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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Bofurley, Dec 6, 2010.
there is way to much in superbowl ad's for it to go to pay tv.
You've never seen ads on standard cable channels?
WooHoo, that's me.
But cable ad cost alot less and some of them are local headend based and pay tv has less viewers.
Nonetheless, it is the current contract. The future (and as yet, unsigned) contract that you refer to doesn't go into effect until the current contract ends (February 2014?).
Are you suggesting that it is necessary to start ramping up carrier pricing now in "anticipation" of the costs they may incur in the 2014 season?
Prices certainly won't go down. Something is always increasing in cost.
Is this one of those "nowhere to go but up" scenarios?
Regulation is often what results from runaway pricing.
Regulation leads to paying people to monitor compliance with regulation. All they do is show that their costs increased and the price increase is within market norms. No real solution.
In any event, as we end up with fewer providers owning all the content and dabbling at all levels, it becomes a greater likelihood.
Yup .. I get where you're going .. Prices go up every year.
The problem with JoeTheDragon's packaging (not actually his packaging, just didn't want to repeat his post again) is that I STILL have to buy an entire package just for one channel. I would end up buying the majority of the packages, and would have to buy several a la carte channels as well.
And there's no way that pricing would be the same for hotels vs. a home. How many different people are in each room each year, and how many rooms does a hotel have?
I could see some merit to this .. BUT .. I have to wonder what the actual "base package" would be. At a minimum, it's still a bundle, yes? perhaps Select Choice with a "Fave-Five?" Would it be more cost effective than just getting choice?
I can see where you are going with this and maybe they could find a way to get the lowest tier possible @ somewhere between $29.99 & $39.99, but where are you at the end of the day? Will you be able to get the channels you care about? Would Locals be included or part of your Fave-Five? Will you think the pricing is still too expensive because the choices become so limited?
I think that DIRECTV should actually advertise the lowest package (Select Choice). Today, you have to ask for that package to get it. I think there may even be a "Family Choice" package that is slightly different than Select Choice. Again something you'd have to ask for as it's not advertised. Perhaps having these lowest tier packages on the web site would be an improvement.
Keep in mind you need Choice or higher for a lot of the deals people have been taking advantage of like Free HD.
Well that setup is a little like theme packs and with some you can buy a channel or 2 with out taking the full pack.
not sure on that, but there are also minimum requirements for number of rooms before you can qualify. Their business pricing and package availability is way more regulated then home accounts, especially in the primeum channel lineups like showtime, hbo, etc
there is a lot that is left out of the blurb there that you only see when you request a quote
$44.95 + $10 HD (which you cant get free) = $54.95 about $1 less than Choice with Free HD. It is the package I currently have. Tried to have the HD shut off, and they refused because I had "HD equipment". They finally ended up giving me a $10 per month credit through my contract expiration in June.
I'm glad to report that you were correct. I am one of the 29 in 30 that did not see the price hike in my Feb statement!
Whew...I got something right. Seriously, though, I'm glad it worked the way it's supposed to.
I guess you'll have to watch that thread and not the pricing thread to find out.
1998 Total choice PLATINUM 47.99
1999 Total Choice $29.99
2000 Total Choice $31.99 ($2.00+)
2003 Total Choice $33.99 $4.99 DVR service $4.99 Additional Receiver ($2.00+)
2004 Total Choice $36.99 ($3.00+)
2005 Total Choice $41.99 ($5.00+)
2006 Total Choice $44.99 $5.99 DVR Service ($4.00+)
2007 Total Choice $47.99 ($3.00+)
2008 Total Choice $50.99 ($3.00+)
2009 Total Choice $53.99 $6.00 DVR Service $5.00 Additional Receiver ($3.02+)
2010 Total Choice $57.49 $7.00 DVR Service ($4.50+)
2011 Total Choice $60.49 $7.00 DVR Service $6.00 Additional Receiver ($4.00+)
Is DVR service still at $7.00?
[Edit] Pull out some old bills and added DVR/Additional Receiver fees.
DVR Service is going to still be $7.00