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    NFL and DirecTV Extends Sunday Ticket Agreement

    Those that have the Sunday Ticket, like myself, should be happy. The new agreement also offers those that don't have DirecTV, broadband Ticket access by 2012........


    NFL and DIRECTV Extend NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ Agreement through 2014 Season
    NEW YORK and EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 23, 2009 — The National Football League announced today an agreement to extend DIRECTV's rights to carry NFL SUNDAY TICKET™. DIRECTV will continue to have exclusive television rights to air the package of Sunday afternoon games through the 2014 NFL season.

    The agreement also significantly broadens the reach of NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ by enabling NFL fans who cannot receive DIRECTV satellite service to get NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ via broadband. This service will begin no later than 2012.

    In addition, the NFL will offer fans (also no later than 2012) a new "Red Zone Channel" that shows crucial live action cut-ins of all Sunday afternoon games starting at 1 p.m. ET and continuing through the conclusion of the 4 p.m. ET games. The "Red Zone Channel" will be available to cable, telco and satellite systems, wireless devices, and the Internet.

    "We are pleased to extend a partnership with DIRECTV that has complemented and supported our broadcast television packages for 15 years," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We are looking forward to having the Red Zone channel on cable and other media platforms as well as showing NFL Sunday Ticket via broadband to the homes that cannot get satellite. This new content enhances our tradition of being the most pro-consumer, widely available sport on television."

    "The NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ service has been a part of DIRECTV since our first year of operation and is one of the defining characteristics of our best-in-class positioning," said Chase Carey, president and CEO of DIRECTV Group. "This latest extension allows us to retain and broaden our most popular sports subscription service. Through our wireless offering to NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ customers and the new broadband service to non-customers, we're now able to expand the reach to even more NFL fans everywhere."

    Among the new features for fans are:

    Red Zone Channel: subscribers who do not have DIRECTV will have access to the "Red Zone" channel through local cable systems or telco and Internet providers. This special channel has been part of NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ on DIRECTV the past four seasons and will continue for those subscribers. It provides live look-ins and real-time highlights from every Sunday afternoon game starting at 1 P.M. (ET) through the late afternoon games. The channel switches from game to game and airs live action when a team is in the Red Zone (inside the 20-yard line) and poised to score. A host also provides real-time scoring and fantasy updates.
    NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ on Broadband: Fans who live in areas where DIRECTV's service is not available, such as apartment buildings or in residences with poor sightlines to a satellite signal, will be able to purchase a new NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ broadband package.
    DIRECTV customers who purchase NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ and the SuperFan™ package receive all Sunday afternoon games in HD; a Game Mix channel with up to eight games on one screen; the Red Zone Channel; the SUPERCAST™ service that streams every live NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ broadcast to laptop computers; and the NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ Mobile service that delivers up-to-the-minute highlights, and soon full-length games, to cell phones, pda's and other wireless devices.

    DIRECTV also has extended its carriage agreement with NFL Network which airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. NFL Network will continue to be offered in DIRECTV's CHOICE package.

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    Getting the Red Zone Channel on cable is cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
    Getting the Red Zone Channel on cable is cool.
    It's my favorite channel when the Steelers are not playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerBuck
    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
    Getting the Red Zone Channel on cable is cool.
    It's my favorite channel when the Steelers are not playing.
    The NFL Network now airs the Sirius NFL Radio feed during games, which is essentially an audio version of the Red Zone channel with just stats showing on the screen. It will be much better for them to be able to cut to the actual game footage when teams are inside the 20 instead of just the radio announcers with no video.
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    It would be better if Sunday Ticket was available to all major carriers. Look for DirecTv to jack the price up again before the coming season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
    It would be better if Sunday Ticket was available to all major carriers. Look for DirecTv to jack the price up again before the coming season.
    If everyone could get it they wouldn't pay as much. The price is driven up because Direct TV has the exclusive rights.

    Direct TV should be mandatory for out of area Steelers fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
    It would be better if Sunday Ticket was available to all major carriers. Look for DirecTv to jack the price up again before the coming season.
    If everyone could get it they wouldn't pay as much. The price is driven up because Direct TV has the exclusive rights.

    Direct TV should be mandatory for out of area Steelers fans.
    And idiot me dropped DTV after this season. I am looking for ways to catch the Steelers, but I have nothing but good things to say about DTV and Sunday Ticket. Even if they di djack up the price, it's worth it.

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    I have DirecTV but I was hoping the NFL would stop this monopoly and let all TV cable system providersin on the action so we could get a lower rate. Doesnt make me happy to see I have no choice but DirecTV.
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