend one of these universities, or live in the following metro areas: New York City, Philadelphia, or San Francisco."

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:25 PM

"... if you live in an apartment building where DIRECTV service is not available, attend one of these universities, or live in the following metro areas: New York City, Philadelphia, or San Francisco."

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN- ANN ARBOR
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There is going to be a lot of disappointed folks when they find out the are not eligible for this service, judging by the comments when this was announced 


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:25 AM

Here is the disclaimer they added to that article:

 

Update 1:45 PM PT: As noted by Engadget, an FAQ on the DirecTV site indicates that the NFL Sunday Ticket subscription free plan may be limited to customers in "select areas, residence types, and enrolled in select universities." Users must enter their address information on the DirecTV site to find out if they are eligible.



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:52 AM

Why only those three specific metro areas? Messing with comcast? I'm certain that's not it but it would be great if D* started playing hardball in this way..

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:20 AM

There is going to be a lot of disappointed folks when they find out the are not eligible for this service, judging by the comments when this was announced

They'll only be disappointed if they didn't go to the source. The blogosphere isn't doing us any favors when they "enhance" with incorrect information.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:39 AM

"... if you live in an apartment building where DIRECTV service is not available, attend one of these universities, or live in the following metro areas: New York City, Philadelphia, or San Francisco."UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTONUNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTINUNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN- ANN ARBORUNIVERSITY OF FLORIDAUNIVERSITY COLORADO AT BOULDERUNIVERSITY OF ALABAMASYRACUSE UNIVERSITYOHIO STATE UNIVERSITYHARVARD UNIVERSITY


I'm curious as to why they limited the availability to a seemingly random allotment of geography and universities?

Or maybe it isn't so random:

New York City: probably doesn't have a high penetration of satellite customers for obvious reasons (multi-tenant buildings/high rises). The city that houses NFL's HQ.
Philadelphia: The home of Comcast and probably has a low count of DirecTV as well (at least "sport's customers") due to the Philly channel and other reasons?
San Francisco: no idea really.

The random sampling of universities are another strange element. The only thing I can think of in regards to the listed Pac-12 schools and Texas (which combined make up 40% of the list) is that maybe they indeed saw some defections of sport-centric customers due to the Pac-12 and Longhorn network respectively, customers that might otherwise subscribe to Sunday Ticket had they remained?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:22 AM

The real outlier is Harvard. Anyone guess as to why it's included?? A strange pick.....


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:23 AM

That will put D in the red.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:38 AM

Some good details here. I think they mean any address in those 3 metro areas qualifies. Anywhere else, any multi-family address qualifies. I tested the reporter's theory by entering the address of the apartment complex next to my office here in TX and the D* site says I qualify despite the fact there are several directv dishes on the south facing balconies. Therefore, they must only be looking if the address is multifamily, and not matching up to see if they have actual dish subscribers located there.

 

http://www.forbes.co...satellite-dish/



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:46 AM

Some good details here. I think they mean any address in those 3 metro areas qualifies. Anywhere else, any multi-family address qualifies. I tested the reporter's theory by entering the address of the apartment complex next to my office here in TX and the D* site says I qualify despite the fact there are several directv dishes on the south facing balconies. Therefore, they must only be looking if the address is multifamily, and not matching up to see if they have actual dish subscribers located there.

 

http://www.forbes.co...satellite-dish/

 

Well that not what the directv ad says so somebody is way off.



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:43 PM

Some good details here. I think they mean any address in those 3 metro areas qualifies. Anywhere else, any multi-family address qualifies. I tested the reporter's theory by entering the address of the apartment complex next to my office here in TX and the D* site says I qualify despite the fact there are several directv dishes on the south facing balconies. Therefore, they must only be looking if the address is multifamily, and not matching up to see if they have actual dish subscribers located there.

 

http://www.forbes.co...satellite-dish/

From the article in your link.

 

"It appears if you live in a residence that DirecTV deems could easily get their satellite service, they won’t sell you Sunday Ticket over the internet."



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:46 PM

That will put D in the red.

The money goes to Directv. If they determine that you can't get Directv they can sell you ST over the internet. They will make even  more money.

 

Check out this link.

 

http://www.satellite...-ticket.339661/


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:48 PM

I'm curious as to why they limited the availability to a seemingly random allotment of geography and universities?

Or maybe it isn't so random:

New York City: probably doesn't have a high penetration of satellite customers for obvious reasons (multi-tenant buildings/high rises). The city that houses NFL's HQ.
Philadelphia: The home of Comcast and probably has a low count of DirecTV as well (at least "sport's customers") due to the Philly channel and other reasons?
San Francisco: no idea really.

The random sampling of universities are another strange element. The only thing I can think of in regards to the listed Pac-12 schools and Texas (which combined make up 40% of the list) is that maybe they indeed saw some defections of sport-centric customers due to the Pac-12 and Longhorn network respectively, customers that might otherwise subscribe to Sunday Ticket had they remained?

 

I think you're trying to read too much into it. Why USC and not also UCLA, for instance? I doubt that the lack of Longhorn Network is causing many defections from Directv, and those who did are probably already gone by now. Besides, I'll bet ESPN forces them to add it with the new contract so it probably won't matter by the time the NFL season begins.

 

If it has something to do with areas where Directv is losing subscribers, why would they include Michigan and OSU, both are B1G schools well served by BTN? Why Alabama and Florida in SEC country? Harvard??

 

Looks like they are test marketing, maybe to see how many people pick it up, how many people cancel a full Directv subscription and get NFLST only (if they live in multifamily housing) and how many commercial subscriptions in the area are dropped because they expect fewer customers going to bars/restaurants to watch and it is no longer worth having. That information would be useful as they determine how much they can make off NFLST in the future as they negotiate for renewal with the NFL this fall.

 

Possibly it could be something that has to do with the schools themselves. Maybe they had to kick in some money or have some sort of relationship with Directv that others don't? Not sure why Harvard would be on that list though, unless someone on Harvard's Board of Overseers is also on Directv's board or something weird like that.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:33 PM

Last year when they sold ST access on mobile devices and computers packaged with the special edition of EA's Madden, it also said it was only available to those who could not get a Directv subscription. But they did not enforce that - it didn't matter where you lived, if you bought the game, you got access to ST (I was one of those.)

 

It sounds like, this year, they are going to enforce this, especially if they are getting this specific. But that makes the headlines deceptive: they should read "Most people will NOT be able to get Sunday Ticket without a Directv sub, but some selected few will get the option."



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

I'm curious as to why they limited the availability to a seemingly random allotment of geography and universities?

Or maybe it isn't so random:

New York City: probably doesn't have a high penetration of satellite customers for obvious reasons (multi-tenant buildings/high rises). The city that houses NFL's HQ.
 

DirecTV® is doing very well in NYC, so I don't think this is the reason 


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