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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by FrozenAsset, Dec 27, 2012.
What time can we come over?
I have a friend with free lifetime HD based on when he signed up. I am correct that he can change from Choice Xtra Classic to Xtra without losing that, correct? He'd get upset even if it was removed accidentally and fixed, and I wouldn't hear the end of it. If there is even a risk of it going off in error, I won't even suggest looking at Xtra.
I believe you, but the packages listing on directv.com is different.
It shows both Tennis Channel and PBS in the current CHOICE XTRA package (It shows PBS in every package).
I missed NHL when going through the list, and I didn't know I received PBS 389, so thanks for that! I'll add it to my Favorites list.
The packages do tend to be inaccurate. It used to tell me my package didn't have access to Audience...
Once you finish your two-year contract I personally think it is time to end the $10 "Advanced Receiver-HD Monthly" fee. it doesn't say "HD channel package" like I think it did previously so it doesn't seem to be related to any programming costs. What is this $10 fee really for?
So after 2 years you feel that you no longer have a advanced receiver?
Not really. HD DVRs are not all that "advanced" anymore. Every provider has them and HD is the industry standard . What that fee is is a "because we can" fee.
But would SD only customers feel they were paying for something they didn't have? There are a lot of customers that are either SD, or don't have a DVR.
The question was whether or not we felt we had advanced receivers, and the answer is "no I don't," as HD is the industry standard. I should not be paying extra for the industry standard. This is not 3-D or something esoteric. How SD folks feel is of no interest to me. D can drop the fee so we're paying the same, but I harbor no illusions it would ever happen. This is still a fee charged because they can.
I'm not too happy about the price increase, but what are you going to do. I will say there will come a tipping point when DirecTV will become so expensive that people will start jumping ship in droves. I think that point is coming sooner rather than later at this pace.
No where to jump ship to based on the available options.
Cost of the 99/103 satellites that broadcast HD? Cost of the more expensive dish/LNB/install that receive HD programming? That's part of what the cost is for...(other part being "because they can" but if you want HD, pay the $10)
Compaired to a SD box that is not a DVR I would have to say a HD DVR is advanced. Not that I wouldnt mind the fee going away but just because its been 2 years does not change the status of the equipment you are leasing.
Compared to rabbit ears it's advanced too. So what?
Don't confuse "state of the art" with "industry standard".
Digital ATSC broadcasting is an industry standard. It doesn't have to be HD though.
HD programming is state of the art...for now...4K is only a glimmer on the horizon at this point.
There are a LOT of people out there that still don't have an HDTV or a DVR. A quick Google search indicates that figure to be 35% to 40% of American homes with no HDTV. The stagnant economy of the last 5 years has probably slowed that conversion as well, but that's irrelevant.
I could see some significnat resentment if the pricing structure even gave the appearance that people with no HDTV were paying package prices that included the cost of technology they did not receive and could not use.
How would you feel about your cellular plan including the cost of data if you didn't have a smart phone?
Maybe an SDTV discount would be a more palatable approach but the net result is the same. Pricing is tiered to the technology you receive. Those HDTV satellites weren't cheap and certainly not free. Nor were the HDTV carriage agreements with the channels.
I'm at $270 a month during Sunday Ticket times.
If it gets to be too much I'll cancel some programming and/or shut off some receivers. No big deal and certainly not worth crying about.
Right, except for those few who want to cry....:nono2:
For you? Maybe. For me, sure. I've got Cox in my area. I could also jump to Dish. I love DirecTV. I have since I first got hooked up back in '05 or '06. I love their technology and I'm loyal to tech companies who provide good service and a good product. But now that Red Zone is available on both Dish and Cox, I could easily jump ship. When DirecTV was the sole provider for that service, I wouldn't have dreamed it. But in this day and age of continual price increases by companies for services, at some point as a consumer, we need to take a stand. I'm not saying it's this increase. Or even the next. But if history holds, DirecTV will announce another price increase in February 2014 and likely another in February 2015. That might be the straw that broke the camel's back.
Every provider raises rates, but I won't jump ship to a second rate provider like a cable co. or Dish.