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#26 OFFLINE   JoeTheDragon

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 08:47 PM

Yes you can , it's $72 a month and .50 for addtional outlets.
It's called Basic plus cable.
Or Broadcast basic is $27 per month.
You get the local Networks in HD as well with either package.
Plus it discounts your Internet prices at the same level as digital cable.
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Posted 22 June 2015 - 09:27 PM

analogue outlet fee WTF? not even comcast was that evil.

Well, that's of you play by the rules lol.
Acually you get the first 2 for free.


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 12:44 PM

Does D* offer discounts on Premium channels occasionally? I used to have Cox before switching last month, and they would often "specials" such as $10 per month HBO for six months.

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:09 PM

D* does have specials on the Premiums at times.  Most are 3 month deals though some 6 month ones show up less often.  And there is always a chance of discounts on a per account basis if you call in.  I've found in the past that just telling them you'd like 2 or more Premiums but need the bill to stay down and ask for help with that will usually, but not always, get you some discounts.  Amount of discount varies all over the place from very little to a bunch.  Pretty much a crap shoot.

 

One thing I've noticed with Mediacom cable since I switched is that their Premium deals are generally 12 month deals and usually about 1/2 price.


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:39 PM

D* does have specials on the Premiums at times.  Most are 3 month deals though some 6 month ones show up less often.  And there is always a chance of discounts on a per account basis if you call in.  I've found in the past that just telling them you'd like 2 or more Premiums but need the bill to stay down and ask for help with that will usually, but not always, get you some discounts.  Amount of discount varies all over the place from very little to a bunch.  Pretty much a crap shoot.
 
One thing I've noticed with Mediacom cable since I switched is that their Premium deals are generally 12 month deals and usually about 1/2 price.


Good to know. I have all Premiums for free for my first three months, but two months left and I like to keep HBO. Where would I look for the special deals? posted anywhere, they will pop up on my Messages, or only by calling?

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 02:20 PM

Since you're going to have to call to cancel the other Premiums, take that time to ask about 'special's or a 'little help'.

 

When I was with D* I generally had the top package and when I'd call during that first year, I could almost always get $27 off for 6 months if I would keep them all.  Remember that you can't always get them, especially in the first year.  But it doesn't hurt to ask very nicely.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 01:58 PM

Just as curiosity, is there a current list of 'buy more pay less' for Premiums.  I was diddling around on D*'s website and if you configure the 3 month deal shows $59.00+ for all 4 Premiums.  I think that is just their total without the multi-Premium discount.  If it isn't that, that would make D*'s Premium pricing well out of whack with just about anyone else.


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 12:41 AM

Just as curiosity, is there a current list of 'buy more pay less' for Premiums. 

 
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DIRECTV Premium Channel Pricing (current as of 2/5/15 price increase):
  • Any single premium (except HBO) $13.99 mo.
  • HBO only $17.99 mo.
  • 2 Premiums $25.99 mo. ($30.99 mo. with HBO)
  • 3 Premiums $36.99 mo. ($41.99 mo. with HBO)
  • 4 Premiums $45.99 mo. ($50.99 mo. with HBO)
  • All 5 Premiums $57.99 mo.

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DIRECTV Premium Channel Pricing: 1=$13.99 ($17.99 for HBO) | 2=$25.99 ($30.99 with HBO) | 3=$38.99 ($43.99 with HBO) | 4=$48.99 ($53.99 with HBO) | All 5=$61.99 per month

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 06:17 AM

Thanks.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 02:29 AM

I just switched from Premier to Preferred XTRA and added the premiums (HBO,SHOWTIME,CINEMAX,STARZ) all four are costing me $53.99 I did not quality for any promotions since the most recent promotion I had with (HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX) free for 3 months. However, I am still receiving the Encore Channels & The Movie Channel. I assume the Encore channels come with STARZ and The Movie Channel comes with Showtime? Anyone have the price breakdown of the premiums with the 2016 price increase?



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Posted 27 May 2016 - 08:44 AM

Yes, the Encore stations come with your Starz subscription.  They actually rebranded as Starz/Encore recently, and it wouldn't surprise me if they eventually drop the Encore name from most of the channels (Starz Encore Action becomes Starz Action, Starz Encore Westerns becomes Starz Westerns, etc).

 

The Movie Channels and Flix come with Showtime.  I think at one time they might have come with any premium subscription (HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Showtime), but I could be wrong about that.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 04:22 PM

Anyone have the price breakdown of the premiums with the 2016 price increase?

 
DIRECTV Premium Channel Pricing (current as of 1/28/16 price increase):

  • Any single premium (except HBO) $13.99 mo.
  • HBO only $17.99 mo.
  • 2 Premiums $25.99 mo. ($30.99 mo. with HBO)
  • 3 Premiums $38.99 mo. ($43.99 mo. with HBO) 
  • 4 Premiums $48.99 mo. ($53.99 mo. with HBO) 
  • All 5 Premiums $61.99 mo. 

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List of networks with HD VOD content available on DIRECTV | DIRECTV Customer Service Live Online Chat (available from 7am-12:30am ET) | DIRECTV Regional Sports Network (RSN) fee lookup tool (zip code required)

DIRECTV Premium Channel Pricing: 1=$13.99 ($17.99 for HBO) | 2=$25.99 ($30.99 with HBO) | 3=$38.99 ($43.99 with HBO) | 4=$48.99 ($53.99 with HBO) | All 5=$61.99 per month

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 04:39 PM

Thanks for the info coolman!!! What is the 5th premium?


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 05:27 PM

Thanks for the info coolman!!! What is the 5th premium?

 

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DIRECTV Premium Channel Pricing: 1=$13.99 ($17.99 for HBO) | 2=$25.99 ($30.99 with HBO) | 3=$38.99 ($43.99 with HBO) | 4=$48.99 ($53.99 with HBO) | All 5=$61.99 per month

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 09:46 PM

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Thanks for the info!

 

Yes, the Encore stations come with your Starz subscription.  They actually rebranded as Starz/Encore recently, and it wouldn't surprise me if they eventually drop the Encore name from most of the channels (Starz Encore Action becomes Starz Action, Starz Encore Westerns becomes Starz Westerns, etc).

 

The Movie Channels and Flix come with Showtime.  I think at one time they might have come with any premium subscription (HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Showtime), but I could be wrong about that.

 

Thanks for the info!



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Posted 17 June 2016 - 11:10 AM

I thought some people were offered HBO for $13.99 a month if you didn't have it and you went to the new two-way interactive ordering process that is now available on internet connected receivers by tuning the premium channel you do not subscribe to.

 

We had all 4 because of a cold call back in January basically saying add Cinemax and Starz and get both for the price of 1 for 3 months.  Wife said yes because she loves Outlander on Starz, and watching it on there is much easier than trying to stream it grey-market through a kodi media center plugin.

 

Just got rid of Cinemax because there's really nothing on there.

HBO will keep until Game of Thrones is over.

Showtime will keep until Penny Dreadful is over

Starz will keep until Outlander is over.  If offered a deal, would consider keeping it because they have a good selection of kids movies on demand.

 

We also have Netflix and that's 8.99 a month.  We'll probably keep that.

 

Cable with an Arris 6 tuner DVR and 3 clients, plus phone and 40/4 mbps internet without premiums runs about $196 a month, but if coming from dish they will discount it an additional $24 a month for 1 year (but you are committed to a year).  So that's $172 for a "triple play" with no premiums.  Premium channels are VERY similar to DirecTV's watch more save more pricing above with HBO being the highest.

 

Currently my last DirecTV bill was $144 and my last cable TV bill (40/4 internet + phone) was $105.  Cable charges PA sales tax but I don't recall DirecTV charging that (I'd have to double check on that).  So all in triple play WITH premiums is $249 for me.  Seems like I'd save a few dollars going to cable at the loss of some technically advanced features (mobile dvr via directv app, web and app based dvr scheduling, live tv streaming to app or website).  Cable also only provides the main premium channel in HD and they point you to on demand if you want more HD.  They tell me there is no plans to offer the additional screens of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz/Encore in HD... so to me that kills the value.

 

I also have a $10 a month refer a friend discount with DirecTV currently, and two $5 discounts (I think one ends in 3 months or so).

 

All in all I still pay more for entertainment / phone and Internet than I do for the electricity used to power them.  Something seems wrong here...


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