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NFL Sunday Ticket

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Brandon428, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Blackouts are actually quite simple:
    1) If you live within range of a team that doesn't sell out
    2) If a game is on your local station then it will be blacked out on Sunday Ticket, unless you get lucky

    As for your original question of if it's worth it, here is a list:
    1) Is your favorite team not one that is your local team? For example I'm a Bears fan living in Lions country. So Sunday Ticket is the only way I can watch the Bears every week.
    2) You want to watch something other then the games your locals decide to show you. Now if you get your favorite team every week on your local station and you don't care about anything else then ST is not worth it. Example you are a Packers fan and you get the Packers every week on your local station cause you live in Green Bay, then getting ST for the Packers doesn't make sense. But if you want to watch something other then the Packers then rock on
    3) Fantasy Football freak. ST is GOD for those that are into fantasy football.
  2. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I think that the player tracker is not part of Superfan, anyone with an interactive receiver can use it. The best things in Superfan are the Red Zone channel and the Shortcuts. (Other than the HD)
  3. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    New Orleans person here

    Had ST last year....didnt have one game blacked out.

    Some sware certain games are blacked out....never had the problem though
  4. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    Keep trying. If they won't budge, hang up and call again.
  5. chopperjc

    chopperjc Godfather

    Oct 2, 2006
    I must be the guy. I paid last year for it too. (superfan).:eek2:
  6. tiger2005

    tiger2005 Godfather

    Sep 22, 2006
    I believe the Saints have had an exemption from the blackout status for the past couple of seasons due to Katrina.
  7. Thrill

    Thrill New Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    I've had ST for 13 years and wouldn't ever imagine getting rid of it. I would say though that if you're a super fanatic of one team and you live in that city/region and get to see every game locally anyway, the value proposition changes pretty dramatically.

    Case in point, I'm a diehard Buc fan, but moved away from Tampa 20 years ago. ST changed my life when I got it in 1995. Prior to that, I had to listen to the games over the phone as my parents held the phone up to the radio in Tampa. A few years ago I moved back to Tampa and kept ST. I found that other than being able to switch through a few extra late games, the ST was basically worthless. All I cared about was the Bucs and they were on locally and blacked out on ST.

    Still a great product, but before you plunk down $300 for ST, plus another $100 for SuperFan, you might consider why you're getting it.
  8. dshu82

    dshu82 Icon

    Jul 6, 2007
    Worth every penny and the Fantasy Tracker works pretty well. Being stuck in South Florida, not sure what I would do watching the Dolphins all the time! Many, many years ago, prior to getting ST, I calculated the cost of going to the bar that had ST for the afternoon to watch the Steelers. Even with yearly price bumps, still cheaper!!!!
  9. christo76

    christo76 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2006
    Wow... I am glad I clicked this thread. Actually made me think through why I have Sunday Ticket. I was going to cancel it, and they gave me SF for free so I kept it. Now that I think it through... both are really useless to me. I am a Packers Fan in Packerland, so there will never be a blackout and I will get all Packer games in HD.

    I only actually got ST last year because they game me an HDDVR free, and even then I didn't watch it much because without SF the games looked like crap, and without DLB its too much work to try to surf between multiple games.

    I don't do Fantasy and have too much remodeling to worry about other teams. I will miss the options, but not as much as I would have missed the cash.

    Thanks everyone
  10. Brandon428

    Brandon428 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2007
    I love the saints and I can catch it locally but I'm and NFL fanatic. I keep tabs with a lot of other teams outside my area and me and a friend of mine just got into Fantasy football. I'm really excited now.:)
  11. jsquash

    jsquash Legend

    Apr 10, 2007
    If you do fantasy football then ST is a must have.
  12. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I know that in 2005, the Saints had a blackout lifted....but am not sure about 2006

    I just assumed I kept getting the games because the games were actually selling out.
  13. HouseBowlrz

    HouseBowlrz Godfather

    Jul 15, 2007
    Centreville, VA
    If the game sells out 72 hours in advance, then it can be broadcast locally. Either way, it will (or should) be blacked out on Sunday Ticket as (1) the local channels want you to watch their ads, et al; and (2) if it's not a sellout, then it has to be blacked out - period.

    The question marks comes with regard to the HD broadcasts from Sunday Ticket. Those markets that offer local HD channels should be blacked out but it doesn't seem to be consistently applied. Here in DC, our ST-HD feed is blacked out because we have local HD.

    Those markets without local HD channels may have the ST-HD feed available while the ST-SD feed is blacked out. I'll let others share their experiences.

    Perhaps we should start taking notes of whether ST-HD games are blacked out when the locals are showing it.

    I'm sure special provisions were made for the Saints last season with their return home; whether that stays in place for 2007 is a question mark.

  14. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    Right, House.

    I got all Home games in HD last year on Sunday Ticket's channel.

    Just am confused if the Katrina blackout exemption was maybe why OR what
  15. Tiger Tony

    Tiger Tony Godfather

    Dec 16, 2006
    Why woryy about it? What difference does it make if you watch the Saints games on
    the Sunday Ticket channel or the network HD broadcast?

    All the Saints home games will be sellouts.
  16. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I never said I was worried, I just wanted to know why exactly....
  17. charlestonemt

    charlestonemt Cool Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    I am a new D* subscriber. The CSR on the phone when I ordered that I would get all games in HD that are broadcast in HD without SF. Is that correct or do you have to have SF to get any of them in HD?
  18. 2Guysfootball

    2Guysfootball Godfather

    Jul 2, 2007
    I am in Chowderhead Land and Thanks to MR Kraft and Co. All Pats Games sell out so
    The Pats Get there own TV Via OTA. The other three TV has the Best three Match ups on them.
    I am also A Fanasty Football Junkie. St is a must have as long as they stop taking Games off Sunday. I was worried last year when NFL Network started Broadcasting games on Thursdays ans Saturdays but Thankfully they just took the Saturday Games away from CBS and Fox.
    My one and only big issue is if they have to move a Game say a Florida team because of a Storm WE as ST Holders should get the LIVE Broadcast not a Replay on Sunday!!!
    I can't wait for the Season!!!!!!
  19. Wildcat

    Wildcat Legend

    Oct 3, 2006

    Agree with this 100%. I got it last year for the first time, and it was neat, but I was getting all the Chiefs games anyway...and they are who I watch the most...then I would usually get a Giants game on the east coast HD feed, etc...and found I didn't use ST all that much.

    This year, I've moved away, so I will have it in order to watch the Chiefs.

    What's this about people getting it for free? That would be nice!
  20. spidey

    spidey Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I was told only get the HD broadcasts IF ya have SF. I get so POd about this since I pay 10$ a month for HD and have no desire for gamemix, interactive etc, I called other night and normal CSR gave me SF for 33$ may need to call back and try again to get it for free since seems like everyone else is getting it
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