2018 NFL Sunday Ticket Pricing

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by B. Shoe, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. lilstone87

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    Don't get it twisted... The new helmet rule could end up being 10x worst then the catch rule has been. If you have watched any of the first few preseason games this year. There's a lot of judgement call's being made by the refs, and unlike the catch/no catch. You can't have the helmet call reviewed currently, which is very concerning.... If the way these refs are calling the preseason games so far, continues into the regular season.

    Not even a full two week's of preseason games have been called, and there has been at least a half dozen call's I have seen where the defender hit with his chest/shoulder, and got called for using the helmet. Talk about bad calls, and I'm pretty sure these are 15 yard penalties as well. So that can be critical late in games, and I can only imagine ref's this year deciding the final outcome of games even more. Which will be a major issue all around.

    Currently I think there's only one thing the refs can review for these types of hits/fouls, and that's to see if there was targeting like they do in college football. If they feel there was, they can eject the player. Which I don't have an issue with that. However teams SHOULD be able to challenge helmet hits, to make sure the call's are right. Especially when the refs are being asked to make split second calls on the field, and depending on the angle they're seeing it happen from. A hit can look better, or worst in live action, so replay is needed, if they want to tone down leading with helmet hits, and make the game better for players, and fans watching. They have to allow reviews of these calls.

    Because we're talking about only 16 games season deciding if teams make it into the playoffs. Can't have refs making a couple judgement calls that cost a team 1-2 wins, and end up missing the playoffs due to them call's not being able to be reviewed. Because then you have media, and fans only remembering them two bad calls late in the game that cost them a win, and a chance to advance in the post season. As a replay of them call's will show the calls were not right. Ultimately that hurts viewership, and the NFL product overall.

    Yes the NFL grades the refs, but guess what? The NFL doesn't even have a full time slate of refs for their billion dollar product. So ultimately they're very laid back in the sense of suspending refs for bad games they called. Each week the NFL reviews all these calls, and guess what comes of the bad call's by these refs? The NFL sends a letter to the teams saying we're sorry that was a bad call, it shouldn't of happen. However that "Sorry" doesn't help the outcome of that game. As a fan I wouldn't care as much, if they were playing more games. But 16 games, is a small number of games to decide if they team advances to the playoffs, or not. So the outcome of every game is important, and so call's have to be made sure they're right.

    EDIT: The last thing I want to mention on this matter. If the NFL is so focused on speeding up the game, with less reviews. When they add new rules, they have to be better on detail's of each rule. The Catch/No catch rule has been a major issue for a good period of time. Now they add the helmet rule, and you have players trying to do right, and hit with there chest/shoulder. Yet they're still being flagged by the refs, because the NFL is giving REFS 100% control on if it was a helmet hit, or not. With no option for teams to have the play reviewed.
     
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  2. Microphone

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    And you're not the only one. Take the gambling/fantasy element out of the NFL and it becomes the NBA the #1 sport in popularity followed by NFL and MLB neck and neck with the NHL gaining ground.
    There are die hard NFL fans here posting don't get me wrong. But most bettors/fantasy people are more than happy having Red Zone only escorting them around to the big moments and the scoring plays on any given Sunday. I don't think I watched more than a couple of games on my Sunday Ticket last season. There are very few people here in New England that are going to toss on the Seattle/Tampa Bay game just to watch it. I got the free Max (and ultimately Red Zone) in 2017 because that's what I told the male rep (the above rambling) who understood it completely. Being a "since 1995 subscriber" helped my position a ton like I'm hoping it will when I call in the next day or so. We'll see!
     
  3. MJs

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    Got the ST-Max 1/2 off, $16 off for 6 months and a one time $100 credit, was already getting $60/month. Keep trying and ask for the agent to talk to a supervisor if they dont budge.
     
  4. shendley

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    Good point about making the helmet calls subject to review/challenge. I’ve only watched one preseason game so far (Steelers-Eagles) so I haven’t seen the rule applied that much in a game. But I’ll put up with a short delay to get a call right.
     
  5. Scoob8888

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    Best I could do was $35 credit for 12 months. $10 off for Sports pack for 6 months . $5 off HBO, Showtime and Cinemax for 6 months, $7.off Starz for 6 months and a 25% credit off Sunday Ticket and a free upgrade to ST Max. I know that others have done better but it's such a PIA to keep calling back again so I settled for it.
     
  6. BreadDawg

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    So after having many issues over the last week or so logging into my account, and having talked to agents for over 2 hours. Long story short, I had to almost beg for a ST discount from an Account Specialist Supervisor. I was told since I got it free last year, they couldn’t do it again this year. Instead they offered me the RZC at no charge, which is all I really wanted!
     
  7. BreadDawg

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    I would love to know the number of people that pay the full price for Max. It is crazy how expensive it has gotten.
     
  8. BreadDawg

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    RZC by itself is NOT part of the Sports Pak. She does not know what she is talking about. You can clearly research the channels on the website. Also, I had an account specialist tell me they had no plans of it being on the Sports Pack any time soon.
     
  9. Microphone

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    And I got a la carte 2 years ago when supposedly it didn't exist. Good job, it all I truly want.
     
  10. lilstone87

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    I agree. I remember when the max version was under $300 regular price, and max included streaming to mobile devices. Now its a $100 more, and only benefit it has is RZC and a fantasy channel. Which i find is crazy to charge a $100 more on top of NFLST, just for them two things.

    Currently if you get offered more then the $16 off NFLST Max for 6 months. You're being given a better deal then the current set standard discount for it.

    If they offered me it for between $200-250 for Max version i would accept the offer. Just the current $300 offer for max i feel is worth waiting to see if anything changes in next 2-3 weeks before the season kicks off.

    Also doesn't directv normally give free ST preview the first week of the season? Because i'm willing to push adding it till right before it's needed to watch all the games.
     
  11. Cali Patti

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    Yes, historically DTV gives subscribers NFLST free the first Sunday of the season. It's a good reminder to those of us who, even though we're out of our home team's market, are fortunate enough to be getting more nationally televised games with our respective teams. This year I'll be able to see, IIRC, 10 games...one of those will be in person though. I'm still going to do the yearly call next week to see if there's any discounts available. This is my 14th year with DTV - I have never had an aversion to paying something for NFLST so sometimes that has helped when I'm on the phone with a rep. Last year I got ST Max for $100 and was fine with that. I've received NFLST for free a couple times and while I won't turn it down, again I'm not looking for a complete handout.
     
  12. codespy

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    Week #1 has always been free. If I’m not mistaken, there’s also a free weekend half way thru the season, like week 9 or something, right?
     
  13. Grafixguy

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    Short delay? The worst thing that ever happened to sports was the replay review. Its intent has been twisted from reverse "egregiously incorrect" calls to spend countless minutes going frame by frame over and over. If you can't see it's wrong at full speed after one replay, the call the should stand.
     
  14. lilstone87

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    I agree with this in a sense. I do believe they need to see it from more then one angle, however not from 10 different points of view. With them trying to piece it all together making every review a 5 minute game delay.

    But I do feel more then one angle is needed, especially when a lot of these type call's are for 15 yards, and a automatic first down. Puts a lot of pressure on defenses to be perfect, but offenses get away with a lot of things. For example, one thing I hate seeing, and feel is unfair for defenses. A defender hands touches a offensive players facemask, often times they are getting called for either hands to the face, or a facemask penalty. Yet a running back will repeatedly stick his hand out, push a defender right in their facemask, no call.

    So if the NFL is trying to so call "protect" its players from neck/head injuries. I feel offensive players shouldn't be able to stiff arm defenders in the front head area aka facemask. I'm a big football fan overall, so when I say this, I say it because I do feel certain rules favor the offense a lot, and overall makes being a defender a nightmare in today's NFL. NFL is right up to the point of being "flag football" or "arena league football" sport. All about offenses scoring tons of points, making great defenses a thing of the past.

    Ultimately when thinking about this more, and more. I think the NFL loves this, but to a lot of us who have watched football for many of years. Today's NFL isn't what we consider America football. It at the point of being a bunch of highly paid players, only allowed to play two hand touch. I mean to the newer generation of fans, today's NFL might be exciting, and fun to watch. Due to high powered offenses scoring a lot of points every game. On top of that, you have the fantasy aspect of it, and guess what drives that? Points being scored. To me it's the NFL giving in to this type of stuff, trying to make things exciting.

    But overall the amount of rules the NFL has now, with them adding more, and more every year. It makes following this product very hard. Due to refs having all the power to decide the outcome of every game. With rules in which they're told to make split second judgement call's, and often times not allowing the team being called for such foul to have the call reviewed. Which is just overall sad, when talking about a lot of these call's being 15 yard penalties, and a first down. That's not even mentioning a rule I find the most annoying in the NFL... PI. Which refs can decide to call whenever they feel, team's can't challenge the call, and the penalty is a spot foul. Overall making that rule beyond terrible, and a headache for people watching the game.
     
  15. Ms. J

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    Thanks for clarifying. I got busy yesterday & forgot to check. Now I know. Weird though since games are played everyday.
     
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  16. Ms. J

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    Right? I have always had the highest packages with cable & now with DirecTV. I realized yesterday too that we don't really watch a lot of channels. I DVR a lot of stuff on channels that are in every package. I compared the channel list & realized after MLB ends I can drop down or after my $32 discount of 6 months ends for the Premium channels because MLB TV is only part of top 2 packages along with Boomerang, which we don't watch. The other channels I have never clicked on. I was thinking of doing Choice & adding Starz since I will have HBO. That brings programming to $60 & I have a $60 discount for 12 months. If I can get another $15 off I won't be paying much at all for the protection plan & 2 receivers. Because once you're left with only a $15 discount & $17 off premiums I am at $155 a month.

    Maybe I should run the numbers again if I drop down without $32 a month? They say my bill will be $100 a month for 6 months, including Premier package & Sunday Ticket.

    *I was mistaken. The prices I listed are for new customers with a 2 year agreement. For existing customers it looks like $83 for Choice, $95 for Xtra.
     
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  17. Ms. J

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    I do think that is how it can be done. I think last year I got Sunday Ticket for $100 & got Max free. Or hubby did cause I get the weak offers. 2 different reps. One year it was the Max for $150 or Ticket free with 1 year contract.
     
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  18. dtv757

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    Most years I get NFL st max for $99 too but this year (so far) they have limited the discounts to only $13 off max per month .

    Essentially making max the price of NFL st

    But a few folks have said that they got max free this season but only a few .



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  19. Ms. J

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    I am the same way. I would love free but don't think I have ever gotten it free other than 2011 when I joined. Maybe one year I did for a contract. Last year I got it for $100 & they offered the Max add-on. I was looking for Ticket for $150 or $100. With the 20% off I am only $75 away from $150.
     
  20. Ms. J

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    I have called 4 or 5 times so far & nothing. I'm even ticked that when my husband calls they will give him better deals than they give me & he only watches 2 channels, has no interest in NFL at all.
     
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