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2013 DIRECTV Price Increases


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#1 OFFLINE   FrozenAsset

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

Not as bad as I had expected. Didn't see the HBO increase coming tho. Curious on how the Advanced Receiver $23/$25 will break down for those of us with the lifetime DVR service.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:51 AM

I didn't see anything in there about the Entertainment Package. On the 2 pdf's. Why don't they list that there?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:16 AM

Not as bad as I had expected. Didn't see the HBO increase coming tho. Curious on how the Advanced Receiver $23/$25 will break down for those of us with the lifetime DVR service.


That increase is for not allowing their consumer base to use a Roku device in favor of an extra receiver. Instead one gets to use their less then ideal on demand service... It's a winwin for the D* viewer.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

I didn't see anything in there about the Entertainment Package. On the 2 pdf's. Why don't they list that there?

Maybe the Entertainment package price is staying the same?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

I didn't see anything in there about the Entertainment Package. On the 2 pdf's. Why don't they list that there?


Entertainment is not going up
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:59 AM

On the advanced receiver fee, what does

*Advanced Receiver
fee $25/mo. reduced by a $2.00 bill credit for each month that Advanced Receiver fee is active during its promotional period.

mean, what promotional period?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:59 AM

That increase is for not allowing their consumer base to use a Roku device in favor of an extra receiver. Instead one gets to use their less then ideal on demand service... It's a winwin for the D* viewer.


Actually, Dish allows Roku for HBO and they took up their HBO price by the same $2.00.

Maybe it is because the cost of HBO to Dish, DIRECTV, etc is going up in a manner that requires that increase. Some cable providers already charge $18 or higher for HBO.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

That increase is for not allowing their consumer base to use a Roku device in favor of an extra receiver. Instead one gets to use their less then ideal on demand service... It's a winwin for the D* viewer.


Um, no.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:01 AM

On the advanced receiver fee, what does mean, what promotional period?


It's all dependent upon when you came on to the advance receiver fee. Long story short, you won't be seeing anything above $23 in 2013 from what I understand...net of the credit. The timing, however, is different for different customers based on when they started with D*, their bill cycle date, etc.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:04 AM

So looks like the grandfathered ChoiceExtra classic is $1 higher than the choice extra package.
Also Im paying $10 HD fee and $8 dvr fee. So it looks like ill now be paying $23 for this. So $5 more dollars for HD and DVR.
then $3 more for choice extra classic.

So looks like a $8 increase for me.

This is getting out of hand.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:06 AM

It's all dependent upon when you came on to the advance receiver fee. Long story short, you won't be seeing anything above $23 in 2013 from what I understand...net of the credit. The timing, however, is different for different customers based on when they started with D*, their bill cycle date, etc.


Thanks, I guess. Looking then like 2014 will it will then go up to the $25/month or whatever it will be after those rate increases.

I was REALLY hoping that there would be a reduction in the montly charge for using a Samsung RVU client vs. a C31, wishful thinking on my part.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:08 AM

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

So looks like the grandfathered ChoiceExtra classic is $1 higher than the choice extra package.
Also Im paying $10 HD fee and $8 dvr fee. So it looks like ill now be paying $23 for this. So $5 more dollars for HD and DVR.
then $3 more for choice extra classic.

So looks like a $8 increase for me.

This is getting out of hand.


No, $10 HD, $8 DVR & $3 MRV.

only change is now $10 DVR.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

This is getting out of hand.


That's the industry. Became "out of hand" years ago. I can understand why there are people who have rid themselves of subscribing to cable-television programming. (Regardless of provider.)

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:40 AM

Entertainment is not going up


is there someplace I can get a printable list of the channel lineup for this package?
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

Some observations:

A more readable PDF along with some sample bills might be useful in figuring out all the places a typical subscriber might expect to get hit.

The raising of rates and an issuing of credits towards the increase is confusing at best.

The changes in equipment fees aren't explained by programming content cost increases.

Ultimately, raising the DVR fee has the greatest impact on the home with a single DVR. It would surely be more equitable to raise the receiver lease fee (and reduce the RVU TV fee).
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

The PDF file attached here is the one DirecTV has at their website.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

Some observations:

A more readable PDF along with some sample bills might be useful in figuring out all the places a typical subscriber might expect to get hit.

I just posted the PDF on their website...easy to read...and why would any Dish subscriber such as yourself care?

Some of us were bracing for much larger increases based on the content provider greed in their costs going up this past year.

Maybe this is a sign reams of people are looking to switch to DirecTV and away from Dish after Dish announced their price increases. :D
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

is there someplace I can get a printable list of the channel lineup for this package?

http://www.directv.c...ckageId=1310002

On the English packages page under Entertainment, there's a link just above the HBO/Showtime free for three months mention that says:

"140+ digital channels"
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:54 AM

http://www.directv.c...ckageId=1310002

On the English packages page under Entertainment, there's a link just above the HBO/Showtime free for three months mention that says:

"140+ digital channels"


thanks harsh :eek2: :lol:
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

I just posted the PDF on their website...easy to read...and why would any Dish subscriber such as yourself care?

Why wouldn't everyone who consciously monitors their expenditures care??? What one provider tries, the other is almost sure to follow. The crediting against raised fees is part of DISH's plan for 2013 as we saw earlier this month.

I think the PDF reader that I'm using needs to go. It makes for some very difficult to read fine print with that PDF in particular.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

Some observations:

A more readable PDF along with some sample bills might be useful in figuring out all the places a typical subscriber might expect to get hit.

The raising of rates and an issuing of credits towards the increase is confusing at best.

The changes in equipment fees aren't explained by programming content cost increases.

Ultimately, raising the DVR fee has the greatest impact on the home with a single DVR. It would surely be more equitable to raise the receiver lease fee (and reduce the RVU TV fee).


The single greatest expense is programming costs. D* will spend more than $10 billion per year on programming alone. So when your single largest expenditure goes up 10% last year, 8% this year and likely continues in the vein for years to come, it's worth pointing out.

I disagree with the DVR comment for this reason. If you raise the receiver lease fee, you hit all customers and those with more receivers are hit even higher. On a percentage basis, yes you are correct, but on an absolute dollar basis that hits many people far harder. I don't see the RVU fee going down, too much cost built into making that work, customer care related support, etc. Just my two cents.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

I disagree with the DVR comment for this reason. If you raise the receiver lease fee, you hit all customers and those with more receivers are hit even higher. On a percentage basis, yes you are correct, but on an absolute dollar basis that hits many people far harder. I don't see the RVU fee going down, too much cost built into making that work, customer care related support, etc. Just my two cents.

What is wrong with those who get more being charged commensurately more? The DVR fee has always been a sore point as it doesn't have much relationship with how much or how little hardware or programming you subscribe to. Like WHDS or RVU enabled TVs, it can't cost dollars per month to support it.

Going forward, I think all providers need to charge where the costs are as opposed to nailing everyone for items that are heavily subsidized (i.e. NFL ST, 3D and even HD). DIRECTV may well be the leader in the game of subsidizing the few by attaching the wallets of the many.

I think somebody (anybody) in the industry needs to stand up for their "with prices starting at" and live by it as opposed to claiming some ridiculously low number and then piling on the subsidizing fees to cover that number. Saying that your price starts at X but that's only if you subscribe to a minimal SD package is not a comparable number in the modern marketplace.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:33 AM

OK, I am a little confused.

I can readily see that may Choice Extra Classic package will increase by $3.00, but what is this "Advanced Receiver Fee" for $23/$25? Is that for HD + DVR + MRV? I sure hope not because that means the current $21 will increase to $25.

When all is said and done this amounts to nearly a 7% increase for me

I can understand DirecTv having to pay more for programming and in their materials they note about an 8% increase in programming costs, but where does increasing the price of HD, DVR and MRV come from? The HD fee is really part of the previously eluded to programming costs, I have the same DVRs with the same hard drives and my MRV is hard-wired in my home. So hiding these costs as an "Advanced Receiver Fee" charge and raising that fee 19% is baloney.

I call "Shenanigans".

I really do enjoy DirecTv but this is pushing me to seriously consider other options - OTA, Hulu plus, Apple TV to get value.




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