Start of NFL season looms over DirecTV’s negotiations with networks

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DirecTV customers in several major markets woke up this morning to find out that they can no longer watch CBS, a development that could have a major impact on the NFL when the season starts in seven weeks.

The CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore are all currently dark for DirecTV customers. An on-screen message from DirecTV reads, “CBS has removed this channel from your lineup despite our request to keep it available to you. We share your frustration and regret any inconvenience.”

But while that message puts the blame squarely on CBS, many football fans will respond by canceling DirecTV if they think they’ll miss out on NFL and SEC games in the fall. As noted by MultichannelNews.com, the start of the football season will put added pressure on both sides to come to a deal. Six years ago a similar fight between CBS and Time Warner Cable stoked fears that CBS would stay dark during football season, but a deal was reached at the last minute.

DirecTV viewers have also lost access to ABC, NBC and FOX in some markets, although those are mostly smaller markets than the markets that have lost their CBS affiliates. With DirecTV still having a monopoly over NFL Sunday Ticket, many of the country’s biggest football fans are DirecTV subscribers. But those fans may find that they can’t watch their local teams if nothing changes before the season starts.

20 responses to “Start of NFL season looms over DirecTV’s negotiations with networks

  1. I didn’t lose CBS, but I cut the cord 4 years ago. Good luck to all Direct TV customers.

  2. The one billion dollar corporation is trying to get more money from the other billion dollar corporation. Don’t worry, regardless of how this is settled, the additional costs will be passed on to the customers.

  3. AT&T said in Nov, after launching their latest satellite, they won’t be launching any more. CEO Stephenson said “We’re kind of done.” – see Quartz website (Rodriguez) 11/30/2018.

    That tells you all need to know about the future of consumer satellite TV in the US – there will be no future developments and capacity will shrink, subscriptions are dropping by over 250,000/quarter. Even DirecTV are focused on offering online boxes, but it’s a faint hope as unlike satellite there’s a lot more competition – plenty of which are a lot more competent too.

  4. As a Packer fan living in the south I’ve got no choice but to Shell out for Sunday ticket. Bad thing is the Packers always play a lot of nationally televised games so I end up spending $300 to watch only a handful of games each season. What a racquet.

  5. AT&T/DirecTV has seriously misunderstood their market by refusing to offer an ala carte option and by not taking streaming as a viable threat in the NFL marketplace.
    But this is how capitalism works. One company dominates a market, they get competition for market share and if they don’t adapt then they will die.

  6. Interesting in that I am still getting CBS and am in listed market. CBS definitely thinks pretty highly of their programming which you can tell if you have ever tried to watch it online especially compared to ABC and NBC. Of course DirecTV thinks pretty highly of their offerings considering their pricing. Cannot wait to drop DirecTV as soon as someone else has the Sunday Ticket offering

  7. I went “old school” this morning and went to walmart. Bought a HD antenna hooked it up in 5 minutes and now get CBS in HD in the Philly market..If you lose CBS, do this and not miss a beat.

  8. It’s very easy to buy a $14 antenna at Walmart and switch your source setting to see all local channels and a few extra like Cozi and We.

    I negotiated with Direct TV last year and they gave me a $30/month credit for 12 months if I renewed. More than the cost of Sunday ticket. You just need to have the foreign customer service rep transfer you to the contact in Arizona to resolve.

  9. pkrlvr says:
    July 20, 2019 at 11:15 am
    As a Packer fan living in the south I’ve got no choice but to Shell out for Sunday ticket. Bad thing is the Packers always play a lot of nationally televised games so I end up spending $300 to watch only a handful of games each season. What a racquet.
    +++++++++++++

    Packer fan and lives in the south – sux to be you.

  10. I have Dish Network and live in the Ft, Myers, Fl. market. I lost CBS almost a year ago and still don’t have it. I purchased a year subscription from CBS and now get it on my computer, but it is expensive.

  11. Played right into CBS’ plan. That’s EXACTLY what they want people to do. Good job looser
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    randyrichbourg says:
    July 20, 2019 at 12:34 pm
    I have Dish Network and live in the Ft, Myers, Fl. market. I lost CBS almost a year ago and still don’t have it. I purchased a year subscription from CBS and now get it on my computer, but it is expensive.

  12. You can always call Direct Tv customer service and complain. Only problem is that they are based in the Phillipines which is always an adventure trying to speak with a customer service representative that does not even speak marginal english.

  13. ocdn says:
    July 20, 2019 at 10:39 am
    The rich always trying to get richer…….off the working man.

    You mean like professional sports? They hold every network hostage with their broadcast deals. And who pays for it?

  14. Talked to Dtv yesterday to resolve a simple problem. Took over an hour combined thru the phone and when that didn’t work thru an online chat. Anytime I talk to customer service I have to make sure I have 30-75 minutes to spare.
    If you are past your contract and on month to month, wait til you about to be gone on vacation for a week then cancel service. When you return, call in and get a re-connect price at $30 off. Gotta play their game.

  15. I wrote off doing any business with AT&T many years ago when they screw my blind mother. I dropped Direct TV when AT&T bought them. I will never have anything to do with AT&T. That is a promise I made to my mother. Screw AT&T. They will never have my business.

    Every cable company and satellite company charges way too much for their product. Some of that is a result of greedy media companies want to charge to cable and satellite companies to carry there stations. Everybody greedy. There are many streaming services that offer the same services as cable and satellite companies do at a much more reasonable price. Off course you have to pay for internet.

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