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D* Announces New Rates Starting 2/9/2010

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by riprecked, Dec 27, 2009.

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  1. Jan 7, 2010 #521 of 849
    CJTE

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    Bullcrap.
    AT&T is not the only provider that carries the iPhone. AT&T is the only provider that has data issues. T-Mobile offers the iPhone in Germany and isn't having the data issues AT&T is having. Vodafone offers the iPhone in New Zealand and they aren't capping any of it's features like AT&T is. As a matter of fact if you order an iPhone in New Zealand you'll receive a GSM unlocked version that you can take anywhere because it's actually ILLEGAL to GSM lock phones in New Zealand.

    Just a heads up...
    The problem in 'the states' is NOT the phone. It's the carrier.

    EDIT:
    Getting back on the topic of price increases.
    It sucks.
    Watchya gonna do about it?
     
  2. Jan 7, 2010 #522 of 849
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    Sorry for intruding....I must be in the wrong "room"...thought this thread was about the DirecTV rate changes announced for February....guess its about wireless services. Excuse me for interrupting. :D
     
  3. Jan 7, 2010 #523 of 849
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    Although I planned to do this prior the price hike, at least it will offset the rate hike cost. My Showtime with free Stars promo just ended, so I dropped them both. Dexter ended, so I won't be watching Showtime until the new season of Nurse Jackie starts in June.

    Since I have the Sports Pack now at $13, it would have cost $11/mo to keep Showtime. That means I save about $55 over the 5 months. The price hike is $4 for my Xtra HD DVR package. So the rate increase will cost me $48 over the next twelve months. Although I expected and accept the price increase, posting this mentally softens the blow for me.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2010 #524 of 849
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    I would drop Showtime until Dexter starts back up again to but StrikeForce has put some good cards on there so I think I am gonna wait. Plus my 2 for 1 deal is not over yet.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2010 #525 of 849
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    I thought Nurse Jackie starts back up in March?
     
  6. Jan 7, 2010 #526 of 849
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    Does it? I know they were running last season soon, but I figured it would be back about the same time it premiered last year. Couldn't find any info on the actual date though.

    Update: You were correct, here is info about the new season starting 3/22 [Link]. Guess I will only be saving about $30 before I re-up for Showtime.
     
  7. Jan 7, 2010 #527 of 849
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    really?

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/12/o2-apologizes-for-sketchy-iphone-service-in-london.ars

    http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/o2-blames-iphone-demand-for-network-failures-2890
     
  8. Jan 7, 2010 #528 of 849
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    shoot im in the same boat, my free year stops at end of May, so I might have to pay for like 1 month to finish the season :)
     
  9. Jan 9, 2010 #529 of 849
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    Watch your mail. Just got a letter from Directv stating how they hadn't been charging for the dvr service but beginning in february they would, even tho I was grandfathered on the Premiere pak.
     
  10. Jan 9, 2010 #530 of 849
    rlgold88

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    Along with the new rates and not waching the premium channels I downgraded to total choice xtra w/HD,Dvr. I have been a long term sub with premier package. I dont plan on leaving Directv at all but am wondering if downgrading my package with no change in equipment added the 2 year subscriber from that date???
     
  11. Jan 9, 2010 #531 of 849
    CrazyforYeshua

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    Only hardware changes extend your contract.
     
  12. Jan 9, 2010 #532 of 849
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    In the next 5-10 years I don't see how these cable and satellite companies will make it. They increase prices every year and year after year. I could see maybe a $1 or so increase on base prices but not $3 every year and then they keep finding other things to increase prices on like DVR fees and receiver fees.

    I myself think it is ridiculous having to pay about $70 a month now for a basic package service when I mainly watch local stations and maybe 10 out of hundreds of channels that I don't need or care about. It is getting to the the point where it is just too much money to pay and just go back to using an antenna to watch local stations or watch shows online.

    Most people expect things to DECREASE in price like cell phone plans and features--those plans keep getting cheaper in most cases with more minutes costing less than in the past.
     
  13. Jan 9, 2010 #533 of 849
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    It not there falt is epsn and other that raise rates and force you to buy a crap to get 1-2 channels that you want.

    We need to have the right to pick what you want before this also comes to the internet as well.

    How will you fell if you needed to buy the disney channel on line loaded with kids stuff just to get espn on line / espn 360.

    OR FOX on line forced you to buy a fox movie pass to get non movie fox stuff.

    Same thing with MTV / nick / comedy central.

    Would you want to be forced to buy a MTV music pack to get comedy central on line?

    forced to buy G4 on line to get sci-fi ?
     
  14. Jan 9, 2010 #534 of 849
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    It's clear to see that unless there is a MAJOR catstrophe lots of Americans are absolutely BLIND to reality.


    D* and others can continue to raise rates and their customer base will eventually over the next several years go way down. It HAS to we are still hemmoraging jobs and it doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. Not to mention that most experts say that this "so called" recovery will be a JOBLESS one with almost 8 MILLION positions going away and never coming back. Sure eventually a few new jobs will be created BUT they will pay MUCH less....

    BOTTOM LINE is that in the near future nonessentials, such as pay tv, will become luxuries that very few can afford....I suppose that pay tv could simply concentrate only on the privileged few and charge a fortune because my thought is that the vast majority of the US population will be living very hand to mouth in the coming decade.
     
  15. damondlt

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    This is nice of D* to give its customers notice.
    E* doesn't do this , they just raise you bill when ever they feel like it without notice.
     
  16. Jeremy W

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    Ridiculous.
     
  17. bidger

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    Wow, I had no idea. Aren't they required to give advance notice of rate increases? I thought all providers had to do that.
     
  18. Satelliteracer

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    Cell Phone companies are delivering "air" to you. The ability to place calls.

    Television content distributors are delivering content to you. Content costs money, and when ESPN, HBO, CBS, NFL etc, etc are raising rates every year, then costs go up because the cost of doing business has gone up.

    The comparison to the cell phone companies and television content distributors is apples to oranges.

    These content companies are not going to give it away for free, whether it's D*, E*, the internet, etc. My guess is you're going to start seeing them charge online very soon, as well. Or via authentication. Just as the news companies are starting to push very hard for this as well online.

    Those content companies can no longer survive on ad revenues alone, thus they are charging the distributors (E*, D*, Comcast, etc) more and more each year.
     
  19. Sneezy

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    I'm a little late but, anyway......

    I know it's not all D's fault. The Yankess and other channels are expensive to carry but on the other hand they DO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY to their customers and I don't see it with D or cable. I pay almost 2x as much with D as I did with TWC.

    TWC could not give me a reliable signal to my house. Heavy downloads on road runner would also impact the TV. Our local channels on TWC are worse than OTA, and thats if I could get ota. I'm on a dark side fo the hill so OTA is out.

    D simply works all the time for me. I hate the cost, especially since I don't watch a lot of the channels and the price gets bumped up by getting the distant locals out of NYC.

    I just think it's about time that D, E & TWC and all the other broadcasters bully back the channels. They pay actors way to much (for crap sitcoms), and this among others is why costs go up.

    My guess is in 5 years or less I'm done with D, and I won't go back to TWC so I would have to stream over the internet to see what I want.
     
  20. drded

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    To all of you thinking the streaming over the Internet is the answer, guess again. Right now they are getting you hooked and working out the bugs. That too will soon be charged for, and it won't be cheap either.

    Several analysts and a few posters here have already predicted the end of the free Internet content within the not-so-far-away future.

    Dave
     
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