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Directv to Raise Rates Next Year (2009)!!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Smthkd, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Glen_D

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    When AT&T took over in former Bellsouth territory, they continued to honor the bundled discounts that Bellsouth offered.

    In other areas, like mine, where Dish Network & Southwestern Bell (later to become SBC and then AT&T) formed a partnership, bundled discounts were only made available to NEW Dish Network customers who subscribed to a certain level of services from Southwestern Bell/SBC/AT&T and Dish Network. Existing Dish customers who wanted to take advantage of the bundled discounts would have to cancel their Dish account and wait at least six months to sign up through Southwestern Bell/SBC/AT&T. According to the FAQ on AT&T's website, they do not offer bundled discounts to existing Dish Network customers.

    It remains to be seen if AT&T's partnership with DirecTV differs from that of Dish Network.
     
  2. Jeremy W

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    I'm not saying you're wrong, but you'd be the last to know if DirecTV were being bought out. This board would know first, trust me.
     
  3. hdtvfan0001

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    That's typically the way things work. :D
     
  4. Upstream

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    :lol:

    funny, and true
     
  5. Tron

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    I know someone mentioned it before, but imagine a TV ad from Directv that went like this : (almost like some politcal ad with a 'serious voice' voiceover)
    "We know these are tough economic times...and while other providers [make obvious reference to Dish and/or cable] decided to raise prices and take more of your hard-earned money in these difficult times, we at Directv have initiated a price-freeze good until March 2010!"
    "In fact, if you are a current Dishnetwork customer and your rates have been raised, just send us a copy of the bill with the raised rates and we will glady give you [insert TBD credits here] per month for the next 12 months!"

    Anyway, you get the idea...I can't imagine how many customers that would take away from Dish, but I would think it would be a great PR stunt/blitz/etc...
     
  6. JLucPicard

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    Again, at the detriment of shareholder value, which is where everybody's focus is in business. You can't spend benevolence and you can't dole it out as a dividend.

    Nice thought, just not too realistic, me thinks. :)
     
  7. Jeremy W

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    That's a good idea. Unfortunately, there's not a chance in hell of it happening.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

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    ...but then, I've seen alot of ice forming and freezing over in extremely hot places this past year...so never say never...
     
  9. satguy22

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    prices going up? And they cut installers money by 50%! Gave us a small raise last year took it and some this year. WOW
     
  10. Satelliteracer

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    You're talking about goods. But costs do go up for cable, D*, and E* because of contractual agreements with programmers that have escalators in them each year. Meaning each year it costs them MORE to provide that same programming to customers as it's built into their contracts.

    So you're comparison is not accurate as it relates to this industry. As an example, D* owes the NFL more in 2009 then in 2008 due to the contractual agreement in place, recession or not.
     
  11. curt8403

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    + 1 on what Satelliteracer said. you should be glad that Directv is on your side working hard to keep costs down and not going for the gold (so to speak)
     
  12. Jeremy W

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    There is nothing I hate more than seeing this phrase in a thread about rate increases.
     
  13. mx6bfast

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    Delray...
    Is D* doing something different that no other company in the world is doing?
     
  14. gfrang

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    The way i feel is Directv can do whatever they want,right now i am paying 82 bucks a month. I have no commitment,an antenna on the roof,Netflix.,if i leave it will cost me about 15 bucks a month to watch TV.
     
  15. raott

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    No, I'm not just talking about goods. The economy has impacted the service industry as hard as goods, if not harder. If D* is foolish enough to sign multi-year contracts with escalators every year regardless of the economic conditions, that is their problem.
     
  16. raott

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    D* is not "on my side", they are a large billion dollar plus corporation in existance to maximize shareholder value. I do not fault them for that, but I also do not have any illusions, like some on this site do, that they are anything but that.

    So in essence, they are "going for the gold" so to speak, as their duty is to maximize shareholder value.
     
  17. curt8403

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    hmm well, other than working to keep rates down. (Example KJZZ asked for a lot more to be carried this time around than normal, so they said no, and are still negotiating) not much.
     
  18. mx6bfast

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    Delray...
    My point was that they aren't the only company doing it. So should we be giving out praises to every single company? Minus the oil/gas companies of course. :D
     
  19. mx6bfast

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    Delray...
    I don't think you can say D* is foolish for this. How would they know when they signed up for ST the economy was going to do this? 2 - 3 years ago you couldn't have predicted this.
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    I've been knowing it for years... but that's beside the point! :(

    Hopefully the increase won't be too much... if so, I'll have to deal with it then.

    I do miss the good old days when there wasn't a price increase every year, but I kind of expect it every year now!

    ~Alan
     

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