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HDNet and HD Extra Package

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by paulsown, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. blueliner17

    blueliner17 New Member

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    I've been reading this thread for awhile now, and my conclusion is "stop whining folks". I've been happy to pay $9.99 for HD since it was 8-9 channels and now I get around 50.

    Just pretend the HD extra pack is now a $5 discount off the original $9.99 HD price. Call it $9.99 for all the new channels and it seems like a good deal.
     
  2. hasan

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    That makes good sense. It is a pity that D*'s marketing people couldn't have figured out a way to present it that didn't make people feel like they had been jobbed.

    Telling them how to think about it "after the fact" is a day late and five dollars short.:)

    This whole mess started when they proposed adding all these HD channels at no additional cost, followed by consistently inaccurate communication from D* regarding HDAccess and the HDExtra pack...not to mention the apparent bait and switch of re-tiering.

    They could have screwed this up more, but not much.:)

    All that said, I subscribed to the new tier...and am canceling my NFL-ST (which I've had since it first came on...in fact, before that on C-band). By getting rid of NFL-ST, I have more than paid for (several times over) the machinations of D* with regard to their pricing/tiering structure.

    In fact, the more D* plays this game, the more I will respond to it. If they want to find ways to nickel and dime me to death, I'll just keep cutting my programming. When it gets to be too much, I'll look to another provider. Nothing personal....it's just business.:)
     
  3. harsh

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    The standard receiver commitment is now up to 18 months.
     
  4. jjohns

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    If you sign up for the extra pack and get the 3 months free, can you get out of it fairly easy when the 3 months is up? Or will they say, "You've already signed up for the package". And if so, do you have to keep it for a certain amount of time before you can get out?
     
  5. lman

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    I doesn't seem like a good deal to me, because I was told when I upgraded to HD a year ago that there would not be a price increase when new HD channels were added. Somebody fibbed. When I "upgraded" I also downgraded to the HR 20 that is missing DLB.
     
  6. kaminsco

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    How do we pretend $14.98 is anything different than $14.98?
     
  7. veryoldschool

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    I used to pretend when I was a child.
    I've stopped now that I'm an adult, as it's part of growing up.
     
  8. gfrang

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    My only problem w the hdextra expence is it ok if they want to add extra channels
    like smith,mgm, mhd that they said wer not symocast of the ones we allready
    paying for. then thoes are truley extra and we can choose if we like them enough to pay for them. i dont like that they thake channels from what we are paying for
    its like saying if you dont want the new channe you will lose the ones we are paying for .i am really suprised at directy
     
  9. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "I think" this really comes down to: How much revenue would be lost for the two channels [HDNet movies & Universal HD] to the older customers of the HD package, verses the "bad will" being generated?
     
  10. lucky13

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    I was thinking the same thing. I have 2 HR20s and an H20, and I also would not have known about the extra package if not for the ruckus here. Perhaps it was on one of the glossy inserts with my bill, but I hardly give those more than a cursory glance.

    If DirecTV is shutting off channels its customers now have (as we understand), then I would expect some specific contact from the company to the customers. An email, or an on-screen message (heavily underused). I'm surprised there hasn't been a "barker channel" to sell this programing, as there is for the sports packages and the program guide. In fact, I'm waiting for the barker channel so I can order with my remote. Of course, I may keep waiting till the channels go black.
     
  11. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Post #295 is the email I received from DirecTV with "me" adding the last line.
    You can even click on the link in it to order the package.
     
  12. frederic1943

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    I tried licking the link and all I got was a wet monitor screen.:lol:
     
  13. lucky13

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    Too bad. I liked your edit.

    It's not that I can't figure out how to order it--just surprised that DirecTV hasn't pushed it more.
     
  14. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    My dyslexia is showing. oops. :blush:
     
  15. lucky13

    lucky13 New Member

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    Please, keep that tucked in and out of sight! :D
     
  16. dreadlk

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    What worries me is that all of this is just setting a pricing trend for the future and I am also not very pleased that 80% of my so called HD programming is really just shrunk or streched SD. Just wait till Directv gets out of the Beta test stage and has a reliable HD platform
     
  17. Earl Bonovich

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    Their HD programming isn't in a "Beta Test Stage"...

    They can't help the fact that the content providers are not pushing out more HD content. They can only deliver what they are given to deliver.
     
  18. sbrennan007

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    It's thinking like this that companies hope for. If people stood up and said "NO", companies would soon see that they can't pull this kind of B.S.

    I've had the Platinum package now for the past 10 years with 5 receivers so I'm already paying a good deal to watch T.V. I think it's crappy business on DTV's part to charge an extra $9.99 for HD and then another $5 for additional HD channels.

    As I'm already paying over $100 per month, I'm not so much complaining about the extra, it's the principle of it that gets me.

    To me it's simply another case of Corporate greed. And so long as you have people waiting in line to just pay 'whatever', 'just because', they'd be stupid to not charge people for it. :nono2:
     
  19. Doug Brott

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    Your "HD Programming" is the responsibility of the content provider on the "HD Channel" that DIRECTV is delivering to you.
     
  20. dreadlk

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    By Beta HD I mean the HR2x and H2x series receivers.
    Once Directv gets the receivers working properly and no longer has to appologize for all the problems they will then turn there attention towards charging more for the service. Wanna make a bet???


     
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