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2013 DIRECTV Price Increases

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by FrozenAsset, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. gpg

    gpg Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Long Island
    My billing period typically runs from the 31st or 1st of the month, so price increases usually take effect on February 28 or March 1. Consequently, my last bill, covering January 31 thru February 28 charged the 2012 rates.

    Today I happened to be on the DirecTV website and noticed a retroactive charge of $1.33. Much to my surprise, DirecTV applied the regional sports fee to my account effective February 9. Now I know under the new price structure I have to pay the fee, but I can't figure out why I have to start paying it 3 weeks earlier than the other 2013 pricing changes.

    Before I get bombarded with don't complain, it's only $1.33 etc., I know that. I'd just like to understand the reasoning used to apply this charge before the other new prices are effective on my account.
  2. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    I thought that this was interesting. When I look at "My Account: My Equipment", under "My Services", I see:

    TiVo Service $5.00 Currently Activated

    But when I look online at my last statement I don't see this fee. I see:

    CHOICE Monthly 64.99
    Advanced Receiver-HD Monthly 10.00
    Advanced Receiver-DVR Monthly 10.00
    Additional TV 6.00
    Additional TV 6.00

    all as expected. At the risk of having a fee identified that I am supposed to be charged but am not, why does the TiVo fee show up in one place but not the other?
  3. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Harsh was right. DirecTV always seems to follow DISH.

    Why do you think they came up with that lame name for an HD DVR (Genie)?

    Can you spell H-O-P-P-E-R-? :lol:
  4. donalddickerson2005

    donalddickerson2005 Legend

    Feb 13, 2012
    DirecTV might be slower in system equipment but they are light speeds ahead in sports and HD programing.
  5. ken100

    ken100 AllStar

    Feb 1, 2013
    i like the name genie and clients better than hopper and joeys...anyway i got it its going up $3 now and another $2 in a year....ouch!!!!!!
    cut it out!
  6. ken100

    ken100 AllStar

    Feb 1, 2013
    Is it just me or is the drv fee getting too high???
  7. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Its still cheaper than what cable charges.
  8. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Especially if you have multiples.
  9. pdxBeav

    pdxBeav Godfather

    Jul 5, 2007
    Unless you get a cablecard system with Windows Media Center. Zero DVR fee. Zero "Advance receiver fee". Zero extra receiver fee.

    I just moved away from this setup to the more expensive DirecTV system, but I did it because I wanted more HD channels.
  10. ken100

    ken100 AllStar

    Feb 1, 2013
    did dish raise their dvr fee's?
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Up $1 (was $6, now $7) per account for regular DVRs.
    Still $10 for the Hopper "advanced DVR".
  12. ken100

    ken100 AllStar

    Feb 1, 2013
    was already $7 for additonal rooms......
    Answer was no.
  13. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    You are confused and mistaken.
    The "additional receiver fee" remained unchanged at $7.
    The per account DVR fee went up $1 to $7.
    For more information read the price increase thread in the appropriate forum.

    If you're trying to say DirecTV increased the per account DVR fee and DISH didn't, you are wrong.
  14. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I just saved $1 by moving to Choice Xtra (had Choice Xtra Classic). But, the other increased fees may eat that up.
    While on the DirecTV website I tried to see what the breakdown in fees etc would be for my account. I can look at past statements, but I thought at one time you could view your current cost breakdown.
    Couldn't find it on the new improved(?) website.
  15. skinnyJM

    skinnyJM Legend

    Nov 19, 2005
    I can only find past statements, but it includes the one from earlier this month.
  16. HinterXGames

    HinterXGames Godfather

    Dec 20, 2012
    You aren't kidding there. I looked at what the additional fees would be with comcast if I had 2 HD_DVRs and 1 HD reciever. Redonkulous, would be even more now that I have a third HD-DVR. :eek2:
  17. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I guess I'll just have to wait for the next statement to see the details.
  18. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Comcast charges up to 26.95 per HD DVR per month. Most pay around $17.
  19. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I have three Tivo's (one 4 tuner, two 2 tuner) and I get a $2.50 credit for customer owned equipment for the first cablecard, and a $2 charge for the additional cablecard. All HD, no HD fee on cablecard boxes here. The key is NOT to have any Comcast supplied boxes.
    Costs a bunch up front, but over the course of several years, it becomes much less expensive, as you basically are only paying for the programming (and Tivo service fees if you dont use their lifetime option).
  20. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    It may appear to pencil out until you remember that you've got almost $1,750 dollars invested for three lifetime DVRs (if you go with the low-end box) or almost $450 plus $38.97 a month for the month-to-month plan.

    If you transition to someone who doesn't provide the required transmission format, you're unable to fully utilize (or utilize at all if you have a Premiere 4) the TiVo units.

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