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DirecTV "evaluating price increase"

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Ken S, Dec 24, 2008.

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  1. Dec 24, 2008 #41 of 124

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    The way the economy is going, it might make sense for them to skip a price increase next year. In a normal year with inflation, raises for employees, etc, a 2 to 3 percent increase seems fair.

    I just switched from cable to D* in Sept of 08 and think D* has been a bargain. With the new customer discount, AAA discount, 2 referrals, D* Visa card discount, I have only paid an average of $31/mo. That’s for the HD DVR+ package, Showtime (6 mo free) and 2 DVR’s. By switching, in 4 months I have already saved $238, which covers the $198 upfront costs for my HR-22's and more. In the first year I will save $400 ($600 - $198 for HR22's). And I basically have the same programming package and equipment, just a lot more HD channels now!
  2. Dec 24, 2008 #42 of 124

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes for NEW customers D* is a great deal. Just wait until you become an OLD customer then you can tell me what you think about D*'s prices.
  3. Dec 24, 2008 #43 of 124

    cariera Icon

    Oct 27, 2006
    $3-4 per day for Directv in use 6 hours per day in my home (more on Sundays) is a value.

    How many of those complaining about the cost of tv service in general are throwing back $4 lattes daily? How many shares of the redneck retirement fund (lotto tix) do you buy each week? How many items to you get off Mickey D's value menu every day? My point is you are probably wasting an amount close to what you pay for daily tv service.

    Sure we would all like to pay the least amount for the most, but fwiw in my home the entertainment value is worth what I am paying.:)

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
  4. Dec 24, 2008 #44 of 124

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    If they add Travel Channel HD, I will not complain about a price increase.
  5. Dec 25, 2008 #45 of 124

    Upstream Hall Of Fame

    Jul 4, 2006

    You personally, or everyone in your household?

    I can't imagine working full-time and watching 50 hours of TV per week. You would have to get home at 6 pm and watch TV to midnight, 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday, for a total of 30 hours. Plus 10 hours on Sat and Sun makes 50 hours. That is a lot of watching TV. It doesn't leave much time to do anything else.
  6. Dec 25, 2008 #46 of 124

    ImBack234 Godfather

    Aug 26, 2008
  7. Dec 25, 2008 #47 of 124
    Game Fan

    Game Fan Baseball Is Life

    Sep 8, 2007
    The last thing we need is new/more regulation. The government has it's own unique way of making matters worse. :D
  8. Dec 25, 2008 #48 of 124

    Glen_D Legend

    Oct 21, 2006
    What concerns me more than purported price increases is the 24 month commitment required by DirecTV. When I became a customer in January '03, the commitment was 12 months. I still have the same setup I started with - one D*TIVO receiver with DVR service and Total Choice w/locals (now grandfathered). What if my receiver fails? Wouldn't I have to commit to another 24 months if I replace it and stay with DirecTV? I would be reluctant to make that kind of commitment during times of economic uncertainty.

    At least in my neighborhood there are three other pay-TV providers to choose from that have plans with no up-front costs and no commitment. One of those might be a better choice in a situation like this.
  9. Dec 25, 2008 #49 of 124

    ziggy29 Icon

    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    A couple of thoughts:

    (1) I know D* has sometimes been willing to *suspend* (not completely waive) your commitment for a while and make you an "inactive" subscriber, including if economic circumstances force it. If you lose your job, you may be able to call to suspend your commitment and then start up again when cash flow improves.

    (2) It's my personal belief that if they lock you into a two-year term, they should lock in the prices during the commitment -- or close to it. I don't really think it's right to lock you into a deal when they can raise rates however much they wanted (or, perhaps, give the subscriber a chance to opt out if they don't accept a significant price increase). At most, maybe the "contract" should limit increases to (say) 5% a year at most, unless the subscriber changes their programming package.
  10. Dec 25, 2008 #50 of 124

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Personally I just hope I can hang onto MLB EI. I want to see what the Yankees say after spending all that money, if they still aren't winning ballgames :rolleyes:
  11. Dec 25, 2008 #51 of 124

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    how about the MLB network channel. coming Jan 1
  12. Dec 25, 2008 #52 of 124

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    I'm ready for all things baseball right now :)
  13. Dec 25, 2008 #53 of 124

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I agree that D* won’t be as good of a deal after the promotions drop off. Before signing up with D* I created a spreadsheet to figure my cost over the first 3 years. Even after all the discounts drop off in year 3, I will still save $10/mo over cable for the same programming & equipment.

    And as a bonus, I get more HD and sports channels then I would with cable. Although in my area, cable is catching up and now has over 50 HD channels (counting locals & premiums, not including PPV). And if they ever get NHL CI in HD, NFLN, NHLN and have a nice promo to sign up, I can always switch back after my 2 year commitment is up.
  14. Dec 26, 2008 #54 of 124

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    Do you also believe, then, that if you happen to be subscribing to the Premier package when you "lock into" a two-year committment, that you would also be required to remain subscribed to the Premier package for the duration of that two years? Or maintain at least the same number of receivers on the account?

    I tend to not sweat the annual rate increases too much, not because I have enough money to not have to even bother about it (FARRRR from that!), but because I have the option to cut back on the number of receivers I have or reduce the package I subscribe to if I feel that the couple of bucks they raise rates is too much for me to bear. You are only required to subscribe to at least the Family Pack. I have options, and DirecTV doesn't have to dictate my entertainment budget, even though I am still under a programming committment to them.

    I see nothing "unethical" about DirecTV raising rates a few dollars every year. I don't like it, but it's a reality that stretches far beyond just DirecTV. To call that practice "unethical" would also indict a lot of other companies/corporations - and possibly some of those for which we ourselves work. (By the way, how many of those 'fuel surcharges' that were implemented when gas was around the $4 mark have been eliminated? There are a few that I saw pop up that are no longer called 'fuel surcharges', but remain none the less - a discussion for a different place and time, though ;) ).
  15. Dec 26, 2008 #55 of 124

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Shhhh......Ken don't give them any ideas. ;)

    Price increase? If it means more national HD's. :sure:
  16. Dec 26, 2008 #56 of 124

    irish316 AllStar

    Nov 7, 2007
    Brownsburg, IN
    and I think he copied that quote from Bobby Knight in his infamous interview with Connie Chung.
  17. Dec 28, 2008 #57 of 124

    bjtwuk New Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Ha ha ha! I created a spreadsheet, too.

    In fact, this is kind of off topic, but I had a second phone line over the internet from a company called Vonage. They raised my monthly fee by $3. I called them and told them that they must be crazy for raising their rates during a recession, then I canceled my service.

    As for DirecTV, I wanted to upgrade to HD, and they told me to pay $199 to get the box, pay $9.99 a month extra for life, and on top of that they want to reward me with a new 24-month commitment. So, I canceled my service and got service in my boyfriend's name. Now we have a free HD box, the $9.99 HD fee is waived for 3 months, we're getting another $23 a month off for 12 months, and on top of that, Costco is giving us $250 in rebates towards the purchase of the HDTV set. There's no point in calling the "retention" department and grovelling because they won't possibly offer me what they just handed to my boyfriend as part of their standard offer.
  18. Dec 29, 2008 #58 of 124

    newsposter Hall Of Fame

    Nov 12, 2003
    ya know what. Everything has gone up. My tuna went from 6oz can around 69 cents to 5oz can being 85 cents. Chips used to be 1.49 for 6 oz bag now it's 1.69 for 4.5 oz! Half gallons of..oh wait, you CANT get a half gallon of ice cream anymore..it's 1.5 quarts!

    I always said id' prefer SAME size but just jack up the price. DTV apparently is keeping the same channels and jacking up the price. So i'm happy about that at least.

    and to anyone who doesnt expect prices to go up every single year on virtually every single item, you are dreaming. :grin:

    I dropped premiere in fall and dont miss it one single bit. Saved me a ton of money. Then dropped the HDpak too. Saw i wasnt recording a single thing off it.

    You need to evaluate your patterns and see if you reeeealy need all those channels. And if it turns out you do, then just pay more because you've done the analysis and proven you DO need them.
  19. Dec 29, 2008 #59 of 124

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008
    Electronics don't go up each year. TV's and Blu-Ray players and computers etc. etc. get better and less expensive all the time.

    And heating oil, natural gas, and gasoline at the pump are in a price free fall.

    Bought a home lately?

    Or a new automobile?

    And tons of travel-related things (hotels, time-shares, cruises, etc.) have come down in recent months.

    Particularly in this economy, there are plenty of items with steady or falling prices.

  20. Dec 29, 2008 #60 of 124

    gregjones Hall Of Fame

    Sep 20, 2007
    Products usually go down in price over time. Services usually go up over time.
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