2018 Directv Price Increases

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bill buckner, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. techguy88

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    Here is a list of all the base packages and how much they are now and then will be in 2018. I tried to ensure all the information here is correct if you see an error for a particular package just let me know and I can correct them.

  2. reubenray

    reubenray Godfather

    Jun 26, 2002
    I also switched to the Preferred Xtra to save a few bucks. I checked into switching to Dish and the cost difference is only $20 to $25 cheaper for two years. A few of my wife's favorite channels are only available on their highest package. But in order to do this I would have to pay a lot more to get my motorhome setup for dish (new dish).

    I guess it will be time to call and try to get some discounts. I have been a D* subscriber since 2001 and my contract runs out next March.
  3. schmave1

    schmave1 Active Member

    May 20, 2016
    Is the Sports Pack going up as well? That's my "splurge" other than having MLB Extra Innings, and even though I like watching programming from across the country I've considered dropping it. For NBC Sports Chicago programming (the only RSN I really want), I could work with one of my relatives in the Chicago area to watch via a login of theirs if I had to.
  4. techguy88

    techguy88 Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    The Sports Pack isn't seeing an increase that's considered a premium along with HBO, etc.
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  5. codespy

    codespy Go Pack Go!!!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    My grandfathered premier (I still get free DVR service) goes up $8.70 plus $.44 tax so $9.14 total. I just called in last Friday to cancel 3 free months of HD Extra Pack. Without me saying anything, Loyalty Dept. applied a $50/month for 12 months credit with no extra commitment. That comes to $600 + $30.60 tax so $630.60 credit to offset the 2018 programming increase of $109.68.

    So yea prices increase, but it'll be my 20 year anniversary with DirecTV next year, and the credits still often roll in to ease the pain. I'm not going anywhere with this price increase.
  6. crodrules

    crodrules Active Member

    Nov 21, 2016
    I notice in the chart in the link, there is a separate line, above FAMILY, that says "Minimum Service." Is there actually a package called "Minimum Service" that is cheaper than FAMILY, and if so, how much does it cost per month?
  7. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    the old NFL-ST only pack?
  8. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    I wonder how much more clout Disney is going to have with it's purchase of most of FOX and will use it to keep demanding a high price for ESPN ?
  9. pmayo2002

    pmayo2002 AllStar

    Mar 30, 2002
    I wish I can go back to Comcrap and TIVO. Increase the price and provide a horrible HMI and the new software is noticeably slower
  10. codespy

    codespy Go Pack Go!!!! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    Look at it this way...at least they're only charging some of us for HD service at $10/month, plus I feel like I'm getting a free bonus by getting 4K service for free! Maybe in the future it will be $0 for HD and $10 for 4K? Or maybe even a bigger leap having $0 for HD and $0 for 4K? Yea I know....wishful thinking. They should start charging SD customers the $10 fee for not upgrading, and not charge anything for HD service. Wait, crap....that would make too much sense....and reduce their revenue significantly! :confused:

    FYI- with people complaining, some subs have this option- 'Wisconsin Customers: You may cancel any television programming offering affected by a price change, without incurring an Early Termination Fee or Disconnect Fee or Change of Service Fee. To cancel, call 800.288.2020 before February 21, 2018.'
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2017
  11. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    As I have posted many times the only TV channels that are necessary are local channels, weather channels and government channels. All other channels are a luxury and luxury is always expensive.
  12. Richard

    Richard Legend

    Apr 23, 2002
    South Texas
    that is your opinion, you are welcome to it, but that is all it is.
  13. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    In the US, pay TV providers are a commodity. If it were a "luxury" I wouldn't be able to call Directv this morning, threaten to leave, and have my monthly rate drop by $60 as a result.

  14. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    People need local channels because they provide information pertaining to the area they live in. People need weather channels because they provide information on local, national and global weather. People need government channels because they provide information on events effecting their lives. People don't need entertainment channels, sports channels, movie channels, ect., they want them. The problem is while they want the channels they don't need they don't want to have to pay for them.
  15. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    Perhaps that is how YOU use the channels, but that is not a global truth for all Americans.

    I have gone years without watching a local newscast more than once a week. I cannot remember the last time I watched The Weather Channel (or Weather Nation). At this point I do not NEED a weather channel. And "government channels"? The last one I watched was The Pentagon Channel and I still drifted away long before the goverment stopped distributing the channel. I could live without the CSPANs ... and it has been years since I watched NASA TV. I do not NEED any government channels. You may want me to have those channels and I expect you will insult me for not watching your precious favorites, but I do not need those channels.

    The content I watch the most on broadcast channels is general entertainment that could be on any decent cable channel. The content is on broadcast because that is where it reaches the most viewers as long as the content fits the FCC guidelines for broadcast (no objectionable content). Cable and premium cable placement gives programmers more leeway in what they show (nudity, profanity, etc).

    So no, I do not need the local channels any more than any of the cable channels that provide content I watch. They are all "luxuries" in the big picture. People choose to have no TV in their homes. I am not one of those people but I have relatives that have decided not to watch TV (they do let their kids watch appropriate DVDs). Not a necessity.
  16. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    I have always thought that we should not pay for channels that have all those commercials. The commercials are supposedly paying for the shows.
    Letting others like DirecTV rebroadcast them just gets them more eyes on the program which is what they all want.
  17. CTJon

    CTJon Godfather

    Feb 5, 2007
    Why would you need government for anything - they are the last to know anything and telling the truth has never been a concern. Everything you talk about you don't need a TV at all for - a good old AM radio would do.
  18. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    You could just as easily argue that the needs for local, weather and government channels could be met by a newspaper. Or by visiting a rural coffeeshop every morning and let farmers and gossips tell you the news and weather :)
  19. Eddie501

    Eddie501 AllStar

    Nov 29, 2007
    Somehow cable has pulled of one of the greatest feats in broadcast history: They have convinced people to pay hundreds of dollars a month to watch commercials. And the cost keeps going up. Supposedly due to the high cost of quality programming like all those shows about pawn shops, tiny houses, and Kardashians that marathon all day every day.
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  20. ep1974

    ep1974 Legend

    May 22, 2010

    Agree, call in and politely ask if any discounts/promotions are available. They will usually find something.

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