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Family package

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by benmusic, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Jul 7, 2013 #1 of 19
    benmusic

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    Does DTV still have the Family Package? If so, where can I find a list of the channels that are included.

    Thank you in advance for any information,

    Ben Music
     
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    dpeters11

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    harsh

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    If you're considering downgrading, ask DIRECTV what is currently available to you. If you're under committment, some packages may not qualify for the hardware you have.

    If you're looking to sign up, understand that the promotions may not apply to the lifeline packages and you'll pay much more than the difference in lease entry fees and installation up front than you could hope to save over the long haul.
     
  4. Jul 7, 2013 #4 of 19
    dpeters11

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    I don't think hardware is an issue, but credits like free HD for life etc certainly would be.
     
  5. Jul 7, 2013 #5 of 19
    peds48

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    it might be, as the current promotions are only for anything higher than the Entertainment package, otherwise you might have to pay out of packet fees in order to get what you would get for free by subscribing to the qualifying programming package
     
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    damondlt

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    OH well , you are only required to maintain $29.99 service to fulfill your commitment.

    If you run into money issues, most people don't care about losing their freebees, that would lock them into a paying minimum an Extra $25 per month.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2013 #8 of 19
    dpeters11

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    Right, but that's not hardware. I can't think of a situation where a minimum package is required for hardware. HD access and Whole Home fees yes, but I don't see a situation where going to Family or Select and paying for HD, DVR etc but still lose the ability to keep particular hardware.
     
  9. Jul 7, 2013 #9 of 19
    peds48

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    For new customers yes, as my post only applies to new customers.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Interesting. I thought a newer customer paying the advanced receiver $25 fee would be enough to be able to have something like an HD DVR.
     
  11. OutGolfn

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    So are the HD local stations included in the family package? Without the HD non-dvr receiver $10 fee? If you are in a bad area for OTA, but want to keep costs to a minimum.
     
  12. peds48

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    Unless you live in an MPEG4 market, you must pay the $10.00 a month HD access fee to get "anything" on HD
     
  13. ThomasM

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    The "family" package is simply something DirecTV dreamed up to compete with DISH Network's $19.95 package. In reality it isn't worth 29 cents. You'll get a lot more from cable TV's "joke" package which is usually around $15. The ONLY benefit from having such a package is if you are a great distance from your OTA TV stations and require a large outdoor antenna it does provide a crystal-clear picture. The other reason for switching to such a package is if you decide to cancel DirecTV and pay the ETF of $20/month. It's worth it to pay the extra $10 and at least get SOMETHING plus you don't have to pay it all at once.

    The channels in this package are worthless other than the local OTA channels.
     
  14. ThomasM

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    Nope. If you have a slimline dish and an HD-capable receiver you can get your locals in HD ANYWHERE.

    In addition, if you have a non-slimline dish but purchase an AM-21 for your R22 you can watch & record your locals in HD.
     
  15. peds48

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    But the question was not about RECEPTION, but rather price.

    So are the HD local stations included in the family package? Without the HD non-dvr receiver $10 fee?

    I guess we should start reading the questions first BEFORE jumping all over the answers.
     
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    Yes, your local stations are included in the FAMILY package. If you have a slimline dish and an HD receiver (I.E. an R22) you can watch your local channels in HD with the Family package no matter where you are. Remember, DirecTV won't allow an HD receiver (they insist the R22 is an SD DVR) on an account to be active unless you live in an MPEG4-only local market unless you pay the $10 HD fee. If you live in a market where the local channels are in MPEG4 only, you will get a slimline dish and an HD receiver whether you pay the $10 or not. If you don't pay the $10 you can still watch the locals in HD but nothing else in HD.

    So in VERY LIMITED SITUATIONS (described above) you can watch your locals in HD with the Family Package without paying the $10 HD fee.
     
  17. peds48

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    So then it boils down to what I said originally....

    Unless you live in an MPEG4 market, you must pay the $10.00 a month HD access fee to get "anything" on HD !rolling
     
  18. dpeters11

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    Unless you are in antenna range :)
     
  19. peds48

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    Right on! :righton:
     

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