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2013 DIRECTV Price Increases

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

  1. Jan 4, 2013 #321 of 467
    dpeters11

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    Two birds are scheduled to fly next year.

    We did pay for the HD upgrade of the locals, just not directly.
     
  2. Jan 5, 2013 #322 of 467
    bills976

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    Wow, this increase is going to hit my account hard...

    +$2 for Total Choice, +$3 DVR fee, and +$2 for multiple RSNs (NY DMA despite what is says to the left).

    That's a tad less than a 10% increase. I can pay it but do I want to pay it? I just came off the free HD for 24 month promotion, so it's over a 20% increase from what I was paying in June. I'm tempted to drop to "Entertainment" since the NHL lockout means I don't care about my RSN, but if I do, then I lose my grandfathered TC status. Decisions decisions...
     
  3. Jan 5, 2013 #323 of 467
    dpeters11

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    You would lose Choice Xtra Classic, but the question is, are there channels you watch that are included in Classic that aren't in Xtra? If not, I honestly don't think there's a point to keep it anymore, as it will be $1 more than Xtra.

    I think I'm going to go to a current plan as well. I don't watch any of the included channels. Also lets me signup and cancel the HD Extra Pack at will online.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2013 #324 of 467
    bills976

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    NBCSN is included in Total Choice, but not in "Choice". I'd frequently watch it during the NHL season, but there isn't a season right now, so I am having a hard time justifying keeping it.

    The problem is that there are so many playoff games (including 2 games during the finals) on NBCSN that I'd have to keep it through the first week of June or so. The savings for downgrading during the offseason versus keeping what I currently have is a wash.

    I know it isn't feasible but I would kill for a la carte. I watch locals over OTA. I really only need DirecTV for Sunday Ticket, my RSN from October to the end of March, NBCSN, AMC (fiancée loves Walking Dead), and the news channels. Everything else goes unwatched.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2013 #325 of 467
    cypherx

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    I think I'm going to go from Premier to Choice Xtra. At least that is what it's called on DirecTV's website. This package is just going to be renamed right? The content is going to be the same? Stinks there's no Style or Sprout in there, but they aren't in HD anyway so the wife is going to have to deal! My daughter is only 2 months old. I never had Sprout when I was a kid and I survived!

    I looked at my local cable co and could save a lot of money there bundling TV with my existing Phone and Internet package with them. Problem is if you start adding premiums the price really goes up. Also the software on their DVR and cable boxes is so ancient. You can't interface it with an iPad, remote schedule or even watch a DVR program in another room. All in all I would save about $26 a month going to them, but the software and usability is a HUGE factor for me. I'd like to stay with DirecTV. I mean you can't even filter out cables guide or hide SD duplicates!
     
  6. Jan 5, 2013 #326 of 467
    JoeTheDragon

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    also on cable the outlet / mirroring / rent fees are a lot higher.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2013 #327 of 467
    Tubaman-Z

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    Thanks very much for your and others suggestions. After discussing it with my wife we are going to suspend for the month of March. With recorded content, Netflix, OTA, and DVDs (both owned and from the library), we will have plenty of content. That one month will more than offset 12 months of increase.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2013 #328 of 467
    acostapimps

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    I might follow suit too, with so much content to watch online Netflix,Hulu,YouTube,Amazon,Crackle and PS3 to supplement Sunday Ticket, right know I'm receiving a huge chunk of bill credits and getting helped with the bill I might stay a little while longer while it last, plus there is a lot of tv addicts here LOL.
     
  9. Jan 6, 2013 #329 of 467
    dpeters11

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    I would wait to suspend, each month of suspension, you lose a month of the credit.
     
  10. Jan 6, 2013 #330 of 467
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    The next question. If I change from the classic package to the current package will I lose my promos, such as free HD and $10 Choice Extra Classic for a year?
     
  11. Jan 6, 2013 #331 of 467
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    I just completed my free promo season of NFLST.

    What is the best way, and when, to fully, truly, and completely cancel it so that they don't screw me over and "accidentally" bill me for 2013?
     
  12. Jan 6, 2013 #332 of 467
    Hoosier205

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    ...they only bill it if you don't cancel the auto renewal. It doesn't happen "accidentally."
     
  13. Jan 6, 2013 #333 of 467
    TMan

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    Too much anecdotal evidence of cancellations not being honored, and showing up again anyway.
     
  14. Jan 6, 2013 #334 of 467
    Hoosier205

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    Nope. They only charge you if it is on your account.
     
  15. Jan 6, 2013 #335 of 467
    TMan

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    That's my point. I am too cynical and distrusting of them to assume that I can successfully remove it from my account with just one call, etc.
     
  16. Jan 6, 2013 #336 of 467
    HarleyD

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    You'll have plenty of lead time to make sure it is off of your account.

    As long as it is cancelled before the first game of the season you're good.

    Call now if you wish and get the auto renewal cancelled. That may be all it takes.

    But yes, there are reports of it taking more than one call to get it cancelled and off the account. Do your due dilligence and check your bill leading up to next season. There is normally a zero-dollar line item on your bill indicating that it is going to renew prior to the first billing installment (usually starts showing up in April or May) so if for some reason it fails to cancel after the first call you should see it and be able to take action well before it is too late
     
  17. Jan 6, 2013 #337 of 467
    Hoosier205

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    You can simply view your account and tell if it is on there. Make sure it isn't. You can't be charged for it if it isn't on there. I have no idea why you think they are out to get you.
     
  18. Jan 6, 2013 #338 of 467
    TMan

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    Ah, the $0 line item thing is helpful to know about. Thanks.

    Not out to get me per se, but I do fear their reputation for CSR ineptness and inconsistency. ;-) What have I heard it called? CSR roulette?
     
  19. Jan 6, 2013 #339 of 467
    Hoosier205

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    I'm not sure that is a fair assessment. With 20+ million customers I think it would be pretty well known and publicized if they had that reputation.
     
  20. Jan 6, 2013 #340 of 467
    Laxguy

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    That's usually associated with getting goodies in a renewal or upgrade. Or less $$, which can vary at times, depending on how an individual's account is evaluated, how the CSR interprets things. Sometimes the phase of the moon can throw a couple of things off kilter, but not that often.

    Very, very few are inept. Most CSRs I've dealt with have been helpful and knowledgable.
     

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