DIRECTV: Worth The Money?

Entertainment, Featured — March 8, 2013 at 9:33 am by

Times are tough.  The economy still blows and it’s hard to juggle your bills, drinking money, and your gambling stash. So our sports reporter Babes asks this question, “DIRECTV: Worth the money?

DIRECTV’ s CEO hinted recently at a convention that the company is considering not paying the steep price to the NFL for exclusive rights to every regular season game. Can’t really blame them since they dished out 4 billion dollars to extend their contract with the NFL in 2009, which runs through 2014.  This is quite the revelation considering the Sunday NFL Ticket is one of DIRECTV’ s major selling points to their customers. It’s also why every bar in the country subscribes to DIRECTV, bars have to have the ability to show every NFL game.  At present the NFL Ticket costs residential customers about $380 for the season, on top of the normal month to month payment for regular tv services.

Personally, I think the Sunday NFL Ticket was destined to die a slow death with the birth of the Redzone channel. People are starting to realize that you simply can’t possibly watch every game going on, and their probably spending most of the time switching channels. With the Redzone, (which is available on both DTV and Comcast) you don’t have to switch channels because the channel pan continuously through all the games,  bringing the most important action right at the most critical times, in double or triple viewing  boxes if need be.  They show every touchdown so you are able keep up with every score;  not to mention the fact that the channel is a Godsend to anybody who plays fantasy football.   Like it or not,  fantasy football has become so huge nationwide that quite frankly, it’s changing the way people watch football.  As both an avid Ravens fan and fantasy player myself, I know that  if the Ravens aren’t playing I’m watching the Redzone exclusively. If the Ravens do play at one o clock than I’m switching between the game and Redzone so I don t have to watch a single commercial.  The old school fan may say that when they watch a game they watch from start to finish, commercials and all.  To these people,unless they are displaced geographically, they can watch their game on one of the local networks. To me, the only good reason left to purchase the Ticket is if you’re a fan of a team and you don’t live in the area in which the team plays. A Ravens fan living in Dallas would still want the Ticket to ensure they can see every Ravens game because they won’t  get the Ravens on the local networks down there. Other then that, I can’t come up with any other valid reason to pay $380 for something when I can get a more efficient version of it for $3.95 a month (the price of the sports package on Comcast that includes the Redzone channel).

Here is a bit of advice, the best way to keep your cable bill affordable is to switch back and forth between providers every couple of years. If you can handle getting readjusted to each company, it’s the best way to guarantee an affordable price. Just like you can choose between shopping at Wal-Mart or Target,  you can choose between Comcast, Fios, Dish, and DIRECTV  by leveraging one against the other. It’s amazing what Comcast will do to your bill if you tell them your canceling for Fios.  So in closing, go ahead and tear up that NFL contract, DIRECTV.  It won’t matter to me as long as I’ve got my Redzone and my Ravens.


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