2021 Price Increase for DirecTV and U-Verse TV

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  1. harsh

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    The spreadsheet is correct. The discounts on Starz, SHO and Cinemax are NOT additive (probably because Cinemax is part of HBO Max). If you subscribe to one suite, the discount is $3. If you subscribe to two, it is $4.01 and if you subscribe to all three, it is $6.02

    Here's the current AT&T Price Change Page (look quick, it may have moved later):

    TV Price Changes for 2021
     
  2. SledgeHammer

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    I have a bill from 2002 when Choice Xtra Classic or whatever it was called back then was only $40!!
     
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  3. SledgeHammer

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    Ok, so 2004 -> 2021 your TV bill DOUBLED. Has your salary doubled in that time frame? Mines only gone up ~50% which is why I'm looking for a job now lol. Have any of your other bills doubled? Electricity, water, phone, etc. all pretty stable in that time frame. I don't remember what my internet bill was in 2004, but I'm pretty sure it was 150mbps still because I had that speed until Cox released 1Gbps maybe 3 - 5 years ago. So probably that bill has doubled on 6x the speed. We haven't gotten 6x the channels or 6x the PQ or 6x of anything. And really, TV shows shouldn't have gotten that much more expensive to produce. Actors don't get much of a salary unless they have a big hit, then you can maybe get up to 1M/ep towards the end.
     
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  4. compnurd

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    While I agree with you on most there (except my salary has tripled in that time frame) tv show costs are absolutely nuts Like some rival a movie production
     
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  5. mitchflorida

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    You would think they would make locals optional. Lots of us now have antennas or Locast available. I think locals cost us about $15 a month now?
     
  6. techguy88

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    Cinemax is sold as a standalone premium from HBO Max. Having HBO Max does not include Cinemax and vice versa.

    Ah I see what I did wrong. In the 2020 Price column I put the bundle price that existed from January - April 2020 (before HBO Max launched and when HBO was $17.99) when I should have used the May 2020-present bundle pricing (after HBO Max launched and AT&T decreased the price down to $14.99). My bad. Everything else is correct. I'm not used to AT&T doing mid-year price changes like they did with HBO Max this year.

    Here is the corrected table. I also found the prices for the RSN fees.

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    To fix this post that pricing would be even cheaper for Xtra (w/1 Genie WH-DVR) + all 4 movie premiums vs having DirecTV Premier
    • Xtra $116.99 + ARS ($23) + 1 TV ($0.00) + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($47.96) = $187.95
    • Xtra $116.99 + ARS ($25) + 1 TV ($0.00) + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($47.96) = $189.95
    • Xtra $116.99 + ARS ($15) + 1 TV ($7.00) + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($47.96) = $186.95
    • Xtra (All Included, 1 TV) $139.00 + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($47.96) = $186.96
    So... for someone not wanting Sports Pack & Cowboy Channel going to Xtra + 4 movie premiums would actually be $19.05 cheaper than DirecTV Premier. This actually would bring the cost closer to AT&T TV Premier & AT&T TV Now Premier which are both $183/mo (due to AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now lacking their own Sports Pack.) o_O

    Getting Xtra + all 5 premiums is actually $5.05 cheaper than DirecTV Premier (which is the difference of Movies Extra Pack or would cover most of the cost of Epix.) The only channels lost doing Xtra + all 5 premiums is Cowboy Channel & TUDN (formerly Univision Deportes).

    Yeah in your case it wouldn't make sense going from Premier due to the $0/mo DVR service unless you wanted to actually drop a premium.
     
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  7. krel

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    spectrum charges 19.99 for 4 dvr's in the home vs the 12.99 for one dvr. but the spectrum PQ is just awful and the world box is crap with all of it's software bugs and glitches and the guide being up in the cloud for that box. it was all of the taxes and fees with spectrum that was bankrupting me:mad::eek:. spectrum is only good for the promo deals then after that run like hell!!!
     
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  8. krel

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    as far as i know dish is the only provider that lets you drop the locals and save 12.99 a month. i think that spectrum charges 16.99 a month for locals DTV keeps the cost hidden and says there included in all packages
     
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  9. codespy

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    My yearly Christmas card came in the mail today from DirecTV.....:(

    If you live in Wisconsin (like me) and are under contract, no early termination, disconnect, or service fees will occur should you decide to cancel due to the price increase. You have to cancel by 2/17/2021.

    On a different note, after upgrading my iPhone a couple weeks ago, Apple sent me a notice that I get Apple TV+ free for a year! So another streaming service added to our household besides Disney, Amazon Prime and HBO Max.
     

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  10. Teetertotter

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    Yupper, I live in WI too, and read that fine print, but, I will be keeping my Ultimate Package + DSL internet. We use Roku for Netflix movies. Wife does all her recording of major network show series more less. Keeps the DVR going every day...lol and watch the recorded shows, whenever. DTV is for us.
     
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  11. GLJones

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    I have been with DirecTV since the beginning with a one year gap when we couldn't have a dish. I go back to the early USSB days with the Sony receivers.
    I am increasingly on the edge of cancelling. There are so many streaming alternatives now and I have most of the services like HBO-MAX, Disney+, AppleTV+, Hulu, Netflix and others. I cannot think of anything I would be missing without DirecTV if I get a service with live TV of the cable channels.
    My mom just dropped DirecTV and got the Spectrum streaming service through their Ruku stick app. It seems to work well and the picture looks good. They even have DVR functionality stored on their servers. No help if the Internet is down, but that is what an antenna is for. She pays a fraction of what DirecTV charges.
    I am just not seeing the value anymore and these constant price increases just put an emphasis on that. I already pay for 100mbps+ Internet for work so dropping my $230+ monthly DirecTV bill would be hard to match even if I have to have a couple more streaming services to get everything I want. I have Premier with everything except the sports and porn packages.
    I am not looking for temporary discounts or having to negotiate every 6-12 months...I am just done. It hasn't been the same since AT&T bout it anyway. I am very close to pulling the plug.
     
  12. Teetertotter

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    @GLJones, You gotta do what you gotta do. Technology keeps changing/improving.
     
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  13. JMII

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    I've been with DirecTV since '97 - and its getting way too expensive. Also the retention center isn't giving discounts anymore. Its clear AT&T has run this operation into the ground but doesn't care. In fact it appears to be their plan: raise prices to force people into streaming which is market they have more control over. Based on my last billing change with them I believe I have 11 months left on my contract.
     
  14. joshjr

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    They do still give discounts. Last year I got a $120 off a month for a year and this year was $60 off a month for a year and free Sunday Ticket.
     
  15. joshjr

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    If your not into live sports then it probably would be cheaper to not have DirecTV. Only other thing would be the cost of streaming devices to every TV. Smart TVs are not the answer as they dont last long. Need a Roku or something. Firesticks suck to as Amazon admits that they only designed them to see the few lower 5G channels so if your router changes to any of the other channels on the 5G, the Firestick dont work and thats on all versions of the Firestick. Good luck, sounds like this could save you lots of money.
     
  16. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    How long ago? The well may be drying up. Your experience ($120 per month one year and $60 the next) seems to be an illustration of the decrease in discounts. (Sunday Ticket is an easy freebee since DIRECTV doesn't have to pay the NFL per viewer.)
     
  17. harsh

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    Depending on the sophistication of the connected TV, you can get streaming sticks for not much money these days (unless you're an Apple fan).

    You can pick and choose the capabilities of the box/stick to match the TV it will be used with. Prices for fully serviceable streamers are much cheaper than buying a new TV and they represent a one-time cost versus satellite or cable boxes that incur a monthly cost.
     
  18. codespy

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    Looking at his post he stated $120 last year and $60 this year. $120/mth for 12 months was pretty rare, and quite a deal. Most I ever got was $60/mth for a year and I was really happy with that.
     
  19. compnurd

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    120 off a month for a year doesn’t sound right
     
  20. codespy

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    It could’ve been a combination of discounts too for that time period, not just one. joshjr would know.
     
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