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How long until free HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by computersecguy, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I almost expect Directv to raise its rates on all its packages by $3 next year and do away with the HD access fee... I would if iI was them... It would drive more customers to upgrade to HD....
     
  2. Satelliteracer

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    When will BluRay DVDs be the same price as "standard" DVDs? :D
     
  3. bidger

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    ;)
     
  4. Plasman

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    Inkahauts has a great point. It is the terrific HD and HD DVR receivers that reduce churn - so why penalize HD customers with 2 HD fees: HD Access and Extra Pack. I hate to say it, but Dish has a great idea with the HD Turbo Package since I wouldn't be caught dead watching SD any longer.
     
  5. ActiveHDdave

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    The question really is when will HD service just be a standard part of any service D* offers? That still would include any SD TV. D* would just start installing slimline dishes and h-20 style receivers and no non HD equipment.

    They started in that direction last year with the roll out of all the new HD channels but instead of giving them new channel numbers they are duplicates of existing channels. plus HD service really is not a package but a TV upgrade

    I see this happening first with D* dropping non HD hardware then sometime in the future HD access will be dropped and every one will pay a little more for their individual package.
     
  6. spartanstew

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    Current D* HD charge: $9.99


    The OP is stating that there's other things he could do with that $10 if D* ever offered free HD.
     
  7. hdtvfan0001

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    OK...then I guess buying a car to get free gas follows the same path...
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

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    Probably in about 2-3 years...supply and demand...

    I haven't paid over $18.99 for a Blu Ray yet...most I got for $14-$15...it pays to shop.
     
  9. spartanstew

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    You probably haven't purchased many in the last couple of months. Deals have dried up fast lately.
     
  10. Ken S

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    Comcast. We get basic cable service here (no box required) and they send digital channels as well as the older analog stuff. We get all of the OTA stuff in HD...no extra charge.
     
  11. spartanstew

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    So, they don't charge extra for their HD programming?
     
  12. Ken S

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    Nope...we get the lowest price package they have and it includes all the locals in HD. No converter box...just RG6 into a digital capable TV. Same is true for our Comcast service at our vacation place in Massachusetts.
     
  13. JoeTheDragon

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    that will not last long as comcarp is moving to SDV.
     
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    I do get all the local channels that are in HD via comcast with their basic $8.00 service with any QAM capable tuner like in my HD tv. Anything beyond what you could get with an antenna requires renting a HD cable box, a HD access fee and minimum of the digital package or at least did when I left comcast 5 months ago.
     
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    I'd love to know where you are getting them...please share. Most of us pay a premium for BluRay HD just as DISH and DIRECTV charge a premium for HD content.
     
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    Yeah, I buy my kids PS3 games there but usually they are so dated (i.e. just bought Tiger Woods '08 on Ebay when '09 comes out in two days) that justifies the cost reduction.

    In general terms, the market place supports higher rates for premium products (HD, faster broadband, Blu-Ray vs standard, 93 octane vs 89 octane, etc). It's the way of the world.
     
  18. inkahauts

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    I can make the argument that Directv offers you your locals for absolutely no fee too... i.e., if I have an HD Tivo and hook it up on a non HD account, and plug in the antenna, then I will get my locals OTA in HD, just like what you are getting from comcast. Directv doesn't actually charge you for you OTA locals... If you have any HD equipment then you can recieve OTA through their boxes tuners... Of course the key to that these days, is they won't activate any current HD equipment on any plan with out you subing to HD access... But you OTA you get along with it is still free... And I believe that Cable has to offer those feeds for free, don't they?
     
  19. CJTE

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    1/2 price means its 1/2 price wether I buy 1 or 2.
    Buy one get one free requires that I purchase 1 in order to get the 2nd at a discounted/redacted price.
     
  20. flipptyfloppity

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    Well, sort of as soon as D* wants to start phasing out SD MPEG-2 programming, including SD locals.

    That's when you could finally get a free (including no extension of commitment) HD PVR to replace your HR10-250.

    Someday D* will see the bandwidth soaked up by SD LIL to be valuable enough that they want to kick everyone over to at least MPEG-4, if not drop SD LIL all together. I expect the 2009 end of analog OTA will precipitate this. Suddenly, they'll have the chance of making the SD LIL channels go dark or just run SD MPEG-2 downrezzes of the HD LIL channels. I'm sure they'd rather just ship out boxes (like the R22-200) that can convert the HD LIL MPEG-4 channels to NTSC (SD) output and save on bandwidth.

    So you'll perhaps be receiving HD but your box will refuse to not downres it to SD!
     

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