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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dlt4, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

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    AT&T clearly has the rights to sell NFLST as a streaming package, because they do so for customers who demonstrably cannot receive DTV satellite service at their location. Given that, what's your explanation as to why they're choosing to offer free NBALP rather than free NFLST to new subscribers to AT&T TV? If it wouldn't cost them an extra penny to throw in free NFLST to those subs, then why not do so?
     
  2. NashGuy

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    It may take several more years to get there, but the logical end point for distribution of all major sports is a direct-to-consumer streaming package for the entire season, offered by the league or the individual team. Cut out the middle man. (Same phenomenon that's happening on the entertainment side as studios go direct-to-consumer with their own services like Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, etc.) Doesn't mean that those same games won't also be available via services like ESPN that commingle lots of different sports too, though.
     
  3. slice1900

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    I think they probably have the rights to sell it only in places where people can't get Directv. There is no indication that they have the rights to sell it on streaming to whomever they want, or they would have offered it on Uverse TV and Directv Now several years ago. If there was any concern over people leaving Directv satellite to go to the cheaper Directv Now, they could alleviate it by simply charging Directv Now customers more for NFLST to balance things out.
     
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  4. Rich

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    Guess I just don't get it. Seems like ATT is flailing about looking for answers. I don't think BB will ever be as popular as the NFL. But, if they lose the ST, I guess it's better than nothing. Don't have anything against BB, just one of the sports I never played.

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  5. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    DIRECTV seems to like giving hundreds of dollars of discounts each year to selected customers. Giving away programming (where they are only losing the price paid to the NBA per subscriber) would be cheaper than giving the dollar amount a subscriber would pay for that programming. They may also be trying to inflate the number of subscribers to NBA LP.
     
  6. slice1900

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    That's another possibility - maybe they have a contract that if they have a certain number of subscribers they get a lower rate and are trying to push over that threshold.
     
  7. compnurd

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    Or the NBA is doing it to inflate viewership
     

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