DIRECTV and NFL extend Contract

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by markman07, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Mar 24, 2009 #61 of 179
    Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    I've been saying for years that DirecTV would keep the NFLST exclusive. Many people along the way told me that I was insane, that there was no way it would ever happen. Well, I was right. :D
  2. Mar 24, 2009 #62 of 179

    ThunderRoad AllStar

    May 12, 2006
    As far as the NFL television deals with the networks are concerned.....the deals with CBS, FOX & NBC go through the 2011 season....and the ESPN deal goes for a little longer than that, through the 2013 season.

    It used to be there was justification for me personally to get Sunday Ticket, because there were only about 4 games I'd have access to without it. But now, with flex scheduling and the addition of NFL Network, I have access to at least 5 games a week, with most of those being the marquee matchups of the week.

    On Thanksgiving weekend, there'll be 16 games played. That weekend, without Sunday Ticket, I'll still have access to the Lions game, Cowboys game and the night game on NFL Network on Thanksgiving Day....the early afternoon Fox & CBS game, the late afternoon game on one of those networks, and the night game on NBC on Sunday of that weekend, plus the Monday night game on ESPN. That's 8 of the 16 games that weekend that I have access to without needing Sunday Ticket.
  3. Mar 24, 2009 #63 of 179

    keenan Godfather

    Feb 8, 2005
    Your numbers are a bit off, $98,000,000 is less than 1/10th of $1 bill(1,000,000,000).

    In any case, someone over at AVS found this old article about ST.

    In 2004 ST generated about $385mil at a cost of $400mil. The following year the contract went to $700mil, so they were close to breaking even in 2004, but subsequent years at $700mil probably meant they were deeper in the red for the next several years. It would seem that just about every time DirecTV gets close to the break-even point, the contract cost is increased. Which is fine, as the article notes, the value of ST is really in bringing new subs to DirecTV, and the money they will spend monthly on the service, not the actual ST package itself. The definition of a loss-leader.
  4. Mar 24, 2009 #64 of 179
    Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I know there is at least one inaccuracy in that article. Perhaps there are others?
  5. Mar 24, 2009 #65 of 179
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    I think they would have to open up the Broadband service to anyone. If the let D* subs and people who can't get D* (I guess LOS issues) only get it, what would stop people from splitting the Broadband fee and putting it on one person's pc an the others laptop... I assume it would be able to be taken with you so you could watch games anywhere.

    I am not trying to suggest this, just asking a question.
  6. Mar 24, 2009 #66 of 179

    jerbear4 Cool Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Whether or not it is good news is all in how one looks at it. To be honest I am not a directv subscriber and even if I was I would not pay the money they want for the NFL Ticket. I like the NFL and will pretty much watch what is available in my area like I always have in the past. Besides who has time to watch every game? I surely don't. Not to mention I can't imagine how much it is going to cost even for the non-Sunday ticket subscriber who has directv. In addition, this whole deal is another sign on how greedy the NFL has become in the last few years.
  7. Mar 24, 2009 #67 of 179

    paragon Godfather

    Nov 15, 2007
    Not trying to argue that the NFL is consumer friendly, but the NFL is talking about cutting out 1-2 preseason games and replacing them with 1-2 more regular season games.
  8. Mar 24, 2009 #68 of 179
    Prince Oz

    Prince Oz Legend

    Jan 15, 2009
    I know it will never happen, but if D* dropped the price of ST $50, they would likely see a pretty good increase in ST subscribers which in the long run, will get them even more $$$$. :D
  9. Mar 24, 2009 #69 of 179

    jasonp5 AllStar

    Sep 27, 2006
    Does this mean that we might see a lesser plan offered for people to just get the RedZone channel? Seems as though if the RZ channel will be offered as a standalone channel to cable and satellite, that we should have access to just the RZ as well, no? I have had ST for the past 2 years, but would switch to just the RZ in a heartbeat if I could...I bet you get more casual fans too if you enable that channel to be purchased by itself...
  10. Mar 24, 2009 #70 of 179

    davidatl14 Icon

    Mar 24, 2006

    Yes you were. That makes a few of us.:)

    In plain spoken language the Cable crowd will NEVER have access to Sunday Ticket package.

    Don't know why people can't understand that as long as their OTA package exists the ST package will always be on DBS.

    Kudos to D.
  11. Mar 24, 2009 #71 of 179

    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003
    Why wouldn't D* just charge the same amount for NFLST and SF on broadband as the D* subs pay ?
  12. Mar 24, 2009 #72 of 179

    DodgerKing Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2008
    Not only that, cable does not have the infrastructure nor bandwidth to carry local networks of every NFL market and bring it to one specific market. Remember that the DBS providers already have the network feeds of these markets, it is easy for them to simply switch the feeds to conus using the bandwidth from their PPV channels
  13. Mar 24, 2009 #73 of 179

    DodgerKing Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2008
    MLB broadband is much less than EI. The fact that the quality is not as good and most people would have to watch it on a computer, makes the broadband option less appealing, thus the price will also be much less.
  14. Mar 24, 2009 #74 of 179
    Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    They may well have taken over production. There is a local company that creates graphics information systems for sports events and they list DirecTV as one of their customers. They don't really give much info on their page, but they do the first down line as well as the score and clock graphics for what looks like just about everyone.

  15. Mar 24, 2009 #75 of 179
    dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    MMM is free through the internet, ESPN360 is free online and carries all the Gameplan games for college football.... I don't see it free but I do see it cheap. Especially if enough CBS and FOX Channels would stream their games live online.
  16. Mar 24, 2009 #76 of 179

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    ...and obviously quite proud. :D
    That's a situation that a number of us are also seeing. It is especially the case if you don't happen to live in the same area that "your team" is located. It makes for a difficult decision each year at renewal time.
  17. Mar 24, 2009 #77 of 179

    stephen_M Cool Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    Ditto and amen....
  18. Mar 24, 2009 #78 of 179

    miketorse Icon

    Jul 29, 2008
    To only certain ISP's right?
  19. Mar 24, 2009 #79 of 179

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007

    And for that, you get a cookie. :rolleyes:
  20. Mar 24, 2009 #80 of 179

    AMike Godfather

    Nov 21, 2005
    The primary reason I began my subscription with DirecTV in 1999 was Sunday Ticket and I am glad to see it stay. I know the price has climbed significantly over the past few years, but I personally think it is still well worth it and I have no immediate plans to drop it.

    Last season, I balanced being a season ticket holder as well as maintaining my subscription. This year, I decided that I could not keep both, and since I have access to free tickets through my wife's work, I gave up the season tickets.

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