Direct TV vs. streaming
posted at 9/9/2013 12:40 PM EDT
For those who are undecided regarding viewing-options of the games.
For many years as a subscriber to Direct TV, I would sign up annually for the NFL package. But as the cost of the package increased, and with the PATS playing more and more Monday-night-football, Thursday night games, and nationally televised games on Sunday in my locale, I found that I was paying in the neighborhood of $300 for on average 8 games per season. It was bad enough having all the reprobates in the neighborhood coming over on Sundays and drinking my beer, but it was also costing me $37.50 per game for the Direct TV broadcasted games.
So I began looking for options. Miller Ale House was one option, with their $6 pitchers of Miller light. And the food selection is extensive and quite good. But after a while I found it too distracting with so many games on at one time and the numbers of fans from an assortment of teams cheering whenever their team had a good play.
Then, I resorted to streaming via my laptop and with the use of a Netgear Push2TV device, I was able to transfer the image to the 50" Magnavox in my outdoor 'man cave'. Of course the neighborhood friends still obliged themselves of my beer. But streaming does have its limitations as those who use it will I'm sure testify to.
So this morning I talked to a very sweet gal at Direct TV who hooked me up with a Special that now is being offered. Direct TV has a football package that costs $37.49 per month for 6 months which totals $224.94. But by signing up now, a $20.00 per month discount will be applied to my bill for 6 months thus bringing the cost down to $17.49 per month for 6 months or a total of $104.94. If I divide that by 8, which is on average the number of PATS games not televised in my area, the cost for those games is $13.12 per game. This I can certainly live with.
Now if I could only figure out a way to cut down on the cost of beer each weekend without offending my freeloading pals, I'd have it made.
Maybe our gallant leader could fix it for all us seniors, who don't qualify for a free cell phone, to get a certain allocation of suds each weekend during football season.