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well lets see if DTV steps up!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by onebadmofo, May 24, 2012.

  1. May 25, 2012 #61 of 103
    onebadmofo

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    Exactly. Sure I wanted a deal. This deal I got isn't quite at good as the "new customer" deal, but it's going to save me a fair amount of cash and I cannot wait for the new receiver and the benefits of that are fantastic IMO. Plus, I just wanted them to meet me "halfway" so to speak.

    Very happy it all worked out. Crazy that the "welcome back" offer was generated 2 hours after I was disconnected according to the rep...like I said in an earlier post, I was prepared (wasnt looking forward to the channels those next 7-10 days however!) to wait 7-10 days to see if they'd offer me a new deal after cancellation on Monday....
     
  2. May 25, 2012 #62 of 103
    sigma1914

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    ST money is made from bars and casinos ... not individuals buying it. They've been giving ST away for years to new subs.
     
  3. May 25, 2012 #63 of 103
    onebadmofo

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    While I concurr, there were a few years I paid 399 for ST. So they still make out pretty well IMO...
     
  4. May 25, 2012 #64 of 103
    Beerstalker

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    That $399 is pretty small compared to the thousands of dollars bars/casinos have to pay. They have a sliding scale based upon the maximum occupancy of the building.
     
  5. May 25, 2012 #65 of 103
    onebadmofo

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    Well that maybe accurate, but if say 2 million subs are paying 399, that's a good piece of revenue!
     
  6. May 25, 2012 #66 of 103
    JoeF

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    True, I don't have any proof. However, increasing subsciptions (revenue) is the ONLY valid business reason to lower the price. If the number of subsciptions met or exceeded goals, they would not have lowered the price.
     
  7. May 25, 2012 #67 of 103
    Laxguy

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    No, it's not the only possible business reason to lower a price.

    Also, a company might meet a target of 800,000 @ $300 a pop, then lower the price to get the next 300,000 @ $ 199.
     
  8. May 25, 2012 #68 of 103
    Beerstalker

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    They also may have reduced the cost because the package contains less content this year. The addition of more Thursday night games means that there will be less games included in Sunday Ticket this year compared to past years.

    Also, I think someone else said it too, but the NFL very well could be involved in setting the price for the package, so they may have had a hand in the new pricing.
     
  9. May 25, 2012 #69 of 103
    JoeF

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    That sounds an awful lot like increasing the number of subscriptions.
     
  10. May 25, 2012 #70 of 103
    Laxguy

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    It's called revenue maximization.
     
  11. May 25, 2012 #71 of 103
    twiseguy

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    ST is a prime example, they didn't dramatically lower the price because everyone was being nice and paying full price. They did it because subscriptions were down and they wanted to increase the number of subscribers (supply exceeds demand = lower price).

    And subscribers figured out that 38% of NFL games are available without Sunday Ticket. Thurs. on NFL, Sun., 2-3 locally shown & 1 NBC, Monday Night ESPN= 38% of all games.
     
  12. May 25, 2012 #72 of 103
    Shades228

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    Please post your figures for NFLST subscriber counts since with your definitive statement you must work in the marketing department. Also to make it easier on people would you post it as new customer aquisitions, renewals, and upsale additions.

    FYI those 38% don't matter to a team not in a local market having a mediocre season who won't get national coverage unless they play a high profile team.
     
  13. May 25, 2012 #73 of 103
    TBlazer07

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    Actually here in NJ you do have a choice and I am able to save 10% a year over the "main" electric & gas providers KWHR rates plus they even gave me a $200 Target gift card to switch. I had to sign up for 2 years. Between the gift card and the savings I saved almost 15% a year. :) I get almost as much mail from utility competitors as I do from Fios trying to get me to add video & phone to my Internet service. They are getting very close to convincing me to sign up for 2 years once my DirecTV discounts fall of and are more than likely not renewed.
     
  14. May 25, 2012 #74 of 103
    TBlazer07

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    I'd say your odds of success are WAY too high. I've seen it happen many times without issue and even occasionally upon suggestion of the source itself.

    What happens if John Smith lives in an apartment complex and moves out at the end of the lease? Next tenant is Mary Smith or Joe Smith? Will their activation fail and get shut down and investigated for "fraud?" (The F word is so overused and misused.) That sure wouldn't be a nice welcome for a new customer. Does DirecTV really use up so many resources for an "investigation" when all they are giving up is a few bucks a month? They give away that much with a simple phone call.
     
  15. May 25, 2012 #75 of 103
    narrod

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    Get a grip. He wants the most for his money. If it can be given to a new customer it can be given to him. If they choose not to and he leaves that's a decision that each entity has made. If his wife signs up and gets the deal so what?
     
  16. May 25, 2012 #76 of 103
    wahooq

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    In the end he did it the correct way and therefore we are saved from a 5 page post about how DTV conspired against him and his illegal attempt to get service.....thread done!.....hahahaha not!
     
  17. May 25, 2012 #77 of 103
    sregener

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    This is a confusing conclusion, MysteryMan. He never tried Dish.

    No, DirecTV isn't "that bad." They are what they are. Dish isn't "that bad" either. They are slightly different products aimed at slightly different audiences. A sports addict belongs at DirecTV, and they'll pay out the nose for it. A movie fan or basic cable fan will probably be happier over at Dish, where they won't be paying a large chunk of their bill to cover a $1 billion contract for the exclusive right to sell NFL Sunday Ticket. Dealing with hardware that makes molasses running uphill in winter look fast is part of the price you pay for being a sports addict, I guess.

    From the sounds of it, the OP here is a sports addict, so he belongs at DirecTV. Hopefully his new DVR won't have "DirecTV-itis" and will actually work at a reasonable speed. (And before we begin, I am aware that not all DirecTV receivers are sick with DirecTV-itis, but enough of them are that it's not a mere epidemic.) Either way, he's saddled to it for 24 months, so cross your fingers and hope for the best!
     
  18. May 26, 2012 #78 of 103
    onebadmofo

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    Well I wouldn't put my self as a "sports addict" but I do enjoy them. One of my buddies has been in the NFL since 2004 so I watch him weekly. I do get the sports pack mainly because if there's nothing else worth watching, I can always turn on something like Gopher hockey or something kind of cool.

    One other thing I will say. I'm a fairly big EPL fan. I do enjoy the Fox Soccer Plus that DTV offers. But again, I would have walked away from it all if it was needed.

    That said, I wasn't bluffing. I was prepared to leave and give Dish a shot. Maybe the next time I will be more inclined to do so, especially if my buddy retires from the NFL in the next couple of years...one thing I will tell you: I will NEVER have Cox Cable. Their high speed internet is fine, but their cable TV prices are HORRIBLE....even if you bundle them!

    Either way, install coming tomorrow maybe I'll update and take some pics :)
     
  19. May 26, 2012 #79 of 103
    onebadmofo

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    Yeah, I wonder had I done it the way originally planned, I can only imagine some of the posts/PM's I would have received calling me every name in the book. Glad it worked out as it did.

    Win-Win for DTV, and my family.:)
     
  20. May 26, 2012 #80 of 103
    KAL

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    I was offered a similar option after I dropped DTV. Except I never got a phone call, it was an offer I received by mail roughly a week after I dropped the service. Choice pkg @ $34.99 for 12 months + 3 months of all the premiums. Cherry on top of the ice cream was that since I still hadn't shipped back my HR-24 yet, I didnt have commit to a new 2 year contract because I didnt receive "new" equipment.
     

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