09.28.2009 08:10 AM
DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket HD Premium Questioned
NEW YORK: The premium cable and satellite TV carriers charge for hi-def programming is the driving force behind broadcast retransmission fees. While those fees are growing and carrier resistance is rising, the premiums persist. Richard Sandomir of The New York Times notes that DirecTV charges $10 a month extra for HD on a regular subscription package. The same format costs $99 on the satellite provider’s popular NFL Sunday Ticket, the special package of out-of-market, regular season pro football games produced by CBS and Fox. (Sandomir rounds up to $100.)

DirecTV this year extended its Sunday Ticket contract through 2014 for $1 billion a year; recouped in part through add-ons. Hi-def delivery is part of a larger upgrade package that includes updates, replays, scores, clips and mobile access. The addition of the package brings NFL Sunday Ticket to $300 a year. Around 2 million subscribers take the package to see up to 14 Sunday afternoon out-of-market games.

A number of subscribers with older DirecTV set-tops reportedly lost Sunday Ticket altogether on Sept. 20, when the game was transmitted in MPEG-4. Those subs with MPEG-2 set-tops got an error code, Multichannel News reported.

Sandomir’s coverage, “When High Def Doesn’t Include High Def,” is available at The New York Times Pro Football page.

More on DirecTV’s NFL package:
March 24, 2009: DirecTV Scores NFL Package
DirecTV cozied up to the NFL 15 years ago soon after launching and started offering the Sunday Ticket franchise, a package of out-of-market games offered for $99. The re-up adds broadband access for Sunday Ticket beginning no later than 2010, and a new “Red Zone” channel of live cut-ins of Sunday afternoon games.

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Tue, 09-29-2009 04:09 AM Report Comment
Direct has been sending letters to customer with legacy equipment since june. those customers that can not get reception with those receviers get all of those receivers replaced at no charge. also If a customer did not bother to look at the letter, the call center agents reminds them of the possility of not getting those sunday ticket games, due to legacy equipment. the persons acct is tagged with mpg swap. its mandatory for the agent to mention it to the customers. the sunday ticket come with those out of the market games. However, hd games are added in the superfan portion. if he cus does not want to pay additonal, they just choose not to have the add-on. Sunday ticket is owned by the nfl not dtv. so, grip with the nfl not dtv. know ya facts before writing an artical please

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