Hey DirectTV – Stick It!

Hey Gang,

I’m not sure how many of you good people have the NFL Sunday Ticket, but I’m here to tell you the DirectTV moguls have become increasingly hostile toward it’s subscribers and I have to vent.

I’ve been a subscriber since Year Two (1995) and had the NFL Channel as part of my yearly, Sunday Ticket ala carte subscription. In fact, I bought my dish solely to watch the games. Well, this morning the NFL Network is gone and I’m told it won’t come back until the games kick-off in September.

This is latest tactic of the DirectTV jackboots at stong-arming the fans of the NFL into buying one of their bogus packages of “wonderful programming” at the low, low base price of $49.95. But the REAL kicker is, if I agree to buy a package they’ll never allow me to go back to the Sunday Ticket as an ala carte item.   Total BS.

But this is nothing new to you more recent purchasers of the Sunday Ticket. They’ve never given you the option to take the Ticket as an ala carte item. They’re holding you hostage at $50 a month, plus the cost of the Ticket – about $500 for the season.

And if you turn off the dish after the games are over, you’ll get drilled for all the re-activation fees and receive no discount as a repeat Sunday Ticket subscriber.

Eventually the day will come when these corporate thugs lose their monopoly on the NFL and when they do they’ll get a short and sweet, “Stick it!” outta me. I encourage anyone who has had a similar experience to let DirectTV know how you feel.

BTW, until then I’ll post every possible way I know to extort money back from them by pitting them against the cable companies. There are lots of success stories where people have greatly reduced their bills with this strategy. Look for it here down the road.

Enough venting. Onto the draft.

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10 Responses

  1. MikeC says:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I also only use my Dish to get the Sunday Ticket and the NFL Network (I have Time Warnter, so the NFL Network is not an option on Cable). We used to get the NFL Network year round with our subscription to the Sunday Ticket. So now the price has gone up, and they have pulled back the NFL Network during the off season?? WTF?

    There comes a point when it’s just not worth it. The Sunday Ticket is great, but don’t we pay enough for it without having to deal with this BS on top of it? It’s just plain bad customer service. They have a monopoly on the package, so they feel like they can get away with this crap, and maybe they can. But once again, we as the consumer, ends up getting screwed.

    So, thank you for bringing this issue to the table. Looking forward to your continued thoughts on the subject.

    By the way, I’ve been playing in Dynasty leagues since 1998. They are my favorite format for Fantasy due to the added dimensions and strategy involved. I’ve enjoyed reading your contributions to the site over the years, and am looking forward to reading your blog.

  2. bonscott87 says:

    Huh?

    First off, Sunday Ticket hasn’t been ala carte for a few years now.

    Seconds, why am I “held hostage” by getting the base package from DirecTV? It’s $20 cheaper per month then the base package from cable and has twice as many channels.

    Bargain in my book.

  3. FantasyLady says:

    Huh? from me as well. I still get the NFL Network (if you’re talking Channel 212?) as of this morning. I wonder whether it depends on what market you’re in. I have DirecTV basic service with just the Sunday Ticket and SuperFan packages. In the off months I pay (with taxes) $52.48. Cox Cable would be $5 per month cheaper for the same service. I feel the same way about cable as you seem to feel about DirecTV. I think DirecTV has every right to try and stick it to the cable networks after years of having the cable companies lobby to make it against the law for consumers to have satellite service if cable service was available.

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    Hey Guys,

    Apologies for not checking in on the comments to the posts I’ve made. I didn’t mean to ignore those of you who took the time and really do appreciate the feedback.

    On DirectTV: Like Mike C. I bought my satilitte dish in the second year they were available. So long ago Rod Smith was a rookie. And it was like $700 or $800 bucks.

    Back then you could pick and choose your sports programming without having to buy any of their regular packages. So I kept cable for the convienance with multiple televisions and got the NFL Sunday Ticket ala carte from DirectTV.

    Powered by their NFL monopoly, the DirectTV carpetbaggers have turned the screws on their customers.

    First they took away the ala carte option from new customers. Then they denied long-timers (like me and Mike) from occasionally buying regular programming, while preserving our ala carte option with the Ticket. And now they’ve taken away the NFL Channel from people who won’t buy a regular programming package.

    They’ve declared war, complete with sanctions, on YOU and I, their customers ONLY because they have a monopoly on the NFL and I’ve had enough, so I’m going to push back.

    Part One of the offenisve will be to show you how to play Direct TV against the cable companies to shave money off your bill. There were folks getting free Super Fan upgrades, discounted regular programming, money back off their bills, etc. last year.

    I’m contemplating calling the NFL offices to register a complaint. I’m just not sure it would do any good.

    But if you think this doesn’t affect you, think again. DirectTV used to jack up the Ticket $10 a year, now it’s $20 a year (or is it more than that?)

    bonscott87, you say you pay $52.48 a month and that cable would be $5 cheaper. Well, that’s $60 a year they’re taking you for right off the top. What if you took up Dish Network on one of their specials for $19.95 or $24.95 or $29.95 or whatever
    they charge? Not to mention the cable deals of TV, broadband internet and home telephone for $90 a year.

    You could be saving anywhere from $250 to $400 or more a year, but you won’t or can’t leave DirectTV because they’ve got you by the pills with the NFL. Not sure about you, but that’s enough dough to merit my attention.

    But to me, it’s much more about the principle that DirectTV has their customers by the shorties, they know it, and they’re twisting. So it’s high time to twist back.

  4. Floyd the Barber says:

    Hey Guys,

    Apologies for not checking in on the comments to the posts I’ve made. I didn’t mean to ignore those of you who took the time and really do appreciate the feedback.

    On DirectTV: Like Mike C. I bought my satilitte dish in the second year they were available. So long ago Rod Smith was a rookie. And it was like $700 or $800 bucks.

    Back then you could pick and choose your sports programming without having to buy any of their regular packages. So I kept cable for the convienance with multiple televisions and got the NFL Sunday Ticket ala carte from DirectTV.

    Powered by their NFL monopoly, the DirectTV carpetbaggers have turned the screws on their customers.

    First they took away the ala carte option from new customers. Then they denied long-timers (like me and Mike) from occasionally buying regular programming, while preserving our ala carte option with the Ticket. And now they’ve taken away the NFL Channel from people who won’t buy a regular programming package.

    They’ve declared war, complete with sanctions, on YOU and I, their customers ONLY because they have a monopoly on the NFL and I’ve had enough, so I’m going to push back.

    Part One of the offenisve will be to show you how to play Direct TV against the cable companies to shave money off your bill. There were folks getting free Super Fan upgrades, discounted regular programming, money back off their bills, etc. last year.

    I’m contemplating calling the NFL offices to register a complaint. I’m just not sure it would do any good.

    But if you think this doesn’t affect you, think again. DirectTV used to jack up the Ticket $10 a year, now it’s $20 a year (or is it more than that?)

    bonscott87, you say you pay $52.48 a month and that cable would be $5 cheaper. Well, that’s $60 a year they’re taking you for right off the top. What if you took up Dish Network on one of their specials for $19.95 or $24.95 or $29.95 or whatever
    they charge? Not to mention the cable deals of TV, broadband internet and home telephone for $90 a year.

    You could be saving anywhere from $250 to $400 or more a year, but you won’t or can’t leave DirectTV because they’ve got you by the pills with the NFL. Not sure about you, but that’s enough dough to merit my attention.

    But to me, it’s much more about the principle that DirectTV has their customers by the shorties, they know it, and they’re twisting. So it’s high time to twist back.

  5. bonscott87 says:

    FYI that is wasn’t me that said I pay $52 a month, that was the other poster. I pay for the full monty, $110 a month which includes all channels and HD.

    Sorry Floyd but I do the math every year. Cable (Charter here) is way more expensive then DirecTV. Cable is pretty competitive from a price standpoint during their first 6 months “special offer” but once that expires then it’s $30 a month *more* then DirecTV for less channels. Check what that $90 a month offer turns into…most likely well over $150 if not $175 a month.

    And on top of that they charge $13 a *month* for their HD DVR, and that is *per DVR*. DirecTV charges just $5.99 a month for as many DVRs you want (I have 3). Want extra receivers? $4.99 a month with DirecTV, cable charges $7.99 a month per cable box.

    Believe me, I’m saving well over $50 a month by staying with DirecTV. And with that savings I get Sunday Ticket and still have plenty left over to pay my phone bill and get a 6 pack every week.

    And speaking of HD, Charter charges more for HD and has less channels then DirecTV (and they don’t have that many). Come later this year/early next year DirecTV will have 50-70+ HD channels all for my $10 a month HD access fee.

    Dish Network? Not a chance. Less channels, more money (again) although it’s close. Plus I don’t like the games Charlie (the CEO) plays all the time. He shuts channels off all the time simply because he’s upset with that company. Dish also doesn’t have my HD locals nor my RSN in HD.

    Sorry Floyd, it just doesn’t add up in my case (and for many, many people). Perhaps you have an awesome cable system which is why you don’t use DirecTV for everything. That’s awesome, not many people have the same choice. You are indeed lucky.

    Either way…here’s to football!

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