So here's the thing, it's called supply and demand, free market, capitalism. DirecTV is in the business to make as much money as possible and that means charging as much as the market will bear. We're talking a completely voluntary service to get 200 HD channels and some pretty advanced electronic equipment in your house in a world where a lot of people don't have clean drinking water.
If you don't like it, just don't pay it. Call tomorrow and cancel your service. The things that people in this country get bent out of shape about and call "outrageous" is pretty outrageous on its own.
In the past 5 years I've been from DirecTV to Dish to Charter w/ a retail TiVo, back to DirecTV, and I have to say they are all within $10 of each other monthly for roughly the same channels and equipment capability.
I have Total Choice Plus w/ HD & locals and a single HD DVR (HR20). Thats all I want. I don't want DirecTVs overpriced PPV, VOD, lame movie channels that show the same movies from 1990, sports packages, porn (I mean, really, $15 for an hour of softcore porn? I can go on the internet and get all the porn I want for free. And much better porn to boot) or MRV. So I don't pay for those features.
If DirecTV stopped giving me the discounts I have (bundling, free HD -- which I have to call in and 'renew' all the time, etc.) my bill would be about $100. I priced the same account configuration I have now with DISH and once I get past the promo period pricing, the bill is roughly $75. Due to my DirecTV discounts, it is equivalent within a few bucks. If at such time I can no longer get those discounts and my bill goes to $100 and I can go to DISH and get the same thing for $75, I will in a split second -- I have no loyalty to DTV even though I have been with them since 2002.
And as I have said in other threads regarding the topic, I can afford the extra $3/mo without blinking an eye just fine. I, however, refuse to pay ONE RED CENT for "whole home DVR service" when I have one TV.
Edited by SledgeHammer, 15 September 2013 - 07:45 PM.