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2013 DIRECTV Price Increases

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by FrozenAsset, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Tubaman-Z

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    Thanks - great suggestion! Can already recorded programs be watched while your account is suspended? That plus the half-dozen or so OTA channels would be sufficient for a month.
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    :eek2: No business in their right mind would follow that business model and think it was sustainable. The rate of growth would be a farce in that it would be unpredictable and extremely sensitive to market conditions. In the mean time operational costs associated with churn would grow (there's a reason it's followed so closely). Add in the uncertainty of the cycle even continuing long term, and you have the formula for total chaos.
     
  3. cypherx

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    Maybe the fiscal cliff has something to do with this too?

    I know I will be getting less money each week due to the higher Social Security wage taxes (6% instead of 4%) and higher costs for healthcare and whatever other taxes. I've actually had to defer from contributing to my 401k for now (at least Q1 2013).

    I've cut Sirius back (1 radio + inet and hassled them for half price). Next is DirecTV. No more platinum. I also want to look into a way to distribute output from my family room receiver to my bedroom. I know the HD-GUI supposedly makes that a little more difficult, but we'll see.

    My equipment fees are broken out, so I'll have to go back in this long thread to try and figure out what will happen to me there.
    MRV, HR24-200, and an H24-200.

    HBO and those premiums are pricing themselves out of the market. They are driving people to internet sources and that's their own fault.
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

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    You are probably not alone. My guess is that many others could be doing things of a like nature to contain their own personal costs in 2013.

    The unknown scores of people thinking about the same kinds of changes adds uncertainty to a company's revenue forecasts of course. The economic instability of the federal budget, impact of imposed government health care, potential for higher taxes, and other financial factors have not even been felt yet.

    There's plenty of uncertainty to go around, as well as the motivation to be conservative with the wallet.
     
  5. James Long

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    Best case scenario for subscriber numbers (if that is your only care) is record high additions and record low losses creating high net gains. But that is not where the industry is. Shuffling customers (see you again in two years!) has become more common. I would bet on the cycle continuing.

    If it affects the bottom line ... the profitability of the company it will become more of an issue. I don't see high churn as a good thing ... replacing lost customers at a high SAC can't be helping profitability ... but somehow looking at the real numbers for 2011 and 2012 through three quarters despite the churn DirecTV is doing fine.
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    I'd agree with those observations.

    The challenge is sustaining the model in an economy laced with uncertainty and volatility in wallet-impacting issues. Unless the budget, tax, and health care cost issues are somehow miraculously addressed very soon, I would not be surprised to see all pay-TV services experience record churn in 2013.
     
  7. DodgerKing

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    For those of us with free HD, we will be billed $13 instead of $23
     
  8. DodgerKing

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    Choice extra classic is now more than Choice Extra. What additional channels does the classic get?
     
  9. dpeters11

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    I believe these are all the channels:

    Boomerang
    CBS Sports Channel
    Chiller
    NHL Network
    Sprout
    Style
    Tennis Channel
     
  10. DodgerKing

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    Thanks. Since I do not watch any of those, then it is not worth me paying more for the classic package. I will be switching over to XTRA.

    Also by having a current package I will now be able to manage my account on-line by adding and removing features. This means I do not have to call every 3 months to cancel the HD Extra Package. ;)
     
  11. hdtvfan0001

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    Yup....the additional $1 in the "classic" package gets those added channels.

    As the fine print indicates on the new pricing announcement, legacy packages do not have to be changed if a customer wants to retain them.
     
  12. dpeters11

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    I may actually do that myself. I don't watch them, just need to know that I never will since you can never go back.
     
  13. woj027

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    Is that what Choice Extra (Extra) will have come the new year (new rate increase)? I thought those channels were only in Choice Ultimate (Ultimate)? and not in Choice Extra (Extra)
     
  14. DodgerKing

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    These are the channels that are in the Choice Extra Classic that are not in the current Extra package
     
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    I've talked about this before, but I view my spending with D*, as well as a lot of other things I buy, purely as value for money.
    I spend a bit over $2200 with D* every year: Premium, HD Extra, MLB, NFL, NHL.
    Sounds like a lot, and it is, but...

    That's about $6.00 per day.

    I'm semi-retired, running a small business from my home, so my TV is on 8 - 12 hours a day.
    $6.00 per day is a bargain.
    And the $5 increase for Premier is 16 cents a day.

    By comparison, I usually have a blender of margaritas in the evening, and that costs about $7.00 to make!
     
  16. dpeters11

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    The only one that I know of that was removed from the Classic packages other than Ultimate was Cloo.
     
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    ok.. but both "Choice Extra" and "Choice Extra Classic" are going to be grandfathered? and/or just made obsolete?
     
  18. HinterXGames

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    The current Choice Extra will not be considered expired, it's simply going through a name change. Choice Extra Classic was expired, because the new Choice Extra that came out earlier in the year had different channels.
     
  19. hdtvfan0001

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    Choice Extra Classic becomes obsolete in terms of availability for any new customers or those looking to switch to it. Those who have it can stay with it if they wish according to the pricing announcement (grandfathered).
     
  20. RACJ2

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    It is possible to watch recordings, if you do the following. Prior to calling and suspending, disconnect the coax cable, cat5 cable and phone line from your DVR's. That way that can't shut them down.

    Then its best if you have your DVR's a UPS, so the DVR's don't reboot, even if you have a short power outage. A reboot without the dish connected, will probably render the DVR useless. After doing what I mentioned, I was able to watch all my recordings for a couple months. Which was right up to the point I reactivated them.
     

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