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

  1. Dec 23, 2011 #21 of 809
    Drew2k

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    I guess in a sense new customers will see the AVR Fee and not even realize it includes a fee for HD, but honestly I was hoping DIRECTV would eliminate completely the HD Access Fee (or however they want to name it). Cable companies love to tout that "HD is free" with them, so it would have been great for DIRECTV to simply eliminate the fee to be "even" with cable on at least that front.
     
  2. Dec 23, 2011 #22 of 809
    Davenlr

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    Comcast here still charges $8.50 per outlet for HD. SD is free.
     
  3. Dec 23, 2011 #23 of 809
    Steve

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    Lower...
    I wonder which channels are in that "Preferred Choice" package for $39.99? Can't find it on the DirecTV website. If anyone has a link, would appreciate it.

    I'm curious if it's simply "Choice" minus OTA locals? Or, if not, which sat-only channels are missing?
     
  4. Dec 23, 2011 #24 of 809
    A_Bear

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    that is a new customer after feb. 9th only offer, sorry :(
     
  5. Dec 23, 2011 #25 of 809
    A_Bear

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    this package is a retention offer only, no link avalible sorry
     
  6. Dec 23, 2011 #26 of 809
    dishrich

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    As well as what about us TC+ folks that are still getting the $1.50 discount over the like Choice Xtra pkg? :confused:

    As others have mentioned...VERY concered about us lifetime DVR subs - as in WILL it even STILL exist? :eek2:
     
  7. Dec 23, 2011 #27 of 809
    A_Bear

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    this will be removed permanatly if you disconnect it from your active services for 30 or more days
     
  8. Dec 23, 2011 #28 of 809
    Davenlr

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    Is this a change to the TOS then?
     
  9. Dec 23, 2011 #29 of 809
    A_Bear

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    Expired packages remain active until customers disconnect the package or their account.
    Most services can be reinstated within 30 days.
    Exception: Customers with Opcion Premier, Premier, or Lo Maximo with $0 DVR/HD-DVR service can't be reinstated after disconnection (no grace period).
    After 30 days, services can't be reinstated, even if it was removed by mistake.
    Help the customer select a current package that best fits his/her needs.
    See Programming Purchase Requirements before adding Premium Packages, additional services, sports subscriptions, etc.
    Some Expired Packages don't include local channels. If locals are available from DIRECTV in the customer's area, offer to switch the customer into a current package that includes locals.
    Exception: Only accounts with Total Choice (no locals) or Total Choice Plus (no locals): First, offer to switch to a current package that includes locals. If the customer doesn't want to switch packages, offer to add locals a la carte at $6. The $6 a la carte option is only available with the expired packages mentioned above. (However, it's also available with the non-expired Jadeworld package if certain conditions apply. See Jadeworld if needed.)
    Note: Prior to Feb 9, 2010, accounts with Total Choice (no locals) or Total Choice Plus (no locals) were able to add locals a la carte for $3. These customers continue to get the $3 price, but Expired Package rules apply. Locals a la carte is now $6 if it's added on or/after Feb 9, 2010.
    List of Expired Packages
    General Market Base Packages
    Expired Package
    Former
    Price
    Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012


    Choice Xtra Classic
    $65.99
    (No locals $62.99)
    $68.99
    (No locals $65.99)

    (Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012 and the name changes from Choice Xtra to Choice Xtra Classic.)

    Plus DVR
    $72.99
    (No locals $69.99)
    $76.99
    (No locals $73.99)

    Plus HD/DVR
    $82.99
    (No locals $79.99)
    $86.99
    (No locals $83.99)

    Select
    $44.99
    (No locals $41.99)
    $44.99 (no change)
    (No locals $41.99)

    (Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012.)



    Total Choice Base Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    Total Choice Limited $51.99
    (No locals $48.99)
    $53.99
    (No locals $50.99)

    Total Choice $60.49
    (No locals $57.49) $64.49
    (No locals $61.49)
    Total Choice Plus $64.49
    (No locals $61.49)
    $68.99
    (No locals $65.99)

    (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package move to Choice Xtra Classic on Feb 9, 2012. NOTE: Total Choice Plus and Choice Xtra Classic contain the exact same channels.)



    Spanish-language Expired
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    Básico

    $35.99
    (No locals $32.99)

    $37.99
    (No locals $34.99)

    Familiar

    $51.99
    (No locals $48.99)

    $54.99
    (No locals $51.99)

    Familiar Ultra

    $60.99
    (No locals $57.99)

    $63.99
    (No locals $60.99)

    Más Mexico

    $29.99
    (No locals $26.99)

    $31.99
    (No locals $28.99)

    Más Ultra Original

    $57.99
    (No locals $54.99)
    $60.99
    (No locals $57.99)

    Opción Especial

    $37.49

    $39.49


    Opción Extra
    (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Optimo Más package on Feb 10, 2011.)

    Not applicable


    Opción Extra Especial

    $54.99
    (No locals $51.99)

    $57.49
    (No locals $54.49)


    Opción Ultra Especial
    $56.49
    (No locals $52.49)

    $59.49
    (No locals $55.49)


    Opción Premier $111.99
    (No locals $108.99)

    $115.99
    (No locals $112.99)


    Optimo Más Plus DVR
    $51.99
    (No locals $48.99)

    $54.99
    (No locals $51.99)




    International Base Packages
    Expired Package
    Former
    Price
    Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012


    Basic (International)
    $15.99
    (No locals $15.99)

    $17.99
    (No locals $17.99)



    Other Expired Base Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    DIRECTV Limited (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Family package on Feb 10, 2011.)
    Not applicable

    Plus DIRECTV (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Select Classic package on Feb 10, 2011.)
    Not applicable

    Select Choice $44.99
    $46.99



    A La Carte Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    Cinemax
    (old package - before Feb 1, 2002) $12.99
    $12.99 - No change

    Encore Themes $12
    $12 - No change

    Encore Themes $4
    $4 - No change

    Family Pack $5
    $5 - No change

    HBO/HBO Family $15.99 $15.99 - No change
    HD Access_EXP
    (formerly HD Package) $10
    $10 - No change

    Showtime/Flix $12 $12 - No change
    Starz/Encore $12 $12 - No change
    The Movie Channel $12 $12 - No change


    Add-On Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    HBO (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
    (Pick 2) $23 $23 - No change

    HBO/Showtime
    (Pick 3) $39 $39 - No change

    HBO/Starz I
    (Pick 2) $25 $25 - No change

    HBO/Starz II
    (Pick 3) $34 $34 - No change

    HBO/Starz/Showtime
    (Pick 4) $49 $49 - No change

    Showtime (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
    (Pick 1)
    $15 $15 - No change
    Showtime/Sports $25 $25 - No change
    Starz (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
    (Pick 1) $11 $11 - No change
    Starz/Showtime
    (Pick 2) $26 $26 - No change
    Starz/Sports $20 $20 - No change



    Adding/Changing Services in Rio
    Adding/Changing Services in Rio
    Some expired packages don’t allow additional services to be added in Rio. See below for procedures.
    Grandfathered Packages
    Additional services are allowed in Rio.
    Special Upgrade Offers are not presented.
    The customer needs to upgrade to a current base package if they request a Special Upgrade Offer.
    Retention Offers: Restrictions may vary depending on the offer.
    Confirm in Rio to determine if the offer is available.
    Packages

    MAS ULTRA ORIGINAL
    OPCIÓN PREMIER

    MAS ULTRA ORIGINAL - no lcls_EXP
    OPCIÓN PREMIER - NO LOCALS

    TOTAL CHOICE LIMITED - NO LOCALS
    TOTAL CHOICE_N/A

    TOTAL CHOICE LIMITED
    TOTAL CHOICE - NO LOCALS _N/A

    OPCIÓN EXTRA - NO LOCALS
    TOTAL CHOICE PLUS_N/A

    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPEC - NO LOCALS
    TOTAL CHOICE PLUS - NO LOCALS _N/A

    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL

    OPCIÓN ULTRA ESPECIAL

    OPCIÓN ULTRA ESPEC - NO LOCALS



    Expired Grandfathered Packages
    No additional services or program discounts are allowed in Rio.
    Customer must switch to a current base package.
    Packages

    HAWAII CHOICE
    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL SHOWTIME

    SELECT CHOICE
    TOTAL CHOICE PLATINUM

    HAWAII CHOICE PLUS
    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL PLATINUM

    OPCIÓN HAWAII
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y SHOWTIME

    OPCIÓN HAWAII PLUS
    TOTAL CHOICE STARZ SHOWTIME

    OPCIÓN ESPECIAL
    TOTAL CHOICE HBO and STARZ I

    TOTAL CHOICE FAMILY PACK
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y STARZ I

    TOTAL CHOICE CBO
    TOTAL CHOICE HBO STARZ SHOWTIME

    TOTAL CHOICE TVRO
    TOTAL CHOICE HBO and SHOWTIME

    SELECT CHOICE PLATINUM SAMPLER
    TOTAL CHOICE HBO and STARZ II

    TOTAL CHOICE PLATINUM SAMPLER
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP SHOWTIME y SPORTS

    TOTAL CHOICE STARZ SPORTS_SMKT
    TOTAL CHOICE and HBO

    TOTAL CHOICE GOLD – GUARANTEE
    TOTAL CHOICE and SHOWTIME

    Plus STARZ
    TOTAL CHOICE and SPORTS

    ENCORE/THEMES
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y STARZ II

    TOTAL CHOICE – GUARANTEE
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO HBOFAM SPORTS

    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL MUESTRA
    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL SPORTS

    TOTAL CHOICE PLATINUM – GUARANTE
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y HBO FAMILY

    TOTAL CHOICE SHOWTIME and SPORTS
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP STARZ y SPORTS

    TOTAL CHOICE STARZ and SPORTS
    PLATINUM

    TOTAL CHOICE HBO and HBO FAMILY
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO STARZ SHOW

    TOTAL CHOICE HBO and SPORTS
    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL STARZ

    PERSONAL CHOICE
    OPCIN EXT ESP STARZ y SHOWTIME

    TOTAL CHOICE_Special Markets
    OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL HBO

    TOTAL CHOICE HBO and SHOWTIME
    OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO HBO FAM SHOW

    TOTAL CHOICE and ENCORE
    TOTAL CHOICE and STARZ

    TOTAL CHOICE SILVER – GUARANTEE



    Grandfathered A La Carte or Add-On Packages
    No additional services or programming discounts allowed in Rio.
    Customer must select the current add-on/a la carte to make any other changes.
    For example, if the customer has Encore, they must select current Starz package before any other services or discounts can be added.
    Packages

    CINEMAX
    HBO/HBO FAMILY/SPORTS

    ENCORE THEMES
    HBO/SHOWTIME (PICK 3)

    ENCORE THEMES
    HBO/STARZ I (PICK 2)

    FAMILY PACK
    HBO/STARZ II (PICK 3)

    HBO/HBO FAMILY
    HBO/STARZ/SHOWTIME (PICK 4)

    HD ACCESS_EXP
    SHOWTIME (PICK 1)

    THE MOVIE CHANNEL
    SHOWTIME/SPORTS

    SHOWTIME/FLIX
    STARZ (PICK 1)

    STARZ/ENCORE
    STARZ/SHOWTIME (PICK 2)

    HBO (PICK 2)
    STARZ/SPORTS

    HBO/HBO FAMILY/SHOWTIME






    List of Expired Packages
    General Market Base Packages
    Expired Package
    Former
    Price
    Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012


    Choice Xtra Classic
    $65.99
    (No locals $62.99)
    $68.99
    (No locals $65.99)

    (Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012 and the name changes from Choice Xtra to Choice Xtra Classic.)

    Plus DVR
    $72.99
    (No locals $69.99)
    $76.99
    (No locals $73.99)

    Plus HD/DVR
    $82.99
    (No locals $79.99)
    $86.99
    (No locals $83.99)

    Select
    $44.99
    (No locals $41.99)
    $44.99 (no change)
    (No locals $41.99)

    (Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012.)



    Total Choice Base Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    Total Choice Limited $51.99
    (No locals $48.99)
    $53.99
    (No locals $50.99)

    Total Choice $60.49
    (No locals $57.49) $64.49
    (No locals $61.49)
    Total Choice Plus $64.49
    (No locals $61.49)
    $68.99
    (No locals $65.99)

    (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package move to Choice Xtra Classic on Feb 9, 2012. NOTE: Total Choice Plus and Choice Xtra Classic contain the exact same channels.)



    Spanish-language Expired
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    Básico

    $35.99
    (No locals $32.99)

    $37.99
    (No locals $34.99)

    Familiar

    $51.99
    (No locals $48.99)

    $54.99
    (No locals $51.99)

    Familiar Ultra

    $60.99
    (No locals $57.99)

    $63.99
    (No locals $60.99)

    Más Mexico

    $29.99
    (No locals $26.99)

    $31.99
    (No locals $28.99)

    Más Ultra Original

    $57.99
    (No locals $54.99)
    $60.99
    (No locals $57.99)

    Opción Especial

    $37.49

    $39.49


    Opción Extra
    (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Optimo Más package on Feb 10, 2011.)

    Not applicable


    Opción Extra Especial

    $54.99
    (No locals $51.99)

    $57.49
    (No locals $54.49)


    Opción Ultra Especial
    $56.49
    (No locals $52.49)

    $59.49
    (No locals $55.49)


    Opción Premier $111.99
    (No locals $108.99)

    $115.99
    (No locals $112.99)


    Optimo Más Plus DVR
    $51.99
    (No locals $48.99)

    $54.99
    (No locals $51.99)




    International Base Packages
    Expired Package
    Former
    Price
    Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012


    Basic (International)
    $15.99
    (No locals $15.99)

    $17.99
    (No locals $17.99)



    Other Expired Base Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    DIRECTV Limited (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Family package on Feb 10, 2011.)
    Not applicable

    Plus DIRECTV (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Select Classic package on Feb 10, 2011.)
    Not applicable

    Select Choice $44.99
    $46.99



    A La Carte Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    Cinemax
    (old package - before Feb 1, 2002) $12.99
    $12.99 - No change

    Encore Themes $12
    $12 - No change

    Encore Themes $4
    $4 - No change

    Family Pack $5
    $5 - No change

    HBO/HBO Family $15.99 $15.99 - No change
    HD Access_EXP
    (formerly HD Package) $10
    $10 - No change

    Showtime/Flix $12 $12 - No change
    Starz/Encore $12 $12 - No change
    The Movie Channel $12 $12 - No change


    Add-On Packages
    Expired Package Former
    Price Price on/after
    Feb 9, 2012
    HBO (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
    (Pick 2) $23 $23 - No change

    HBO/Showtime
    (Pick 3) $39 $39 - No change

    HBO/Starz I
    (Pick 2) $25 $25 - No change

    HBO/Starz II
    (Pick 3) $34 $34 - No change

    HBO/Starz/Showtime
    (Pick 4) $49 $49 - No change

    Showtime (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
    (Pick 1)
    $15 $15 - No change
    Showtime/Sports $25 $25 - No change
    Starz (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
    (Pick 1) $11 $11 - No change
    Starz/Showtime
    (Pick 2) $26 $26 - No change
    Starz/Sports $20 $20 - No change
     
  10. Dec 23, 2011 #30 of 809
    cypherx

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    I have Premier with WH-DVR.
    Looks like I see a $6 increase? Am I reading that right?
    $5 increase for Premier tier
    $1 increase for DVR service ?
    $72 a year increase?

    Glad I cut off Sirius internet radio and got my second [sirius]receiver on a promo rate for the year.

    That about covers it..

    Times millions of customers that's quite an increase. How much goes to DirecTV and how much goes to the programmers? Anyone have an idea ? Is it like 90% to programmers 10% to DirecTV? I realize DTV needs to recoup for inflation, investments in technology, infrastructure, etc.. but I do know those programmers are charging an arm and a leg as well. Times hundreds of channels I'm sure that increase is hard to sustain.
     
  11. Dec 23, 2011 #31 of 809
    Davenlr

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    All those prices and options....almost as complicated as figuring out your own tax returns.
     
  12. Dec 23, 2011 #32 of 809
    bigtom

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    Preferred Choice is a base package available to any new or exisiting DIRECTV customer who also subscribes to International programming addon.

    More information, including the channel lineup, is available on DIRECTV's website
    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/packages/international
     
  13. Dec 23, 2011 #33 of 809
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    100% of price increase will go to Directv and not the programmers. That is because most costs are locked in at contract renewal time. But Directv knows how many contracts are up for renewal and how much extra it needs, plus all new technology etc for the next year that has to be developed.

    So it soon goes fast lol
     
  14. Dec 23, 2011 #34 of 809
    A_Bear

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    I'm sorry, i thought you said SELECT CLASSIC package
     
  15. Dec 23, 2011 #35 of 809
    ThomasM

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    Companies selling outdoor over-the-air antennas should ask DirecTV if they could include a flyer in the bill with the new prices.... :mad:
     
  16. Dec 23, 2011 #36 of 809
    Xsabresx

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    Not sure how to react. On the whole that is a $30 increase in Premier since I started 10 years ago ($89.99 to $119.99). On the other hand it is only $6 more per month which isnt really a big deal. Guess it just depends on how I justify it.

    10 years ago I was watching primarily network tv with commercials. Today (tonight is a perfect example) I pause the tv 15mins for every hour show to make sure I can skip the commercials.
     
  17. Dec 23, 2011 #37 of 809
    photostudent

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    This is what Scott Adams calls "Confusopolies". I.e, companies that supply the same content but make their package pricing too complicated for the average consumer to compare. At least Direct has smarter PR people than Netflix. No 80% increase! The possibility of a non sports channel package is a bright spot for me. But that is a subject that has been beat to death elsewhere.
     
  18. Dec 23, 2011 #38 of 809
    Herdfan

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    Teays...
    Same here. But I caught where they added it back onto my parent's account and had to call. Front line CSR had no idea what I was talking about, but it got escalated and the second person new and credited it back and so far it has been OK.

    But when I added the HR34 I changed my primary receiver. So I lots of activity on my account and I will be looking closely to see if it stays free.
     
  19. Dec 23, 2011 #39 of 809
    LCDSpazz

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    Since they're the same price, I'm assuming the "NEW Choice Xtra" is going to dump some of the channels that will remain on the now grandfathered "Choice Xtra Classic".
     
  20. Dec 23, 2011 #40 of 809
    TBlazer07

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    Fios Triple Play (for the first 2 years anyway) is looking about net $49/mo better (up from $43 better the other day) compared to my current 3 separate services. I really want to stay with DirecTV (been almost 8 years since I dumped Comcast) but it's getting to the point of feeling like a fool paying almost $600/yr more (not even counting the $250 Visa gift card promo) to watch TV. Once I see what the "Entertainment Package" is (hopefully everything without the sports) I'll have to decide.
     

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