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DirectTV Forgot To Stop Charging Customers For Channels That Were Blacked Out

DirecTV / ATT will win this one.

The fee is a regional sports fee. DirecTV provides more than one regional sports network in Denver. There is no requirement that says because DirecTV drops a network they must stop the fee. DirecTV & AT&T's defense will be that because they still gave customers AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain that the fee is valid
 
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Well, one could argue that the "right thing to do" would be to lower the fee by half since one of the two regional nets were in blackout. They can't argue Pac-12 as a regional net for the market either. Frankly the RSN fee (and local broadcast fees for that matter) should be addressed as anti-consumer. They advertise lower prices than one can pay by incorporating the fees outside the package price. It's not the same as a receiver where one is choosing and additional service. Locals or regional sports aren't optional based on package choice (meaning that you can't elect choice without the RSN fee). The locals fee is common on cable providers (Comcast is $10/mo).

Dish is doing something that is reasonable, selling locals as part of the package price and having the option to go without if not desired, but they're not advertising $47.99 instead of $59.99.
 

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Well, one could argue that the "right thing to do" would be to lower the fee by half since one of the two regional nets were in blackout. They can't argue Pac-12 as a regional net for the market either. Frankly the RSN fee (and local broadcast fees for that matter) should be addressed as anti-consumer. They advertise lower prices than one can pay by incorporating the fees outside the package price. It's not the same as a receiver where one is choosing and additional service. Locals or regional sports aren't optional based on package choice (meaning that you can't elect choice without the RSN fee). The locals fee is common on cable providers (Comcast is $10/mo).

Dish is doing something that is reasonable, selling locals as part of the package price and having the option to go without if not desired, but they're not advertising $47.99 instead of $59.99.


I think it is proper to break out the RSN fee, since it varies so widely depending on where you live. I think they should break out the locals into a separate fee as well, like my cable company does.

But providers should be required to list the price including ALL fees in their advertisements. Separating out fees for the sole purpose of listing a lower price should be illegal.
 
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One of the reasons I left Dish Network for DirecTV was the removal of MSG Networks, I'm a big Hockey Fan.

Dish is still charging all New Yorker's RSN fee for the Packages that are suppose to include your RSN's. That is a GIANT SLAP in the face to Subscribers, being charged a RSN fee and NOT RECEIVING any RSN's is ridiculous.
I can understand the frustration in not receiving your Home Town Sports teams that is one of the biggest reasons for having a Linear TV subscription in the first place.

John
 

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This would require much more legal knowledge certainly than I have. If it was in the package price no chance they have to drop it. Is it considered part of the total package, it isn't optional. But it is a surcharge. Is a Company under any law to drop a surcharge? If a transport company charges a gas surcharge (and they do) when the price of gas dropped do they have to drop the surcharge?
 

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One of the reasons I left Dish Network for DirecTV was the removal of MSG Networks, I'm a big Hockey Fan.

Dish is still charging all New Yorker's RSN fee for the Packages that are suppose to include your RSN's. That is a GIANT SLAP in the face to Subscribers, being charged a RSN fee and NOT RECEIVING any RSN's is ridiculous.
I can understand the frustration in not receiving your Home Town Sports teams that is one of the biggest reasons for having a Linear TV subscription in the first place.

John

I didn’t think dish charged a separate RSN fee, rather rolled it in the price
 
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I think it’s $5,99 here and we have 1 RSN
They raised it to $7.28 for just fox sports Detroit, but I think they include Big 10 network in their cost approach as it has the higher regional fees for big ten states. I imagine next year they'll break $8. Markets like New York, LA, and Chicago (with the Cubs new RSN) may break $10 soon, though they may try to keep it at $9.90 or so to avoid that psychological barrier.
 

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They raised it to $7.28 for just fox sports Detroit, but I think they include Big 10 network in their cost approach as it has the higher regional fees for big ten states. I imagine next year they'll break $8. Markets like New York, LA, and Chicago (with the Cubs new RSN) may break $10 soon, though they may try to keep it at $9.90 or so to avoid that psychological barrier.

I know Comcast is like $8

I haven’t looked at my Directv bill in months
 
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