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#1 OFFLINE   vestaviaScott

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:42 AM

I'm a subscriber to the current D* HD package and just got my HR20. I have a few questions...

1) Any idea which of the new channels will be added to the HD tier without an increase in the $10.99/mo subscription?

2) I got two BBC's in the box, and D* sent me three separate packages in the mail, each containing on BBC. I now have a total of 5 BBCs. What gives?

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#2 OFFLINE   Jeremy W

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:51 AM

1) Any idea which of the new channels will be added to the HD tier without an increase in the $10.99/mo subscription?

The HD Access fee is $9.99, and all of the channels will be added to the package. The price will not being going up when the new channels are added, nor will they be added to a new package. The $9.99 HD Access fee is all you need.

2) I got two BBC's in the box, and D* sent me three separate packages in the mail, each containing on BBC. I now have a total of 5 BBCs. What gives?

Free BBCs for you, it's your lucky day. Throw them away, keep them around, what's the big deal?

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 06:53 AM

I'd keep the BBC's, they can go bad. And as Jeremy said, there will be no price increase at launch of the new HD channels. If you get the SD channel now and have the HD Access option, you'll get the HD version when it goes live. This doesn't mean that there won't be an increase in the future, say in Spring but current customers might get grandfathered in.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 07:38 AM

I'll admit that I've been kind of irked for paying $9.99 a month for so few channels but it sure will balance out when they add 50-100 more HD's and don't charge me.
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 11:17 AM

I'll admit that I've been kind of irked for paying $9.99 a month for so few channels but it sure will balance out when they add 50-100 more HD's and don't charge me.


DirecTV charges an additonal $9.99 because they can get away with it. HD is the new broadcast standard. But, should there really be an additional charge for HD to pay for the new standard?

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:59 PM

Those who choose not to pay $10/month can wait until HD becomes enough of a "standard" for the fee to go away.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:26 PM

I am happy to pay $9.99 a month for HD access right now. I never watch anything else except for my HD locals. I will be even happier when we get more HD channels and I don't have to pay more for them though.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:33 PM

DirecTV charges an additonal $9.99 because they can get away with it. HD is the new broadcast standard. But, should there really be an additional charge for HD to pay for the new standard?




HD is not the new broadcast standard, digital broadcasting is. Digital is HD capable.
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:39 PM

HD is not the new broadcast standard, digital broadcasting is. Digital is HD capable.


You are technically correct. But, any major broadcaster who is not broadcasting in HD in the next few years will not be a viable player.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 07:33 PM

Free BBCs for you, it's your lucky day. Throw them away, keep them around, what's the big deal?


Maybe someone else could use them. Obviously they made a mistake sending them out. If they were in short supply and you needed them, I sure you would have a different answer. Maybe he should send them back.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:16 PM

But the new premium HD channels will require a subscription to that premium channel, correct?

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:38 PM

But the new premium HD channels will require a subscription to that premium channel, correct?


Yes, you will need a premium package to give you access to the HD channels associated with those packages. This is the way it works now with HBO and Showtime.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:36 PM

If they were in short supply and you needed them, I sure you would have a different answer. Maybe he should send them back.

But they're not in short supply, and DirecTV is giving them out for free to anyone who asks.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 01:44 AM

I just got a message on my HR20 about the new shows coming soon. I've got some questions.

When are they coming? What are the new channels? Did the sats already get launched in orbit? If so, when was that?

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 01:55 AM

I just got a message on my HR20 about the new shows coming soon. I've got some questions.

When are they coming? What are the new channels? Did the sats already get launched in orbit? If so, when was that?


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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:04 AM

I just got a message on my HR20 about the new shows coming soon. I've got some questions.

When are they coming? What are the new channels? Did the sats already get launched in orbit? If so, when was that?


When are they coming?


The new channels will be starting in September.

What are the new channels?


http://dbstalk.com/s...ead.php?t=87235

Did the sats already get launched in orbit?

If so, when was that?


D10 was launced a month ago and DIRECTV should start testing it this week. D11 will be launched in December or early 2008.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 04:05 PM

HD for free from D*. You've got to be kidding! What goes up NEVER comes down. With digital SD being available and so many "small or niche providers" it will be a cold day in you know where when everything is in HD. Therefore, we will always be charged a fee for HD programming by D*. The major networks mandated their affiliates install HD within the cut off date for analogue, but the larger providers for D* are market driven. When their ratings start dropping with SD digital and they start losing advertisers, they will go to HD.
Also, think about the charge to have a dvr. We paid for the darn thing, why are we being charged a monthly fee for using it? Now if you got it for free, or almost free, that's different. I bought mine so I should own it. Why am I being charged the monthly fee? Because, under the guise of a "lease" they can, that's why. And this is why we will always be charged for HD programming, Because They Can and We Will Pay.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:16 PM

HD for free from D*. You've got to be kidding! What goes up NEVER comes down. With digital SD being available and so many "small or niche providers" it will be a cold day in you know where when everything is in HD. Therefore, we will always be charged a fee for HD programming by D*. The major networks mandated their affiliates install HD within the cut off date for analogue, but the larger providers for D* are market driven. When their ratings start dropping with SD digital and they start losing advertisers, they will go to HD.
Also, think about the charge to have a dvr. We paid for the darn thing, why are we being charged a monthly fee for using it? Now if you got it for free, or almost free, that's different. I bought mine so I should own it. Why am I being charged the monthly fee? Because, under the guise of a "lease" they can, that's why. And this is why we will always be charged for HD programming, Because They Can and We Will Pay.


Fair enough, but when was the last time many people (especially people on this forum) paid $0 for TV?

1978? 1981?

There is always the option to get absolutely free TV using an antenna and your HDTV. But most people choose to pay for their service so they can get the programming they want. So yes - technically you'll always pay. After the minimum fees for the service you choose, however, the remainder of the cost is completely elective.
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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:24 PM

My family didn't get cable TV until the fall of 1986, because my parents saw no reason to "pay" for the OTA channels they got for free. In my youthful wisdom, I decided they were misguided, so while I was a freshman in college, I called up Cablevision and arranged for installation and paid for three months of cable as a "gift" to my family. Yes, it was ballsy on my part, but I was so convinced my parents would like it, I didn't hesitate making the call.

Well ... my parents loved it. My father was disbled, so going from 8 snowy OTA channels to 36 "crystal clear" channels was HUGE for him ... and he gladly paid for a subscription from the end of 1986 until I convinced my mother to get DIRECTV in 2003.

In my case, my father gained an avenue of information and entertainment he would never have found on his own, and his life was better for it.

The moral is that sometimes there are things worth paying for.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 05:37 PM

My family didn't get cable TV until the fall of 1986, because my parents saw no reason to "pay" for the OTA channels they got for free. In my youthful wisdom, I decided they were misguided, so while I was a freshman in college, I called up Cablevision and arranged for installation and paid for three months of cable as a "gift" to my family. Yes, it was ballsy on my part, but I was so convinced my parents would like it, I didn't hesitate making the call.

Well ... my parents loved it. My father was disbled, so going from 8 snowy OTA channels to 36 "crystal clear" channels was HUGE for him ... and he gladly paid for a subscription from the end of 1986 until I convinced my mother to get DIRECTV in 2003.

In my case, my father gained an avenue of information and entertainment he would never have found on his own, and his life was better for it.

The moral is that sometimes there are things worth paying for.


Exactly. And all of us have the option to choose what we want to pay for, including TV.
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