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DirecTV to "tighten belt".

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Jon J, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

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    This might mean it doesn't look good for more HD.
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

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    Or it might mean no price increase.
     
  3. hilmar2k

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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Good one, Stuart.
     
  4. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

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    I like your positive attitude! :up: ;)
     
  5. tulanejosh

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    this is corporate talk for staff reductions. directv has limited control over whether programming costs increase. in fact - about the only thing they can do is reject a contract proposal and stop carrying a channel. I can see that in a few limited and extreme cases - but nothing major.
     
  6. harsh

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    Since the OP neglected to provide a link, here is the whole story: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...ding-hiring-to-prepare-for-any-slowdown.html#

    The key point with respect to reducing programming costs is hacking out some of the sports programming in the lower programming tiers. DIRECTV would have to re-negotiate these contracts (ie ESPN and the RSNs) and that seems like cutting off their nose to spite their face. In order to get the pricing they get, DIRECTV has to guarantee so many subscriptions and if they want to reduce the number of subscriptions, they have to renegotiate and the cost for that programming will almost certainly go up.

    This bodes very well for those in the low-end tiers that don't care for sports programming but it woud certainly be a hard pill for the frugal that have to upgrade to keep their sports programming.

    Stuart may be right about the price going down for those disinterested in sports but the rest are going to have to make up for it.
     
  7. Jon J

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    Beat me severely about the head and shoulders. I neglected to link because I didn't have one. I read the quote on another site. I'll try to do better next time.
     
  8. Mavrick

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    Well The Shadow Knows! :lol:
     
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  10. n3ntj

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    I would also agree that this probably means no new national (non-premium) HD channels anytime soon on D*. Wonderful. D* appears to be falling behind the likes of Comcrap, TWC, etc. in the number of quality national non-premium HD channels.
     
  11. sigma1914

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    The number of quality channels is different to everyone. DirecTV has remained behind for awhile now, nothing new, and they're still adding more subs than those with all the "quality" channels. There's no incentive to add any.
     
  12. NR4P

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    3 Friends recently jumped off the Directv ship for uVerse package deals. Combination of price and fed up with rain fade. I saved a 4th from jumping by helping them install an OTA antenna.

    Given the slower net subs adds mentioned in the article, I think Directv is being responsible with controlling costs.
     
  13. harsh

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    Sunday Ticket is a powerful draw that works best in Q3. Now that NFLST is no longer a hot draw for new customers, I think you'll see a different outcome.
     
  14. Stuart Sweet

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    DIRECTV doesn't have a telephone service or internet service they can natively bundle, and that makes it a little more challenging to retain value-conscious customers. What I'm hoping is that they continue to focus on little tweaks to lower costs and increase value to the customers who do see DIRECTV's worth.
     
  15. PrinceLH

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    Probably means call centers in India and less in the USA! :nono2:
     
  16. sigma1914

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    Then explain additions during the other 3 quarters.
     
  17. dualsub2006

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    Additions in the previous 3 quarters were pretty low if I am remembering things right. Nothing like this last quarter.
     
  18. captaink5217

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    Well if they're not gonna add new national HD then I'll probably go back to my local cable company and I'll pay the ETF my cable company has all the national HD channels that directv seems hard headed about adding plus I had a lot more locals on cable too and had them all in hd including cw and my and ion which directv doesn't have in my area in hd yet.
     
  19. sigma1914

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    Yes, but still net in the positive unlike many other TV providers.
     
  20. maartena

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    They were low. But additions nonetheless. Except for U-Verse, and FIOS, both of which were launching whole new cities, ALL other providers of television have LOST subscribers over the last 2 years straight or so, due to the economy.
     

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