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#81 OFFLINE   mnassour

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

FWIW, natural gas has decreased by about half in central Texas over the past 24 months...wish I could say the same for DirecTV!!! :)

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#82 OFFLINE   wingrider01

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:56 AM

FWIW, natural gas has decreased by about half in central Texas over the past 24 months...wish I could say the same for DirecTV!!! :)


Ya - they raised every other place in the US to cover your cut of 50 percent:)

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:59 AM

Lets see, in the last five years my mortgage interest rate (house payment) has gone down, the cost of my internet service has decreased, my natural gas rate (cost to heat and cook in my home) has decreased, my water and sewer bills haves stayed exactly the same.

Beep, beep, beep...... Back up that truck.


Mortgage - I own my home clear so no worries about that
Natural Gas - 35 percent increase in 2012
Water - 19 percent increase in 2012
Sewer - 75 percent increase in 2012, with request for another increase
Electricity - 25 percent increase in 2012
Trash pickup - 15 percent increase in 2012

#84 OFFLINE   Cyber36

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

I churn every chance I get, so I can receive the Huge New Customer discounts. At this time I am a DTV customer with "only" 13 months to go before being a "new customer" again. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I churn where the lowest price benefits me. Having churned many many times with Dish, DTV. Mediacom, and Comcast I have absolutely no preference in providers. In other words DTV is no better than anyone else. I go where I can get the lowest price....


I'm gonna become a "churner" myself as of 2/1. This is what I get for 18 years of loyalty & never being late on a bill?? If I were king of *tv, all "loyal" subjects would be intitled to a 3 year price freeze, based on certain criteria. Show me you still want me or I'll show you the door......

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

Computers were so much more expensive when I was your age.


Apples to oranges.

That's 'widget' based stuff. The more widgets you make, the cheaper it is to make them.

Much different than creative content, sports rights, etc...or the very costs that drive content (actors, producers, directors, writers, taxes, etc..human talent). They're not widgets. Anything that is linked to entertainment...movies, tv, sports, video games, that requires creativity, unique talents, etc are going to go up in price.

Movie tickets, sports tickets, licensing fees, etc. When Brad Pitt's fees go up, so does the downstream prices. When a new NFL deal is signed with the players or ESPN does a deal for MNF, then prices go up downstream. When PS3 of XBox signs a licensing deal to do some Marvel comics game, prices go up.

They aren't widgets, they aren't manufactured goods. There is also tremendous amount of money that goes into the piloting or creation of shows, series, that are risky and don't pan out. This is what makes it so different than the music industry. The cost to produce a music album is small and it was easy to see how a disruptor like Apple or others could make do what they did to music. It's also easy to see why Apple, Google, Intel, Hulu, etc, etc. are finding it much more difficult to do so with video. It's apples to oranges is such a huge way. So much deeper, more complex, etc.
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#86 OFFLINE   Lazy Senior

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:47 AM

Show me you still want me or I'll show you the door......


My motto is 'What have you done for me lately?"

It is the reason I change TV providers every couple of years. I love those New Customer discounts which save me 100s of $$$. Loyalty may get you a pat on the back and a couple of free movies.. :lol:

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

Mortgage - I own my home clear so no worries about that
Natural Gas - 35 percent increase in 2012
Water - 19 percent increase in 2012
Sewer - 75 percent increase in 2012, with request for another increase
Electricity - 25 percent increase in 2012
Trash pickup - 15 percent increase in 2012


And I'll bet the Natural gas you are getting is "gassier" and more natural.

I'll bet the water you got is more wet, and better tasting.

I'll bet the electricity you are now getting is more electrifying.

:lol:
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

Mortgage - I own my home clear so no worries about that
Natural Gas - 35 percent increase in 2012
Water - 19 percent increase in 2012
Sewer - 75 percent increase in 2012, with request for another increase
Electricity - 25 percent increase in 2012
Trash pickup - 15 percent increase in 2012


Good point, that makes the 3% increase in my DirecTV bill look, "not bad at all".

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

Morgan Stanley reported today that D* prices up about 4.5%. Dish prices up about 5.5%. If cable and Telco do what they normally do, they will be up north of 5%.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

Morgan Stanley reported today that D* prices up about 4.5%. Dish prices up about 5.5%. If cable and Telco do what they normally do, they will be up north of 5%.

The annual yada-yada-yada....and now obviously the annual yada-yada-yada that follows in these threads.
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#91 ONLINE   lparsons21

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

For me, the most likely to pass TV tax that Illinois is getting ready to pass (5%) will be a bigger increase than the rate increase that D* is doing. I'm not thrilled with that at all! :(

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:12 PM

For me, the most likely to pass TV tax that Illinois is getting ready to pass (5%) will be a bigger increase than the rate increase that D* is doing. I'm not thrilled with that at all! :(


Holy Cow! What's the tax based on? Fees you pay? How dare they touch satellite services! No Illinois resources used at all, except 'lectricity. Thiefs! Bastards! Crooks!

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

And I'll bet the Natural gas you are getting is "gassier" and more natural.

I'll bet the water you got is more wet, and better tasting.

I'll bet the electricity you are now getting is more electrifying.

:lol:


the only gas that is gassier is what the politicians are spewing out both ends

the only water that is spread is from the politicians when they hit their custom designed head that cost $10,000 to buy

the only thing that is more electirfyng is the spewed clap trap from politicians

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

Ya - they raised every other place in the US to cover your cut of 50 percent:)


Not true. Our natural gas cost in Southern California has gone down a bit in the past year, but nothing like 50%.

Gasoline is something else!
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Holy Cow! What's the tax based on? Fees you pay? How dare they touch satellite services! No Illinois resources used at all, except 'lectricity. Thiefs! Bastards! Crooks!

[ I wuz borned and raised in the Land of Lincoln....]


Looks like to the total bill. But some research today indicates that it might not pass as the state congress critters are catching a lot of flack about it.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:21 PM

OTA is free.
I get 55 OTA channels. Granted not HBO or ESPN but most of us have the option to put up some type of antenna and get a dozen or three dozen stations.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

Well, you can get them in HD at Apple's iTunes store for about $35/season.

Or you can sit it out for a season and buy the Blu-ray for considerably less and not have to fight with iTunes.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

That's 'widget' based stuff. The more widgets you make, the cheaper it is to make them.

I dare you to tell me that most of the TLC and Discovery channel stuff isn't widgets TV programming.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

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

Most home resale values. :grin:

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

Most home resale values. :grin:

That was a temporary trend and not everywhere, mostly because of all the foreclosures and other economic conditions of course.

In fact, they went up last year as much as 6% in 15 major markets. ;)
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