If DirecTV offered a so-called "entertainment" package with all the channels included in choice extra (or whatever it changes to) minus sports channels, I'd switch instantly.
I am pretty much the opposite. I had SELECT, and it had every channel I watch regularly, except for two, Golf and Speed. So, for those two channels, instead of paying $44.95 a month, I have to pay $65.99 a month. DirecTv knows what they are doing. They will always make sure there are at least two must have channels available only in the expensive packages.
Personally I wish they would have a "News" package, "Science" package, "Sports" package, "General entertainment" package, and "Non-Premium Movie" package. I wouldnt hesitate to sub to the News, Science, and Sports package, but have no interest in the entertainment channels or commercial laden movie channels.
It wont happen though, because #1, the channels themselves force the carriers into placing them everyones package so they can get revenue from 10 million rather than just those that are interested, and #2, Directv wont do it because in most cases, they would lose money, as people dropped channel groups, although if done right, that wouldnt need to be the case.
I dont see much changing until subscribers start dropping in droves from DirecTv, Dish, and cable...forcing the programmers to do something to retain customers.