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Does anyone else feel as though D* is too expensive?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wipeout, Jul 7, 2005.

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  1. socceteer

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    So is driving.....! or is it...?

    Remember that TV watching is not just for entertainment but it is also for communications and information
     
  2. Combow

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    Directv is to high. my Directv is off like every 2 months and they always double the bill and charge you an extra 14 dollar late fee.
     
  3. Gm2

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    Then explain to me why is it that they don't add more premium channels? Like the other hbo's, more than 3 cinamax channels would be nice, or maybe starz cinema and starz comedy.

    yes it is true they add channels but do they add channels that people want to watch?
     
  4. jpurkey

    jpurkey Godfather

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    Cable here (Cox) would cost about $15 more a month to get the same channels I'm getting now with DTV/TC+. I could probably reduce that difference to $!0 if I were willing to give up some couple channels, but still DirecTV is a bargin by comparison.

    As for the $5 receiver fee, cable charges it too for the digital channels and it is something like $9 a month for each digital outlet.
     
  5. jpurkey

    jpurkey Godfather

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    I wish they would move ALL the sports channels to the Sports Pack, even if it only brings down the price of TC by a couple dollars.
     
  6. goodcableguy

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    I would have to agreewith the mirror fee is very high, my in-laws get Direc thru a coop and their mirror fee is $1.50 the last time I saw a bill. I feel double hit on my TIVO as its close to $10 for that receiver but Ill be honest and say it would be hard to live without it.
     
  7. missileman

    missileman Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    A co-op that charges less than D*'s prices? Is that legal?
     
  8. kelliot

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    Dish will sell you premiums by themselves. You don't pay extra for HBO HD and Showtime HD if you buy the premiums. So, you can get basic cable for about $40 + Dish premiums and be ahead of the game. Buy a QAM HD box and depending on your locale, you get HD locals with the cable.
     
  9. gglockner

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    I think the relevant question is that Dish has cheaper packages than DirecTV. For me, the one and only reason I selected DirecTV over Dish is TiVo. Read all the bug reports about the Dish PVR/DVR/whatever, then see how stable TiVo is.

    You can probably trim some costs if you can get broadcast channels via antenna. Perhaps you only need DTV at one TV, and be content with broadcast channels at other TVs.

    It's all about what it's worth to you.
     
  10. jpurkey

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    Whether Dish or DirecTV is cheaper depends on what channels you watch. At least a third of the TV I watch is channels that are only in the AT180 on Dish, so DirecTV (TC+) is currently $7 cheaper.
     
  11. pstineme

    pstineme Cool Member

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    Several of the stations I would subscribe to are on AT180 Dish or TC+ so that is +$7 and then wanting 3 DVRs that is another +10. So Directv is cheaper for me.
     
  12. tds4182

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    As compared to what?

    My local cable company's charges are just as high (if not higher) for a crappy HD DVR and movie packages and their PQ and service/equipment reliability leave a lot to be desired compared to D*.

    Now if your question was that DBS/Cable prices in general are too high, then that's another discussion altogether.
     
  13. quickfire

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    Anybody here remember when....A D* customer could get Total choice and a mirrored receiver...for $34 a month.......man the price has jumped way to high in the last 4-5 years.PLUS the dam picture quality has went from great SD picture quality to average sometimes poor quality in the exact same 4-5 years .......if we continue to accept what ever they give us, D* will not change...I know that there supposed to have mpeg-4 in a couple of months but if WE the CUSTOMER dont demand the best picture quality WITH A DECEIT PRICE RANGE .....D* will continue to raise prices and gives us just enough picture quality to keep us off there back.......I want the best picture quality and deceit price ....no eceptions...!!!!!!!!!!!I email D* every other day about what I spoke of above .....They know that im not happy with the situation.....they keep given me free this free that to stay with them...but i'm trying to be pacient and see if the MPEG-4 satellites help get the picture quality back to were it used to be in the mid-90's...which was GREAT even in SD channels....my advice to anyone thats not happy with the picture and price.......email them everyday........they will atleast give you free stuff.....in the hopes that you will not drop them as your provider.....free programs or not i'm going to email them until they get the picture quality back to were it once was!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. socceteer

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    If the price for Cable and/or satellite keep going up.....I may just have to start going to the movies again.
     
  15. loudo

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    I have done a little study of D*, E* and Brighthouse, my local cable company. I think the best deal has to depend on your choice of entertainment. Here is what I found.

    Premium Movies Channels: HBO, Max, Starz, & Show
    Brighthouse = 47, E* = 39 and D* = 32.

    Sports:
    D* has just about everything available
    E* lacks a few of the major sports networks and NFL Package
    Brighthouse, they are out in the cold as far as sports. Only carries 1 of the 2 regional sports. No regional sports package, many major sports networks missing.

    Music Only Channels:
    E* = 97, Brighthouse = 46, and D* = 36

    High Definition Networks, minus locals:
    E* = 17, Brighthouse = 10 and D* = 7

    Price for everything package including High Def, 1 hookup, and no major sports packages:
    D* = $105.00, E* = $102.00 and Brighthouse = $87.00

    So as you can see if you like sports D* has the most to offer. If you like movies and live in this area Cable is the best choice, if you like music or high definition programing E* has the most to offer.

    But as you all know this is subject to change day by day. I am sure that in the near future D* will offer much more High Definition programing. I hope they will also increase their audio only services.

    But if you live in this area and are concerned about the cost factor Brighthouse has the best price, but other than premium movies, they offer a lot less sports and networks than D* or E*.
     
  16. ibooksrule

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    I Contract with a company that is a Directv Dealer so part of my fun is a get DTV for free but DTV has starting limiting us dealers who dont sell allot on how many receivers we can have on our account and you also cant have tivo or HDtivo because it only sets it up as a dealer and you can demo it but you dont get the whole function of it. Well they shut of my IRD since it was last added without saying hey you guys need to cut an IRD and we spent hours on the phone for over a week before we found out what the problem was and so untill they can shuffle some IRDS so i can watch DTV again i went out and i broke down and got Cable through time warner. The pic quality here is not bad as we are 5 miles outside of Kansas city and they just brought time warner out here about 6 months ago so all the cable and lines from KC to here are all brand new which helps but they offered me when i told them i was a DTV dealer and wanted to try cable they asked what channels i wanted and i said everything all movies all HD all the on demand( which i am really hoping to see on DTV or Dish some day) along with my high speed internet for $90 month for 90days and no rent on the first hdDVr $5 for an additional. They also said i have 90 days to try it if i dont like it at that time i can cancel no penilitys. If i do i can sign up for a year and keep this price. Now i dont know any satellite company who can offer me 345 channels plus PPV for $85 a month and that actully includes internet if i drop my internet it drops $30 a month. With road runner alone i was paying $45 so this is a bargin. Now on thier basic channels or analog channels they are not the best pic quality but if i force the box to output 1080i they become pretty good. BUt HD channels are every bit as good as what i get from DTV od Dish or even Voom when it existed. This as a dealer is our hardest sell point around here why pay $90 for all the stuff from DTV when they can get cable for $ less especially if they have internet too. And the one thing i get from people switching is can i get my on demand channels? I always get this evil eye look when i say no satellite doesnt offer those.
    I also am starting a movie theater so in a way i like the high prices because it drives people to our theater and away from the TV. But so many theaters show commercials and that is wrong i just think why the heck do i want to pay $7 day $9 at night to see 5 minutes of commericals and then 10 minutes of trailers(dont mind those so much) then an add from the theater then the movie
     
  17. Kheldar

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    If your services are "off like every 2 months and they always double the bill", that means you are only paying your bill every 2 months, waiting until your services are interrupted. Yet, this is D*'s fault?
    $14 late fee? The highest late fee D* has ever charged is $5. However, they do charge a "minimum service charge" of $2-$5 every time your services are interrupted due to nonpayment.


    That must have been before D* took over Pegasus areas. The $1.50 mirror fee was a relic from Pegasus / Golden Sky and hasn't existed for anyone since D* took over the Pegasus territories.
     
  18. Robert Headley

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    That is the individual League blocking out the game. The NFL and the MLB both block out games where attendance is low. The thinking is, if you don't want to see the game in the stadium, then you can't watch it at home either. These blackouts are generally for local teams. DirecTV DOES NOT block games, you can blame that on the league.
     
  19. brahuna

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    Ours used to be $2.00 through our CO-OP until DirecTV bought out the NRTC. Now we have to pay $5.00. That added $12.00 more to our bill now.
     
  20. bonscott87

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    More expensive then what? Cable, at least around here, is a lot more expensive for less channels. Dish is about the same.

    So no, it's not too expensive. Would I like it less? Of course.
     
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