03-28-2016 11:56 AM
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) are cable television networks that provide coverage of local or regional sports teams, both professional and college teams. This includes national channels like the Big Ten and SEC Networks, which bring you games and coverage from some of the most highly followed college athletic conferences. In certain areas of the country (determined by ZIP code), DIRECTV also carries multiple RSNs. The Regional Sports Fee is a fee that is related to higher costs incurred for carrying those networks.
Regional Sports Fees are used to pay for Regional Sports Networks in specific regions. We package the fee as a Regional Sports Fee so that only the customers with access to the Regional Sports Networks are responsible for the fee. The fee varies depending on your market and the Regional Sports Networks available in your market.
06-21-2016 11:56 AM
In order to watch SportsTime Ohio, I have to move up a package level (Entertainment to Choice) plus a Regional Sports Network fee. I am getting charged twice.
SportsTime Ohio was originally for ALL the Cleveland area on ALL packages.
09-07-2017 4:09 PM
Everyone pays the RSF unless you get a package that doesn't have RSN.
09-07-2017 9:39 PM
TV providers have charges for RSN for years but tend to be bundled into other charges. A few years ago Directv had the RSN fee calculated into the package cost. What happened is with rising costs and that RSNs were so different from each other, ranging from $0 in areas that have no RSN to over $7 if you are in New York, Directv itemized it on the bill for transparency. The RSNs are in at least the Choice package, so the packages below it (Family, Select, and Entertainment) do not have the RSN fee.
Since the RSN fee was itemized, Directv came out with a new package Preferred Xtra. This swaps out most sport channels, including RSNs so the fee goes away. Base cost is $2 less than Xtra as well. It adds in several non sports channels, including Hallmark Movies & Mysteries which used to only be available as part of an add on (HD Extra Pack). So if you watch channels that need Choice, Xtra, or Ultimate than Preferred Xtra is most likely the better option. You have to call Directv to request this package, it not available to select online and not even advertised, presumably because it does not showcase sports which is one of Directv's biggest selling points. But this package is great for people who watch little to no sports, like my home.
02-05-2018 1:55 PM
I am so upset that I've been paying for a regional Sports fee when I don't want it. I don't watch sports so why do I have to spend $7.99 every month for something I don't want. Yeah they say there's other options but when I called before they told me I would get a credit and every time I called they didn't tell me to change packages to get rid of it or I would have I'm ready to cancel now go with Spectrum. Just a way to get more money from you I'm paying too much with them now.
02-05-2018 4:18 PM
@Phylcar, you don't need to pay for the Regional Sports Networks. Just change your package ....
02-05-2018 4:25 PM
They cannot just credit the RSN fee because your package has RSNs.
What you need to do instead is call Directv 1-800-531-5000 and change your package. If the channels you watch are in Choice or higher, request the Preferred Xtra package.
- edited 08-29-2018 3:41 AM
Here is the package. Ignore the Sonic Tap music channels listed as I captured it before they changed to Music Choice (and shutdown of Chiller). It is for those that watch little to no sports.