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#21 OFFLINE   Drew2k

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 04:08 PM

I guess in a sense new customers will see the AVR Fee and not even realize it includes a fee for HD, but honestly I was hoping DIRECTV would eliminate completely the HD Access Fee (or however they want to name it). Cable companies love to tout that "HD is free" with them, so it would have been great for DIRECTV to simply eliminate the fee to be "even" with cable on at least that front.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 04:13 PM

Comcast here still charges $8.50 per outlet for HD. SD is free.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 04:32 PM

I wonder which channels are in that "Preferred Choice" package for $39.99? Can't find it on the DirecTV website. If anyone has a link, would appreciate it.

I'm curious if it's simply "Choice" minus OTA locals? Or, if not, which sat-only channels are missing?
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 04:59 PM

Looks like a $1 savings for those with HD+DVR+whole home, right? ($20 instead of $10+$8+$3)? Negates the DVR price hike... :/

Also, I wonder if my grandfathered "Total Choice" rate plan will still enjoy the .50 discount over the current "Choice"...


that is a new customer after feb. 9th only offer, sorry :(

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:00 PM

I wonder which channels are in that "Preferred Choice" package for $39.99? Can't find it on the DirecTV website. If anyone has a link, would appreciate it.

I'm curious if it's simply "Choice" minus OTA locals? Or, if not, which sat-only channels are missing?


this package is a retention offer only, no link avalible sorry

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:01 PM

Also, I wonder if my grandfathered "Total Choice" rate plan will still enjoy the .50 discount over the current "Choice"...


As well as what about us TC+ folks that are still getting the $1.50 discount over the like Choice Xtra pkg? :confused:

As others have mentioned...VERY concered about us lifetime DVR subs - as in WILL it even STILL exist? :eek2:

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:03 PM

DVR Lifetime, according to the current TOS, cannot be removed unless you leave DirecTv for over a year (I believe). I have that too.


this will be removed permanatly if you disconnect it from your active services for 30 or more days

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:06 PM

this will be removed permanatly if you disconnect it from your active services for 30 or more days


Is this a change to the TOS then?

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:06 PM

Expired packages remain active until customers disconnect the package or their account.
Most services can be reinstated within 30 days.
Exception: Customers with Opcion Premier, Premier, or Lo Maximo with $0 DVR/HD-DVR service can't be reinstated after disconnection (no grace period).
After 30 days, services can't be reinstated, even if it was removed by mistake.
Help the customer select a current package that best fits his/her needs.
See Programming Purchase Requirements before adding Premium Packages, additional services, sports subscriptions, etc.
Some Expired Packages don't include local channels. If locals are available from DIRECTV in the customer's area, offer to switch the customer into a current package that includes locals.
Exception: Only accounts with Total Choice (no locals) or Total Choice Plus (no locals): First, offer to switch to a current package that includes locals. If the customer doesn't want to switch packages, offer to add locals a la carte at $6. The $6 a la carte option is only available with the expired packages mentioned above. (However, it's also available with the non-expired Jadeworld package if certain conditions apply. See Jadeworld if needed.)
Note: Prior to Feb 9, 2010, accounts with Total Choice (no locals) or Total Choice Plus (no locals) were able to add locals a la carte for $3. These customers continue to get the $3 price, but Expired Package rules apply. Locals a la carte is now $6 if it's added on or/after Feb 9, 2010.
List of Expired Packages
General Market Base Packages
Expired Package
Former
Price
Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012


Choice Xtra Classic
$65.99
(No locals $62.99)
$68.99
(No locals $65.99)

(Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012 and the name changes from Choice Xtra to Choice Xtra Classic.)

Plus DVR
$72.99
(No locals $69.99)
$76.99
(No locals $73.99)

Plus HD/DVR
$82.99
(No locals $79.99)
$86.99
(No locals $83.99)

Select
$44.99
(No locals $41.99)
$44.99 (no change)
(No locals $41.99)

(Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012.)



Total Choice Base Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
Total Choice Limited $51.99
(No locals $48.99)
$53.99
(No locals $50.99)

Total Choice $60.49
(No locals $57.49) $64.49
(No locals $61.49)
Total Choice Plus $64.49
(No locals $61.49)
$68.99
(No locals $65.99)

(Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package move to Choice Xtra Classic on Feb 9, 2012. NOTE: Total Choice Plus and Choice Xtra Classic contain the exact same channels.)



Spanish-language Expired
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
Básico

$35.99
(No locals $32.99)

$37.99
(No locals $34.99)

Familiar

$51.99
(No locals $48.99)

$54.99
(No locals $51.99)

Familiar Ultra

$60.99
(No locals $57.99)

$63.99
(No locals $60.99)

Más Mexico

$29.99
(No locals $26.99)

$31.99
(No locals $28.99)

Más Ultra Original

$57.99
(No locals $54.99)
$60.99
(No locals $57.99)

Opción Especial

$37.49

$39.49


Opción Extra
(Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Optimo Más package on Feb 10, 2011.)

Not applicable


Opción Extra Especial

$54.99
(No locals $51.99)

$57.49
(No locals $54.49)


Opción Ultra Especial
$56.49
(No locals $52.49)

$59.49
(No locals $55.49)


Opción Premier $111.99
(No locals $108.99)

$115.99
(No locals $112.99)


Optimo Más Plus DVR
$51.99
(No locals $48.99)

$54.99
(No locals $51.99)




International Base Packages
Expired Package
Former
Price
Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012


Basic (International)
$15.99
(No locals $15.99)

$17.99
(No locals $17.99)



Other Expired Base Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
DIRECTV Limited (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Family package on Feb 10, 2011.)
Not applicable

Plus DIRECTV (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Select Classic package on Feb 10, 2011.)
Not applicable

Select Choice $44.99
$46.99



A La Carte Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
Cinemax
(old package - before Feb 1, 2002) $12.99
$12.99 - No change

Encore Themes $12
$12 - No change

Encore Themes $4
$4 - No change

Family Pack $5
$5 - No change

HBO/HBO Family $15.99 $15.99 - No change
HD Access_EXP
(formerly HD Package) $10
$10 - No change

Showtime/Flix $12 $12 - No change
Starz/Encore $12 $12 - No change
The Movie Channel $12 $12 - No change


Add-On Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
HBO (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
(Pick 2) $23 $23 - No change

HBO/Showtime
(Pick 3) $39 $39 - No change

HBO/Starz I
(Pick 2) $25 $25 - No change

HBO/Starz II
(Pick 3) $34 $34 - No change

HBO/Starz/Showtime
(Pick 4) $49 $49 - No change

Showtime (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
(Pick 1)
$15 $15 - No change
Showtime/Sports $25 $25 - No change
Starz (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
(Pick 1) $11 $11 - No change
Starz/Showtime
(Pick 2) $26 $26 - No change
Starz/Sports $20 $20 - No change



Adding/Changing Services in Rio
Adding/Changing Services in Rio
Some expired packages don’t allow additional services to be added in Rio. See below for procedures.
Grandfathered Packages
Additional services are allowed in Rio.
Special Upgrade Offers are not presented.
The customer needs to upgrade to a current base package if they request a Special Upgrade Offer.
Retention Offers: Restrictions may vary depending on the offer.
Confirm in Rio to determine if the offer is available.
Packages

MAS ULTRA ORIGINAL
OPCIÓN PREMIER

MAS ULTRA ORIGINAL - no lcls_EXP
OPCIÓN PREMIER - NO LOCALS

TOTAL CHOICE LIMITED - NO LOCALS
TOTAL CHOICE_N/A

TOTAL CHOICE LIMITED
TOTAL CHOICE - NO LOCALS _N/A

OPCIÓN EXTRA - NO LOCALS
TOTAL CHOICE PLUS_N/A

OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPEC - NO LOCALS
TOTAL CHOICE PLUS - NO LOCALS _N/A

OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL

OPCIÓN ULTRA ESPECIAL

OPCIÓN ULTRA ESPEC - NO LOCALS



Expired Grandfathered Packages
No additional services or program discounts are allowed in Rio.
Customer must switch to a current base package.
Packages

HAWAII CHOICE
OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL SHOWTIME

SELECT CHOICE
TOTAL CHOICE PLATINUM

HAWAII CHOICE PLUS
OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL PLATINUM

OPCIÓN HAWAII
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y SHOWTIME

OPCIÓN HAWAII PLUS
TOTAL CHOICE STARZ SHOWTIME

OPCIÓN ESPECIAL
TOTAL CHOICE HBO and STARZ I

TOTAL CHOICE FAMILY PACK
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y STARZ I

TOTAL CHOICE CBO
TOTAL CHOICE HBO STARZ SHOWTIME

TOTAL CHOICE TVRO
TOTAL CHOICE HBO and SHOWTIME

SELECT CHOICE PLATINUM SAMPLER
TOTAL CHOICE HBO and STARZ II

TOTAL CHOICE PLATINUM SAMPLER
OPCIÓN EXT ESP SHOWTIME y SPORTS

TOTAL CHOICE STARZ SPORTS_SMKT
TOTAL CHOICE and HBO

TOTAL CHOICE GOLD – GUARANTEE
TOTAL CHOICE and SHOWTIME

Plus STARZ
TOTAL CHOICE and SPORTS

ENCORE/THEMES
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y STARZ II

TOTAL CHOICE – GUARANTEE
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO HBOFAM SPORTS

OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL MUESTRA
OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL SPORTS

TOTAL CHOICE PLATINUM – GUARANTE
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO y HBO FAMILY

TOTAL CHOICE SHOWTIME and SPORTS
OPCIÓN EXT ESP STARZ y SPORTS

TOTAL CHOICE STARZ and SPORTS
PLATINUM

TOTAL CHOICE HBO and HBO FAMILY
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO STARZ SHOW

TOTAL CHOICE HBO and SPORTS
OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL STARZ

PERSONAL CHOICE
OPCIN EXT ESP STARZ y SHOWTIME

TOTAL CHOICE_Special Markets
OPCIÓN EXTRA ESPECIAL HBO

TOTAL CHOICE HBO and SHOWTIME
OPCIÓN EXT ESP HBO HBO FAM SHOW

TOTAL CHOICE and ENCORE
TOTAL CHOICE and STARZ

TOTAL CHOICE SILVER – GUARANTEE



Grandfathered A La Carte or Add-On Packages
No additional services or programming discounts allowed in Rio.
Customer must select the current add-on/a la carte to make any other changes.
For example, if the customer has Encore, they must select current Starz package before any other services or discounts can be added.
Packages

CINEMAX
HBO/HBO FAMILY/SPORTS

ENCORE THEMES
HBO/SHOWTIME (PICK 3)

ENCORE THEMES
HBO/STARZ I (PICK 2)

FAMILY PACK
HBO/STARZ II (PICK 3)

HBO/HBO FAMILY
HBO/STARZ/SHOWTIME (PICK 4)

HD ACCESS_EXP
SHOWTIME (PICK 1)

THE MOVIE CHANNEL
SHOWTIME/SPORTS

SHOWTIME/FLIX
STARZ (PICK 1)

STARZ/ENCORE
STARZ/SHOWTIME (PICK 2)

HBO (PICK 2)
STARZ/SPORTS

HBO/HBO FAMILY/SHOWTIME






List of Expired Packages
General Market Base Packages
Expired Package
Former
Price
Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012


Choice Xtra Classic
$65.99
(No locals $62.99)
$68.99
(No locals $65.99)

(Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012 and the name changes from Choice Xtra to Choice Xtra Classic.)

Plus DVR
$72.99
(No locals $69.99)
$76.99
(No locals $73.99)

Plus HD/DVR
$82.99
(No locals $79.99)
$86.99
(No locals $83.99)

Select
$44.99
(No locals $41.99)
$44.99 (no change)
(No locals $41.99)

(Expired package effective Feb 9, 2012.)



Total Choice Base Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
Total Choice Limited $51.99
(No locals $48.99)
$53.99
(No locals $50.99)

Total Choice $60.49
(No locals $57.49) $64.49
(No locals $61.49)
Total Choice Plus $64.49
(No locals $61.49)
$68.99
(No locals $65.99)

(Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package move to Choice Xtra Classic on Feb 9, 2012. NOTE: Total Choice Plus and Choice Xtra Classic contain the exact same channels.)



Spanish-language Expired
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
Básico

$35.99
(No locals $32.99)

$37.99
(No locals $34.99)

Familiar

$51.99
(No locals $48.99)

$54.99
(No locals $51.99)

Familiar Ultra

$60.99
(No locals $57.99)

$63.99
(No locals $60.99)

Más Mexico

$29.99
(No locals $26.99)

$31.99
(No locals $28.99)

Más Ultra Original

$57.99
(No locals $54.99)
$60.99
(No locals $57.99)

Opción Especial

$37.49

$39.49


Opción Extra
(Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Optimo Más package on Feb 10, 2011.)

Not applicable


Opción Extra Especial

$54.99
(No locals $51.99)

$57.49
(No locals $54.49)


Opción Ultra Especial
$56.49
(No locals $52.49)

$59.49
(No locals $55.49)


Opción Premier $111.99
(No locals $108.99)

$115.99
(No locals $112.99)


Optimo Más Plus DVR
$51.99
(No locals $48.99)

$54.99
(No locals $51.99)




International Base Packages
Expired Package
Former
Price
Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012


Basic (International)
$15.99
(No locals $15.99)

$17.99
(No locals $17.99)



Other Expired Base Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
DIRECTV Limited (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Family package on Feb 10, 2011.)
Not applicable

Plus DIRECTV (Discontinued package. No longer carried by DIRECTV. Customers on this package were moved to the Select Classic package on Feb 10, 2011.)
Not applicable

Select Choice $44.99
$46.99



A La Carte Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
Cinemax
(old package - before Feb 1, 2002) $12.99
$12.99 - No change

Encore Themes $12
$12 - No change

Encore Themes $4
$4 - No change

Family Pack $5
$5 - No change

HBO/HBO Family $15.99 $15.99 - No change
HD Access_EXP
(formerly HD Package) $10
$10 - No change

Showtime/Flix $12 $12 - No change
Starz/Encore $12 $12 - No change
The Movie Channel $12 $12 - No change


Add-On Packages
Expired Package Former
Price Price on/after
Feb 9, 2012
HBO (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
(Pick 2) $23 $23 - No change

HBO/Showtime
(Pick 3) $39 $39 - No change

HBO/Starz I
(Pick 2) $25 $25 - No change

HBO/Starz II
(Pick 3) $34 $34 - No change

HBO/Starz/Showtime
(Pick 4) $49 $49 - No change

Showtime (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
(Pick 1)
$15 $15 - No change
Showtime/Sports $25 $25 - No change
Starz (old package - before Feb 1, 2002)
(Pick 1) $11 $11 - No change
Starz/Showtime
(Pick 2) $26 $26 - No change
Starz/Sports $20 $20 - No change

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:09 PM

I have Premier with WH-DVR.
Looks like I see a $6 increase? Am I reading that right?
$5 increase for Premier tier
$1 increase for DVR service ?
$72 a year increase?

Glad I cut off Sirius internet radio and got my second [sirius]receiver on a promo rate for the year.

That about covers it..

Times millions of customers that's quite an increase. How much goes to DirecTV and how much goes to the programmers? Anyone have an idea ? Is it like 90% to programmers 10% to DirecTV? I realize DTV needs to recoup for inflation, investments in technology, infrastructure, etc.. but I do know those programmers are charging an arm and a leg as well. Times hundreds of channels I'm sure that increase is hard to sustain.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:11 PM

All those prices and options....almost as complicated as figuring out your own tax returns.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:14 PM

this package is a retention offer only, no link avalible sorry


Preferred Choice is a base package available to any new or exisiting DIRECTV customer who also subscribes to International programming addon.

More information, including the channel lineup, is available on DIRECTV's website
http://www.directv.c...s/international

Edited by bigtom, 23 December 2011 - 05:34 PM.


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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:25 PM

I have Premier with WH-DVR.
Looks like I see a $6 increase? Am I reading that right?
$5 increase for Premier tier
$1 increase for DVR service ?
$72 a year increase?

Glad I cut off Sirius internet radio and got my second [sirius]receiver on a promo rate for the year.

That about covers it..

Times millions of customers that's quite an increase. How much goes to DirecTV and how much goes to the programmers? Anyone have an idea ? Is it like 90% to programmers 10% to DirecTV? I realize DTV needs to recoup for inflation, investments in technology, infrastructure, etc.. but I do know those programmers are charging an arm and a leg as well. Times hundreds of channels I'm sure that increase is hard to sustain.


100% of price increase will go to Directv and not the programmers. That is because most costs are locked in at contract renewal time. But Directv knows how many contracts are up for renewal and how much extra it needs, plus all new technology etc for the next year that has to be developed.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:52 PM

Preferred Choice is a base package available to any new or exisiting DIRECTV customer who also subscribes to International programming addon.

More information, including the channel lineup, is available on DIRECTV's website
http://www.directv.c...s/international


I'm sorry, i thought you said SELECT CLASSIC package

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:55 PM

Companies selling outdoor over-the-air antennas should ask DirecTV if they could include a flyer in the bill with the new prices.... :mad:

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:11 PM

Not sure how to react. On the whole that is a $30 increase in Premier since I started 10 years ago ($89.99 to $119.99). On the other hand it is only $6 more per month which isnt really a big deal. Guess it just depends on how I justify it.

10 years ago I was watching primarily network tv with commercials. Today (tonight is a perfect example) I pause the tv 15mins for every hour show to make sure I can skip the commercials.
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:15 PM

All those prices and options....almost as complicated as figuring out your own tax returns.


This is what Scott Adams calls "Confusopolies". I.e, companies that supply the same content but make their package pricing too complicated for the average consumer to compare. At least Direct has smarter PR people than Netflix. No 80% increase! The possibility of a non sports channel package is a bright spot for me. But that is a subject that has been beat to death elsewhere.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:51 PM

I should clarify... I don't have the "Tivo" style of lifetime DVR, but have "Premiere with DVR" grandfathered in. When I started in 2003 the DVR fee was included with the Premiere package, but they eventually broke it out, so as long as I remain on Premiere I'm not supposed to pay a "DVR service" fee. I'm hoping that doesn't change!


Same here. But I caught where they added it back onto my parent's account and had to call. Front line CSR had no idea what I was talking about, but it got escalated and the second person new and credited it back and so far it has been OK.

But when I added the HR34 I changed my primary receiver. So I lots of activity on my account and I will be looking closely to see if it stays free.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:15 PM

Since they're the same price, I'm assuming the "NEW Choice Xtra" is going to dump some of the channels that will remain on the now grandfathered "Choice Xtra Classic".

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:29 PM

Fios Triple Play (for the first 2 years anyway) is looking about net $49/mo better (up from $43 better the other day) compared to my current 3 separate services. I really want to stay with DirecTV (been almost 8 years since I dumped Comcast) but it's getting to the point of feeling like a fool paying almost $600/yr more (not even counting the $250 Visa gift card promo) to watch TV. Once I see what the "Entertainment Package" is (hopefully everything without the sports) I'll have to decide.




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