For those of you who have (or plan to get) NFL Sunday Ticket through DirecTV, beware of the rate hike this year before you get "auto-renewed!" I think we all expected it to go up a little, but if you happen to have HDTV they've figured out a way to seriously hammer you for even more--making it an over-$300 total price. OUCH! Here's how they did it. Last year the Ticket included many games broadcast on HD as PART of the package. This year, they've taken the same number of HD games, split them off, repackaged them with weird "interactive" services that literally no existing DTV tuners can access, and are charging an extra $100 for them. Mind you, they added NO NEW HD games, and it's still only a few games each week, and blackout rules still apply. The so-called "SuperFan add-on" is sparking a subscriber revolt among some DirecTV subscribers. If you're curious about the backlash, check out this site for more info--it looks like the NFL's satellite monopoly did cave in a little and reduced the price for existing subscribers. Personally, I ain't biting...I'll stick to the "basic" package. The price is already high enough. As a fan who pretty much can't watch the Texans without the DirecTV package, I'm a little trapped, if I want to see any Houston games at all down in the frequently blacked-out and Dolphin-dominated South Florida market. Too bad there's no competition between cable and satellite on the NFL season package. Especially considering Canadian satellite customers can get the whole package with HD for about half what DirecTV charges. I bet a little "free market" action would make this problem disappear. Anyway, for those of you with HDTVs and the Ticket, gearing up for those Texans Sundays, hang onto your wallet--the renewal bills should start hitting soon!