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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 31, 2012 #61 of 125
    SPACEMAKER

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    Logic and reason does not work unless the people you are debating with are willing to be logical and reasonable.
     
  2. Dec 31, 2012 #62 of 125
    STEVEN-H

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    Computers were so much more expensive when I was your age.
     
  3. Dec 31, 2012 #63 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    So were HDTV's, inkjet printers, and a host of other things. ;)

    Tech stuff tends to age well in terms of pricing once it's mass-produced.
     
  4. Dec 31, 2012 #64 of 125
    TMan

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    The avenues through which one accesses programming is at risk of becoming too fragmented and piecemeal. I'm concerned about original programming being tied to specific providers. If HBO or Showtime has a show people want, generally people can view it with almost any major provider by subscribing to that channel. I don't want the next Sopranos or Homeland or Game of Thrones to be available only on some streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.

    For example, I enjoyed Arrested Development. Isn't that series being resurrected soon, but will be available only on Netflix? The fanciest subscription level on DirecTV, Dish, or cable won't help me watch that. I would think people would quickly tire of this multiple vendor-multiple monthly charge situation.

    I can see why the providers like this arrangement, as it could potentially draw additional subscribers, but to the customer, the method is much less financially tenable.
     
  5. Dec 31, 2012 #65 of 125
    RunnerFL

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    Computers aren't a service, they are a device. We're talking about services provided.
     
  6. Dec 31, 2012 #66 of 125
    jclangston

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    For everyone that is mad about the price increases, think about the companies that you work for. Do you think that your company charges the same rate today as they did five years ago for the same service? Of course not, its called inflation, I'm not defending DirecTv but its part of life. That is why most companies give their employees a small "cost of living" annual raise.
     
  7. Dec 31, 2012 #67 of 125
    dpeters11

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    Unfortunately not all do. I know someone that works for a large city (in the top 15). No one in her department has gotten a cost if living increase in at least 4 years. And I believe that has been fairly normal city wide.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2012 #68 of 125
    Lazy Senior

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    The key word here is small. These days you are lucky to be working, forget about any increase in pay. Many hope just to be able to hang onto their present wage, forget about any raise.

    Since I am a Lazy Senior, a good portion of my income is Social Security and my stock portfolio.

    SSI "cost of living" raise for the next year is 1.7 % which will not come close to covering the milk price increase, gas increase, income tax increase and DTV increase. :lol::lol:

    And My stock portfolio - well ask our do-nothing Politicians how the stocks are doing!
     
  9. Dec 31, 2012 #69 of 125
    wingrider01

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    20 bucks a month for the service. now pay 59.99
     
  10. Dec 31, 2012 #70 of 125
    Billzebub

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    You should feel free to spend your money anyway you see fit.

    TV service is not a religion and if changing fits your needs, go for it.

    That being said, why are you so comfortable criticizing how others choose to spend their money?
     
  11. Dec 31, 2012 #71 of 125
    Billzebub

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    I like Strike Back and Hunted. Allso, Banshee looks intriguing.
     
  12. Dec 31, 2012 #72 of 125
    Hoosier205

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    Everybody raises their prices, so I go with the best product. DirecTV is the best out there for me.
     
  13. Jan 1, 2013 #73 of 125
    MysteryMan

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    Well, if settling for less floats your boat......:sure:
     
  14. Jan 1, 2013 #74 of 125
    Lazy Senior

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    BINGO!!!!!! This is exactly what I want. I want to pay less. Right now I have the Entertainment package. It has many channels I never watch. I hate sports and don't want to pay for sports channels. I have NO need for ON Demand and don't want to pay for the cost. I don't need locals (I have an OTA antenna) and don't want to pay for the cost of locals on DTV.

    One of the problems is DTV has continually added services (and IMO unwanted channels) over the years - which someone has to pay for. It is one of the reasons DTV costs have gotten so high.

    I want a barebones, lowest cost TV service. I want Lifetime, Discovery, CNN, MSNBC, and HBO. That is it. And I want a HD DVR that does not cost $30 a month for the rest of my life. ;)
     
  15. Jan 1, 2013 #75 of 125
    MysteryMan

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    Your profile shows both DirecTV and DISH as your DBS providers. No wonder you're tired of paying high costs for TV service. :sure: As for DirecTV adding services and channels, one man's candy can be another man's poison. Obviously DirecTV, DISH, or Cable won't be able to satisfy your "limited" wants for TV service (Lifetime, Discovery, CNN, MSNBC, and HBO, plus a no cost DVR). Good luck finding a service provider who can.
     
  16. Jan 1, 2013 #76 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    Complaining about rates is so.....so....last year. :D
     
  17. Jan 1, 2013 #77 of 125
    Lazy Senior

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    I churn every chance I get, so I can receive the Huge New Customer discounts. At this time I am a DTV customer with "only" 13 months to go before being a "new customer" again. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I churn where the lowest price benefits me. Having churned many many times with Dish, DTV. Mediacom, and Comcast I have absolutely no preference in providers. In other words DTV is no better than anyone else. I go where I can get the lowest price....
     
  18. Jan 1, 2013 #78 of 125
    MysteryMan

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    Thanks for the heads up. In 13 months we can look forward to you ranting about your new service provoder. :sure:
     
  19. Jan 1, 2013 #79 of 125
    cariera

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    Lets see, in the last five years my mortgage interest rate (house payment) has gone down, the cost of my internet service has decreased, my natural gas rate (cost to heat and cook in my home) has decreased, my water and sewer bills haves stayed exactly the same.

    Beep, beep, beep...... Back up that truck.
     
  20. Jan 1, 2013 #80 of 125
    loudo

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    Where do you live that the gas rate decreased??
     

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