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NFL Sunday Ticket , Directv monopoly
Posted by on 06/01/2003
I'm furious that the NFL continues to refuse the NFL Sunday Ticket to Dish Network. I've written several complaints and have yet to receive a response. The NFL has also just pulled C-Band from Sunday Ticket, leaving Directv with the monopoly. Why should we be forced to use Directv to see NFL games? They denied the merger of Directv and Dish because of the monopoly it would create. How is this not the same thing? It is one thing for an owner to make an agreement with a network (as outrageous as that I find that already), but this is the NFL in its entirety making an exclusive deal with one satellite provider. Though you can purchase Sunday Ticket as your only Directv programming, you still have to pay the monthly receiver fees or the reactivation of receiver fees. Either way, you still are paying more than someone who uses Directv as their main satellite provider.

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2004-01-13:
It's not a monopoly because one company offers one thing and the other company offers another. Directv competes with Dish by offering NFL, Dish competes with DTV by offering lower prices on programming. If DTV and Dish were merged, you might get the football but your overall price would be staggering for programming because the monopoly could charge whatever it wants.
Posted by imrich97 on 2004-07-14:
DirecTv has a monopoly on the NFL Ticket, and should be thankful for that. The NFL Ticket is the only thing propping them up, and they must know that because they have now decided that you must also sign up for the regular service as well in order to receive the NFL Ticket. Once word got out that you didnt have to subscribe to any other programming, people probably started jumping ship and that freaked DirecTv out. I would love to see how fast DirecTv would cease to exist once the NFL Ticket became available to everyone.
Posted by DTVMAN on 2004-08-20:
Direct Tv pays alot of money to have the NFL all to itself. You call it unfair, I call it a smart business decision. You can't blame a company for wanting to make money and expand, can you??
Posted by directvemployee on 2004-09-09:
directv has been around longer than dish and we have always owned the right we beat primestar and we'll beat dish if you don't like it than don't watch it theres always crappy cable
Posted by DBS on 2004-10-01:
The NFL needs to be forced to discontinue their practice of exclusive distribution through DIRECTV. The myth they perpetuate is they are a "business". They are specfically exempt from laws that govern business under the guise of benefits to the public. In this case special treatment for the NFL leads only to fans getting cut out of the game.
Posted by dolphans1 on 2004-10-13:
Direct-TV Legal Department
PO Box 92600
Los Angeles
Posted by ToHellWithDirectTV on 2014-02-13:
Wow...I'm surprised the last post was in 2004. With the recent fight between The Weather Channel and DirectTV, we should renew our efforts to dislodge DirectTV's strangle hold (monopoly) on the NFL programming. The NFL could make "more" money if they allowed live streaming for fee.
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Posted by Kruck351 on 11/25/2012
How DARE you take off the Bears-Vikings game!!! Some people tuned in to watch the GAME not to be changed to what YOU decided is more interesting game at half time.. Who are YOU to decide what game we watch after the start of the game? My God, I have a house full of Bears' and Vikings' fans who came here to watch THAT game NOT bucs and falcons!
     
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Posted by DebtorBasher on 2012-11-25:
If one of those teams are your home teams, I can understand the disappointment. If not, they can pretty much air whatever game they want to, they wouldn't know who were fans of what teams.
Posted by SteveWiginowski on 2012-11-25:
Where do you live? It will decide what game you are watching. If you live in the Vikings or Bears area, then the game shouldn't have switched. If not, then they should have switched.

My advice to you would be to go to a bar to ensure you are able to watch the complete game of your choice. I had to do that when I lived out of the area of my team.
Posted by FoDaddy19 on 2012-11-25:
"Who are YOU to decide what game we watch after the start of the game?"

They are the ones who paid 4.7 Billion dollars for the rights to broadcast NFC games through the 2013 season. That's who they are.

Also as SteveWiginowski pointed out, where you live determines what games you'll see. I'm a Green Bay fan, and unless it's a Sunday Night, Monday night or Thrusday night game, I don't get to see them play very much because I live in VA, instead I get all the Redskins games I can handle, which is annoying because I have an intense dislike for Dan Snyder.

Posted by trmn8r on 2012-11-25:
I know exactly what you mean. I was receiving the Basher bedroomcam here, and enjoying a Sunday afternoon interlude. Then without warning, the programming changed to the rear view of a Chevy Cavilier with an "Ashley Furniture is the Best" bumper sticker, driving down a one way street to crybabies.com.

Needless to say, the mood was ruined. Next time I'm headed out to a sports bar, as Steve suggests, to watch the Bashercam.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2012-11-25:
8er,8er,my 8er...your credit card expired, you'll have to provide me with a new one to renew your subscription for the BasherCam.
Posted by wjk898 on 2012-11-26:
I wonder how many of you yoyos can name your senator let alone know what hes been doing while in office.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2012-11-26:
Network affiliates tend to air the home team's games, unless the game is "blacked out" due to the game not selling enough tickets. If the stations involved were in Illinois (Chicago Bears) or Minnesota (Minnesota Vikings), then there would be no reason to black out the game. In other parts of the country, the home team of the network affiliate has first priority for broadcast games. Unless it's a nationally televised game, most Sunday football games are broadcast regionally.
Posted by At Your Service on 2012-11-26:
I was kind of hoping for a rebroadcast of Heidi.
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