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

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

  1. Dec 11, 2008 #81 of 249
    sunking

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    Of course you can ask anyone who bought GM stock so that they could share in the profits of buying a new car how well that has worked out for them :p
     
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    tcusta00

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    Your second statement I've highlighted confuses me. Not because it may or may not be true, but because of your first. :scratchin
     
  3. Dec 11, 2008 #83 of 249
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    jdh8668

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    I wonder what they are projecting for programming costs in 2011 when ESPN's outrageous contract with the BCS bowl series kicks in? You know we'll be taking it in the shorts for that one. And I'm sure the new MLB channel that's coming in January will be raising their subscriber costs to Directv after a year or so.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2008 #85 of 249
    Paul Secic

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    Good luck trying to keep living! Better start watching HULU.
     
  6. Dec 11, 2008 #86 of 249
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    Unsure of the confusion part. I don't work for them, nor influence their day to day operation in any way. Can I not be critical of their operations or think they can do a better job? I'm not even saying that pricing increases won't increase revenue. I question whether it is the best way to do so, both short and long term. Oh sure, in reality I know nothing about their business, plans, or actual expenditures. Very true. Then again look what the experts in financial and auto industries have managed.
     
  7. Dec 11, 2008 #87 of 249
    tcusta00

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    Well, exactly... you think they're a "terribly wasteful company" but you're still a shareholder. Oh well, maybe it's just me that's confused, sorry.
     
  8. Dec 11, 2008 #88 of 249
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    The difference with cable is that their subscriptions have either flatlined or gone down slightly. Its a lot harder to increase your revenues when that happens. Directv on the other hand has a very healthy subscriber increase year after year. Something like >15% last year alone. I simply don't think that Directv has to follow the cable model at this point. They may deliver the same type of service but that is where the similarities end.
     
  9. Dec 11, 2008 #89 of 249
    firefighter4evr

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    I just have to laugh:lol: at all of us that gripe and moan about a bill going up a few bucks... also have to laugh at the ones that gripe about there bill and are like " I have 12 active DVRS on my system and i only use 3 of them, the rest are in rooms that are used a few times a year".....

    let me tell y'all something.... when we had Comcast at our old place ( year and a half ago) we subscribed to what was equal to D*'s premier package ( basic, expanded basic, digital channels, movies channels and a crappy 6 HD channels that where offered.... keep in mind Comcast had taken over mom and pops cable co here 6 months before) we also bundled it with phone and internet. our monthly bill was $198.76 every month:eek2:

    Now, we are happy D* customers... we are premier customers, have a 2 DVR's and 2 standard receivers. we get our internet thought D* (via Verizon) and our bill is only $149.50 a month!:eek2: :eek2:

    I don't no about everyone but, i am happy to pay a few dollars more so i can get more service for less money...

    McDonalds is no longer selling the Double cheeseburger for $1.... are the billions and billions of people who have been enjoying it at $1 for years all the sudden gonna cancel or boycott mickey D's cause its now $1.20????
     
  10. Dec 11, 2008 #90 of 249
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    If you don't mind, please set up an auto deposit of a few bucks a month to my bank account. What's a few bucks. :grin:
     
  11. Dec 11, 2008 #91 of 249
    firefighter4evr

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    a few bucks more a month is nothing... would u rather D* raise is $50 bucks a month?? i would hate to see the forum then...:nono2:
     
  12. Dec 11, 2008 #92 of 249
    Tubaman-Z

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    Actually Hulu paired with PlayOn is a pretty good option. Add on NetFlix and OTA if you can get it (I can, something like 12 stations) and you're good to go for quite cheap.
     
  13. Dec 11, 2008 #93 of 249
    DarinC

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    :scratch:
     
  14. Dec 11, 2008 #94 of 249
    rudeney

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    I tell you what, I won't complain about a small rate increase as long as no one will complain when I call D* at the end of my two-year commitment and threaten to leave so they will give me some concession to keep my business, like a new DVR, free Showtime, etc. It's all just business. :)
     
  15. Dec 11, 2008 #95 of 249
    Ken S

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    Hulu and Netflix and You Tube and all of the networks that put their stuff online and iTunes and...

    There are other choices available and they're improving at a pretty rapid rate.
     
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    Ken S

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    I see nothing wrong with doing that...it's part of the DirecTV business model. Be warned though...in yesterday's presentation they spoke of tightening down discounts for bother new customers and in retention. Your threats may be met with little more than mock sympathy.
     
  17. Dec 11, 2008 #97 of 249
    rudeney

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    Oh, it's not a threat, it's more like this:

    "Dear DirecTV, I've been with you since 1998 and I've always paid my bill on time and always subscribed to a top-tier package of at least $100/mo. I see that my commitment term is up and I am exploring other entertainment delivery options. You know, I really like DirecTV, but I'd like it better if I had (free Showtime for a year, free HD for a year, or a free HD-DVR to replace my H20, etc.). What do you think you can do for me?"

    If they do nothing, then I might very well shop the market. If I get a better deal, I then might take it.
     
  18. Dec 11, 2008 #98 of 249
    hdtvfan0001

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    BOLD. :D
     
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    Jeremy W

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    They are in the Detroit area, because we're all poor.
     
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    :lol:
     

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