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New Rates? HBO Increase - It Pays to Complain


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#21 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:58 AM

They should not agree to the increases to start with.


And they'd be out of business fairly quickly with that attitude. What good would they be with no content?

As a TV consumer I can not deal directly with the content provider. I can however deal with Directv.


Then do so... In fact why not cancel every account you have with a provider that increases rates... Oh yeah, you'd be living in a box if you did.


I do have a choice.


Sure, between provider A who raises their rates every year and provider B who also raises their rates every year.

Fortunately for me DirectTV is NOT a necessity. I could go on living just fine with only OTA (free) and Netflix streaming (a huge Value at only $8 a month) and an occasional cheap Redbox rental. In fact since I currently spend close to $100 a month on Directv I could even splurge a little on a few VUDU rentals and buy some BlueRay DVD's - and still save $$ over what I am paying now to DTV.


Nah, then you'd just complain when Netflix and Redbox raised their rates.

I don't get how people single out DirecTV and act as if they are the only company that ever raises rates... :shrug:
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#22 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

Exactly right. And it is one of the reasons our DTV prices will never stop going up every year.


And neither will ANYONE else's. Not sure how you don't get that.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

And neither will ANYONE else's. Not sure how you don't get that.

Let me know when you find something that's getting cheaper each year - anything - I wanna buy a truckload. :D
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#24 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

Let me know when you find something that's getting cheaper each year - anything - I wanna buy a truckload. :D


Yeah, no kidding!

I've never in my life heard someone say "Those were so much more expensive when I was your age".
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

Yeah, no kidding!

Swampland doesn't count.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

Nah, then you'd just complain when Netflix and Redbox raised their rates.
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Don't forget data caps, or increase in Internet access price.

I was actually surprised when Redbox increased DVD prices 20% that they didn't raise Blu-Ray prices.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

Swampland doesn't count.


Even that has been going up. :lol:
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

I will say out of all the Premiums, with HBO increasing, at least the content they provide is high quality. Really, HBO is the standard in original series production, and there's a reason why they have some of the most popular ones out there, even in comparison to showtime.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

Fans are on high in this thread. lol

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

Multiply that $18 by every show you watch...

Oh, and I challenge you to find an HBO series that costs less than $50 to $60 per season to own on disc.


Sorry, I had to. This is a current show that is selling at a lower than $50 price tag.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

Does anyone know if you can subscribe ONLY to the premium channels? And drop the 'choice' package? It irritates me more & more to have to pay so much money for a package of programming that is 30% Geico & Progressive commericals. And the actual programming is foolishness like real housewives and 50 most shocking whatevers. But I need my HBO & Showtime programs.

Will DirecTV allow this or do you have to have a base package to reach the premiums?

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

Sorry, I had to. This is a current show that is selling at a lower than $50 price tag.

http://www.bestbuy.c...33&st=boardwalk empire&lp=1&cp=1


Not by much and clearly over $18.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

Does anyone know if you can subscribe ONLY to the premium channels? And drop the 'choice' package? It irritates me more & more to have to pay so much money for a package of programming that is 30% Geico & Progressive commericals. And the actual programming is foolishness like real housewives and 50 most shocking whatevers. But I need my HBO & Showtime programs.

Will DirecTV allow this or do you have to have a base package to reach the premiums?


You have to have a base package, like Entertainment. Not sure if its available with the Family package.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

Does anyone know if you can subscribe ONLY to the premium channels? And drop the 'choice' package? It irritates me more & more to have to pay so much money for a package of programming that is 30% Geico & Progressive commericals. And the actual programming is foolishness like real housewives and 50 most shocking whatevers. But I need my HBO & Showtime programs.

Will DirecTV allow this or do you have to have a base package to reach the premiums?


Pretty sure you need a base package. They do, however, have some pretty stripped down base packages for like $29 I think. You need to call and ask for them, they arent advertised. One used to be called SELECT. It was replaced by something else of similar name, but about the same price.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:15 PM

Ad if you are getting free HD, that goes out the window if you drop too far. Even just getting HBO and Family, with HD you are still talking $60, without DVR etc.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Does anyone know if you can subscribe ONLY to the premium channels? And drop the 'choice' package? It irritates me more & more to have to pay so much money for a package of programming that is 30% Geico & Progressive commericals. And the actual programming is foolishness like real housewives and 50 most shocking whatevers. But I need my HBO & Showtime programs.

Will DirecTV allow this or do you have to have a base package to reach the premiums?


Must have base package
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

I completely agree the biggest driving force behind the customer price increase is the higher fees being required by content owners. However, lets not be naive. The number one priority of D* is stockholders, not customers.

Some posters keep repeating that D* fights to keep customer costs down. This is only true to the point that it benefits, not hurts profit margins for stockholders. As much as we the customer would like to think we are the primary reason D* makes content and price decisions, we are not. That is why no matter how much we complain on forums such as this, we have very little influence on D*. The only time customers have any power is when they organize en masse to make a statement and I think we all know that just isn't going to happen in this situation.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

Yeah, no kidding!

I've never in my life heard someone say "Those were so much more expensive when I was your age".


I paid 700.00 + installation cost for my first Motorola wireless phone that you just made calls on - 5 watts of transmit recieve power, for christmas I paid full retail price for my 12 yr olds phone that does the exact same thing - paid 49.99 for it.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:15 PM

I paid 700.00 + installation cost for my first Motorola wireless phone that you just made calls on - 5 watts of transmit recieve power, for christmas I paid full retail price for my 12 yr olds phone that does the exact same thing - paid 49.99 for it.


That's a device, not a service though.
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