2018 NFL Sunday Ticket Pricing

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  1. James Long

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    I agree with you in general. We have no indication that the NFL demands anything more from AT&T|DIRECTV than the agreed on price. But there are limits to AT&T|DIRECTV's distribution. NFL SUnday Ticket did not appear on UVerse after the most recent renewal. Streaming is as limited as it was before AT&T bought DIRECTV. While one could argue that AT&T|DIRECTV could put NFL Sunday Ticket on UVerse (or distribute in other ways) and has simply decided to restrict the content (greed, stinginess, encouraging satellite subscriptions?) one would be arguing without proof.

    A few years ago Starz got upset when DISH decided to distribute their channels to nearly all of their customers. DISH paid the price per customer Starz agreed to but Starz considered themselves a premium channel package and being distributed to nearly all customers did not fit that image. So yes, it is possible for a content owner to demand more than money for their channels. I would not be surprised to see the NFL demanding that AT&T|DIRECTV treat NFL Sunday Ticket as a premium package.

    That being said, I believe if one audited the distribution of NFL Sunday ticket you would not see as many "watching for free" subscribers as it appears from reading this thread. Customers who do not know to ask for a discount will be paying more. And many of the discounts reported in this thread are separate from NFL Sunday Ticket. From what I can see the package is still treated as a premium.
     
  2. bubba1990

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    I definitely agree with what’s being said, and personally having a Directv rep state to me it was an NFL issue just means it’s easy for them to pass blame. Agree, the NFL is being paid so there’s no way they dictate a discount.

    Its obvious they are not ready to offer any substantial discount or offer it free in return for a commitment. If they’re trying to recoup from last year’s refunds, what is the policy this year? The protest continued during games last night, so does that mean those paying full price have the option of a refund if it continues into regular season?

    I think AT&T isn’t willing to offer anything at this point. But I think the numbers of those who actually know to call in and ask for a deal is small in comparison to those that don’t. I’m not sure why they’d be willing to risk losing subs verses offering a deal in attempts to maintain customers.
     
  3. James Long

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    Adding to my thoughts above ... I would not expect a CSR to be "in the loop" as to the exact contract limitations between the NFL and AT&T|DIRECTV. There may be a shred of truth that was passed to that CSR (like the game of telephone where the real truth can be easily lost). But definitive knowledge as to how the contract works would not be in a CSR's head.
     
  4. Grafixguy

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    The real money in Sunday Ticket is with commercial accounts. Anything they make from residential is gravy.

    It's possible they're being a bit more creative such as the deal I got which leaves me technically paying full price but I wasn't going to get that $60/month without it.
     
  5. gwlbe

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    Made my annual call today after seeing the auto renewal charge on my bill. Starting the next bill cycle they will give me 16.5 off ST Max plus 50 discount for 12 months. Good deal 66.5 for 6 months and 50 for 6 months = 699 in total less 65.99 for 6 month = 303.06 credit for ST, no contract. 20+ year customer.
     
  6. VaJim

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    Like others...I have to throw the BS flag on this theory. IMO...The NFL is not losing money in the long term. The ST is a media product of AT&T. They own and manage it. What AT&T is trying to do (if you want to make sense of the here today/gone tomorrow deals) is recoup any losses they experienced in the purchase of DTV. AT&T's business model probably does not support the type of discounts we've seen in the past...for now. Things could change. Sorry but the CSR just passed some gas and many took it as gospel while others are holding their nose.
     
  7. cmasia

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    This is by no means a defense of AT&T.

    But, my contract expires in August every year, and in the few years before AT&T took over, and in the years since, I've gotten varying degrees of the same deal every year when I call in.

    I'm Premiere with MLB and NHL, and I usually get around a $600 to $700 annual break, a combination of a cheaper ST price and monthly discounts over 12 months.

    If I were in DirecTV's shoes, I'd emphasize more monthly discounts since ST ends in December, but another 1 year contract locks me in longer.

    Have not called in yet this year. Planning to do it next week.

    Hope everyone does well this year. It is CSR Roulette, so be willing to pass if you don't initially get the deal you're hoping for.

    By the way, I'm in the camp that says the NFL has ZERO say in how DIrecTV prices and discounts ST and ST Max.
     
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  8. dtv757

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    The NFLST deals suck this year so far $16 off that's terriable..

    Either that or D* spoiled us before the merger lol

    But now that I think about it "in-demamd" does not offer deals on other sports like how D* spoils us

    So guess we have been lucky past few year

    But than again there's a reason why we have D* and not POS cable lol



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  9. glrush

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    I am starting to believe that DirecTV is really only interested in commercial accounts or using ST to get new customers to sign up. I know around Cedar Rapids where I live many, if not most, the bars have Sunday Ticket and is pretty pricey.

    Maybe they will change course, but perhaps they figure the loss pf subscribers will be made up for people paying full (or near full) price.
     
  10. bjlc

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    I called today.. I basically got nothing.. Sports pack for free and they paid when I had my dish moved two weeks ago.. NO OTHER DISCOUNT.. I asked for the rest of MLB season.. NO.. I asked that you turn on my Local Channels.. ( I have the east and west coast feeds) NO.. and I am not under contract and I pay my bill on the first of the month but not electrically, and I have been with them for 17 years.. Hey thanks..
     
  11. patchs

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    Been with DirecTV since 1999, just for NFLST. My contract ends in early Sept. I'm going to keep following this thread and make my call after Labor Day. My hunch is there'll be renewal deals.
     
  12. cmasia

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    Something for all to consider.

    If you have not gotten a decent deal before the season begins, be certain to cancel before kick-off. Anything billed will be refunded.

    You can always try to make a deal and re-subscribe after the season starts,
    And remember the first week is always free.

    If you're still subscribed once the season starts, you have no leverage to make a deal and no cancellation options.
    Last season they let people cancel early in the season due to the "protest" issues. I doubt that will happen again.
     
  13. shendley

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    Do we know for a fact that ATT/Directv was refunding NFLST subscriptions based on people upset about the ‘taking a knee’ protests? That just seems out of character for them late enough in the season that people have watched more than a few games with their subscriptions.
     
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    Okay. I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised. The President has a lot of influence. I could be wrong here but I’m assuming the outrage at the ‘taking a knee’ protests started when Trump weighed in. Before that it had all but disappeared. Hard to just blow people off who are citing the President as the source of their misgivings with the NFL product.
     
  17. shendley

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    By the way, I don’t mean to be dragging this thread into politics. Just trying to make sense as to why ATT/Directv would be giving money back to people who have already subscribed to NFLST and watched a lot of entertaining football before calling in all outraged and demanding a refund.
     
  18. James Long

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    Did they give money back or just stop charging installment payments and allow people to cancel? It would be messy the way they have been giving discounts this year (still charging for NFLST but discounting the total bill).
     
  19. Richjr42

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    Ok,so I was wrong. I’m not getting NFL ST Max for free like I did last year. I got my bill and saw a $65.00 charge for the first month. I immediately called the retention department and,after some jousting about,I’ll now be paying $16.50 for the remainder plus I got $60 off my package for a year. ETA on 8/13/2018:Ok,I just rechecked online and they knocked off the first payment of $65.99 and charged me $16.50. So,I’ll be paying that for the whole package. Thanks to Roland in the Retention Department,I’m a happy football fan with money to spare.
     
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  20. Ms. J

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    So I called & was pleasant to the guy on the phone when I asked if there were any deals on the Sunday Ticket. He was like "I'm sure there are some deals for you. Let me check." Comes back & says there aren't any deals right now but call back in a couple of days and speak to the Loyalty department. He was real understanding of the cost and that I was thinking of canceling due to all my other At&T connection issues, but offered me nothing. I had actually called earlier to cancel ST & the chick from India offered me $100 off Max and gave me $32 off for 6 months before I even canceled it. So I had my husband call Loyalty since he always gets better deals than me. He calls & says "I'm upset that my wife called earlier & was told there's no offers on Sunday Ticket. She's actually online right now looking to switch to Spectrum, so I'm wanting to see if there are any offers on the Sunday Ticket." Guy thanks us for being a customer since July 2011 & wants to confirm we're looking to get ST for free. He checks & offers $60 off a month for 12 months. Hubby asks if any way to get ST down to $150 but guy checks & says not right now, but to call back end of September or early October because $15 Loyalty discount will be gone by then & I should be able to get it back, but if only $5 wait a month when new offers come out. So I took it. Sunday Ticket for $50 for 6 months totaling $300. Discount of $60 for 12 months, totaling $720 and $32 for 6 months, totaling $192. Loyalty & Retention made no mention of $32 discount which they usually do. I guess it's because she lowered the price of the Premier package.

    Good luck everyone!
    *I had been billed already for Max when I canceled. It's no biggie. The credit shows up within 48 hours so you don't pay it.
     
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