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#326 OFFLINE   renbutler

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:52 PM

record profits each and every quarter must mean they need price increases....... The greed will be the end of the company one day!

I know as soon as I can get a fast internet connection at my house so I can get NHL and NFL over the net I will be gone! They keep increasing the cost but hardly any new relevant channels that i watch. Just not worth it to me anymore and all of these price increases just further drive me away.


Nah, record profits means that they're doing something right. You see, people voluntarily give them money in return for their products. They don't shake people down. They don't practice extortion. They provide a luxury service that is in high demand. At what point does success become greed? Give me a number.

I mean, gosh, even you admit that there's no better option for you today. So you keep giving them money. Then you complain that too many people are giving them too much money.

It's all very strange to me.

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#327 OFFLINE   jzoomer

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:13 PM

Additional TV is simply a name change. The world is changing and in the future not everyone is going to need a receiver to have DIRECTV programming on other televisions. Nevertheless, that programming still needs to be mirrored on those devices through a server or other means.


It does fit their pricing model such as having customers buy their receivers and then charge them a lease fee.

The argument for mirroring with multiple DTV receivers was that there was "maintenance/bandwidth" issues with additional receivers. Now that the other receiver is not a DTV piece of hardware, this fee makes no sense.

I am surprise that no one has come up with an app to allow people to go through the maze of pricing. On the other hand, there are multiple prices for the same service depending on how much time you spend talking to a CSR.

Reminds me of the old style airlines (AA, Delta, TWA, Continental, Pan AM, etc.) with multiple seat prices, luggage, change fees. Too bad there isn't a Southwest Airlines of the media distribution companies to kick some butts.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:27 PM

It does fit their pricing model such as having customers buy their receivers and then charge them a lease fee.

The argument for mirroring with multiple DTV receivers was that there was "maintenance/bandwidth" issues with additional receivers. Now that the other receiver is not a DTV piece of hardware, this fee makes no sense.

I am surprise that no one has come up with an app to allow people to go through the maze of pricing. On the other hand, there are multiple prices for the same service depending on how much time you spend talking to a CSR.

Reminds me of the old style airlines (AA, Delta, TWA, Continental, Pan AM, etc.) with multiple seat prices, luggage, change fees. Too bad there isn't a Southwest Airlines of the media distribution companies to kick some butts.


There isn't multiple prices for the same service. There is the regular pricing and then there are discounts that depending on what you already subscribe to on your account and your account history that you may qualify for. I'm not counting new customer pricing in that because that is obviously exclusive to them.
As for the additional tv/leased receiver fee it is exactly as it says. It is for independent digital programming on an additional television just like every other tv provider charges. You can certainly mirror other tvs off of it and avoid that charge but obviously you lose some functionality that an additional reciever provides.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:50 PM

There isn't multiple prices for the same service. There is the regular pricing and then there are discounts that depending on what you already subscribe to on your account and your account history that you may qualify for. I'm not counting new customer pricing in that because that is obviously exclusive to them.

Exactly.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:58 AM

Okay, so there's no difference in premium package (movie packages) pricing. But what are the prices for movie packages? The first is $15.99, but they allude to each additional package costing less than the one before. What is the pricing?

Additionally, what package is Golf network in? It's not in any base package except premier, and it isn't listed in the sports pack. I presume it's actually in the $12.99 sports pack despite not being listed?

Basically, I'm trying to figure out what my bill would be if I dropped some of my movie packs, and the info to indicate this doesn't seem to be easily available on DirecTV's site.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 03:44 AM

Additionally, what package is Golf network in? It's not in any base package except premier, and it isn't listed in the sports pack. I presume it's actually in the $12.99 sports pack despite not being listed?


Golf Network is included in the current Choice Xtra and above base packages.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:18 AM

Basically, I'm trying to figure out what my bill would be if I dropped some of my movie packs, and the info to indicate this doesn't seem to be easily available on DirecTV's site.

When my promo pricing is over, I will pay approx $100.00. It looks like I'll have the Choice Extra Classic, HD service, one HR24, two H25's, whole home DVR, and the protection plan. No premiums and no additional channels.

That's a lot of money with a lot of bull corn channels in HD and SD, and less HD channels that I watch than TW, that I'm paying for. Why did I switch? TW got to expensive and I wanted to take advantage of the MVR and one year's promo price. After my contract is up, I will probably go Over the Air and Netflix.

In this town, we have a bunch of HD locals and that's not counting the local spanish stations that I rarely watch. TW had most locals in HD. I won't have DVR, but I've only had DVR for three months. I've done without it all my life. It's nice to have but not all luxuries in life can be justified. At some point I have to say no.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:34 AM

Is this a joke? You do realize that they charge you per kw/hr usage right? :rolleyes:


Why yes, yes I do BUT the price per kw/hr rates have gone up to equate out to a 18.00 a month increase in my electric bill, the electric company is now putting another RATE INCREASE in front of the PSC to recoup costs. That makes a total of 4 rate increases in less then 12 months.

Seems that the term rate increase holds true for utility companies also, they raise the cost of the kw/hr charge just like directv raises the cost of programming, sure seems to qualify as NOT being a joke but a valid comparision.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:23 AM

http://articles.lati...azarus-20111227

Article about price increases at Time Warner, some going up more than 50%
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:36 AM

It will be interesting to see if Apple has an impact some day:

http://news.cnet.com.../?tag=txt;title


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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:18 AM

and Amazon, Google/YouTube, Hulu, Netflix... they're all trying to work out new ways to deliver video entertainment. It's just going to take a long time to break the current bundled cable/satellite model.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:53 AM

Question is will cable internet providers allow 3rd party streaming of cable networks?

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 12:58 PM

Since it has been many years since I did something to restart my commitment, IIRC it used to be that those under a commitment kept the price structure in place when the commitment was started.

Is this still the case or I am misremembering?

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:19 PM

Isn't this the first time Total Choice's price has risen above the Choice price?

Does anybody know DEFINITIVELY which channels I would lose/gain by dropping from Total Choice to Choice? (I know I would be saving only 50 cents a month, but I would also regain the ability to add or subtract packages online without having to call a CSR.)

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:40 PM

Okay, so there's no difference in premium package (movie packages) pricing. But what are the prices for movie packages? The first is $15.99, but they allude to each additional package costing less than the one before. What is the pricing?

Additionally, what package is Golf network in? It's not in any base package except premier, and it isn't listed in the sports pack. I presume it's actually in the $12.99 sports pack despite not being listed?

Basically, I'm trying to figure out what my bill would be if I dropped some of my movie packs, and the info to indicate this doesn't seem to be easily available on DirecTV's site.


HBO is the only one that is $15.99, all of the others (STARZ Super Pack, Sports Pack, Cinemax, and Showtime) are all $12.99 respectively


here is the combo prices as follows

without HBO
1st = $12.99
2nd = $11.01
3rd = $10
4th = $8

with HBO
1st = $15.99 (being HBO)
2nd = $11.01
3rd = $10
4th = $8
5th = $7

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:46 PM

Isn't this the first time Total Choice's price has risen above the Choice price?

Does anybody know DEFINITIVELY which channels I would lose/gain by dropping from Total Choice to Choice? (I know I would be saving only 50 cents a month, but I would also regain the ability to add or subtract packages online without having to call a CSR.)


with choice package you gain

610 Big Ten Network
HD simulcast
306 HDNet
HD Access required.

313 Jewelry Television Network
447 ONCE (ESP)
Public Interest Channel. Multi-sat equipment required. 119 satellite.
284 Science Channel, The
HD simulcast
855 Great Standards
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
853 Metro Blend
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
807 Rat Pack
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
878 Rock en Espanol
281 Velocity
HD Access required.


and you lose

257 Chiller
308 Cloo
618 FUEL TV
HD simulcast
218 Golf Channel, The (m) (SAP)
HD simulcast
283 Nat Geo WILD
276 National Geographic Channel
HD simulcast
251 Oxygen
869 Bailamos!
867 Be-Tween
877 Carnaval Brasileiro
Multi-sat equipment required.
831 College Rock
839 Flashback/New Wave
813 Folk Rock
828 Hallelujah
825 Hot Jamz (Hip Hop)
876 Mariachi
Multi-sat equipment required.
844 Old School Funk
823 Showtunes
841 Spike (Explicit)
868 The Playground
607 Speed
HD simulcast
603 Versus
HD simulcast
307 WGN America
HD simulcast

I dont think it is worth it, you would lose cloo network (I love to watch HOUSE) :P

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:11 PM

with choice package you gain

610 Big Ten Network
HD simulcast
306 HDNet
HD Access required.

313 Jewelry Television Network
447 ONCE (ESP)
Public Interest Channel. Multi-sat equipment required. 119 satellite.
284 Science Channel, The
HD simulcast
855 Great Standards
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
853 Metro Blend
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
807 Rat Pack
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
878 Rock en Espanol
281 Velocity
HD Access required.


and you lose

257 Chiller
308 Cloo
618 FUEL TV
HD simulcast
218 Golf Channel, The (m) (SAP)
HD simulcast
283 Nat Geo WILD
276 National Geographic Channel
HD simulcast
251 Oxygen
869 Bailamos!
867 Be-Tween
877 Carnaval Brasileiro
Multi-sat equipment required.
831 College Rock
839 Flashback/New Wave
813 Folk Rock
828 Hallelujah
825 Hot Jamz (Hip Hop)
876 Mariachi
Multi-sat equipment required.
844 Old School Funk
823 Showtunes
841 Spike (Explicit)
868 The Playground
607 Speed
HD simulcast
603 Versus
HD simulcast
307 WGN America
HD simulcast

I dont think it is worth it, you would lose cloo network (I love to watch HOUSE) :P


I have Total Choice (with HD), and I know for sure that it includes channels from both your lists: BTN, HDNet, Science, WGN, NGC, Speed, and Versus. So I'm not sure I understand your lists.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 03:46 PM

with choice package you gain

610 Big Ten Network
HD simulcast
306 HDNet
HD Access required.

313 Jewelry Television Network
447 ONCE (ESP)
Public Interest Channel. Multi-sat equipment required. 119 satellite.
284 Science Channel, The
HD simulcast
855 Great Standards
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
853 Metro Blend
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
807 Rat Pack
Multi-sat equipment required. (m)
878 Rock en Espanol
281 Velocity
HD Access required.


and you lose

257 Chiller
308 Cloo
618 FUEL TV
HD simulcast
218 Golf Channel, The (m) (SAP)
HD simulcast
283 Nat Geo WILD
276 National Geographic Channel
HD simulcast
251 Oxygen
869 Bailamos!
867 Be-Tween
877 Carnaval Brasileiro
Multi-sat equipment required.
831 College Rock
839 Flashback/New Wave
813 Folk Rock
828 Hallelujah
825 Hot Jamz (Hip Hop)
876 Mariachi
Multi-sat equipment required.
844 Old School Funk
823 Showtunes
841 Spike (Explicit)
868 The Playground
607 Speed
HD simulcast
603 Versus
HD simulcast
307 WGN America
HD simulcast

I dont think it is worth it, you would lose cloo network (I love to watch HOUSE) :P


The list is in error. Time to get AAC fixed. ;)
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 03:49 PM

In this day and age all HD channels that have the same lineup as their SD lineups, we should drop all the SD channels that are duplicate - make people upgrade to to HD so that could downrez the channels to sd tvs for people who dont have hd tvs yet....

all the initial cost in boxces and etc would be saved by every segment of the tv industry by less transmission fees and less equipment to main both channels


This day and age? More than half the country still has SD televisions. Most televisions still out there are SD. For every house that has 3 televisions, 1.3 of them are HD and 1.7 are still SD. The more televisions in the house, the ratio gets worse (meaning even more SD televisions).

The country isn't ready to do this yet and certain not at the cost that would require it, both by the consumer and by the companies delivering the signals. You're still a few years out, maybe longer. A TON of SD televisions out there in the real world.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 03:51 PM

It does fit their pricing model such as having customers buy their receivers and then charge them a lease fee.

The argument for mirroring with multiple DTV receivers was that there was "maintenance/bandwidth" issues with additional receivers. Now that the other receiver is not a DTV piece of hardware, this fee makes no sense.


That is not the only reason those fees exist. Secondly, the % of people that buy their receivers is extremely low.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 03:55 PM

The list is in error. Time to get AAC fixed. ;)


You should know its not AAC since that is copyrighted :lol:
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:06 PM

That is not the only reason those fees exist. Secondly, the % of people that buy their receivers is extremely low.


the phone company used to force to rent each phone in your house and now you buy them.

No in Candida systems you have the choice of rent or buy and shaw has rent to own. and with owned boxes no outlet or mirroring fees.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:34 PM

I have Total Choice (with HD), and I know for sure that it includes channels from both your lists: BTN, HDNet, Science, WGN, NGC, Speed, and Versus. So I'm not sure I understand your lists.


I'm sorry, the information I (we) have is apparently outdated....I will look into this for you

Edited by A_Bear, 30 December 2011 - 05:05 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:35 PM

You should know its not AAC since that is copyrighted :lol:


very true :P agent answer center ha ha

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 05:26 PM

You're still a few years out, maybe longer.

2014 when D14 and D15 launch? :D




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