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2.00 Regional Sports Fee?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Nomo1, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. forecheck

    forecheck Legend

    Jun 13, 2002
    I am in the SF DMA and got it too. Overall, it is a $7 increase this year which has to be the biggest yearly jump Directv has had. I expect a $3-$4 jump every year, but the one this year may finally push me into looking at the alternatives.
  2. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    I would check directv site in the channel package screen without logging in and put your zip code and choose any package then add a receiver(yes just like first time ordering) and checkout, it will show you the total with credits and at the bottom should say sports fee but ymmv.
  3. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    This idea so tempted me that I just did it!!

    Sure enough, all kinds of double-talk and discounts but after wading through them all there was no mention anywhere about a REGIONAL SPORTS FEE at checkout even though PRIOR to my last bill it was there! So they MUST have changed my ZIP code to not have the fee anymore.

    My biggest laugh was that I told the website I only had 1 TV but wanted a Genie. It cheerfully charged me a $25 "advanced receiver fee" which when highlighting the question mark told me that whole home service was included!

    I also noted that their way of giving "free HD" was a so-called $10 discount for the first 24 months.
  4. jamieh1

    jamieh1 Hall Of Fame

    May 1, 2003
    Ive done this, In NC ive checked Charlotte NC market which has Sport South, Fox Sports south and MASN, no fee.

    Raleigh/Durham NC Masn and Fox Sports South, no fee.

    Greenville NC Masn and Fox Sports South, no fee
  5. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Cablevision announced yesterday they are employing a sports surcharge as well, $2.98. By my count, that makes five of the major providers doing it.
  6. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    They are sending a message which isn't surprising knowing the high increase fee at every negotiated contracts, that's why some people are asking for separate ala carte sports package including local RSN(to avoid the sports fee)
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    It is strange to see a regional company add an RSN fee ... one would think that they would just adjust all of their prices - similar to the way cable companies with regional pricing have been able to charge more in some areas than others for many years.

    This Cablevision charge seems to be more PR based. They will raise their rates just like they do at least every year but this year they will blame part of the rate increase on sports and express it as a surcharge. Other companies (including DirecTV) adding surcharges have opened the door for carriers to charge a specific surcharge for sports.

    Article: Cablevision Adds Sports Programming Surcharge To Consumer Bills
  8. Apr 7, 2013 #128 of 208

    IMTreble New Member

    Apr 7, 2013
    I do not watch sports ever, any sports. They should offer a package for those of us with zero interest in sports. instead of ALL THOSE sports channels give us some others or a couple movie channels. I'd trade the hundred stupid sports channels for two or three good movie channels!

    When I asked their phone support the girl gave me a "don't blame us blame someone else" answer but she could not tell me who that other person was. I asked is a California thing or county thing? she had no idea. The explanation on their site said exactly nothing too.

    I did get them to give me the $2 back for a year though :)
  9. Apr 7, 2013 #129 of 208

    goinsleeper Godfather

    May 22, 2012
    I have 2 RSN's with very little pro-team coverage. You have around 5 or 6 RSN's with quite a bit of pro-team coverage. This is why you would have an extra $2 on your bill. Even though you do not watch sports, I'm willing to bet the cost of living is higher in your area as well. Higher cost of living would apply to your television service as well. Glad to hear they are giving you credit for it though. No matter what your cost of living is, it's always nice to not pay for something you have no use for.
  10. Apr 7, 2013 #130 of 208

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    They do offer the entertainment package and it only has 2 sports channels, ESPN and ESPN2. I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum, I wish I could get a package with no movie channels and replace them with sports channels. My wife wouldn't be happy though.
  11. cody21

    cody21 Icon

    Sep 26, 2007
    I just received our April bill ... every few months I do a close review of the bill and just stumbled across this new $2 Sport fee .. I went back thru my last few months bills and this appeared for the 1st time on my Feb bill for January. I'm in the SF Bay Area - zip 94549 .... I get so tired of this stupid nickel and diming, but honestly, they're all in collusion with each other. Just another Utilty company like Electric, Phone, Water, Garbage ... what are you gonna do?
  12. sum_random_dork

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    I question the $2 fee for SF Bay Area customers. The contracts with CSN Bay Area and CA were signed a year or more ago so nothing has changed there. As of yet we still don't have Pac12 network(s) so they can't say that is why it went up. Not sure how they came to the conclusion to add it now in this market. If anything the Nor Cal market could be losing a team next year if the Kings do head to Seattle. (the Kings are not aired in the SF Bay Area and the Warriors are not aired in the Sac market) So as I look at it, over the last year I have lost programing (a lot of the Pac 12 games that use to be on CSN/FSN) and now I am being told I will be charged an added fee for less programing? Something isn't adding up here....I am a couple of cities east of Cody and would have all the same sports channels.
  13. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

    May 22, 2012
    I have to agree with this. As much as I understand the need for the $2 in many markets, this market doesn't seem to be one of them. Maybe they will redefine the zip codes this applies to and alter it in the area. Fingers crossed anyways.
  14. tjguitar

    tjguitar Mentor

    Aug 23, 2006
    ...or maybe SF foks have been getting a deal for years. Who knows how much Comcast charges for those channels.
  15. mesquito10

    mesquito10 New Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Las Vegas,...
    I am in the Las Vegas NV area and the $2.00 fee showed up on this months bill. I looked at my account on line and cannot find which if any sports channels are included. My zip code is 89027 Mesquite, NV which borders AZ state line and is around 30 miles from Utah state line. I can receive some Calif. sports networks but AZ and UT teams are out of area and blacked out. This Sucks! The Calif state line is 120 miles to the southwest of here.
  16. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008

    says you need sports pack to get the AZ teams.
  17. milton

    milton Cool Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    They are potentially risking ticking off sports fans in the Bay Area who are already upset about the lack of PAC-12.

    Question: If you have the sports pack, do they still charge a RSN fee?
  18. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    I haven't seen this yet in the Reno area, and we have the Comcast sports channels from the Bay Area and Sacramento. Only slightly annoying if we do get charged, since I never watch these channels and I pay gobs of money to watch the Islanders and Nets (NHLCI and League Pass Mobile). Now, if only we could choose our RSN's... I would love to be able to trade CSNCA and CSN Bay Area for MSG+ and Yes. Too bad it will never happen...
  19. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    They are slowly pushing this fee to dmas that have multiple sports RSNs. Its been coming along for over a year, they seem to be implementing it slowly, I'd almost guess based on price increases for channels.

    And Nevada is mostly California sports market so those RSNs from California usually flow to Nevada areas and therefore you get several of the RSNs and therefore have to pay the fee. That's caused by MLB, NHL, nba, etc, not DIRECTV on which RSNs and sports teams you are supposed to receive.

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  20. JosephB

    JosephB Icon

    Nov 14, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    Charter charges a "local channel recovery fee" in response to retransmission fees from local channels. It's all about pushing the blame for fee increases onto the channels and off the cable companies, and to be honest, I can't blame them. People moan and complain about cable increases but when the cost of the product goes up, the cable and satellite companies have no choice but to pass the fees on.

    Except that they can't do that. Fox, Comcast, and Disney hold their entertainment channels hostage and in order to offer you USA Network, FX, or Disney Channel, they have to also give you NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, and ESPN.

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