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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by markman07, Mar 23, 2009.
They lost me, and I am sure many others already, due to their outrageous yearly price increases.
Then there are those like me. Live in far northern WI:
1. NO FOX affliate
2. No CBS available OTA since digital TV
3. Only have NBC
So I guess I keep ST. Luckly my wife is a Colt fan and loves football so she loves ST. And as long as I can afford it I will keep it. That is the reason I got D* in 1996 for the football and the Packers
It's smart on Directv's part....the increase to $1 billion a year may sound like a lot....and it's hard saying if they'll have enough Directv customers pick up Sunday Ticket to pay for the entire $1 billion bill. However, by allowing people not with Directv to purchase it through broadband and farming out the Red Zone channel to other providers, I would think those options will more than make up for any shortfall.
I don't doubt there'll be plenty of people who don't have Directv that would buy the broadband service, provided it's not too pricey. The question is going to be how many other cable providers will pick up the Red Zone channel. There must be some interest, otherwise I doubt Directv would be willing to do that.
But looking for other streams of revenue for the package, beyond relying just on the Directv subscriber base, is a very smart idea on Directv's part.
You won't have to, you're an E* sub remember?
I never hardly ever watch the Red Zone channel. I think I turned to it twice last year. I can tell you as a NFL fan that I would never pay for just the Red Zone channel. I would tend to think that was a waste of money. I can not imagine anyone wanting to watch their team settelling for just the scores per-say of all teams on Sunday. Noting I would be interested in but thats me.
That last line is the key one. It isn't more me either, but anyone who loves football and not a single team, seems to greatly enjoy the Red Zone Channel. At least until they realize they really need to become Packers fans.
For me, I can watch my team on free TV every week. I would turn on the Red Zone channel during commercials.
If I read your location correctly, I would think you'd watch the RedZone Channel during the Lions game and only tune back for the commercials...
LOL!!! I could not root for the Packers at all after the dumped on Favre. I am a Colts fan and then Cowboys secondary. As for the Red Zone channle I can see where people that are not able to get anything would find it worth while but to me it would be to market for people that are very limited on possibilities. I would never spend a Sunday watching that. I would rather be stuck watching CBS show the cruddy Chiefs and FOX show the cruddy Rams then watch the Red Zone channel. I can handle trying to watch 2 games at a time and keep up but to have a channel always cutting to something else to me is just annoying. One plus to it with having Sunday Ticket is that if your game is Blacked out for some reason this would work. To each their own. I hope there is a market for it and it helps make money for D* to keep Sunday Ticket in the future. That is the main reason I chose D* in the first place. I chose no locals and Sunday Ticket instead of locals and no Sunday Ticket.
I am a true Lions fan, I watched every game that wasn't blacked out, and I even attended one of the blacked out games.
You sure you didnt just call and ask them to do you a favor and black them all out for the record season for the Lions.
I am sure. I know it's hard for non-Lions fans to understand dedication to a team like the Lions. But there are still dedicated Lions fans here.
I can respect that. I understand being a fan thru the best of times and the not so good.
Not so good? That is the understatement of the year....:lol:
Well I gotta admit I would watch all the Colts games even if they did lose them all as well.
peter king said its lookin good for a 17 or 18 game season in 2011....that means 1 or 2 more weeks of the ticket....yay !!
Well it is for the Lions. The Packers haven't achieved that level of "not so good" in my lifetime... (And not ever in the team history, though they've come close over the 80 year history of the team.)
The thing about common knowledge is that where it's common, it's often not very knowledgeable, and where it is knowledgeable, it isn't all that common. In other words, "common knowledge", may be an oxymoron.
That said, NFLST became too expensive for me last year. As it turned out, I didn't miss it a bit, and saved a boatload of money. The combination of ESPN, CBS, Fox, and NFL Network seemed to quell my NFL Jones. I very much enjoyed the NFL games I recorded/watched, and didn't feel deprived.
While I doubt I represent a significant portion of those who adore(d) NFL-ST, it turned out to be a mistake for D* to put me in the position where I thought I could do without it. I had been an NFLST subscriber since the C-band days. Once things got too expensive for my sensibilities, I dropped it and found I could do without it very nicely. Without what I considered prohibitive and constant price increases, I would have blindly stumbled on, paying several hundred dollars per year. Now they get nothing. I doubt they miss me.
I do wonder how D* makes this kind of an outlay work on their balance sheet, but it is clear from their financial reporting and stock values that they are doing very well, even in tough times. I applaud their business acumen.
On balance, the rest of their equipment, development and services meet with my enthusiastic approval, notwithstanding a cost "too high for me" for NFL-ST.
Cable has more than enough capacity in the vast majority of markets to handle NFLST if it became available. Remember that cable has enough capacity to offer Game Plan, Full Court, MLBEI, NHLCI, NBALP, MLSDK and various boxing/MMA events in overlapping configurations throughout the year. In August and September, the only overlap would consist of a standard slate of Sunday afternoon MLB games, while the rest of the season would have even less overlap with the relative paucity of Sunday afternoon NBA and NHL broadcasts; each of these presents fewer challenges to cablecos than, say, early April and the nightly convergence of MLB, NBA and NHL.
I watched it everytime the Cowboys weren't on. It's the best channel to keep tracking of everything going on.