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New Rates? HBO Increase - It Pays to Complain

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Lazy Senior, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Dec 30, 2012 #41 of 125
    kaminar

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    FCC SAR limit is 1.6W/Kg..max was more like 3W back in the 90s and 0.6W (motorola) today..just sayin..

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  2. Dec 30, 2012 #42 of 125
    kaminar

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    Base package required..if other channels are not necessary, definitely go for the Entertainment package ($29.99/mth incl 1 rcvr--approx 160 chans if you want them--Advanced Receiver, Addl receivers, HD, etc are extra..)..3 months free of Premium networks (47+ channels), then $45/mth addl for those channels..approx $74.99/mth + upgrades for year one..not including any discounts..

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  3. Dec 30, 2012 #43 of 125
    Satelliteracer

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    I don't agree with this. I have to live it everyday with our management and they push hard that there are multiple priorities. Of course stockholders are one, but customers is every bit at the top of the food chain. If it wasn't, there are many areas the company spends money on that they wouldn't but only do so to keep customers happy and the product moving forward.

    I've worked at a number of Fortune 500 companies and some are definitely stockholder first. I do not put D* in that group. It is possible to serve both, and in fact it can be done where it yields fruitful results for both.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2012 #44 of 125
    Barcthespark

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    That's good to know. Thanks for the clarification.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2012 #45 of 125
    loudo

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    As much as we all hate them, yearly price increases are on any satellite or cable service. It is like Christmas, you know it is going to be a yearly event.
     
  6. Dec 31, 2012 #46 of 125
    haddock

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    Not meaning to fan any flames, but I dont think the point was that you could get a series for $18, but rather was to compare the yearly HBO price of $216 ($18 per month for 12 months) to what you might spend that $ on instead.

    Consistent to the OP of this point, you could buy full seasons of 4-6 shows on DVD for the same $ you spend in a year on HBO. If you have to have your HBO for that 1 show (or even 2 or 3) then you are potentially wasting money paying $18 a month for it. If you watch a ton of HBO programming, then perhaps you get you $'s worth from the subscription.

    I like HBO, and feel they have a lot of high end content. However, I'm in that camp that just doesn't consistently get $216 a year of value from it. If I'm lucky, I have time to consistently watch maybe 5 shows total across all networks, so I don't feel I have the time to get enough value from a single network to justify spending extra $ for it. I can spend half that much in a year on select movie rentals/ppv purchases along with Netflix or select DVDs and get more value (perceived by me) than I would if I paid the $ to subscribe to HBO.
     
  7. Dec 31, 2012 #47 of 125
    Chrismon1001

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    I don't have a huge problem with the increase then again I'm also a premier sub so its not going up for me (yet)... But that said I would be happy to continue paying for HBO up to maybe even at 23-25 a month.... I don't find as much value in Cinemax, or Starz so probably around 15-17 max for now on it, and Showtime would sit around 18-20 a month. Maybe this is just me, but I find huge value in these channels for the series, and will compensate them for there great job. I don't even watch movies much on them.... but others in my house do so it's used for that reason also.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2012 #48 of 125
    MysteryMan

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    Then why don't you do that? :sure:
     
  9. Dec 31, 2012 #49 of 125
    dudester

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    If direct is loosing so much money by giving the op a discount since its the providers they have to pay, why are they so quick to give the discount? If my business would lose money by providing the dicount i would have let the op cancel. I have the premier nad am grandfathered on a few things however, i also know some people that have the same package and do not have he grandfathering and their bill is the same as mine. Same number of dvrs except a little newer.i am getting tired ofhe message service telling me hey free starz, showtimetime etc, when i am paying for it already in my premier package. If they are going to give away free service they should pop up with a auto discount for the subscrbers that are paying during the free service i have had directv for a while now and it has been relativly good , butball my boxes are getting old, and with the new technology out there , it isnt really worth paying 200 a month for tv service anymore. Really, is there actually anything being broadcast now, that youre looking foward to watching. Thats the boat i'm in and is starting to take on water.
     
  10. Dec 31, 2012 #50 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    My spell-checker almost blew up reviewing that post. :eek2:

    I don't think most folks would disagree that overall Pay-TV subscription costs are getting quite high, and that in some cases they've passed the tipping point of people retaining their current levels of service.

    Promotional discounts (all of which are temporary and attempts to get some of those folks keeping those additional services/channels) are offered by the content providers and then passed on via services like DirecTV...it costs them virtually nothing to pass those promotional discounts on to their customers.

    Then again, people can get plenty of HDTV for much less than $200 a month.
     
  11. Dec 31, 2012 #51 of 125
    Lazy Senior

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    When my DTV contract expires I WILL churn elsewhere. I go where the price is the lowest for the least TV service I (or my wife) can tolerate. I have done this many times in the past. I will continue to spend my TV service $$ where I get the most value.

    After reading all the posts here defending DTV and their yearly price increases I can understand why DTV has no incentive to keep prices from going up. :lol:
     
  12. Dec 31, 2012 #52 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    I haven't met too many folks that welcome paying higher prices for anything.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with making your own choices as to which service to get your TV content, or even if you chose to get over-the-air "free" TV (while it lasts).

    But the reality is that ALL pay-TV service providers have to pay for (higher-cost) content of various channels, so the issue is common to ALL of them. Dish, ComCast, TWC, COX, and even FIOS raised their prices impacting 2013 rates.

    Going back to the original premise of this thread in the original post...it may pay for a short time to complain about a specific part of monthly fees, but unfortunately in the long run...you'll have to pay the piper no matter where you get your TV service.
     
  13. Dec 31, 2012 #53 of 125
    lparsons21

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    Depending on what package you get, after both D* and E*'s upcoming increases, you may not see as much benefit to switching. And with E*'s upcoming increases, there is some confusion about the existing or new during certain time periods getting discounts.

    I have Premier and 3 HDDVRs, and with the discounts D* seems to give out for keeping that package, I'll be paying something around the $120 price point. Switching to E* with AEP+Sports pack wouldn't be much different than that even during the 1st year if I were to switch.
     
  14. Dec 31, 2012 #54 of 125
    HinterXGames

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    In the vein of the thread, yes there is. Empire Boardwalk, Newsroom, Game of Thrones alone on HBO. I also watch Bill Maher and the occasional movie on HBO.
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    While I understand the DVD theory, and waiting is fine for some (along with possible spoilers at that point while waiting for the release, it's not for me. I don't want my show spoiled or to know what happened. I also want to be able to discuss the show and what happened with my friends who do watch it, again, without being able to have anything spoiled. :D
     
  15. Dec 31, 2012 #55 of 125
    RunnerFL

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    If you're only watching 1 show on HBO you only have to have HBO active while that show is airing. You don't have to have HBO all year just to watch Boardwalk Empire, for example.
     
  16. Dec 31, 2012 #56 of 125
    RunnerFL

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    I don't think anyone is flat out defending DirecTV, at least I'm not. What I'm trying to do, still, is to get you to see that EVERYONE increases prices not just DirecTV.
     
  17. Dec 31, 2012 #57 of 125
    SPACEMAKER

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    Same here. We don't go out much these days and HBO's Sunday shows are something to which we really look forward. And as a boxing fan, I watch HBO's coverage at least once per month. The only premium I really don't watch is Cinemax because they don't offer any decebt original programming.
     
  18. Dec 31, 2012 #58 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    Ditto.
     
  19. Dec 31, 2012 #59 of 125
    SPACEMAKER

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    And every year we'll have a thread exactly like this one where people whine and cry and threaten to cancel only to end up keeping what they have and doing it all again next year.
     
  20. Dec 31, 2012 #60 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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