Amazon, Disney in play for Sunday Ticket

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Before the next wave of TV deals will be negotiated, the NFL will surely be doing its biggest deal yet in the environment where much of what used to be viewed on TV is now being consumed.

Via NBCNews.com, the NFL could move its out-of-market streaming rights to Amazon or Disney. Amazon already streams Thursday Night Football, and Disney would surely love to boost the offerings of its in-house streaming service, ESPN+.

Recent tensions have emerged between the NFL and AT&T, which has purchased DirecTV. Meanwhile, ESPN has worked hard to rebuild bridges to 345 Park Avenue, and Amazon has become a behemoth in the streaming/sales space. Its value comes from the merger of viewing preferences and purchase habits, enabling Amazon to tailor commercials to viewers, who can make a purchase with the click of a button while otherwise watching a game.

Per the report, the NFL also has considered Google and Netflix for a streaming deal. The former has been “on and off”; the latter has never shown interest.

AT&T abruptly dropped NFL Network from Uverse and DirecTV now this week, while keeping NFLN in the DirecTV lineup. This development surely doesn’t make it more likely that DirecTV and the NFL will renew its longstanding arrangement, which began in 1994.

It’s possible that, in the end, DirecTV will keep the satellite rights while another company assumes the streaming of the games, allowing people in rural areas that lack high-speed Internet access to continue to watch all Sunday afternoon games and giving the NFL a potent double-dip with big fees both from DirecTV and a new streaming partner.

92 responses to “Amazon, Disney in play for Sunday Ticket

  1. Giant corporation rarely, if ever, do anything with the best interests of the paying customers in mind. Of course, it’s in their own interests to make as much money as possible, but they really seem intent on limiting their viewing audience as much as they can.

  2. MLB charges $100 for a product that provides 10x more (162 game season). If Amazon can sell the NFL games package for $100, then maybe I’ll buy it. Otherwise, I can’t understand why I would.

  3. Great news! Make it an app available to everyone on their streaming device of choice!

    Just not for $400.

  4. Just give me RedZone. If I could buy the games a la carte, I’d maybe be interested. But buying the entire schedule isn’t worth it.

  5. If it goes to Disney, there will be at least one less customer.

    There are far too many ways to get it for free than pay for a crappy Disney streaming subscription.

  6. All I want is the RedZone channel and ala carte pay per view. There’s no reason, besides greed, that single games are not available.

    The Sunday Ticket package made a lot of sense 20 years ago but now, with byes and games on Thursday, Sunday night and Monday night, there are way less games available, especially in the 4:00pm slot. There were times when there were only TWO late games on. I won’t pay for that. Period.

  7. For anyone that has watched DirecTv RedZone and cable RedZone, there is simply no comparison. Siciliano and the crew are on top of every game and most in real time whereas cable version is like a replay highlight show. The biggest concern as a DirecTV customer would be getting that version of the RZ somewhere else. I’d love Amazon or anyone to save me a few hundred dollars a year.

  8. If they were to offer a ‘per team’ option for Sunday ticket at a ‘REASONABLE’ price, then I’d consider it. For now, I’m fine with just bootlegging games off the internet…

  9. I second the ‘per team’ option. I only want to watch my team’s games and will not pay a premium for all games just to watch one game per week.

  10. I’ve had Sunday ticket from the first year it was available. I don’t think it was even called Sunday Ticket then, lol, and you could get it for 99.00+ taxes per year, no TV subscription. The provider got wise to that, and then started making you have a tv package as well. Look at how much the price has gone up, with actually less games being shown because of Sunday and Thursday night football. I keep it for a couple reasons, the Steelers and sports betting. Would be nice if someone would break it up to where people could pick x number of teams and only pay for those teams. I really think they would make more money in the long run.

  11. For everyone asking for a la carte/per game to be reasonable, it depends what you consider reasonable. It likely wouldn’t be cheaper than at least 20 to 25 a piece. So just saying maybe r of your teams is on local or national t.v. your good I pay $240 to $300 For 10 single games. Personally I’d rather pay $350 and watch every game.

  12. Yes please! The NFL should partner with a company who will sell the streaming package to whomever wants to buy it regardless of where they live.

    I moved recently, and I’m worried that my little three-unit apartment building in small-town WV won’t show up in DirectTV’s database of approved addresses. I shouldn’t have to start missing Saints games for the first time in years because of that.

  13. My cuz in England buys no premium sports packs but gets Redzone included in basic cable! If you move there, just buy Virgin’s regular cable and find it on the “sky sports mix” channel, (which also shows all the America’s Game and Football Life episodes). The Wembley games and the Super Bowl are just aired on regular BBC – so they get ALL their games with NO ADS AT ALL!!!! The beer there is good too, and fish & chips. I get over there when I can.

  14. Can’t wait to drop Direct TV once someone else get’s the ticket. Ever since AT&T purchased Direct TV, the rates have doubled and you get less content. AT&T is a rip off!

  15. I can’t get Direct unless I cut down a couple of my neighbors trees. I would buy a season ticket for a single team.

  16. MLB charges $100 for a product that provides 10x more (162 game season). If Amazon can sell the NFL games package for $100, then maybe I’ll buy it. Otherwise, I can’t understand why I would.
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    Because the NFL is 100x better than MLB

  17. I’ve already dumped DTV. I’m not paying for Sunday Ticket and channels I never watch. But if the NFL lets Amazon do this, I’ll happily pay up.

    Meanwhile, I encourage ATT to continue to blow up that bridge with the NFL.

  18. I need the Sunday Ticket, but I don’t like Direct TV. I don’t use The Red Zone or any of that other stuff, just football games. I think I’m going to cancel Direct TV regardless. Does anyone know how to get games without Sunday Ticket?

  19. I’ve never had a single issue with anything Amazon streams for me. I would love it if they got it. To be honest though – anything is better than Direct TV has been.

  20. Sunday ticket has gotten stupid expensive plus I absolutely despise AT&T. I canned them last fall and switched to Dish. I also spent $750 on a nice antenna and I can get local channels from 3 different TV markets. Best thing I ever did. AT&T can kiss my you know what

  21. I think this would be fair pricing when Amazon wins.

    $150: All preseason & regular season games for 32 teams. Includes RedZone.
    $50: All preseason & regular season games for 1 team. Includes RedZone.
    $25: All preseason & regular season games for 1 additional team (requires $50 package)
    $5: All preseason & regular season games for every additional team thereafter (requires $50 and $25 package)

  22. Amazon should take this, charge $450 for non-prime, $250-$300 for prime, $20 per game non-prime non-subscribers, $7 per game prime non-subscribers. NFL should separately carv out the Bar/restaurant as it may get complicated for Amazon to service those customers. NFL should also separate Red Zone as in the best interest of NFL to service Dish and DTV. Alexa could really benefit from being told to go to a different game or red zone. Finally, the potential is there for Amazon to work out an arrangement with Disney subscription that could benefit both parties, especially Disney.

  23. As sports betting continues to expand Red Zone will become a much more valuable product. And it won’t be cheap.

  24. charliecharger says:
    April 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm
    I need the Sunday Ticket, but I don’t like Direct TV. I don’t use The Red Zone or any of that other stuff, just football games. I think I’m going to cancel Direct TV regardless. Does anyone know how to get games without Sunday Ticket?

    If you have a desktop/laptop with HDMI out that you can connect to your TV get a VPN and conect to a server in England

  25. When 5G goes Nationwide…

    We will no longer have Dishes, Cable bo or es or any other cabling needed in houses…it will all be ala carte.

    But dont expect an NFL product to be inexpensive.

  26. charliecharger says:
    April 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm
    I need the Sunday Ticket, but I don’t like Direct TV. I don’t use The Red Zone or any of that other stuff, just football games. I think I’m going to cancel Direct TV regardless. Does anyone know how to get games without Sunday Ticket?
    __________________________________________________________________________________________If you have a desktop or laptop with HDMI out that you can connect to your TV you can then install a VPN on it and connect to a British or european server through the VPN and then navagate to the NFL web site and sign up for their regional game pass. Cheaper that Sunday Ticket too.

  27. Why is everyone saying “I’d drop DirecTV in a heartbeat if amazon gets it”? I currently have Comcast and still get Sunday Ticket through the Sunday Ticket Apple TV app. You don’t need the DirecTV cable service in order to get Sunday Ticket.

  28. mackcarrington says:
    April 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    Giant corporation rarely, if ever, do anything with the best interests of the paying customers in mind. Of course, it’s in their own interests to make as much money as possible, but they really seem intent on limiting their viewing audience as much as they can.

    Yes. Because fewer customers is always in their best interest.

    SMH. Loudly.

  29. Life pro tip

    Just find a friend co worker in college or with a kid in college. Slip them a fifty and sign up uber their info for a student account. Been ding out for years. With the tip cost me 150 a year for all the games.

  30. Disney will kick off their streaming service this fall as a competitor with Netflix. It has been reported that the service will cost $6.99/month (almost half the cost of Netflix). My guess is that, if Disney did gain the rights to Sunday Ticket, it would be offered at an incredibly low price as a way of drawing people to their streaming service.

  31. If you can’t get enough football on Fox, CBS, NBC, NFLN and ESPN you have a major addiction. Get help immediately!

  32. I only have DirecTV for the Sunday Ticket. They keep raising prices because they know people will keep it. If the NFL ever gets away from DirecTV, they are going to lose thousands upon thousands of customers.

  33. As someone that builds channel apps for Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV I don’t understand why they need any 3rd party partner for streaming services. They could just sell the Ticket directly to consumers and make it available through their app. Isn’t that what the NHL and MLB are doing? I stopped paying for those packages through my cable company once I realized I could buy them directly and stream the games via Roku and my mobile devices.

  34. TuneinPro gives me the radio broadcasts of teams in every major sport, all for $99.99 per year. Who needs NFL ticket or streaming video?

  35. I’ve had Sunday Ticket twice with Directv. The problem I had was that any Nationally televised games were blacked out. And by the time you watched your hometown team play, (in my case the Bills) there were only a couple games left to watch. So it wasn’t really worth the money. I canceled both times after a year.

  36. I will pay nothing to the NFL.

    They have enough money. I wont be part of it.

    Plenty of ways to watch NFL games.

  37. Makes me realise how lucky I’m to live in Europe and get game pass,every game live,redzone,nf l network,ten years archive games and loads of features on players,teams and classic games for $180 for a year.

  38. dcnupe3 says:
    April 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm
    Why is everyone saying “I’d drop DirecTV in a heartbeat if amazon gets it”? I currently have Comcast and still get Sunday Ticket through the Sunday Ticket Apple TV app. You don’t need the DirecTV cable service in order to get Sunday Ticket.

    Wrong! You have to be eligible in order to get Sunday Ticket TV, which you are talking about through an app (I have it through Fire TV) You have to live in an area where you can not get the DTV signal, OR, in an apartment that don’t allow you to have a dish. The best deal is for college students, otherwise it is pricy!

  39. The Ticket is the only thing that’s kept with with DirecTV. Ever since AT&T bought the company, DirecTV’s service has been terrible. Would gladly drop DirecTV for good if Amazon or Disney offered up the service. Really hoping this happens in a hurry. DirecTV is overpriced garbage.

  40. Count me as one of the few who will miss Sunday Ticket on DirecTV. I haven’t paid for it in years. The trick is to avoid signing a contract after whatever the initial signup contract is. Call and threaten to cancel your service because you’ve been a loyal customer and they are giving it to new subscribers for free. You’ll have to be very firm and stand your ground when they tell you they can’t give it to you for free and again when they try to give the non-HD version. But if you are willing to haggle for 20 minutes and perhaps even ask to speak with a supervisor if you get a stubborn CSR, you can get the super max version for free or at a super reduced rate. It also helps to be armed with some info about a deal that a cable company or a streaming service is providing compared to what you are paying. You may be surprised by just how many perks they are willing to add on to keep you as a subscriber.

  41. Sunday Ticket subscriber since 1997….that’s right….I said 1997.

    I’ve paid an awful lot of money over the last 22 years to watch a lot of awful NY Jets football.

  42. indianajet says:
    April 21, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    Sunday Ticket subscriber since 1997….that’s right….I said 1997.

    I’ve paid an awful lot of money over the last 22 years to watch a lot of awful NY Jets football.

    ==================================

    A True fan!

    Hang in there brother, time will come.

  43. sammievee says:
    April 21, 2019 at 3:49 pm
    Amazon should take this, charge $450 for non-prime, $250-$300 for prime, $20 per game non-prime non-subscribers, $7 per game prime non-subscribers. NFL should separately carv out the Bar/restaurant as it may get complicated for Amazon to service those customers. NFL should also separate Red Zone as in the best interest of NFL to service Dish and DTV. Alexa could really benefit from being told to go to a different game or red zone. Finally, the potential is there for Amazon to work out an arrangement with Disney subscription that could benefit both parties, especially Disney.

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    That’s outrageous, I already pay $350 a year for ST on DTV, why would I pay more for streaming? I’d rather they give it to Prime members free or for far less than $200-$300 a yr. I also rather every provider have it, I don’t have reliable internet here in NY, and I like watching the games on TV. I love my DirecTV, no issues here.

  44. I dropped DirecTv last year after their total costs and Sunday ticket finally got stupid expensive. Found that I got by just fine with the NFL RedZone. Offer me an alternative(s) to making me buy the entire package such as a PPV for a select game or games, or a full week of games. And make it flexible. But to pay $400 for the package plus the regular programming was crazy, considering I also needed to get my internet service elsewhere.

  45. I would be thrilled if another service got Sunday Ticket but then again, I always remind myself that this is the NFL we’re talking about here. There is little that 345 Park Ave. does the right way.

  46. If it’s not 100 bucks, I’m out. I’ve gotten it free last 2 years. If ATT drops it, I’ll drop them so fast it wont be funny…long time ticket customer since 2003…

  47. As someone that builds channel apps for Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV I don’t understand why they need any 3rd party partner for streaming services. They could just sell the Ticket directly to consumers and make it available through their app.
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    Spoken like someone who has never tried to use the DirecTV app!

  48. Amazon is evil for all things. Doesn’t matter though. Too many Thursday night games for me. Not worth it. After 18 years I have finally cancelled nfl ticket

  49. “…Amazon has become a behemoth in the streaming/sales space. Its value comes from the merger of viewing preferences and purchase habits, enabling Amazon to tailor commercials to viewers, who can make a purchase with the click of a button while otherwise watching a game.”

    Yup, they take all the info they’ve learned about their customers via Amazon purchases, Amazon prime/Whole Foods, and all that info gained through their home digital spy services, Alexa & Echo and you get tailored made commercial that they’ll be selling at premium prices to their advertisers. Genius really, especially since most Americans are actually paying Amazon while also giving them their habitual stats. Can you say, “Alexa, steal my info for me”?

  50. My DirecTV bill went from a little over 100 a month to over 250 and I made no changes at all to my service. I told them I don’t want their service anymore. I paid them up through that very moment what I owed them. They sent me to cancellations and they didn’t want to let me leave them. They kept asking what can I do. I told them pay for a year of the 150% markup. They didn’t like that. Anyway after finally being “allowed” to drop their service they told me I couldn’t cancel until the next billing cycle in 8 days. This is for 8 days remember. I got another bill for $72. For 8 days. AT&T destroyed a once great service.

  51. DTV needs to change their business model. People will jump like rats off a sinking ship if they can get ST elsewhere. The DTV storm is coming

  52. The funny thing with all of this is that the NFL already sells live-streaming for all games (regular season and playoffs) for about $220 or so. It’s just that it sells that bundle outside of the US. If you have a browser plugin/VPN that masks the location of your IP address, you can easily purchase the package directly from NFL.com and watch all of the games for that fee.

  53. TheCommish says:
    April 21, 2019 at 6:04 pm
    The Ticket is the only thing that’s kept with with DirecTV. Ever since AT&T bought the company, DirecTV’s service has been terrible.

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    I came here to say the exact same thing. I have had the ticket for 15 years and never really minded being handcuffed to Directv, UNTIL AT&T came along.

  54. Another vote for single team + RedZone option. They have to realize there’s huge demand for this, I would think.

    Long time DTV customer. I had Sunday Ticket for a few years when I was able to get it significantly discounted or a couple of times, for free. Last year was the first I wasn’t able to get a deal, so I canceled. As it turns out, if my favorite team is good they get featured in a lot of games (who knew, lol) so ST is hard to justify. And AT&T’s takeover of DTV has been HORRIBLE. I hate the fragmentation of streaming services and interfaces or I’d have cut DTV off but they are pushing me that way despite the issues.

  55. DTV needs to change their business model. People will jump like rats off a sinking ship if they can get ST elsewhere. The DTV storm is coming
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    Same for the cable companies.

    I pay for who knows how many channels, and I might watch a dozen of them.

    If not for fast internet, I’d have dumped Comcast YEARS ago.

  56. Count me as one of the few who will miss Sunday Ticket on DirecTV. I haven’t paid for it in years. The trick is to avoid signing a contract after whatever the initial signup contract is. Call and threaten to cancel your service because you’ve been a loyal customer and they are giving it to new subscribers for free. You’ll have to be very firm and stand your ground when they tell you they can’t give it to you for free and again when they try to give the non-HD version. But if you are willing to haggle for 20 minutes and perhaps even ask to speak with a supervisor if you get a stubborn CSR, you can get the super max version for free or at a super reduced rate. It also helps to be armed with some info about a deal that a cable company or a streaming service is providing compared to what you are paying. You may be surprised by just how many perks they are willing to add on to keep you as a subscriber.

    I did this for years, but tired of the 40 minute arguments every four months when DirecTV would suddenly raise my bill. I now stream movies, shows and games for free from some site out of Barbados… I was driven to this by the horrible billing and customer service practices from DirecTV and Comcast… I refuse to pay a fee to watch content with commercials any more…

  57. I’ll continue to pirate games until they offer a cheap & FAIR package for just my teams games. I don’t care out the other 31 teams and I’m not paying $300+ for it.

  58. strunzi26 said:
    April 22, 2019 at 2:41 am
    “Yup, they take all the info they’ve learned about their customers via Amazon purchases, Amazon prime/Whole Foods, and all that info gained through their home digital spy services, Alexa & Echo and you get tailored made commercial that they’ll be selling at premium prices to their advertisers. Genius really, especially since most Americans are actually paying Amazon while also giving them their habitual stats. Can you say, “Alexa, steal my info for me”?”

    As long as people can get a good deal, they don’t seem to care what happens with their personal info. If they don’t understand why that is a problem, shame on them. IMO, it sets people up to be manipulated like a marinette.

    I don’t want to see the NFL on Amazon.

  59. thetooloftools says:

    April 21, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    It’s only going to be a matter of time before the NFL goes PPV.
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    Your likely correct but for all the people hoping for this they need to realize just like boxing, ufc, wrestling and anything else ppv sports at bare minimum your talking $20 a game so if you buy 12 games(just saying 4 are either local or national) your going to spend at least $240 and probably it would be $25 or $30 so your talking $300/360 now. Personally I’d rather pay $350 and get all the games rather than anywhere from 240 up just for 12 games.

  60. thegreenhornet1962 says:
    April 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    TuneinPro gives me the radio broadcasts of teams in every major sport, all for $99.99 per year. Who needs NFL ticket or streaming video?

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    Is that HD radio or just the standard?

  61. This was expected once AT&T bought DirecTV. I used to get this for free all the time after calling in but cut that cord after this season.

  62. If you can’t get enough football on Fox, CBS, NBC, NFLN and ESPN you have a major addiction. Get help immediately!
    =====

    I’m a Packers fan living in Seattle.

    How do you suggest I watch the 11-13 Packers game that aren’t televised nationally?

  63. I only had to pay 65 dollars (30% miitary discount) to get to watch all 162 games for my favorite baseball team this year since I’m out of that area. That’s 40 cents per game. If they can make an offer that let’s you watch only the team you care about for maybe 100 dollars or so I’d be all over that.

  64. To clarify I meant if the Sunday Ticket or any streaming servive were to offer a package like that I’d be all over it

  65. I had Sunday Ticket for years. Then the NFL took money from some kind of joke called DAZN, and I stopped it. Found a better cable package, and I now pay $5 a month extra to get 95% of the games.

  66. I got rid of DirectTv 4 year ago. I cut the cable and never looked back. The NFL would be crazy not to do a deal with Amazon.

    I don’t want to pay for an entire season of every game because I don;t watch every game. Give us an al carte option every week. Or 4 game packages of the games of your choice. Unless you are a fantasy player (which I am not) there are usually only 3-4 games that are actually entertaining. So I want to pay for the games I’m actually going to watch.

    $400 for seasonal entertainment is asinine.

  67. They need to have an option like nhl.tv where you can pay for just watching all the games for one team instead of the entire league.

  68. If you know anyone in college, you can use their student email and stream it for about $120… That’s what I have been doing for the past 3 years because they offer student discounts. The stream is usually 20 seconds behind live TV but you can watch all the games and it is definitely worth saving the money

  69. Redzone is far superior to Sunday ticket. Instead of watching a bunch of punting, I only get the plays that matter. If a big play gets a team to the redzone, it’s gets a replay, so you never miss big plays.

    The anchor, Scott Hansen, is funny. My favorite was 2-3 season’s ago when he said (I’m paraphrasing)”Folks, I’m real sorry to have to show you this, but we’re going to the Buffalo-Cleveland game. We’ll only show you what we’re contractually obligated to show and won’t come back to this game if possible”. It was hilarious.

  70. @
    akaodoyle says:

    April 22, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I had Sunday Ticket for years. Then the NFL took money from some kind of joke called DAZN, and I stopped it. Found a better cable package, and I now pay $5 a month extra to get 95% of the games.

    ****************************************
    You are SO FULL OF IT. Right, you get “95%” of the games without the Sunday Ticket.
    I’ll bet you make 4,723.50 a week just “using your computer on the internet” too.

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