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New Directv Prices

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by A_Bear, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Dec 23, 2011 #1 of 809
    A_Bear

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    General Info

    New prices start Feb 9, 2012. See Package/Pricing List for details.
    Existing customers see new prices on their Bill Cycle Day on/after Feb 9, 2012.


    Customer Notification

    New pricing begins on the customer's Bill Cycle Day on/after Feb 9, 2012.
    All customers get new pricing notification 30 days before their prices change, by one of the following methods:
    Notice inserted in their January/February bill
    Mailer sent by regular mail
    E-mail that links customers to an online notification. (E-mail is sent only if we have a valid e-mail on file.)

    Package/Pricing

    Base Package Former Price Price on/after Feb 9, 2012

    Basic Choice (International) $12.99, no locals $12.99 $14.99, no locals $14.99

    Choice $60.99 $63.99

    Choice Xtra (this is a new package) N/A $68.99
    (New package effective Feb 9, 2012)
    Note: Package details will be available closer to Feb 9, 2012.

    Choice Xtra Classic - Expired $65.99 $68.99
    Expired Package effective Feb 9, 2012.
    Name changes from "Choice Xtra" to "Choice Xtra Classic" effective Feb 9, 2012.

    Choice Ultimate $70.99 $74.99

    Entertainment
    (New package effective Feb 9, 2012.)
    Package details will be available closer to Feb 9, 2012. $54.99

    Family $29.99 $29.99 (no change)

    Jadeworld $39.99 $39.99 (no change)

    Lo Máximo $114.99 $119.99

    Más Latino $34.99 $34.99 (no change)

    Más Ultra $59.99 $62.99

    Optimo Más $44.99 $46.99

    Preferred Choice $39.99, no locals $39.99 $41.99, no locals $41.99

    Premier $114.99 $119.99

    Select - Expired
    (Expired Package effective Feb 9, 2012) $44.99 $44.99 (no change)

    Select Classic (retention) $39.99 $41.99
    (Customers with a Select Classic base package see a $2 price adjustment.)


    No change to Premium Service pricing. (Starz Super Pack, Showtime, Sports Pack, HBO, and Cinemax


    Other Services Former Price Price on/after Feb 9, 2012

    Américas Plus $7.99 $7.99 (no change)

    DVR Service
    (Effective Feb 9, 2012, the name changes from "DVR Service" to "Advanced Receiver-DVR." See Advanced Receiver Services (ARS), below, for more if needed.)
    $7 $8

    En Español $14.99 $14.99 (no change)
    HD Access
    (Effective Feb 9, 2012, the name changes from "HD Access" to "Advanced Receiver-HD." See Advanced Receiver Services (ARS), below, for more if needed.)
    $10 $10 (no change)
    Lease/Mirroring Fees
    Effective Feb 9, 2012, the names change to:Additional TV
    Formerly "Additional Receiver," "Mirroring Fee-Household," and "Leased Receiver_Additional."
    Primary TV
    Formerly "Primary Leased Receiver."
    Primary TV Free
    Formerly "Lease Fee Free Receiver." $6 $6 (no change)

    México Plus $7.99 $7.99 (no change)

    Total Choice Mobile (KVH Mobile) Vehicle only:
    $60.99, no locals $57.99

    Whole-Home DVR Service
    (The name stays the same for existing customers. Customers with an account created on/after Feb 9, 2012 may have a different service. See Advanced Receiver Services (ARS), below, for more if needed.)


    Advanced Receiver Services (ARS)

    Applys only to accounts created prior to Feb 9th 2012
    Service name prior to Feb 9, 2012 Service name on/after Feb 9, 2012

    DVR Service Advanced Receiver-DVR (ARS-DVR)
    $8/month
    Account handling remains unchanged.

    HD Access Advanced Receiver-HD (ARS-HD)
    $10/month
    Account handling remains unchanged.

    Whole-Home DVR Service Whole-Home DVR Service
    $3/month
    The service name and account handling remains unchanged

    Applys only to accounts created on/after to Feb 9th 2012

    Service name prior to Feb 9, 2012 Service name on/after Feb 9, 2012
    DVR Service Advanced Receiver-DVR (ARS-DVR)
    $8/month
    Note:Accounts with HD-DVR, Home Media Center (HMC), or TiVo HD-DVR receivers get the combined "Advanced Receiver (ARS)" service, below.
    Accounts with standard definition DVR (only) and HD (only) receivers get billed separately for each service, ARS-DVR ($8) and ARS-HD ($10).

    HD Access Advanced Receiver-HD (ARS-HD)
    $10/month
    Note:Accounts with HD-DVR, Home Media Center (HMC), or TiVo HD-DVR receivers get the combined "Advanced Receiver (ARS)" service, below.
    Accounts with standard definition DVR (only) and HD (only) receivers get billed separately for each service, ARS-DVR ($8) and ARS-HD ($10).

    Each service was billed separately:

    DVR Service
    HD Access
    Whole-Home (if applicable)
    Advanced Receiver (ARS)
    $20/month
    Combines the DVR, HD, and Whole-Home services into one service.
    Applies to accounts created on/after Feb 9, 2012 only.
    Applies to customers who order the following receivers:
    HD-DVR
    Home Media Center (HMC)
    TiVo HD-DVR

    Notes:The Advanced Receiver (ARS) service is added even if the customer doesn't have a whole-home solution. If they upgrade to a whole-home solution in the future, the ARS service remains at only $20/month.
    TiVo HD-DVR receivers: Whole-Home functionality is not available with TiVo HD-DVR receivers.
    The Advanced Receiver (ARS) service is not applied to accounts create prior to Feb 9, 2012 who upgrade to an HD-DVR, HMC, or TiVo HD-DVR receiver. See the info for "Accounts created prior to Feb 9, 2012."
     
  2. Dec 23, 2011 #2 of 809
    P Smith

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    OMG !

    [Not that of kind news what want to have right before Xmas ...]
     
  3. Dec 23, 2011 #3 of 809
    Smthkd

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    Wow, Greedy programmers, Greedy Directv. Is just me or does this price hike seems to be getting out of hand? can we have a little stability. Better yet give me a HD only pack thats only $50 a month. Thats all I watch anyway.

    SMH... OTA here I come!
     
  4. Dec 23, 2011 #4 of 809
    ThePhantom

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    Looks like a $1 savings for those with HD+DVR+whole home, right? ($20 instead of $10+$8+$3)? Negates the DVR price hike... :/

    Also, I wonder if my grandfathered "Total Choice" rate plan will still enjoy the .50 discount over the current "Choice"...
     
  5. Dec 23, 2011 #5 of 809
    Davenlr

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    Typical ~$5 annual raise... Whats with all the name changing and new package names? Choice Xtra is new package, and old one is Classic? This should be interesting to see what the differences are.
     
  6. Dec 23, 2011 #6 of 809
    dpeters11

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    I don't think that applies to us, current customers. If it did, it would be a large price increase for most, as a lot of us don't pay the $10 HD fee.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2011 #7 of 809
    ThePhantom

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    ...till June or July, when the $10 HD/auto-pay discount comes to an end.

    Is Dish still touting the "free HD for life"? Wonder if DTV will do anything upon this summer's expiration (my guess is not).
     
  8. Dec 23, 2011 #8 of 809
    Davenlr

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    "Entertainment" sounds (and is priced) like it might be a non-sports package for those people complaining about having to pay for ESPN when they dont watch it. Should be interesting to see what this one has.
     
  9. Dec 23, 2011 #9 of 809
    Blurayfan

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    It will be interesting if the new combined ARS causes issues for customers who call in to make changes to their account and currently have the DirecTV DVR Lifetime service. The previous bundles always caused issues.
     
  10. Dec 23, 2011 #10 of 809
    Drew2k

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    Here's the information from Post #1 reformatted to make it easier to compare changes... many thanks to A_Bear for sharing this info! (Feel free to copy into post 1 if you'd like!)

    ~~~~~~

    General Info

    New prices start Feb 9, 2012. See Package/Pricing List for details.
    Existing customers see new prices on their Bill Cycle Day on/after Feb 9, 2012.
    Customer notification begins Dec 26, 2011.

    Customer Notification

    New pricing begins on the customer's Bill Cycle Day on/after Feb 9, 2012.
    All customers get new pricing notification 30 days before their prices change, by one of the following methods:
    Notice inserted in their January/February bill
    Mailer sent by regular mail
    E-mail that links customers to an online notification. (E-mail is sent only if we have a valid e-mail on file.)

    Package/Pricing

    [table]Base Package |Former Price |Price on/after Feb 9, 2012 |Note
    Basic Choice (International) |$12.99, no locals $12.99 |$14.99, no locals $14.99 |-
    Choice |$60.99 |$63.99 |-
    Choice Xtra (this is a new package) |N/A |$68.99 |Effective Feb 9, 2012; Note 1
    Choice Xtra Classic - Expired |$65.99 |$68.99 |Expired Package effective Feb 9, 2012. Name changes from "Choice Xtra" to "Choice Xtra Classic" effective Feb 9, 2012.
    Choice Ultimate |$70.99 |$74.99 |-
    Entertainment |N/A |$54.99 |Effective Feb 9, 2012; Note 1
    Family |$29.99 |$29.99 |(no change)
    Jadeworld |$39.99 |$39.99 |(no change)
    Lo Máximo |$114.99 |$119.99 |-
    Más Latino |$34.99 |$34.99 |(no change)
    Más Ultra |$59.99 |$62.99 |-
    Optimo Más |$44.99 |$46.99 |-
    Preferred Choice |$39.99, no locals |$39.99 |$41.99, no locals $41.99 |-
    Premier |$114.99 |$119.99 |-
    Select - Expired |$44.99 |$44.99 | (no change) (Expired Package effective Feb 9, 2012)
    Select Classic (retention) |$39.99 |$41.99 |(Customers with a Select Classic base package see a $2 price adjustment.)
    [/table]

    Note 1: Package details will be available closer to Feb 9, 2012.

    No change to Premium Service pricing. (Starz Super Pack, Showtime, Sports Pack, HBO, and Cinemax


    [table]Other Services |Former Price |Price on/after Feb 9, 2012 |Note
    Américas Plus |$7.99 |$7.99 (no change) |-
    DVR Service |$7 |$8 |(Effective Feb 9, 2012, the name changes from "DVR Service" to "Advanced Receiver-DVR." See Advanced Receiver Services (ARS), below, for more if needed.)
    En Español |$14.99 |$14.99 (no change) |-
    HD Access |$10 |$10 (no change) |(Effective Feb 9, 2012, the name changes from "HD Access" to "Advanced Receiver-HD." See Advanced Receiver Services (ARS), below, for more if needed.)
    Lease/Mirroring Fees |$6 |$6 (no change) | Effective Feb 9, 2012, the names change to:Additional TV Formerly "Additional Receiver," "Mirroring Fee-Household," and "Leased Receiver_Additional."; Primary TV - Formerly "Primary Leased Receiver."; Primary TV Free - Formerly "Lease Fee Free Receiver."
    México Plus |$7.99 |$7.99 (no change) |-
    Total Choice Mobile (KVH Mobile) Vehicle only: |$60.99, no locals |$57.99 |-
    Whole-Home DVR Service |- |- |(The name stays the same for existing customers. Customers with an account created on/after Feb 9, 2012 may have a different service. See Advanced Receiver Services (ARS), below, for more if needed.)
    [/table]

    Advanced Receiver Services (ARS)

    Applys only to accounts created prior to Feb 9th 2012

    [table]Service name prior to Feb 9, 2012 |Service name on/after Feb 9, 2012 | Cost | Note
    DVR Service |Advanced Receiver-DVR (ARS-DVR) |$8/month |Account handling remains unchanged.
    HD Access |Advanced Receiver-HD (ARS-HD) |$10/month | Account handling remains unchanged.
    Whole-Home DVR Service |Whole-Home DVR Service |$3/month |The service name and account handling remains unchanged
    [/table]

    Applys only to accounts created on/after to Feb 9th 2012

    [table]Service name prior to Feb 9, 2012 |Service name on/after Feb 9, 2012 | Cost | Note
    DVR Service |Advanced Receiver-DVR (ARS-DVR) |$8/month |Note:Accounts with HD-DVR, Home Media Center (HMC), or TiVo HD-DVR receivers get the combined "Advanced Receiver (ARS)" service, below. Accounts with standard definition DVR (only) and HD (only) receivers get billed separately for each service, ARS-DVR ($8) and ARS-HD ($10).
    HD Access |Advanced Receiver-HD (ARS-HD) |$10/month | Note:Accounts with HD-DVR, Home Media Center (HMC), or TiVo HD-DVR receivers get the combined "Advanced Receiver (ARS)" service, below. Accounts with standard definition DVR (only) and HD (only) receivers get billed separately for each service, ARS-DVR ($8) and ARS-HD ($10).
    [/table]

    Each service was billed separately:

    DVR Service
    HD Access
    Whole-Home (if applicable)
    Advanced Receiver (ARS)
    $20/month
    Combines the DVR, HD, and Whole-Home services into one service.
    Applies to accounts created on/after Feb 9, 2012 only.
    Applies to customers who order the following receivers:
    HD-DVR
    Home Media Center (HMC)
    TiVo HD-DVR

    Notes:The Advanced Receiver (ARS) service is added even if the customer doesn't have a whole-home solution. If they upgrade to a whole-home solution in the future, the ARS service remains at only |$20/month.

    TiVo HD-DVR receivers: Whole-Home functionality is not available with TiVo HD-DVR receivers.

    The Advanced Receiver (ARS) service is not applied to accounts create prior to Feb 9, 2012 who upgrade to an HD-DVR, HMC, or TiVo HD-DVR receiver. See the info for "Accounts created prior to Feb 9, 2012."
     
  11. Dec 23, 2011 #11 of 809
    JoeTheDragon

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    Additional TV??? will RVU people have to pay pre TV?

    Just wait for cables all vid to no Additional TV fees.
     
  12. Dec 23, 2011 #12 of 809
    JoeTheDragon

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    also I think there is the very old no mirroring fees that some people still have.

    Also what about free HD?
     
  13. Dec 23, 2011 #13 of 809
    Drew2k

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    So my rates are going up $5 a month for Premium, but I have DVR grandfathered... I'm not clear if that's going to change or not!
     
  14. Dec 23, 2011 #14 of 809
    Blurayfan

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    True the household mirroring (Primestar) customers could have issues as well.

    I'm not sure how the FREE HD subscribers will be impacted since at least the two year FREE HD is charged monthly and then reversed by a credit.
     
  15. Dec 23, 2011 #15 of 809
    Davenlr

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    DVR Lifetime, according to the current TOS, cannot be removed unless you leave DirecTv for over a year (I believe). I have that too.
     
  16. Dec 23, 2011 #16 of 809
    Drew2k

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    I should clarify... I don't have the "Tivo" style of lifetime DVR, but have "Premiere with DVR" grandfathered in. When I started in 2003 the DVR fee was included with the Premiere package, but they eventually broke it out, so as long as I remain on Premiere I'm not supposed to pay a "DVR service" fee. I'm hoping that doesn't change!
     
  17. Dec 23, 2011 #17 of 809
    Blurayfan

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    The lifetime service or the previously Premier with DVR service included could be lost if changing to a package that combines the services the new (Advanced Receiver Service) $20.
     
  18. Dec 23, 2011 #18 of 809
    JoeTheDragon

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    What's the point of having Choice Xtra Classic and Choice Xtra at the same price? in less you get more channels with Choice Xtra Classic or you get some other older price.

    The OLD HD DVR pack saved you $1 /m and you got the same channels as Choice Xtra + HD + DVR.
     
  19. Dec 23, 2011 #19 of 809
    JoeTheDragon

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    The Advanced Receiver (ARS) service is not applied to accounts create prior to Feb 9, 2012.
     
  20. Dec 23, 2011 #20 of 809
    Blurayfan

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    That's the way it's supposed to work, but their could be errors either computer or human that cause the change to be made. For instance a customer who orders the New TiVo or HMC and calls in to activate could be wrongly switched.
     

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