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Official Notice of Package Change/Price Increase

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Ken S, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. Oct 18, 2007 #41 of 194
    netconcepts

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    MIAMI1683

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    I will turn off two of my six recievers and put the package on. I only use my h20 for football so oh well i will just watch in my living room. That way I will actually save $5 a month
     
  3. Oct 18, 2007 #43 of 194
    ansky

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    I agree. That was my point. I was just saying that when you sign up for something a full 2 months ahead of time when you don't even have to, then that is just encouraging D* even more to raise prices.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2007 #44 of 194
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    Great question. I just don't see how anyone can complain when they have added so much, and they are giving their customers options. Unlike E*, who just charged everyone $20 when they added all their HD content.
     
  5. Oct 18, 2007 #45 of 194
    hasan

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    I had exactly the same thought on those two, plus of course the HDNet, etc. I'm very impressed with MGM and Smith*.

    I'm still "uneasy" that channels we paid $10/mo for over a long period are being "cherry picked" into a new Tier that costs $5/mo more, but MGM and Smith* might make that a wash.

    Overall the re-Tiering has a bad smell to it for those of us who have paid for HD from the very beginning. A new person coming in should not be offended.

    BTW, I have not received an email. If we add the pack now, will we not be charged until after Dec 15th, or do we have to wait to add the HD Extra Pack, so we don't lose two months of free viewing?

    I'll tolerate the smell for the quality of what is being offered. I won't even hold my nose.:)
     
  6. Oct 18, 2007 #46 of 194
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    It shouldn't matter that they "added so much" These were channels we were paying for already, and now, we have to pay a premium on top of what we were ALREADY paying. To me, it's just a money grab, they give you some, but take away something else. And it sets a precedent for them trying to do a lot more tiering of what we already get for one flat fee. Like I said, I believe we should be grandfathered.

    I know a lot of folks LIKE it this way, but in the long run, you'll wind up paying MORE for the same, and the SAME for less.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2007 #47 of 194
    Milkman

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    I gotta tell you guys, I am very unhappy with this change as well. The existing HD people really should have been grandfathered in.

    When you consider what we have been paying $10.00 a month for, and what we are getting now, it makes you wonder about how bad you were being ripped off previously (5 HD channels compared to 70+).

    My opinion like others is that DirecTV doesn't really care about the long time subscribers, but rather GREEN. Bottom line.
     
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    Steveknj

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    The new feeds WON'T cost us an extra dime. It's the OLD feeds that will!!
     
  10. Oct 18, 2007 #50 of 194
    Homebrew101

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    I don't get the complaining to be honest. Those of us who had been paying $10.99 for like 7 HD channels for the last 4 years or so should realize that with all of the channels now in HD we are getting a bargain if we have to pay $15 for all of the HD channels now offered.

    BTW, don't you think the reason that the new HD channels without an SD simulcast are extra may be because D* was not billing us anything for them in the past and now that they are in the game, costs have gone up because now D* has to pay them also? It seems to me that getting all of the HD simulcasts we are/will is a steal compared to the $10.99 we used to pay year after year.

    Sheesh, some people will always complain. If you don't think you watch the channels in the Extra pack enough to justify $5 then don't subscribe, if you think they are worth $5, nothing to complain about then.

    Sorry if anyone disagrees but come on, is it really justified to complain about this?
     
  11. Oct 18, 2007 #51 of 194
    Sirshagg

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    There are three new channels in there so the new feeds WILL cost extra.
     
  12. Oct 18, 2007 #52 of 194
    Ken S

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    hasan,

    The email said we get a "free" preview until Dec 15. Marketing people and the word "free" (oops...I won't get started on that).

    Anyway, on the website if you sign up for the package it shows no cost $0/3 so I assume they won't start charging until Dec/Jan.
     
  13. Oct 18, 2007 #53 of 194
    Steveknj

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    If they were not billing us anything for those channels, what was the HD fee we've been paying up until now? That makes NO sense!! I think this is D*'s way of trying to "keep the promise" that they would not be charging us more for HD despite giving us all these channels. So instead of charging us MORE for the new channels, they are charging us a premium for the ones we've already been getting (plus a couple of new ones). I think it would have made more sense to just roll the cost of this into the yearly price increase. Rather than collect this $5, they raise the price of everyone $2 and that would more than make up for this.

    Anyway, our complaining won't change anything, it just makes us feel better to get this off our chest :)
     
  14. Oct 18, 2007 #54 of 194
    Steveknj

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    SO charge us for the NEW channels instead of charging us extra for channels we already had.

    It's kind of like this.

    Say you go to a resturaunt and order an all inclusive 3 course meal, Salad, maincourse, dessert. Now they are ADDING to the meal soup and calling it a 4 course meal, but you have to pay extra for dessert now. So you are paying extra for something you used to get for free, but you are getting soup now. AND they promised you that they wouldn't raise the price of the meal by adding the soup.

    In reality, you are getting the same thing, a three course meal, but one of the courses has changed, and if you still want that course, you're paying extra.
     
  15. Oct 18, 2007 #55 of 194
    Ken S

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    You're right...they should probably raise the fees $25 and we should send them thank you notes for their benevolence.
     
  16. Oct 18, 2007 #56 of 194
    lman

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    Hey, don't give them any ideas. They will probably still raise the general price of packages.
     
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    Directvlover

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    Plus don't forget HD Theater...that's one that is not in SD.
     
  19. Oct 18, 2007 #59 of 194
    Ken S

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    Iman,

    Trust me I don't have to...I've already predicted in another thread that the average subscriber monthly payment, which now stands at around $75, will be $100 within three years.

    The only that that may hold prices back is the rapid development of IPTV. If AT&T buys Echostar things will just get worse.
     
  20. Oct 18, 2007 #60 of 194
    lman

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    OTA only is something I may have to go to.
     
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