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#101 OFFLINE   Satelliteracer

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

I don't have Premier anymore. I have choice ultimate


OK, if you are getting all those RSNs, then you are most likely getting the RSN fee.
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#102 OFFLINE   damondlt

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

Yup. And if the revenues for all these content providers drops, guess what they are going to do to all these alternative sources?

They're going to jack up the rates there to make up the difference. They need the revenues to pay for their content development. So that overall pie of revenue they need has to come from somewhere and if the vehicle that gives them 70% to 80% is suddenly dropping off dramatically because people seek other ways to get it, well then those other ways will go up dramatically in costs. They aren't going to create Game of Thrones for free. I've been to a few conferences and HBO has essentially come right out and said this.

It's one of the reasons they refuse to do a deal with Netflix. Which, by the way, I hope no one was trying to watch a streaming movie on Netflix on Christmas eve. Ouch.

OH yea , I agree 100%.

We drop our subscibing packs down, and Netflix,HULU,Amazon, and soon to be Red Box, will jack their price up.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

then why let systems offer an HBO only pack for $20 - $25?


Are you asking "why not let"?

The simple reason is the investment in the equipment and the cost. If D* is spending north of $800 in subscriber acquisition costs to get someone on board to their platform, it would take 40 months (3 + years) just to get that money back on a $20 subscription of HBO...and that would assume all $20 goes to D* which we know wouldn't be the case. So the reality would be a pay back of somewhere along the lines of 5 or 6 years. I don't think customers are going to want to sign up for a 5 year commitment.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

It's one of the reasons they refuse to do a deal with Netflix. Which, by the way, I hope no one was trying to watch a streaming movie on Netflix on Christmas eve. Ouch.


And it wasn't just Netflix. We were watching Amazon Prime video on the Roku, and it went out. Fortunately, I have three different ways to get at on my tv, and the others worked. But the issue wasn't on Netflix in reality, it was Amazon.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

OK, if you are getting all those RSNs, then you are most likely getting the RSN fee.

Well that stinks, The only answer is don't subscribe to a Base pack with RSN's right?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

Well that stinks, The only answer is don't subscribe to a Base pack with RSN's right?


Yup. The sports channels are demanding high distribution, meaning placement in almost every package so they can leverage advertising eyeballs. That's been the dilemma out there and what Mike White and others were pushing against.

Interesting times.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

Yup. The sports channels are demanding high distribution, meaning placement in almost every package so they can leverage advertising eyeballs. That's been the dilemma out there and what Mike White and others were pushing against.

Interesting times.

My Question is , why is it only Directv?

Why not Dish, or Cable, Why only the DMA's with 4 RSN's, I don't get why it matters how many you have.
Its not the customers Fault where they live.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:31 PM

I have a question. I joined DirecTV in May of this year. I have Choice Ultimate soon to be Ultimate. In May when i joined, i got 50% off for the first year (reg $74.99....now $44.99). In my 2nd year it's supposed to be $64.99.
Will this be the same amount for my 2 year contract?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

I have a question. I joined DirecTV in May of this year. I have Choice Ultimate soon to be Ultimate. In May when i joined, i got 50% off for the first year (reg $74.99....now $44.99). In my 2nd year it's supposed to be $64.99.
Will this be the same amount for my 2 year contract?

I signed up in may too, But I have rebates, so increases can still happen. ;)

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

Yup. The sports channels are demanding high distribution, meaning placement in almost every package so they can leverage advertising eyeballs. That's been the dilemma out there and what Mike White and others were pushing against.

Interesting times.


Agreed. I mean Mike White is no Chase Carey who had plenty of deals without problems.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

Current Packages
Family $29.99....remains $29.99
Entertainment $54.99....remains $54.99
Choice $63.99....moving to $64.99
Choice XTRA $68.99...moving to $70.99 (renamed XTRA)
Choice Ultimate $74.99...moving to $77.99 (renamed Ultimate)
Premier $119.99....moving to $124.99

Grandfathered Packages
Total Choice $64.49...moving to $66.49
Choice Xtra Classic $68.99...moving to $71.99


Thanks for the clarification. Too bad Directv didn't put something as simple and easy to understand on their website.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

My Question is , why is it only Directv?

Why not Dish, or Cable, Why only the DMA's with 4 RSN's, I don't get why it matters how many you have.
Its not the customers Fault where they live.

I believe you have answered your question above:

We have MSG,MSG+,SNY,and YES.

If DirecTV did not have those channels they would not have to pay them.

And as far as it not being the customer's fault where they live, that plays both ways. DirecTV is charging the fee to the customers who receive the benefit of multiple expensive RSNs. They could raise the price another dollar or two on every customer. Would that be "fair"? Have people out in the sticks with only one RSN (and perhaps not the best teams in the country on their RSN) paying the same as a customer in a market with good teams and overlapping coverage?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

My Question is , why is it only Directv?

Why not Dish, or Cable, Why only the DMA's with 4 RSN's, I don't get why it matters how many you have.
Its not the customers Fault where they live.


Cable prices vary by location. There is no single price for any cable system. Not just directv. What you pay matters where you live.

Dish doesn't have the RSNs directv does. Like many of the one you listed. Dish pretty much have up on big city RSNs.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

Add in $300.00 per month for cell phones (5 smartphone family), and you would kill them twice!!




As a Premier sub with an HD DVR, MRV and 2 HD receivers my bill will go up about $10 per month?

If my in-laws (they are in their 70's and very cheap) knew that we paid around $150 per month for TV they would freak out. Another $80 for internet? That would kill them. haha


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Do Premier customers in the NY dma have to pay an RSN fee?
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Looks like $5/month more for me.

Thank You Satelliteracer for being honest in your replies and explanations, as well as being brave enough to step into a potential lion's den! :)

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

I'm confused about the "Advanced Receiver" fee. I currently have 2 HD DVRs and 1 HD receiver. I do not have whole-home.

My current bill is as follows. How much will my bill go up?

Advanced Receiver-HD $10.00
Advanced Receiver-DVR $8.00

Additional TV $6.00
Additional TV $6.00
Primary TV $6.00
Primary TV Free -$6.00


Anyone know?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:24 PM

$2 increased DVR fee, plus package increase if yours is higher than Entertainment.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

I signed up in may too, But I have rebates, so increases can still happen. ;)


Yeah, i have a rebate courtesy of my best friend so when May comes around i will lose the Refer a Friend. But i will continue to be able to get $44.99 per month until May of 2013 and $64.99 from May 2013 to May 2014....Correct?
Isn't that in my 2 year contract?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

Contracts don't freeze pricing, but if that was the new customer offer when you signed up, then that would be honored.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

$2 increased DVR fee, plus package increase if yours is higher than Entertainment.


Thanks! I was unsure about the Advanced Receiver fee.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

Grrr....so I figured I would lower my package to account for the increase and I find out that they are holding me hostage with Sprout :lol: I wonder if I load up my son's DVR with Calliou and Fireman Sam before I change packages if he'd notice we don't have the channel anymore :lol:

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:58 PM

Contracts don't freeze pricing, but if that was the new customer offer when you signed up, then that would be honored.


Yes, i was a new customer coming from TWC and i signed on to DirecTV on the last day of the deal. So even though the rates went up, i'm still getting the first and 2nd year at $44.99 and $64.99........right?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Right, they honor the new customer deals. Of course when that expires, your price will go to what the current price for your service is at that time.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

Are you asking "why not let"?

The simple reason is the investment in the equipment and the cost. If D* is spending north of $800 in subscriber acquisition costs to get someone on board to their platform, it would take 40 months (3 + years) just to get that money back on a $20 subscription of HBO...and that would assume all $20 goes to D* which we know wouldn't be the case. So the reality would be a pay back of somewhere along the lines of 5 or 6 years. I don't think customers are going to want to sign up for a 5 year commitment.


Well I can see it going the way of you must pay the full install cost / hardware or must of been a customer for X years then you get a the HBO only plan + maybe a low cost basic fee that covers system costs.

The cable laws let you have limited basic + HBO.

Also what about on line HBO most ISP's do video as well so there CS can take of the load and offer a online HBO add on for say $20-$25.

Well some day the law may force some kind of all a cart system with limited hardware / other fees.

The outlet / mirroring is BS just think of your ISP saying you must pay a mirroring fee / rent our box for each pc / laptop / tablet / ECT in your home.
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