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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 #81 of 194
    petergaryr

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    It depends upon how you want to look at it.

    I have been paying $10 for quite a while for the handful of HD progams that D* had: ESPN, ESPN2, HDNet, HDNet Movies, TNT, UHD.

    That became the $10 "HD Access fee" which for a while STILL just got me those same channels. Now, however, that $10 buys access to quite a bit more HD and looks like a bargain.

    The rub is that if I still want HDnet, HDnet movies, UHD and the three additional channels MGM HD, Smithsonian and MHD, then I'd need to pay another $4.99.

    MHD is useless to me as is most of UHD. I've never watched a complete movie on HDnet movies....however, I sure like the reruns of Smallville and the occasional Dead Like Me and Enterprise in HD on HDnet. MGM HD has some surprisingly good movies and the HD is quite good. Smithsonian has an odd blend of programming, but some of it is good HD demo material. So, in my case at least, when I compare what I have "lost" with what the $5 will gain.....you are correct, I'll be paying $15 a month from now on (well, at least starting in December).
     
  2. Oct 18, 2007 #82 of 194
    heisman

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    I have, but that's besides the point.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2007 #83 of 194
    lflorack

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    Same as me -- I have Total Choice Plus and got the email too.

    To add on to this, I have two questions:

    • If I say nothing, do I just keep getting the channels (plus the $4.99/month bill when December rolls around)?
    • A bit off topic but.... I have a 2nd HR20 being installed on Monday. If I had HD Plus DVR, I THINK I've heard that I don't pay for monthly rental fees for the extra DVR. If that's true, is it cheaper to switch to the HD Plus DVR plan or stay with the current grandfathered plan (Total Choice Plus) - where I THINK I'd pay another fee for the 2nd DVR.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2007 #84 of 194
    c152driver

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    Memo to DirecTV: Come December 15, I'm dropping Starz (which I just added after the HD launch) and adding the HD Extra pack. So it's going to be revenue negative for you!
     
  5. Oct 18, 2007 #85 of 194
    bsnelson

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    Another data point: Old package customer here (don't remember what it is), and I didn't receive the e-mail. I did, however, get the "sign up your friends and get a $50 credit" e-mail. Slightly comical coincidence.

    Brad
     
  6. Oct 18, 2007 #86 of 194
    VLaslow

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    This isn't surprising, but it distresses me. I guess Dan Rather on HD Net will have one less viewer to worry about. And, I'm certain that Mark Cuban doesn't need the money.

    Maybe I'll come around in a few weeks or months. I may just wait until the next round of HD Extra Pack changes are made to see which channels are taken out of the $10 package. You don't think this will be the last change, do you? Keep in mind someone is going to have to pay for Liberty Media and John Malone purchasing D*.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2007 #87 of 194
    VLaslow

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    Bolding is mine in the quote. On Feb. 19, 2009 they'll all be unique.:(
     
  8. Oct 18, 2007 #88 of 194
    Cobra

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    the thing is, you say, ah heck its only 4.99, then a few months down the road, its another 4.99, where will it stop. With all the new customers D has signed up, they should not need to increase the rates, there just adding to the lining in there pockets, and taking from ours:nono:
     
  9. Oct 18, 2007 #89 of 194
    onthecake

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    While I am somewhat frustrated with having to pay $10 a month for the last year for just a handful of channels I think the $4.99 is worth it. The new MGMHD and HDNET Movies have some pretty good content.

    I too will consider dumping either HBO or Starz (Prob Starz) to offset the new cost.
     
  10. Oct 18, 2007 #90 of 194
    Paul Secic

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    Alto! Swammi said no grandfatering. So don't get giddy.. But its Swammi.
     
  11. Oct 18, 2007 #91 of 194
    Ken984

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    Bossier...
    No the cutoff date has nothing to do with cable networks, they are already digital. OTA channels will have to be digital.
     
  12. Oct 18, 2007 #92 of 194
    Paul Secic

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    RIP OFF Con artists.....
     
  13. Oct 18, 2007 #93 of 194
    jtn

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    number of HD channels now turned on = 70! Not too shabby at all! No cable company or even Echostar come close right now. You can get most of those HD channels from DirecTV for the $69.99 package. If you want all the movie premiums, then get the premium with HD for $109.99. That's all HD and 250 channels with DVR; plus all sports regional networks in and out of your area.

    DirecTV doesn't want the budget consumer, they are looking for customers with the ability to pay on time, and can afford the plans they offer. If your an economy customer go to Dish network.
     
  14. Oct 18, 2007 #94 of 194
    cartrivision

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    Is it a rip off? No. Not at all. Everyone has the freedom to decide for themselves if that package of channels is worth the price being charged for them and not pay for them if they don't want them at that price.

    The only problem I have is that D* created this new tier of HD channels less than two months after they created their new HD FAQ that promised that there would be no additional charge for the new (or existing) HD channels beyond the $9.99 HD access charge.
     
  15. Oct 18, 2007 #95 of 194
    Paul Secic

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    Plus $5 to $6 for general rates increases in March.
     
  16. Oct 18, 2007 #96 of 194
    Ken S

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    Ahh so those ads I see on TV advertising the service starting at $29.99 are for the high-end folks?

    Give me a break. DirecTV wants anyone with a pulse and a credit card...and they'll negotiate on the pulse.
     
  17. Oct 18, 2007 #97 of 194
    jtn

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    If you read many of DirecTV's own news PDF on their website, especially to shareholders, they are not looking for low end customers, they want customers who will buy the expensive packages. I'm not making this up, just doing the reading from the site.

    Advertisers will say anything for any company whether it be DirecTV or any other to get business, sometimes the company has no idea what is being advertised. There have been advertisements that have not been authorized by DirecTV especially on the web. So buyer beware, use your best judgement, be an educated consumer.
     
  18. Oct 18, 2007 #98 of 194
    Milominderbinder2

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    I'll pay the $5 for the HD EXTRA. They are worth it.

    - Craig
     
  19. Oct 18, 2007 #99 of 194
    cody21

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    I have to agree ... they are beginning to sound more and more like CABLE ... They stuck me with a 2 year contract with the HR20 upgrade - but honestly, I will take a harder look at what happens over the next 2 years and just how much continued nickle and diming goes on .. and make an educated decision at that time as to whether all this D* hardware I've paid for over 11 years makes anymore sense to continue. I have something like 5 worthless SD & HD receivers, a single LNB dish, a DUAL LNB Dish, a Triple LNB Dish, and now a 5 LNB dish with an HR20 ... which is the 1st COMBO that D* picked up the tab on !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :nono2:
     
  20. Alexandrepsf

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    I have the exact same problem. I will pay for the package, no problem about that (although to offset that I stopped one of the other packages that I had, so all in all, it is negative revenue for D*), but they promised no fee increase few month back, and here we are with the fee increase for channels that we had before the deployment of the new HD channels.

    But it is NOT a rip off.
     
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