DIRECTV and NFL extend Contract

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

  1. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    True. But I cut out all premiums and that alone pays for Sunday Ticket, buys me plenty of beer and brats and I still have some left over. It went up this year, one less pizza a month pays for that. There are plenty of ways to cut costs in other areas and still keep my Sunday Ticket. ;)

    But yes, you are correct. But I highly doubt Sunday Ticket will be effected much this year. It never has especially with the "4 months of free Premium package with ST" they run every year.
  2. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    This seems to come up every year around draft time. I'm glad they renewed the exclusive Sat portion of the deal. I don't ever see a price point where I would consider canceling the package. Yes its true that it's only TV but I want and need my sports packages including NFLST, free Superfan or not. I have not even gone as far as cutting anything out as yet, still have Premier plan.
  3. davidatl14

    davidatl14 Icon

    Mar 24, 2006
  4. cariera

    cariera Icon

    Oct 27, 2006
    Beer, brats and football! Oh yeah, I wish September were here right now.:)
  5. schlar01

    schlar01 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2007
    I don't know if this was discussed yet but D* must pay the NFL a billion even if there is a lockout in 2011. If they intend on raising the price, I sincerely wish that this happens. D* can choke on it.

    Even if games are not played in 2011, the NFL's deal with DirecTV calls for the league to be paid the billion-dollar rights fee, a source close to the talks told here at the league meetings.
  6. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ

    your missing an important point though:


    “All sports league media deals are structured so payments continue in a lockout or strike,” the source said. “The money is then deducted off future years. . . . The news would have been had this not been the case.”

    Provisions of this nature are standard practice in broadcast deals relating to pro sports.

    So, if the past practice applies in the present case, DirecTV would earn back its $1 billion for 2011 by reducing the payouts in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

    so basically its SOP - Standrad Operating Procedure.
  7. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Of course. When you're dealing with large amounts of money, you have to try and take into account possible future events that may have an impact. If there's a lockout, the NFL doesn't want to just all of a sudden be short a billion dollars from DirecTV, plus the billions from Fox, NBC, CBS, and ESPN.

    If the lockout happens, the cash keeps flowing, and then they structure a future deal around it and plan accordingly. It's the way business works.
  8. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I asked and was told they do not know if the early bird price is the same as the auto renew price. I am new to ST is the early bird price always what the auto renew price is? If so what would the point of the auto renew be for? Would seem they would not make such a big deal about that part of it if you can get that price anyways.
  9. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    There have been times when ST had two different early bird pricing: really early, and normal early. Auto-renew used to be the same as really early. :)

  10. Red Dog

    Red Dog Godfather

    Aug 3, 2008
    It would be nice to have a RZC option only. I wouldn't necessarily go for such an option, but the option would be nice (as would a 1-team only package for displaced fans).
  11. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    bonscott had posted:

    Autorenew - $269
    10 easypay - $279 (we know this for sure)
    Early Bird - $279 or $289
    And I'll bet full price is $299.
  12. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Hey... as a Cubs fan, I understand dedication!
  13. lionsfan

    lionsfan Mentor

    Jan 19, 2007
    Agree, as a dedicated Lions fan here in Vegas, sunday ticket was the only way i was able to see the lions have there record breaking season. As long as i live outside Detroit, i will get sunday ticket.
  14. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Your right, with the $500 I saved over cable this year, I'll probably breakdown and get NFLST in the end. I'm just a bit dissapointed that D* already renewed the contract. Really thought the price might come down in the future, if there were more providers carrying it.

    My only other option is to ship my slingbox to my brother, who lives in my teams market. Don't use it much, since I don't travel very often anymore. Then I could watch an SD version for free. Unfortunately, once you have HD its hard to go back.
  15. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Ironically, by living outside of Detroit, you got to see more games than I did.
  16. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    I posted that a while ago, totally forgot. :)

    Well, autorenew is *usually* $10 cheaper then the Early Bird. I can't remember it ever being the same but just going on history.

    So to update my number we have this:

    Autorenew - $269 (using history as our guide)
    10 easypay - $279
    Early Bird - $279
    And I'll bet full price is $299 (full price is typically $20 more then early bird)

    Well, all the sports packages (like MLB EI and Center Ice) autorenew. The main reason is to keep people in the packages would be my guess. Usually you get a $10 discount for the autorenew, prolly another reason to try to "keep" you on the packages.
  17. Dolly

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    When I read about that contract I'm sooooooo glad that football no longer interests me that much :) I just hope D* doesn't try to pass the cost to people that don't get the ST by more and higher rate increases :nono2:
  18. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    just found out dallas is at denver week 1 & that means the game will not be on in ny....another reason i need sunday ticket.
  19. newsman

    newsman Legend

    Nov 21, 2006
    Or, just hit a sports bar w/ your Cowboys jersey - in New Jersey, and see what happens. :lol:

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