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#51 OFFLINE   espnjason

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:08 AM

And people with the old Choice Xtra will keep them?


Based on past trends, I think those with the current Choice Xtra will keep the package as is and will deal with the price increase unless and until one changes the package after February.

Will some sports pack channels move in to Choice Xtra? Choice Ultimate to gain some sports pack channels?


I don't know which Sports Pack channels would be placed on a base package aside from the local RSNs. Are you thinking Outdoor Channel, Fox Soccer and GolTV?

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#52 OFFLINE   codespy

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:43 AM

I stand corrected for now. I thought since the HDXP is mostly studio specific movie channels it could be on the same pack as Ultimate, which has Encore and TMC.

Or alternately, D* could include the HDXP with the HD Access.... who knows.


If they are still charging you for this, currently there is still a way around it. It just requires effort by you every three months. :)

#53 OFFLINE   usnret

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:17 AM

These new descriptions look like something the House and/or Senate wrote. Cheeze!!

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:47 AM

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.


I had fios Internet and phone installed but kept D*TV. Will have to see what this does to my bill - may make the switch easier, right as I'm getting the new HD GUI. Oh well!

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:03 AM

Personally I think they shouldn't charge for HD and DVR services. Those are becoming more and more standard and think it's good to have to pay extra for this. Do you suppose we're not going to see HD fees anytime soon? Yeah I'm wishing but I hope so.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:08 AM

I had fios Internet and phone installed but kept D*TV. Will have to see what this does to my bill - may make the switch easier, right as I'm getting the new HD GUI. Oh well!

I've had FIOS internet for years but it's costing me $65/month. That plus DirecTV and my VOIP provider I'm at almost $185/month before increase. I can do FIOS triple play guaranteed for 2 years at $129 with similar features (except for my HR34 :( ) and get 25/25 internet instead of 20/5, plus HBO & SHO (don't get that with D*) plus a $250 VISA gift card. DirecTV equip is much better but it just reaches a point of diminishing values . If money was no object I wouldn't care but I'm retired (mostly involuntarily) and it's getting very tight. Maybe if I can wrangle $25/month in discounts I'd stick with them. I really hate to give up DirecTV but it's time to seriously look at the competition. I say this every year when the annual increase comes along but this is the first year that FIOS has MULTI-DVR MRV and 500GB hard drives around here. My daughter recently switched from D*->FIOS and is quite satisfied with it.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:15 AM

Personally I think they shouldn't charge for HD and DVR services. Those are becoming more and more standard and think it's good to have to pay extra for this. Do you suppose we're not going to see HD fees anytime soon? Yeah I'm wishing but I hope so.

IMO that won't happen for many years. If they do they will add it to a package and jack up the package prices to compensate. There would be too much loss of revenue to just drop it across the board. With the free HD promos they only give it to new subs and the few people outside of forums like this who even know it exists who call and ask for it.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:20 AM

Another price increase and D* still looks to have little interest in giving Philadelphians a chance to see their local sports teams.. Sports leader everywhere but the Delaware Valley...

Their equipment still is sexy as hell though... :)

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:39 AM

These new descriptions look like something the House and/or Senate wrote. Cheeze!!


As strange as this sounds, it looks like they have taken a page from the Dishnetwork play book when it comes to all of these packages, interesting to see what the "entertainment" package will look like

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:40 AM

Their equipment still is sexy as hell though... :)

Never thought of THAT TYPE of equipment as "sexy." I guess some people say their cell phones are sexy so why not DVR's. To each your own! :lol:

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:05 AM

Well, now we have pricing, but for what? Is there any news of channel changes/additions/drops, whatever?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:36 AM

I'm so sick of channel package name changes and services being included then removed. Come up with names and stick with them. This isn't stadium naming rights that expire after so long! Like this new name, I think I have Choice Select or whatever it is that has the typical channels with no premium. Now it's being renamed and a new package is taking over that name?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 11:07 AM

Based on past trends, I think those with the current Choice Xtra will keep the package as is and will deal with the price increase unless and until one changes the package after February.



I don't know which Sports Pack channels would be placed on a base package aside from the local RSNs. Are you thinking Outdoor Channel, Fox Soccer and GolTV?

maybe Universal Sports and espn classic.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 01:49 PM

After reading those new pricing tables my head hurts.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 01:54 PM

Well, now we have pricing, but for what? Is there any news of channel changes/additions/drops, whatever?


I don't think anyone would like it if channel additions only happened once a year.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 02:30 PM

WOW!

I'm almost as confused as to what this all means as I am when I look at my Verizon Wireless bill. :eek2:

I may be suspending my account week after next, but I'm trying to work it out so I won't have to until later.

Should I stay, it appears to me that:
  • My mirroring fees will remain the same (minus the DVRs I intend to get rid of).
  • My Whole Home DVR Service will remain the same.
  • My DVR service will be going up $1 (it appears to still be per account, not per DVR).
  • Total Choice Xtra Classic (my current package) will be going up $3.

The assumptions I'm making:
  • HD Extra Package will remain the same price?
  • DNS Feeds will remain the same price?

Questions (mainly brought up by internet gossip):
  • Is the HD Extra package being melded into Choice Ultimate like some on this thread have brought up? If so, does that mean one is forced to upgrade to Choice Ultimate to get those channels?
  • Is the Entertainment package the rumored package without any sports channels?
  • If so (previous question), it's so cheap, I'm assuming it won't include the HD Extra package?
  • If I call DirecTV on February 9, 2012 and order an HR34, will I be forced to get Advanced Receiver Service (ARS) instead of the separate line items?! I ask because I still have free HD until later this year.


I'm very interesting in knowing more about this.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 03:23 PM

What channels are in the select or select choice package because I have never seen it listed on the website?

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:13 PM

I know this happens every year but consider the timing. With the HR34 being available to existing subs starting Feb. 8, they get to lock in alot of existing subs with HR34's at these new prices for another two years. Many would probably be out of contract and could shop around if they don't jump on the HR34.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:58 PM

But, they'll know about the prices by the time they can order, so it won't exactly be a surprise.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 06:07 PM

What channels are in the select or select choice package because I have never seen it listed on the website?


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 09:58 PM

I don't think anyone would like it if channel additions only happened once a year.


Agreed...I was just hoping they'd throw us a bone to cushion the blow!

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:30 PM

Agreed...I was just hoping they'd throw us a bone to cushion the blow!


Thing is, they say they did. According to the mailer I saw DIRECTV’s programming costs have increased by almost 10% but they raised the cost of the packages by about 4%.

Granted, nobody wants to see ANY raise in the rates. But it’s not as bad as it could be.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 11:24 PM

Thing is, they say they did. According to the mailer I saw DIRECTV’s programming costs have increased by almost 10% but they raised the cost of the packages by about 4%.

Granted, nobody wants to see ANY raise in the rates. But it’s not as bad as it could be.


Cause we know, D* wouldn't try and spin their own mailer at all right?

Do you really think their program cost equates to their overall cost?
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:54 AM

Do you really think their program cost equates to their overall cost?


How quickly we forget when Fox Networks wanted a 40% increase in its carriage fees.

Not to mention all the other broadcasters who tried to raise their rates on DIRECTV this last year.

Here are some links to refresh your memory, and these are just the ones that got ugly and we found out about. I'm betting there were quite a few more that never made the news.

Fox / Newscorp channels possibly suspended Nov. 1

Belo agrement expires NOV 1st at midnight

Potential YES Contract Dispute

After you look over those I hope you enjoy being able to continue watching channels like FX.

Personally, I have one thing to say to all the trolls who yelled and screamed and said they would cancel their service if they lost channel X, Y, or Z.

You get to keep them, and now you get to pay for them. Happy?

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 07:25 AM

The entitlement mentality continues.

Agree with Draconis...the disappointment and frustration needs to be pointed to the source - the greedy networks. They're the ones raising prices in double digits (sometimes very high double digits), while expecting delivery carriers to hold the line on costs to customers.

That math simply doesn't work. Period.
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