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BREAKING - "DIRECTV WILL CHARGE EXTRA $99 FOR HD BROADCAST ON NFL Sunday Ticket"

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Old 05-13-2005, 10:18 AM   #1  
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Default BREAKING - "DIRECTV WILL CHARGE EXTRA $99 FOR HD BROADCAST ON NFL Sunday Ticket"

Thats right it will cost $219 for NFL ST for all the SD broadcast but an ADDITIONAL $99 for the HD Games for a Grand total of $318!!
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Old 05-13-2005, 10:54 AM   #2  
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Thats right it will cost $219 for NFL ST for all the SD broadcast but an ADDITIONAL $99 for the HD Games for a Grand total of $318!!
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I've had DirecTV for 7 years and high definition for a couple of years. I was strongly considering NFL ST this year, but I can't believe the price jump to see games in HD (which are the only ones I'd watch on a regular basis). Especially considering that not all games each week are available in HD, factor in the blackout policy, and this is indeed a slap in the face to those of us who shelled out big bucks for HD receivers and are already paying for the HD package each month. No way am I getting NFL ST this year...I get my local HD channels via antenna and will at least see some HD games there and on ABC/ESPN-HD.
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That is what happens when competition gets smaller.
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Old 05-13-2005, 12:49 PM   #4  
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That doesn't seem right. You would think, at the very least, that those who purchase their HD package would be excluded from this additional charge.
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Old 05-13-2005, 02:47 PM   #5  
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I just picked up the HD package with the express intent on getting Sunday Ticket games in HD.

This is a low blow. It's moves like this that make me willing to switch to cable once my year of HD is up.
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Somebody had to pay for all those new satellites
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Old 05-13-2005, 04:31 PM   #7  
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I called DTV today and they said that the Superfan package ($99) is not necessary to get the Sunday Ticket games in HD. I don't really believe them. For what good it might do me, I sent them an e-mail so I could get it in writing. I had planned to become a DTV subscriber for the sole reason of getting the games in HD.

There is at least one page on their web site that indicates 100 Sunday Ticket games will be in HD and the brochure they distribute at Best Buy also does.
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I called DTV today and they said that the Superfan package ($99) is not necessary to get the Sunday Ticket games in HD.
...Not True! You MUST have the Basic NFLST pack and the Superfan Pack for any of the HD games! I have all ready confirmed this with 3 Directv Supervisors!
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That is what happens when competition gets smaller.
Is that a reference to VOOM?

Actually, that's a rhetorical question. I think I know the answer already....
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Yes it was. Without Voom no pressure until there are a lot more HD subscribers.
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Yes it was. Without Voom no pressure until there are a lot more HD subscribers.
I think this is a prime example of the type of propaganda we will continue to see without a company like Voom around! Even though I never had their service I must agree that it made other companies both cable and sat like Directv pressured to provide better service at low cost! Now since Voom isn't around, its going to be interesting to see how this plays out for Dave! IMO, not their best strategy!
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I think this is a prime example of the type of propaganda we will continue to see without a company like Voom around! Even though I never had their service I must agree that it made other companies both cable and sat like Directv pressured to provide better service at low cost! Now since Voom isn't around, its going to be interesting to see how this plays out for Dave! IMO, not their best strategy!
I agree. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you say Satellite became popular for 2 reasons (not in any particular order):

1. Cable not available in certain areas (rural)
2. People got p(eye)$$ed off at the Cable companies due to arrogance in their pricing and service policies

So doesn't it seem logical that instead of pulling this crap with the NFL Sunday Ticket situation and ticking off some of their loyal customers, they would be better off to welcome more new subscribers into the fold by fighting for the former VOOM contingent? Obviously, VOOM suscribers were not opposed to having a dish on their roof, so that eliminates one reason that a person might opt for cable instead of satellite. Plus, VOOM people went there for the highest quality they could get, so even though cable is generally considered to have equal or better HD than satellite, satellite definitely offers MORE and BETTER digital channels than cable (at least for now). But while Comcast is contemplating a move to ALL digital this year in order to counteract a long standing deficiency compared to D* and E*, you have "Dave" doing exactly the opposite of what they should be doing in light of the VOOM demise.

Do you concur?
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I couldn't say it better myself! I totally agree!
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I couldn't say it better myself! I totally agree!
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Yes it was. Without Voom no pressure until there are a lot more HD subscribers.
Considering D* had an exclusive contract with the NFL, I don't see how this can be associated with the depature of V*.
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