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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by 996911, Jul 3, 2010.
So, what is the best price you can hope for WITH the games in HD?
HD is included this year.
I received ST for $180 this year. They gave me a $20 credit for six months. I heard of people getting the $20 credit and free ST to GO ($50 value). I did not ask because it is of no interest to me.
If you consider that CBS and Fox want the Sunday Ticket subscriber base to be limited, it would make sense that the NFL would want to give exclusive rights to one provider. But that's purely speculation on my part.
I disagree, I think it is enjoyable to call and see what kind of discount you can get. And I actually have a spread sheet to track my monthly costs and discounts.
I'm almost at the end of my commitment at month 22 and my average cost per month has been $80.41. That's for the Choice Xtra + HD DVR, with 2 DVR's. And includes paying for a season of NFLST+SF and NHLCI, along with having Showtime for 10 mo's and Sports Pack for 6 mo's.
Without any discounts, it would have cost me an average of $127.18/mo. My total discounts over that 22 months were $1029. They included the following discounts: new customer, AAA, 2 referrals, NFL ST discount, HD discount, Sports Pack discount, DIRECTV Credit Card discount, AT&T bundle discount, discount for VS being dropped and a couple smaller ones.
So I'm excited about calling and asking for a discount. I feel the "list price" is too high and the discounts make the service reasonable.
& as i noted in my prior post its not really $300 its $179.
Here's my take on it....
The only reason I asked for (and got) the "$20 off for 6 months offer" is I read MANY others on here were getting that deal. Do I feel entitled to it? In a way I do, if others are getting that deal, why can't I? However, with that being said, had I not known that others were getting this deal, I would not have called in and begged to get a discount, I just wouldn't have subscribed.
If I hadn't gotten NFL Sunday Ticket this year for $119 (I'm counting my $10 Free HD discount for 6 months as well) then I wouldn't be subscribing. I'd have suspended my account during the football season and gotten Comcast and got NFL RedZone for $5.99 a month We'll see what happens when football season rolls around next year
One call is all it took for me. I called but spoke with retention as requested. I had to really lay it on why I thought I deserved what I wanted but I got it. No begging just stated facts.
On your Gico insurance? Sorry I had to. Also did you stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night as well? Its all good though. I am glad you are not wasting money when you are satisfied without it. I have some decisions of my own to make. It might be possible for me to put up a large enough antenna to get reception from 85 miles away to get most of the Colts games for free. I dont think I am gonna even try that this year but next year I might. Sunday Ticket is just awesome. I love being able to watch any game I want. Talk about liberating. No more Rams or Chiefs. Thats what I couldnt handle in the first place. I need to see my Colts each week. Not to mention that I loved the mobile part last season and plan to use it again this season.
I can only speak for myself but I know I am not saying that. I would of still ordered ST and To Go Pack this year at full price. I am happy that I got it all for $59 instead though.
I don't begrudge anyone who wants to pay the current price for NFL-ST. I'm not trying to persuade anyone that it isn't good for them. Considering I had it for over a decade, it's not like I have something against it. It just got too expensive. If I didn't have local reception (OTA), it wouldn't have been so easy do drop ST. I'm only 25 miles from the 2000' towers, and I have two outside antennas (have had for many years). Signals are 100% on all major networks, and PQ is excellent. Since I have OTA tuners for all my sat gear, I'm pretty well set.
They offer a product for a price and those who "just gotta have it", pay it. Like I said before, it's just business, nothing more. If D* can squeeze even more money out of you (and others) next year, they'll happily take it to the bank. I'll be watching, and similarly surprised, if the price doesn't go up again next year.
Look at Canada (they do have Sunday Ticket) and I think you'll find your answer.
The law up there is not the same and you can buy the box there and not pay rent per box.
Usually when I call in to cancel, they give me some sort of monthly credit. This time around, however, the guy just gave me a one time bill credit of $175. I was stunned, so I went ahead and kept the package, even though I really don't watch it all that often.
I've always looked at NFLST pricing like car shopping.
Some folks pay retail, some don't.
Some want to negotiate, some don't.
In the end...everybody who is wants it gets it....
Why would CBS and FOX want the subscriber base limited? It means more viewers for them in the long run.
My feeling is the NFL isn't stupid and they got a great contract with D* for exclusive rights. Don't forget all the networks involved have to negotiate a deal with the NFL.
And of course D* makes it out in the deal since they are the exclusive provider.
NFL viewing is neither exclusive nor limited in total.
There are NFL games on every week on CBS, FOX, and NFL Network.
The issue is which games...and assuring you get the fullest set of choices...that's what NFLST is all about.
I never said NFL viewing is exclusive but the ST contract with D* is
But if every game is replayed on NFL Network each week, and others are played in their local markets...is it "exclusive" viewing?
Nope - having the entire inventory of games - that's what is exclusive.
Is every game replayed on NFL Network?(pre-season is ) Not as far as I know unless its a condensed version. We agree on the basic premise that it's all about choices on Sunday's