NFL Sunday Ticket 2019

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Rob37, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. trh

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    The merger did have a NFL ST exit clause.
    But that was in May of 2015 and DIRECTV did renew their contract with NFL and the merger was finalize in July 2015.

    Should the next contract between the NFL and AT&T/DIRECTV not be an exclusive contract, no way that AT&T can 'exit' the merger now.

    And while I agree AT&T doesn't want to lose the contract, the NFL wants to get more viewers.
     
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    Exactly right, which is what I thought the deal stipulated. But we currently aren’t talking about 2015. We are talking about the “out clause” that the NFL has for 2019. If the NFL now exercises that and ends the exclusivity with AT&T (D), AT&T can no longer walk away from the merger...it’s already done. That is why I was confused by James Longs post above. Again maybe I just don’t understand.
     
  4. James Long

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    I believe you have the answer ... NFL Sunday Ticket was important to AT&T in 2015. It remains important to AT&T in 2019. This isn't about anything as stupid as "unpurchasing" DIRECTV or any distraction that is added to the conversation. This is about AT&T protecting their investment.
     
  5. mjwagner

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    Must have just misunderstood your “stupid” distracting post then...sorry.
     
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    Perhaps DTV will retain exclusive rights for commercial accounts (e.g. sports bars, etc.) while on the retail/residential side it will be available both from DTV as well as a streaming provider, such as Amazon. There are different ways the final deal could be structured. It is hard to imagine, though, that NFL ST won't be distributed via DTV at least on the commercial side. All those sports bars constitute a huge chunk of the revenue that NFL ST rakes in and some of them aren't wired for cable TV (and unlike DTV, no single cable company serves the entire country). And there's no way that the NFL plans to serve those commercial establishments via streaming. So I'll be shocked if sports bars don't still get NFL ST via DTV in 2020, regardless of what happens with residential customers.
     
  7. slice1900

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    I agree 100%. Which is why I keep saying that I think Directv will keep its exclusive on the commercial side, but while they will keep offering it to residential customers someone else like Disney or Amazon will have streaming rights providing another option.

    Just don't look for it to be any cheaper from them - because the only way the NFL does this is if the combined revenue exceeds what AT&T is currently paying for the exclusive so Amazon or whoever will need a lot of suitcases stuffed with cash to buy those streaming rights!
     
  8. mjwagner

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    Sounds right to me. I don’t think it necessarily needs to be any cheaper. With the number of folks on the consumer side that have transitioned to streaming over the last several years their is certainly a pent up demand. Amazon could be a likely candidate. They already made a move into Thursday night football with the NFL last year and they clearly have deep pockets.
     
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  9. Rob37

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    I can remember way back when Comcast wouldn’t allow the Sportschannel in Philadelphia to come to DIRECTV because DIRECTV made the NFL Sunday Ticket exclusive to their system. If DIRECTV allows other systems to have Sunday Ticket maybe we can finally get NBC Sports Philadelphia as part of the Sports Pack on DIRECTV. That is the one major regional sports channel from Philadelphia that has never been on DIRECTV.
     
  10. trh

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    I don't think it will be an AT&T/DIRECTV decision to 'allow' other systems to have out of market NFL games.
     
  11. JoeTheDragon

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    we can get CSN/nbc Philly right now if directv pays Comcast price
     
  12. Rob37

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    No you are mistaken. At one time way back when Comcast Spectacor in Philadelphia (that is what it was called back then) late 90’s early 2000’s Comcast would not allow the Philadelphia Sports Channel that carried the Phillies & 76ers on DIRECTV because of the Simple fact DIRECTV had exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket & would not allow Comcast to also have it on their cable systems. That is why we never had the Philly Sports on Sportspack. For that very reason. Only a few years ago game only Philadelphia games from both the 76ers & Phillies have started showing up on the MLB EXTRA INNINGS & NBA League Pass. The channel goes away after their game is over.
     
  13. TheRatPatrol

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    Thats not the reason why.

    KyL..........
     
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    Speaking of Comcast, two ladies knocked on my door on Friday trying to sell us Xfinity. I said, I can't because of the lack of NFLST.

    They had a comeback - told me it'd be available by streaming by the start of the season. I just laughed and politely declined.
     
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    At current pace they may not be wrong
     
  17. James Long

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    They may not (eventually) be wrong, but they are certainly not now right.
    (Technically, streaming is available - but one has to be a DIRECTV satellite subscriber, a DIRECTV NOW subscriber in specific test markets or fit one of the other very narrow exceptions.)
     
  18. Rich

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    Gotta wonder how the NFL games would be treated on a streaming platform. I don't like the idea of watching football or baseball games live. Neither the ATVs or FTVs have a DVR function.

    Rich
     
  19. b4pjoe

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    An MLB At Bat subscription keeps all games so you can go back and watch them anytime. Not sure if the NFL would do something like that or not.
     
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  20. JoeTheDragon

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    will they have the sunday ticket only plan again?? or offer that as an choice to keep the NFL at bay?
     

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