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2018 Directv Price Increases

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

  1. techguy88

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    Minimum Service is the base package the billing system puts you in if you let your account go past due and don't make a payment. Its the "Service Interruption" phase. It has mainly public interest channels, shopping channels and Audience Network.
     
  2. crodrules

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    So there is no way that you can proactively choose this level of service (putting your account on a seasonal pause, for example)? You have to be forced down to this level after letting the bill for a higher package go past due.
     
  3. schmave1

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    Thanks for the answer. I still might drop it during the MLB offseason starting next year. I watch my Sports Pack channels far more during baseball season than not; at this time, I basically only watch NBC Sports Chicago for the Bears coverage and the nightly Fast Break. I can live without those if I have to.
     
  4. techguy88

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    yeah there is no way to go down to this one except for going into a service interruption
     
  5. DFWHD

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    Does this work anymore? I've tried several times in the past week and each time the CSR said no discounts were available for me. I've been with DirecTV for over ten years (22 years if you include the 8 month break when we moved), never missed a payment (auto pay). For most of that time I've been on the Premier package and the last year I was on Preferred with all movie channels. The last discount I had was $25 off for 6 months that expired in August.

    Given that we have cell service, u-Verse internet and DTV all with AT&T on the same bill, you'd think they would do something to keep me, but each CSR said they could only lower the package/cut movie channels and that was it. One CSR even suggested I shop around with other service providers and if I found better, they can easily cancel my account (wow..) We're paying over $300/month for TV and internet and am thinking about looking at Spectrum. Close to same channel lineup and twice the internet speed for half the price for 12 months. Never thought I'd leave and go to cable, but if I can save $1,800 a year...
     
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  6. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Welcome to the world of "AT&T"/DIRECTV.
     
  7. VaJim

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    can you say..."CANCEL..."
     
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  8. Steady Teddy

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    I watch a lot of programming on beIN sports 620. I don't understand why this Sports channel is tied to the Premier package, forcing me to subscribe to all 4 Movie channels.
     
  9. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Channels are placed in packages for a reason, to get people to subscribe to them and increase profits.
     
  10. GordonGekko

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    DirecTV customers - Free offers to stay with DirecTV 09-29-2005

    DirecTV has crazy retention deals right now

    I've seen several people who had your long tenure finally cancel Directv and then call back using the strategies in the above two threads, suddenly their retention offers increased and were consistent every year. It seems as if the more years you have with the company, the more Directv takes it as a given you will stay.

    Also I have read that those with combined services on one account have done worse with credits, if you can have the ATT service on a different name and account # it might help in the future.
     
  11. GordonGekko

    GordonGekko Member

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    Because Directv is using intelligence in studying viewing habits, they know that the BeIN channel is unique and has certain international soccer games that nobody else broadcasts and for a certain type of fan it is indispensable, thus they have forced that fan to pay more money and get tied to an expensive movie package.
     
  12. DFWHD

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    Thanks for those links. My wife is really not wanting to move to Spectrum for TV service as she's seen it before and doesn't like the guide or DVR interface. I did a little research and might have found a different solution. We have several Apple TVs in the house and for the past week tried the trial Playstation Vue streaming service as well as the trial DirecTV Now streaming service. DTV Now only allowed two streams, currently has no DVR (but coming soon supposedly) and the picture quality sucked. Their picture is really dim and it freezes and/or drops to unwatchable resolution every few minutes even on a 50 mbps connection. PS Vue on the other hand was amazing, offering up to 5 streams with DVR service and the family has been impressed with it as well, so we canceled the DTV Now trial.

    I've been really impressed with PS Vue. The quality is indistinguishable from traditional DTV on our 65" Samsung UHD TV (really sharp picture that pops). It also looks great on our other 32" HD TVs. You can set up profiles for each family member and they get their own DVR. While the DVR is basic and only keeps shows for 28 days, so far it meets our needs. We did the PS Vue trial on their Elite package which had all of the regular channels the family watches (minus the movie channels). Now that the trial is over we subscribed to it at $54 per month to really test it out as a replacement. We're going to suspend DTV for a few months and live with PS Vue. If it works, I'll change our ISP from AT&T to Spectrum as they have no cap and are twice the speed for the same price. If we ditch DTV eventually, I can get HBO and Showtime on Vue for another $20 per month and pickup Starz from Amazon channels for $8.99 per month. That would put me at $150 per month for TV and internet, which is half of the $300 we're at now.
     
  13. VaJim

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    give slingtv a try
     

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