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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by tfederov, Dec 7, 2007.
So you would rather pay the extra $10 a month for the next year?
Instead of the lower rates?
Actually it would only be a $ 5 increase. In (8) days the cost goes up $5. And I would be willing to bet that the cost will go up in Feb or March as a 4% rate increase for the packages. So we are talking about in actuality a $10 to $ 15 cost raise within the next (4) FOUR months. As some have said, $ 5 for 4 to 6 channels is kind of obsessive on D's part. Some will not get the extra package, I being one of them. This is why I think it would be more reasonable on D's part to do the increase now and include all HD channels in the rate hike. As I also stated before DirectV is going to loose on this deal. People will not pick up 4 channels for $ 5.
I'm just glad my ma and pa aren't as ignorant as some other peoples.
I think he meant Ma and Pa Kent. From the 1950s comic books.
Otherwise known as the "What about the stupid people? What will we do about the stupid people?" defense.
Your not the only odd duck here. I'm also still subbing to the Extra HD pack for the reasons you stated.
What about the marketing aspect in regards to HDNET and Discovery HD Theater in the base package?
If D* put those channels in the extra tier, then many small cable companies that have HDNET had Discovery HD Theater as 2 of their 5 HD channels could advertise that DirecTV charges a whopping $15/mo for those channels you've grown to love....
My guess that aspect of it has next to nill to do with the choice to put them in the base package.
History is often seen as the reason that a channel stays in a base package. It is not too often a channel gets bumped out of the base package.
i hear this ad on philly radio all the time...i hate that they say programs...but it's true advertising...not 200 channels. If someone doesnt hear the difference then it bites.
if that is 'more hd' so be it.
It's that button marked "RES", right next to the four blue lights. Press it until the light by 720p or 1080i lights up. There you are.
Well here in Atlanta CC has been plugging HD saying they have 212 HD programs running at any given time.
I've only perused the last 3 pages of this thread so far, but what I find very amusing is that no one realizes the "HD Extra Pack" is the same thing that people are ASKING FOR in the ala carte threads. It allows you the option to get the additional channels if you want them, and to not have them if you don't.
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me, so we'll send you back to your regularly scheduled name calling, bickering, and questioning Earl's motives for trying to provide information.
Hmm not exactly what I think of, since its afixed package but for what its worth I think ala carte will be the death of affordable programming.
So do I, but it somewhat fits the "small groups of channels for $x" that some people would kill to have.
Very judgment of Solomon. Like many compromises, this one seems destined to guarantee both sides are equally displeased.
Not now Mark has 13 months to figure out how to either make a go of HDNet as a "free" channel or build loyalty so he can bring them to him when he does get kicked into a separate pack.
I will NEVER "buy" anything Mark Cuban or NBC has to offer. So it is a big No on the 4.99 regardless.
I watch a lot of HDNet. I was so close to putting the HD Extra Package on my account...now I will not. I rarely if ever watch the other channels in the current package. However...DirecTV may change their strategy. This was to be effective December 15, 2007 if I am remembering right. A lot can change in the next week. Let's see what happens. BTW, all those who already opted for the HD Extra Package are likely going to be reconsidering their positions too. I think this coming week will have some interesting announcements from DirecTV with regard to packages.
I tend to agree - it is alot like ala carte. However there are two key differences, at least for me. 1) It's still a package of unrelated channels. I may want HDnet but not the other channels in the package so why should I pay for them all. The only real difference here is that the package is rather small but it's still a package and not truely ala carte. 2) They took some channels I have been receiving for years away and are telling me that if I want them back I'll have to pay extra for them. I dont want to make this into more than it is but that sounds like type of thing that criminals normally do.
I for one certainly don't question Earls motives on this as he is just he messenger and I greatly appreciate the info all that he does fot the forum and the info that he passes along.
In the end I'm really happy with the apparent outcome since HDNet was the only channel being taken away that i cared about.
Too bad, I really enjoyed HDNET Movies, they always kept the true aspect ratio and even showed commercials for a society supports original film aspects. I really enjoyed the Hitchcock films they've shown recently and just last week they showed Duel in 4x3 OAR and it was beautiful.
I agree. I really like the programming Smithsonian has -- and I love the lack of commercials -- but there's little incentive to pay extra for it unless they produce enough new programming each month to justify the cost. And so far, I'm just not seeing it. The program guide usually shows nothing but stuff I've already seen.