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MahiMike
04-19-2006, 04:05 PM
While it's slow and I'm dreaming about football, I thought it'd be a good exercise to compare price differences between; attending the games, getting DirecTV or continuing to attend my favorite sports bar to watch the games.

Here are some assumptions that went into my calculations. Of course there are 10 games so parking and tix are based on that. But I also figured I attend a couple games at 'walk up' prices if I did the sports bar thing.

Here's what I came up with:

Sports bar - $465
DirecTV - $819 (assumes 6 mos @ $80 + $239 for NFL ticket)
Season tix - $1440

I can now gladly say that my favorite sports bar is still the best option!

So screw you DirecTV!!!!

Count Alex's Losses
04-19-2006, 04:07 PM
There's no way I'd spent $465 in a sports bar over the course of an NFL season. I'm pretty cheap, though.

The Bad Guy
04-19-2006, 04:08 PM
Yes, but what you're leaving out is the fact that 465 only includes 16 days, while DTV includes 180 days of programming.

Count Alex's Losses
04-19-2006, 04:12 PM
Yes, but what you're leaving out is the fact that 465 only includes 16 days, while DTV includes 180 days of programming.

Indeed. I wouldn't include the cost of DTV in this experiment, just the cost of NFL Ticket.

Bob Dole
04-19-2006, 04:14 PM
There's no way I'd spent $465 in a sports bar over the course of an NFL season. I'm pretty cheap, though.

Before Sunday Ticket, Bob Dole would spend between $60-80 in the sports bar every week.

Baby Lee
04-19-2006, 04:17 PM
I'm a cheap date at the sports bar, seeing as they let you get away with nursing your soda so long as you buy an entree. 10-12 bucks with a nice tip.

Baconeater
04-19-2006, 04:28 PM
I wouldn't include the cost of DTV in this experiment
I would.

Fish
04-19-2006, 04:31 PM
Can you buy NFL Sunday ticket without having a regular DirectTV package?

Just curiuos...

Count Alex's Losses
04-19-2006, 04:32 PM
I'm a cheap date at the sports bar, seeing as they let you get away with nursing your soda so long as you buy an entree. 10-12 bucks with a nice tip.

Werd.

ENDelt260
04-19-2006, 04:33 PM
Before Sunday Ticket, Bob Dole would spend between $60-80 in the sports bar every week.
Goddamn, dude... in Texarkana? You'd think you could find a cheaper sports bar. I don't spend that much watching football in Scottsdale.

If I lived in KC, I'd have season tickets, no question. It's only money, after all. They'll print more tomorrow.

Baconeater
04-19-2006, 04:35 PM
Can you buy NFL Sunday ticket without having a regular DirectTV package?

Just curiuos...
ROFL

Count Alex's Losses
04-19-2006, 04:35 PM
It's only money, after all. They'll print more tomorrow.

I love you.

Nzoner
04-19-2006, 04:40 PM
After 13 years of having season tickets I'm spending this season in my gameroom and am planning on keeping track of the difference.I've already figured one week at Arrowhead should equal a damn good time in the gameroom for at least a 3-4 games.

StcChief
04-19-2006, 04:46 PM
1-2 games a year at Arrowhead,
and the sports bar when
good CBS/FOX schedule against the
Lambs schedule.

1adam1238
04-19-2006, 04:51 PM
I bought season tickets this year, but will only make 4 games....so, I also have kept my Sunday ticket as well.

Bob Dole
04-19-2006, 04:58 PM
Goddamn, dude... in Texarkana? You'd think you could find a cheaper sports bar. I don't spend that much watching football in Scottsdale.

Typically 11:30am arrival to make sure the KC game was on the main television. Even on the rare day that KC didn't have the early game, Bob Dole went in at 11:30 to stake his claim.

3 bloody marys at $4.50 each. Crab cakes with crawfish sauce or a ribeye for lunch runs either $7 or $14. 5 hours of beer @ $2/longneck, then another $6-9 for takeout dinner.

And that was if Bob Dole didn't take a female along. Add another $20 for even a cheap date.

Skip Towne
04-19-2006, 05:02 PM
Can you buy NFL Sunday ticket without having a regular DirectTV package?

Just curiuos...
Not anymore. And don't include your monthly Directv bill unless the sports bar pays your cable bill.

BIG_DADDY
04-19-2006, 05:14 PM
I drink WAY too much. If I lived around KC I would have season tickets no question with somebody else driving. Seeing as I don't DTV is the best way to go. Foods better and no DUI. I like cooking too so it all works out. Actually I usually go to a friends that has a HDTV setup and a huge plasma screen. It almost doesn't make sense for me to order it myself but I do out of pure convenience if he is not around. This year he is putting in a pool and huge BBQ area too so I imagine I will watch most of the games there. The pool will at least insure I get some kind of workout in too when I'm getting drunk and feeding my face. Dog will get a workout too, perfect.

shakesthecat
04-19-2006, 05:46 PM
When I find a sports bar that lets me have a leather sectional, control of a 60 inch screen, and a beer fridge with no waiting 3 feet away, I'll consider going there.

I like going to 2-3 games a year. There's nothing like seeing a game in Arrowhead.

But Sunday Ticket and making some tastey eats to share with friends has become a fall tradition here.

ChiefsCountry
04-19-2006, 06:10 PM
Season tickets would be nice. The experience is the best part of the game. At home you have a lot better view of the game.

Baconeater
04-19-2006, 06:20 PM
Not anymore. And don't include your monthly Directv bill unless the sports bar pays your cable bill.
OK, well I'd at least figure in the difference from my $38 cable bill to the $70+ I'd spend per month on DTV.

jspchief
04-19-2006, 09:41 PM
This is like saying you're shopping for cars and looking at a Ford Escort, a Cadillac, and a Ferrari.

Yea, the Escort is cheaper, and will get you to work. But's it's nothing like driving a Ferrari.

big nasty kcnut
04-19-2006, 10:21 PM
direct tv i can get at a fixed price and pay for sunday ticket in installment plans

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-19-2006, 10:38 PM
I have season Tix, but unfortunately live 700 miles away, so I have to do the Sunday Ticket as well. Combine that w/ the Widescreen and the need to get it in HD, and that's another 100 bones. F*cking Chiefs rape my pocketbook :shake: oh well.

Skip Towne
04-19-2006, 10:49 PM
OK, well I'd at least figure in the difference from my $38 cable bill to the $70+ I'd spend per month on DTV.
You'll never convince me you are getting comparable cable service for half what Directv charges. I do this everyday and most of my customers say their reason for changing to satellite is the monetary savings. All cable companies are different but 90% of them charge more than Directv. And NONE of them are half price.

Logical
04-19-2006, 11:22 PM
Sunday Ticket is 199 for me and DTV basic is 29.95 so if that is all you are after you get Sept-Jan 5 months for 150 plus the 199 is only 349. I am not sure why you think you would have to pay 70+ per month.

Skip Towne
04-19-2006, 11:57 PM
Sunday Ticket is 199 for me and DTV basic is 29.95 so if that is all you are after you get Sept-Jan 5 months for 150 plus the 199 is only 349. I am not sure why you think you would have to pay 70+ per month.
Directv has packages ranging from $29.95 to about $92. I suspect Bugeater gets some Premium channels like HBO and Skinemax. Even so, Directv is cheaper 90% of the time. The "bundling" of TV, ISP, and Telephone service by some companies can save a customer money as it becomes available in the future but it won't be half price. I really don't know Bugeater but from some of his past posts I have gathered he has issues with Directv that aren't related to price or service. Big Daddy hates Directv because he can no longer steal their service. I suspect it is something like that with Bugeater as well.

Rausch
04-20-2006, 12:12 AM
I'm a cheap date at the sports bar, seeing as they let you get away with nursing your soda so long as you buy an entree. 10-12 bucks with a nice tip.

Not only a lawyer, but a lawyer that doesn't drink?

Just complete the trifecta and post yer real name. Adrienne Maureau...

Nzoner
04-20-2006, 12:15 AM
Personally I think the extra receivers at $5 per month is a helluva deal by DTV if you're wanting more games than just KC.I also love the fact that I only have to keep them activated during the season so for an additional $30 a month I can get 7 games at once.

Count Alex's Losses
04-20-2006, 12:17 AM
Personally I think the extra receivers at $5 per month is a helluva deal by DTV if you're wanting more games than just KC.I also love the fact that I only have to keep them activated during the season so for an additional $30 a month I can get 7 games at once.

Are you an alien with six extra sets of eyes?

Nzoner
04-20-2006, 12:30 AM
Are you an alien with six extra sets of eyes?

It's really not that hard following numerous games just takes a little time getting used to it,besides I do have friends and clients that I entertain that are not KC fans and want to pay closer attention to other teams.

One gameroom rule though,if KC is on they're on the big screen with the sound.

Psyko Tek
04-20-2006, 12:34 AM
I bought season tickets this year, but will only make 4 games....so, I also have kept my Sunday ticket as well.


got any extra for sale?

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 12:42 AM
Personally I think the extra receivers at $5 per month is a helluva deal by DTV if you're wanting more games than just KC.I also love the fact that I only have to keep them activated during the season so for an additional $30 a month I can get 7 games at once.
Try that with Dishnotwork. They will charge you $25 per receiver when you want to turn them back on.

Miles
04-20-2006, 12:53 AM
I usually just go to the sportsbar when the game is not on here. Last season I think I only had to go about 4 or 5 times. Probably spend around $25 on beer but a wall of big screens is really nice.

Mojo Rising
04-20-2006, 01:22 AM
You are offering three choices and the answer to when each is correct depends on who you are.

Sportsbar: Good for people who are single and donít really care about the game. I watched the Chiefs in SF for the 1st 5 years I lived here in sports bars. Beers are expensive and the sound usually wonít be on your game

Season Tickets: A must if you live in KC. No. The basement isnít like being at Arrowhead. Even in the upper deck

Sunday Ticket: Only worth the cash if you live outside the KC area. I like picking up the Cin at Det game but I really donít watch it.

MahiMike
04-20-2006, 08:49 AM
Indeed. I wouldn't include the cost of DTV in this experiment, just the cost of NFL Ticket.

That's where you're wrong. In order to get DTV you must first have satelite, correct? I have basic cable in order to get internet cheap. Together, I spend $59/mo. Only thing cheaper is rabbit ears (which I have on my TV on the porch).

MahiMike
04-20-2006, 08:55 AM
OK, well I'd at least figure in the difference from my $38 cable bill to the $70+ I'd spend per month on DTV.

Exactly. For me it jumps from $19 to $79.

MahiMike
04-20-2006, 08:59 AM
Sunday Ticket is 199 for me and DTV basic is 29.95 so if that is all you are after you get Sept-Jan 5 months for 150 plus the 199 is only 349. I am not sure why you think you would have to pay 70+ per month.

Well, I have a big screen TV w/HDTV (that I don't use). In order to get HDTV, you have to get their 'deluxe' package + an extra $5. What's the point of the big screen if you can't see it in HDTV? If I'm gonna switch from $19/mo to NFL ticket, I'm gonna go all the way. Otherwise, sports bar.

Bob Dole
04-20-2006, 09:13 AM
Sportsbar: Good for people who are single and donít really care about the game. I watched the Chiefs in SF for the 1st 5 years I lived here in sports bars. Beers are expensive and the sound usually wonít be on your game.

Other than the expensive beer part, you're wrong.

Take charge, man. Take charge.

Baconeater
04-20-2006, 09:45 AM
Directv has packages ranging from $29.95 to about $92. I suspect Bugeater gets some Premium channels like HBO and Skinemax. Even so, Directv is cheaper 90% of the time.
I only have basic cable.

http://directv.com/DTVAPP/get_directv/get_directv_whatsmycost.jsp

Nowhere on DTV website do I see a package for $29.95, except for the first 3 mos. What I'm seeing is for a 4-room system for $59.96, with taxes it's probably going to be close to $70/mo. That still leaves me with 2 TVs with no reciever, but I could jockey them around as necessary. One question I have is, can I have more than 4 TVs running off one dish?

I really don't know Bugeater but from some of his past posts I have gathered he has issues with Directv that aren't related to price or service. Big Daddy hates Directv because he can no longer steal their service. I suspect it is something like that with Bugeater as well.

No, it's the cost but more than that it's the customer service. I had a big time issue with them a few years ago where they flat-out lied to me on numerous occasions. I'd type out the whole story but I don't have the ambition nor do I think anyone wants to hear me piss and moan any more than I already am.

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 09:59 AM
I only have basic cable.

http://directv.com/DTVAPP/get_directv/get_directv_whatsmycost.jsp

Nowhere on DTV website do I see a package for $29.95, except for the first 3 mos. What I'm seeing is for a 4-room system for $59.96, with taxes it's probably going to be close to $70/mo. That still leaves me with 2 TVs with no reciever, but I could jockey them around as necessary. One question I have is, can I have more than 4 TVs running off one dish?



No, it's the cost but more than that it's the customer service. I had a big time issue with them a few years ago where they flat-out lied to me on numerous occasions. I'd type out the whole story but I don't have the ambition nor do I think anyone wants to hear me piss and moan any more than I already am.
Yes, you can run numerous TV's from one dish. You have a strange situation. You only have basic cable yet you have 6 TV's. You must have a huge house and a station wagon full of kids.

BigMeatballDave
04-20-2006, 10:09 AM
I live in Ohio, I have no choice but to be a slave to DTV...

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 10:11 AM
I live in Ohio, I have no choice but to be a slave to DTV...
There are no cable companies in Ohio? That's strange.

BigMeatballDave
04-20-2006, 10:11 AM
Sportsbar may be less expensive, but I have the comfort and convenience of my own home, plus, I have Tivo.

BigMeatballDave
04-20-2006, 10:13 AM
There are no cable companies in Ohio? That's strange.Heh

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 10:17 AM
Oh, Bugeater, you can also run multiple TV's off of one box. The drawback is they all have to watch the same channel. But it is a way to have TV in a workout room, laundry room, etc.

Baconeater
04-20-2006, 10:35 AM
Yes, you can run numerous TV's from one dish. You have a strange situation. You only have basic cable yet you have 6 TV's. You must have a huge house and a station wagon full of kids.
I know it's unusual, that just adds to the frustration. I only have 1 kid, but I do have a big house and I spend a lot if time in different rooms depending on what I'm doing and I almost always have a TV on. I only have basic because I'm not into movies at all, but occasionally the Mrs. & Jr will ppv one.

Nzoner
04-20-2006, 11:57 AM
Try that with Dishnotwork. They will charge you $25 per receiver when you want to turn them back on.

Please tell me that DTV is not considering this.

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 12:03 PM
Please tell me that DTV is not considering this.
Not that I know of but Dish has always done it. They will also charge you $5 if you want to downgrade your program package. That too is free with D*.

BIG_DADDY
04-20-2006, 12:14 PM
For the record I hear there is a new hack system for Dish network.

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 12:17 PM
For the record I hear there is a new hack system for Dish network.
I heard that too but I can't remember where. It seems like Dish is going after the pirates like D* did.

BIG_DADDY
04-20-2006, 12:38 PM
I heard that too but I can't remember where. It seems like Dish is going after the pirates like D* did.

There is just nothing as special as mulitiple channels of free porn. Not that I would know.