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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by transplant, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. JeffBowser

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    In keeping with the general gibberish style on this thread, nope, it ain't jus yew, bubba, dis ere thread rill iz :beatdeadhorse:

     
  2. curt8403

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    just like the pointy haired boss from Dilbert. the problem is, where do you get a dead horse.
     
  3. JLucPicard

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    Ain't just you, Rocker, but some people just looooove to complain.
     
  4. PAJeep

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    Where do you see new customer prices will not raise until after your year is up? I am on my second month of service and it says my $3.00 discount will be gone 07/2008.
     
  5. inkahauts

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    I wish I could figure out a way to get the money I spend on gas to only go up $3 a month year after year.... :D
     
  6. Richierich

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    Simply pick up your phone and call 1-800 DIRECTV and complain about the price increase and then ask them what channels are included in the Choice Package and they will be glad to explain the differences to you.

    Also, Thank God for the Price Increase or you wouldn't be getting all of these Great HD Channels, how else do you think they are going to pay for the creation & launch of satellites D10 & D11??? Thru Vapor Money???
     
  7. TigersFanJJ

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    The price increase has a lot less to do with the new HD than you may think.
     
  8. Richierich

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    What is causing the Price Increase??? Rockets aren't cheap and neither are satellites and all of the hardware/software to make HD happen such as Uplink, etc.
     
  9. raott

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    The market drives the price, basic economics in a non-monopoly situation. It's not the cost of new sats and its not "freebies" that others are getting that determines your monthly bill. Right now D* has the most HD and can leverage it to their advantage.

    They are not the benevolent, not-for-profit, only in the business for the good of society, saint that some here try to make them to be.

    They are here for profit, for their shareholders, anything else and they would be violating their duty to their shareholders. If the market determines they can charge more and maximize profits, that is what they will do.
     
  10. billsharpe

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    I have minor complaints about picture and audio dropouts, but DirecTV's pricing is fine with me.

    I saved almost 50% when I switched from Adelphia's service about 15 months ago and still saved considerably over what TimeWarner offered when they reduced prices after taking over Adelphia in the LA area.

    Much more variety in channel choices with DirecTV.
     
  11. gfrang

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    The way i look at is i have an antenna on the roof i will never starve and go
    without watching tv.
     
  12. TigersFanJJ

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    The quote below is the answer that you are looking for. Rockets and satellites aren't cheap, but any milti-billion dollar corporation will have a budget to cover the costs. They don't just wake up one morning and say, "Oh crap, we better raise rates because that satellite launch was expensive."

     
  13. sdicomp

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    Charter as well!
     
  14. inkahauts

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    I think it would be better to say that the cost of buisness goes up every year for them, so they must also raise prices every year so that they can pass on some, if not all of that burden. (new contracts with stations, especially HD carriage now, which obviously adds to costs, and how much they pay for all the sports sub packages goes up most years as well, in addition to the new sats, although those are things that we started paying for almost 10 years ago when they first commisioned them) Drectv is starting to make more money because they have drasitcally lowered their churn rate and have been increaseing the amount of services that each customer is subscribing too, not simply because of their price increases... Cable keeps explodeing their prices because they are monopolistic in some ways, their costs are also rising, they are having to redo all their equipment and rebuild some of their networks, which costs huge amounts of money, and they are not gaining better customer who are spending more on additional services for tv... and when they start packaging all the phone and tv services togeter, they give huge discounts up front, but then need to make it up later on, which is also one reason their prices are so high...
     
  15. raott

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    Costs do not dictate a price point, the market dictates price, price is fixed to maximize revenue. This is basic supply/demand stuff.

    It would make no sense to set a price at a point that would not maximize revenue simply to make up for increased costs - instead the challenge is to find ways to reduce costs (ie no more free HR2Xs).
     
  16. inkahauts

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    Your thinking is what is so wrong with our country today when it comes to retail. The only way to get customers and pay our shareholders is to cut costs? Get real... In the long run that is what is putting so many businesses out of business, and destroying any loyalty anyone has ever had to any institution.... Example...its that kind of thinking that has everyone dealing with uninformed and disenchanted teenagers in most retail stores today... Your wrong. If your costs go up, you will increase your prices for a service, if there is no way to decrease your costs to make up for it. You've heard of inflation too right? Fixed costs at Directv? Your kidding right? Maybe for the vending machines in their buildings, but thats probably about it. Directv has entered into many contracts that call for them to pay more money to broadcasters every year, and hence, they will then pass that increase on to customers. Every one else in their industry does this, so why wouldn't they? Yeah, it is called supply and demand. Customers demand that all the services supply us with certain programing, so the service providers pass that demand on to broadcasters, and the broadcaster demand more money for the supply... If this was something that was only done once in a while, or was an extreme increase in price, then maybe you could claim this to be done simply because they want to make more money, but its not. If that was really true, then how is it that cable can have ridiculously larger increases year after year? It sure isn't from demand. If you read my post you would have noticed that one of the things I mentioned is that the way Directv is focusing on truly increase their profits is by gaining more value added customers and getting them to spend more on additional services. An intelligent business makes sure that they can pay for everything first with enough revenue coming in to increase their revenue and revenue streams. They then make all their big money by selling add ons.... This is what Directv is doing better than most providers out their today, and why they are finally makeing real profits and their investors are happy.
     
  17. raott

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    They are not leaving revenue on the table by ignoring basic tenants of supply and demand. The math works, you maximize revenue where supply meets demand.

    I did not say anywhere in my post that the only way to get customers is to cut costs. If you offer a better product, your curve shifts, customers are willing to pay more (which is exactly what I stated in post 49).

    But to think you first figure out costs and then add a profit on top of that to make investors happy is just flat out wrong - not the way it works in business school theory and not the way it works in the real world.
     
  18. zortapa

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    I have TC+ and Sports pack. TC+ increased from $51.99 to $54.99.

    I just tried to remove sports pack, and D* told me that I would need to "upgrade" from the legacy TC+ to Choice Xtra at $57.99 if I wanted to remove Sports Pack.

    What gives? I don't see any difference between TC+ and CXtra, except for the price.

    But my real questions is this, have others been forced to "upgrade" when making other changes to their programming packages?
     
  19. curt8403

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    channels lost are:
    Bet Jazz, Biography, Boomerang, Chiller, Do It Yourself, Discovery Health, Discovery Home, Espn Classic, Fox Business, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Reality, Fuel, G4, Golf, Great American Country, History International, Military Channel, NHL, Nicktoons, Ovation TV, Oxygen, Science Channel, Sleuth, Style, Tennis, Vh1 Classics, and Versus among other channels
     
  20. The Merg

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    You were grandfathered in when DirecTV discontinued the TC+ plan. Whenever you are grandfathered into something, you get to keep that package until you make a change. Once you make a change, you lose your grandfathered status.

    - Merg
     
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