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ESPN Classic now in Sports Pack (was:Hey... Directv dumps Classic Sports...)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by bjlc, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Sep 10, 2009 #61 of 151
    dorfd1

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    is there any one with choice extra without sports pack who is not getting espn classic
     
  2. Sep 10, 2009 #62 of 151
    spartanstew

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    Seriously, every company in America would do that. It's called Business. They're not a non-profit.

    The fact is that they've maintained about the same yearly increase over the last many years, even though they've added a lot more channels. That was the original point. Someone (maybe you) griped that they should reduce the cost for removing 1 channel. By that same logic, they should increase the cost when they add 1 channel. They don't. That's the point. Don't keep changing the point to suit your current argument.
     
  3. Sep 11, 2009 #63 of 151
    scarylibrary23

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    it doesnt really affect me since i have sports pack already. Im getting sports pack for 2.99 a month and that is good. You also pick up some extra college football games so it is all worth it to me.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2009 #64 of 151
    Kheldar

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    We were warned about this all the way back in May.

    MultiChannel News reported:
     
  5. Sep 11, 2009 #65 of 151
    Ken S

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    1. Did I post there was something wrong with them raising the rates? No, I didn't. What I have posted several times is that DirecTV is going to continue to increase prices. That's the way they run their business. I didn't know that DirecTV wasn't a non-profit...thanks for filling me in.

    2. Why don't you read Stuart's post and my response. It was pretty simple. He said they have added channels and not raised prices. My response was they are always raising their prices and every channel addition is built into those increases. I think it was either late last year or earlier this year where Chase Carey made a statement about programming costs actually not increasing (in total)...their rates went up anyway.

    3. The rest of your post is just incorrect you attribute something you think I posted to me and then tell me it was wrong. I would be happy however to have an ala carte system where I could purchase (and pay an additional fee) for every channel I wished to receive.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2009 #66 of 151
    Satelliteracer

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    Because free previews are done much differently in how they are authorized...basically we just tell every card OPEN AUTHORIZATION. That's much different then how each package is authorized
     
  7. Sep 11, 2009 #67 of 151
    Satelliteracer

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    Yes, many people here have already stated that is the case and eventually everyone will be in that situation
     
  8. Sep 11, 2009 #68 of 151
    Satelliteracer

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    DIRECTV will continue to cover their costs. The prices for content go up every year and obviously a business has to cover those costs. Vs is just one of many examples. They want more money. Every programmer does. That drives up costs.
     
  9. Sep 11, 2009 #69 of 151
    islesfan

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    I have the old Total Choice (or whatever they call it now) and I still have ESPN Classic. Of course, I had to go home and check, since I never watch it. I used to tune in for classic NHL games, but NHL Network has those now, so I haven't tuned to ESPN Classic since we got NHL Net.
     
  10. Sep 11, 2009 #70 of 151
    BlueMonk

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    I was trying to find ESPN Classic on my guide the other night to catch the USA soccer game. Couldn't find it and now I know why. Will check to see if I still get 208 though. Not sure that I tried keying in the exact number since I rarely watch that channel.
     
  11. Sep 11, 2009 #71 of 151
    SParker

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    Still getting classic with HD Plus package.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2009 #72 of 151
    Attitude2000

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    I was surfing channels via the guide (like I usually do) and realized I no longer have Classic. I have choice xtra. I do have ESPNU, however. I read an article saying it'll be in HD first quarter next year.
     
  13. Sep 14, 2009 #73 of 151
    sobal

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    I am still getting ESPN Classic on my three "old" boxes with Total Choice Plus but just added a new free HD box via the hearts deal and I don't get Classic on the new box. I called and asked them to add it since I thought it would be grandfathered for us oldtimers, but the CSR said she couldn't find Classic on the list of available channels for the legacy package Total Choice Plus. She told me it would probably by removed from my other boxes soon.

    I then asked about the availability of ESPNU HD and she said she went to ESPN's website and could see no mention of the channel existing. I told her I heard it was rumored to be coming to DirecTV early next year and she knew nothing about it. The CSRs aren't all knowing but time will tell for both Classic on Choice Plus and ESPNU HD.
     
  14. Sep 14, 2009 #74 of 151
    Ken S

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    Satelliteracer,

    C'mon...DirecTV is doing much more than "just covering their costs" when they increases rates...they are increasing their profits and margins as well. It's really time to stop the fairy tale about poor, little $20 billion, DirecTV just passing on the increases...it's not true. If you don't believe me listen to your own financial executives when they speak to investors.

    I'm not saying it's wrong, but the way some people think they need to hide or obfuscate what's going on when speaking to their customers (as opposed to their investors) is a bit dishonest.

    DirecTV wants more money...every distributor does...That drives up costs...to consumers.

    Certainly, it's tougher to protect margins in an economy like this one and at times you have to be happy to hold steady or even drop a bit, but it is a important goal. Check out page 4 of this DirecTV presentation if you don't believe me...it's pretty clear and in about 36 pt font.
    http://files.shareholder.com/downlo.../Liberty Investor Day - Chase Carey FINAL.pdf
     
  15. Sep 14, 2009 #75 of 151
    dorfd1

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    you violated the terms of service since you get classic on three box but not a new hd box you should get charged one full subscription for the old boxes and one full subscription for the new box since the programming is obviously not being mirrored.
     
  16. Sep 15, 2009 #76 of 151
    Kheldar

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    Or the old boxes just haven't been hit with the new packaging yet. It happens.

     
  17. Sep 15, 2009 #77 of 151
    Satelliteracer

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    Kheldar is correct
     
  18. Sep 15, 2009 #78 of 151
    mogulman

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    Interesting. ESPN Classic was removed for me last weekend.

    Now it is showing up again?

    I have Choice Extra.
     
  19. Sep 15, 2009 #79 of 151
    dorfd1

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    I never lost espn classic but now for some reason I am now get the sports pack for free.
     
  20. Sep 15, 2009 #80 of 151
    richall01

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    I am now getting NBAHD on 216 and still getting ESPN Classic on 208.
     

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