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$6 for a friggin movie?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by schlar01, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. rkr0923

    rkr0923 Guest

    Sep 14, 2006
    Never buy PPV myself...didn't even use my free coupon for a movie.
  2. CraigerCSM

    CraigerCSM Guest

    With Netflix you have to wait 28 days for most new releases and then you don't get the one you want you have to wait for in your que right? DTV should have $4 or $5 for both SD and HD movies.
  3. Podkayne

    Podkayne Legend

    Nov 1, 2007
    I've subscribed to DTV since Sept. 1994 and can count the number of PPV movies I've purchased on the fingers of one hand. I've always considered the entire PPV exercise as a waste of bandwidth (at least, since the term "bandwidth" came in vogue to describe transmission capacity and quality).

    Having established that I'm no expert on PPV, I am nevertheless able to discern excellent picture quality from good or poor, and getting 1080p or 1080i movies "streaming" to your TV may be well worth $6, as opposed to $8 for all the crumby pq movies that Netflix will stream to your TV or BluRay player. I've tried the various streaming services for movies and generally found their PQ to be less than satisfactory.

    We therefore still rent physical discs and deal with the hassles of getting them and returning them...perhaps a bit old fashioned.
  4. diggerg56

    diggerg56 Legend

    Sep 26, 2007
    I used to enjoy the convenience of Redbox, more so after they started carrying some Bluray titles. There are five redbox locations within 3/4 mile of my house. However, I'm now forced to stand in line behind people who scan through endless screens of movie choices while talking to someone somewhere on their cell phone rather than searching and reserving their movies online on the rebox website. It's starting to become not worth it for the hassle.
    I only have Netflix for streaming, too unpredictable to wait for movies in the qeue.

    I do the occasional Blu-Ray PPV through Directv. I figure you pay a little extra for the convenience factor but if you don't want one of the movies Directv parks on your hard drive you either have to wait for it to download or wait for a start time.

    I guess there's no good answer?
  5. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    Netflix is my PPV ;)

    Better a/v quality than DIRECTV.

    No 24 hour rule.

    I watch 8 Netflix movies a month, I pay less than $13 buck.

    8 PPV DIRECTV movies = $48 :lol:

    Easy choice for me.

    I'll go with the better a/v, cheaper Netflix option. :D
  6. morgan79

    morgan79 Legend

    Oct 9, 2007
    you guys just keep telling yourself that 6 dollars is not a bad deal & in a couple of years you all will be talking about 10 dollars for ppv..i dont watch ppv , i get my netflix & im happy with it..as many as i can for watch for one low price,i dont mind the 28 day wait, if i wanted to see the movie that bad i would have went to the theatre to see it..im already paying a extra 5 dollars for premium hd channels that i hardly watch now..plus in the future netflix will start streaming more new movies..
  7. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I do order 3D PPV only because you can't rent them, yet. It's worth it to me because I'm not a disc buyer and 3D discs aren't cheap.
  8. RBTO

    RBTO Legend

    Apr 11, 2009
    D* might have most complicated formula in the universe for calculating what it can charge for PPV, but the reality is, at some price, they will go beyond the point of diminishing returns (maybe they just don't know that). I haven't purchased a single PPV since they raised the price beyond $3, and don't intend to. Netflix has the movies I want, and the BD quality is better than D*. I can watch the movie for a month straight if I want to, and then return it. My Netflix subscription averages less than $3 per movie so the only thing I don't get is an early release date - Oh Ouch! That really hurts!!! (NOT :D ).
  9. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    For me personally, I don't really care about $6 in general, but I *do* care about getting bang for my buck. So I would spend $6 on a lunch without even thinking about it, but I wouldn't spend $6 on a HD PPV that I can only watch once. EVER. Its just such a ridiculously over priced item.

    I mean, DirecTV is not even being remotely competitive here.

    Netflix is what, $8 a month for unlimited movies?
    Redbox is what, $1 per DVD?
    Internet bootlegs (DVD quality) are what, FREE?

    Now granted, DirecTV isn't competing with internet bootlegs, but Netflix and Redbox?

    Same goes for special event PPVs. $65 for a 3 hour show? Ridiculous.

    I used to buy PPVs, but I haven't in 2 or 3 yrs because of the cost involved.
  10. cariera

    cariera Icon

    Oct 27, 2006
    They seem to be on par with other subscription based TV services. I just checked Verizon and my local cableco for the PPV cost of The Fighter - guess what $5.99, just like Directv. I'm pretty sure that Dish would be in that ballpark as well

    Now I will say one reason I don't do PPV is because of the quality of having the movied on a disc. This price is for streaming movies, which again doesn't come close to a bluray disc in terms of quality.

    $1.50 for bluray.
  11. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Very similar to my situation, but I don't have the time to do 8 a month (Blu-Ray from NetFlix). For me, there is no comparison between D* and NetFlix...the use restrictions and price are not made up for by early availability (for me).

    I love NetFlix. I hope those who like paying $6 each for a PPV continue to do so...and even more so, as it helps the bottom line of D*. I don't think it makes much sense, but I'm certainly not going to argue with anyone ...keep sending in that money folks, it helps us all.:)
  12. oldengineer

    oldengineer Godfather

    May 25, 2008
    I've had a "Loyal Customer" freebie on my account for 3 months that I won't use. The main reason is the D* policy of "we bill you this month and credit you next month" which I personally don't like.

    I use Redbox for the few movies that I do watch.
  13. blmoore

    blmoore Legend DBSTalk Club

    Dec 23, 2006
    Don't forget to add the person behind you kicking your chair and/or talking all through the movie.

    $6 seems like a bargain to me.
  14. henryld

    henryld Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
  15. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    $5.99 is fantastic. Regal Cinemas in Philly charge $11 for a ticket.

    (50 year-old old-fart comment: I have a ticket stub from the very last Buffalo Braves NBA game in 1978. Cost? $3.00!!!)
  16. skatingrocker17

    skatingrocker17 Godfather

    Jun 23, 2010
    For $6 I'd rather just rent it from VUDU, but I agree that $6 is too much for a rental.
  17. djzack67

    djzack67 Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    I had to fight 2 weeks of calling to get my credit that they forgot two months in a row
  18. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I once paid $0.35/gal for gas .. now I pay $4/gal .. prices go up. :(

    That being said, $6 is either worth it or it's not to rent a video. There are times when I find it convenient and other times I find it too expensive. Guess it depends on a number of factors.
  19. Racer88

    Racer88 Icon

    Sep 12, 2006
    You forgot to included the 1 thing that exponetially compounds the absurdity is the 24 hour restriction. Most other comparable services at least have twice that.

    6 bucks for 24 hours from anyone is a total rip off.
  20. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    *Playing devils advocate*
    $6 for a movie you want to keep forever though is a great deal! I remember the old days.

    It's the movie that seems if it's worth the cost to me. Sometimes it's better to just spend the $6 rather then deal with changing around my netflix queue, or going to get it.

    Usually it's a spotanious thing that gets me to order one. Kids sleep over, unplanned family night, or it's just something I want to see.

    Price is only relevant to the situation.

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