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DirecTV could pull plug on NFL Sunday Ticket

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by lacubs, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Mar 6, 2013 #21 of 159

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I see one of three things happening:

    1. D* keeps it
    2. D* shares it with other providers
    3. Cable (Comcast?) swoops in and steals it away from D* :eek2:

    Don't count the larger cable companies out, they now have, or will have, the bandwidth to carry it. The only problem is not all areas of the country can get cable, and not all cable companies have the bandwidth to add it.

    It'll be interesting to see what happens.
  2. Mar 6, 2013 #22 of 159

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Where would Dish come up with the bandwidth to add all those games in SD and HD on Sundays?
  3. Mar 6, 2013 #23 of 159

    CincySaint AllStar

    Jan 16, 2008
    Here's another negative story about it.

    Bleacher Report

    IMHO this is just an early negotiating tactic by D*. The exclusivity has helped D* gain high revenue subscribers for years and they don't want to lose that. Of course, if the NFL wants an outrageous rights fee increase, I can see the argument against renewing. But D* will surely argue that between the Thursday night package and Red Zone, ST is worth less than in the past.
  4. Mar 6, 2013 #24 of 159

    donalddickerson2005 Legend

    Feb 13, 2012
    I wish they would bring the price down to say $99 and the max package $149. I know we can get deals if we call retention but I'd rather just sign up and not have to make that call.
  5. Mar 6, 2013 #25 of 159

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    I agree with those who say this is an early negotiating ploy by D*.

    The NFL cannot allow this package to be available to all America's 110,000,000 cable homes.

    The current TV contracts ( FOX, CBS, NBC, ESPN ) run until 2021, and I can't imagine the 4 networks signed monster deals that far out without assurances of limited ST distribution.

    Currently, ST is just over 12% of the NFL's total television revenue.

    For better or worse, D* continues to be the best "singular" option for the NFL, and both sides know it.

    It never hurts to throw a bit of weight around this far ahead of new contract negotiations.
  6. Mar 6, 2013 #26 of 159

    saleen351 Godfather

    Mar 28, 2006
    I complained and was made fun of last year for DTV being lazy with NFLST. With so many games on tv and RZ its far too expensive and they nothing to innovate.
  7. Mar 6, 2013 #27 of 159

    shendley Hall Of Fame

    Nov 27, 2005
    I sure hope this is just a negotiating tactic. NFLST is what brought me to Directv. Since then I've come to really love Directv's service, generally. But if I couldn't watch my Steelers play (and I mean watch every play of every game - Redzone just doesn't cut it for me), it would be tough staying with Directv, especially if it went to a provider other than cable that looked competitive in other respects.
  8. Mar 6, 2013 #28 of 159

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    but can cable handle commercials accounts with 8-15+ boxes? And let's just say must have a newer MPEG4 box to get NFT ST?

    Can the SDV system really handle 8-15 HD part time needs on locals nodes all live at the same time + other non commercials needs (home users) at the same time who are on the same node?.

    What about in demand will they even have the SD room to add NFL ST? Will they have to trun off Other HD of market sports to fit it in? Yes the NFT ST over laps with the NHL, NBA and MLB.
  9. Mar 7, 2013 #29 of 159

    peano Icon

    Feb 1, 2004
    In Canada every provider offers it.

    For quite a bit less than DIRECTV charges.
  10. Mar 7, 2013 #30 of 159

    AMike Godfather

    Nov 21, 2005
    Sunday Ticket was and remains the chief reason why I have D*. If it were to go to another provider, I will likely follow that's just how important it is to me. But we have 2 more years of it on D*, so no time to panic.

    In my area, the cable company (Comcast) has zero capacity for any additional high definition channels. If they were to get it, I'm sure they would have to black out channels on Sunday similar to the early days of HD and DirecTV (remember TNT being blacked out?).

    But not all games are in HD at least on one provider up there (Shaw Direct)
  11. Mar 7, 2013 #31 of 159

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Canada does not really matter to the NFL.
  12. Mar 7, 2013 #32 of 159

    vthokies1996 Legend

    Oct 6, 2008
    I'd most likely leave if Directv dropped it. I think the only way I would stay with Directv was if the NFL made it available like MLB.tv where I could watch it on my Blu-Ray players and Xbox.
  13. Mar 7, 2013 #33 of 159

    HinterXGames Godfather

    Dec 20, 2012
    +1 As a displaced Patriot fan, RedZone wouldn't be beneficial. I dont really care about watching other games. If I want that kind of coverage, i'll just watch highlights.
  14. Mar 7, 2013 #34 of 159

    HinterXGames Godfather

    Dec 20, 2012
    To me, i'm not sure innovation really matters in a sports sub. The /main/ goal/priority of a sports sub is to provide the ability for someone to watch full live games of teams that are outside of their market. The RZ does not replace that ability, or come close. The RZ I think is more for the fan who likes to track multiple games, without having a vested fan intrest in them.
  15. Mar 7, 2013 #35 of 159

    bobcamp1 Icon

    Nov 8, 2007
    And therefore it is difficult to find a sports bar that does NOT have DirecTV. Imagine the lost revenue for D* if they lose regular subscribers AND the bars.

    I agree with the other who say it's just saber rattling.
  16. Mar 7, 2013 #36 of 159

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007
    i take anything florio says with a grain of salt. i'm not saying dtv could lose (or end up sharing) sunday ticket. but i would rather read or hear it from someone other than florio!
  17. Mar 7, 2013 #37 of 159

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    That's exactly what it is, they're just trying to keep the price of the next contract down.
  18. Mar 7, 2013 #38 of 159

    HinterXGames Godfather

    Dec 20, 2012
    Am I missing something? How would widespread ST affect the games on local channels? It's meant for people who live outside of the market for that team, so wouldn't get it on their own locals anyway, and any game on a local is blacked out on the ST channel.
    And ESPN wouldn't matter at all, as ST is only the 1/4pm games on Sunday, all ESPN does is MNF.
  19. Mar 7, 2013 #39 of 159

    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003
    Anyone sub to SBJ ? From Twitter yesterday

  20. Mar 7, 2013 #40 of 159

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    I agree with the ESPN situation, but on Sunday, if more people had ST, then more would be watching a game other than the one that is being shown on the local channel, so the local channel looses viewers. There are many people who do not have ST now that would rather watch a different game but end up watching the game on the local channel because that is the game tht is available.

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