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I think it is hilarious that DirecTV has company shills playing the PR game by commenting on articles such as this one. Yes, I'm talking about you, tman16. You, too, cmasia. You guys are transparent as hell.
I took my $100/mo from DirecTV to Dish and I couldn't be happier. In fact, I actually get more and *save money* while doing it. Now I get the PAC-12 Network. I still get the NFL Network. I am still getting NFL Sunday Ticket via the Madden 25th anniversary edition full season streaming promotion. (HDMI out rocks!) I can still sign up for the NBA, NHL, or MLB packages if I feel the urge. I still get the ESPN networks and Dish has the new Fox Sports 1 network.
I now get more sports content via Dish than I ever did with DirecTV. The ONLY thing DTV ever offered of special value is Sunday Ticket, but there are ways to get that these days without subscribing to DTV. Hell, adding up the cost of Sunday Ticket plus the cost of food and beer at home, it isn't any cheaper than going to the bar and running a $30 tab every Sunday that your team isn't playing a nationally televised game.
In summation, DTV sucks. Their entire business model revolves around forcing customers to pay for channels they don't want in order to get the channels they do want. Now they want to claim it wouldn't be fair to their customers that don't care about the PAC-12 Network if they were forced to pay for the channel? Are you kidding me? I don't care about 85-90% of the channels DTV offers, but that never stopped them from making me pay for them. DTV must think its customers are stupid. They seem oblivious to the fact that they are messing with a highly educated and generally affluent segment of the market.
Bye, DTV. You are no longer the sports leader. I care more about watching my alma mater than your phony corporate ethos or your bottom line.
12 months ago on The Real Nonsense Between The Pac 12 And DirecTV Stalemate