Sports Programming Costs?

jborchel

Thread Starter
SatelliteGuys Family
Sep 27, 2006
87
2
I am being billed for a Sports Package($13.99) and Regional Sports($8.49). This seems high. I only watch CSN Bay Area and CSN California on the regional. Isn't that included in the Sports Package?
 

AZ.

SatelliteGuys Pro
Mar 26, 2011
870
226
crazy
I am being billed for a Sports Package($13.99) and Regional Sports($8.49). This seems high. I only watch CSN Bay Area and CSN California on the regional. Isn't that included in the Sports Package?
The RSN gives you sports channel from all over the country....I subscribe to that also to follow Chicago sports scene, and I have to pay for Phoenix regional sports network on top of that.
If you dont watch the RSN drop it and save $14 bucks
 

dtv757

SatelliteGuys Guru
Mar 19, 2019
139
80
757
RSN fee is separate.

Sports pack is for out of market RSNs (MSG , NBC Washington, etc .. anything outside of your local market)

Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
 
  • Like
Reactions: AZ.

raoul5788

Studebaker driver
Staff member
HERE TO HELP YOU!
Supporting Founder
Lifetime Supporter
Dec 28, 2004
28,090
11,326
Cheshire CT
RSN fee is separate.

Sports pack is for out of market RSNs (MSG , NBC Washington, etc .. anything outside of your local market)

Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
To be more specific, the sports pack gets you out of market rsns, but not for professional sports. You need Extra Innings, Center Court, etc to get those.
 

jborchel

Thread Starter
SatelliteGuys Family
Sep 27, 2006
87
2
I talked to DTV rep. She said my Regional Sports Fee was a surcharge for having 4 or more pro sports teams in my region. I could not get out of it.
 

dtv757

SatelliteGuys Guru
Mar 19, 2019
139
80
757
The only possible way to get out of the RSN fee... and I'm not sure if DirecTV does this .. is to have a channel package without the RSN


I know fios has custom tv packages and you can choose a package without your local RSN .

DirecTV might have a very basic package with out an RSN ... possible for customers with international packages ?



Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
 

ejb1980

SatelliteGuys Pro
Oct 26, 2010
3,274
525
Vermont
I am being billed for a Sports Package($13.99) and Regional Sports($8.49). This seems high. I only watch CSN Bay Area and CSN California on the regional. Isn't that included in the Sports Package?
There are a lot of confusing posts in this thread...

Disclaimer - I am assuming you live in northern California based on what you watch for RSNs.

The Sports Pack is all of the RSNs (Regional sports networks) that are NOT local. You do not get pro content, except for live preseason MLB. You also get re-airs of Fox Sports NHL. It also includes some other channels that are national, like Eleven Sports. It also includes ESPN College Extra, ch 788 and up. It is $13.99/month but I don't think anyone actually pays that for it if you call. They are pretty generous with it.

The regional sports fee is for your local sports that are in your base package. For you, it is NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports CA. (They haven't been CSN for awhile.) The fee has nothing to do with how many channels or teams there are in reality but how much it costs to carry the teams and channels that are on Directv in your area. The fee is different for different areas, that is why is not wrapped into the price of the package. The Giants, A's, Warriors, Kings, Sharks, and Earthquakes are the teams you get, but you probably knew that. They also consider the 49ers and Raiders content on the RSNs as something, even though no NFL regular season games are on any RSN and only a few preseason games are on them. The RSN fee in Oregon, for example, SHOULD be lower because Directv does not carry NBC Sports NW so they only have 1 of their 2 RSNs.

You can get out of the RSN fee by dropping to some ridiculous tiny package, but why would you want to? And you said you watch your RSNs so, it seems the $8.49 is worth it. If you don't watch the other RSNs, any of the college sports from the Fox Sports RSNs, any of the ESPN College channels, the few national sports channels, or the NHL re-airs then you can drop the Sports Pack and keep just ch 696 and 698 in your package for RSNs.
 

Claude Greiner

SatelliteGuys Master
Supporting Founder
Sep 8, 2003
12,771
3,470
Detroit - The Paris of the Midwest
The only possible way to get out of the RSN fee... and I'm not sure if DirecTV does this .. is to have a channel package without the RSN


I know fios has custom tv packages and you can choose a package without your local RSN .

DirecTV might have a very basic package with out an RSN ... possible for customers with international packages ?



Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
You would need select, entertainment or subscribe to Dish
 

jborchel

Thread Starter
SatelliteGuys Family
Sep 27, 2006
87
2
Thanks for all the comments guys. It looks like the rep was shooting knowledge bullets when she said the rsn fee was different depending on location. I will be staying with what I have.
 

bobvick

Pub Member / Supporter
Pub Member / Supporter
Lifetime Supporter
Jul 20, 2006
4,416
2,138
Northwest Alabama
Preferred Xtra doesn’t have the RSN fee

Channel lineup similar to Ultimate/Xtra

It is $122 per month

You have to call or chat to get it not advertised.


Sent from my iPad using SatelliteGuys
 

Darrell S

SatelliteGuys Pro
Pub Member / Supporter
Jul 13, 2004
1,211
265
Parts Unknown
Preferred Xtra doesn’t have the RSN fee

Channel lineup similar to Ultimate/Xtra

It is $122 per month

You have to call or chat to get it not advertised.


Sent from my iPad using SatelliteGuys
122? They only charge me $99.99 for Preferred Xtra
 
Top