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DirecTV HD Access Fee

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by batrad, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. batrad

    batrad Legend

    Aug 18, 2003
    now with the locals shutting down the analog signal and with everything going HD, will DirecTV stop charging us a HD Fee ?

    They will be recovering a fair amount of Bandwidth back and not be transmitting 2 of the local channels atleast...

    Any idea if this is in the works ?

  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Actually not everything is going HD. There will still be SD broadcasts on DIRECTV but they will come from the digital source.
  3. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    HD is digital, but digital is not HD.

    So even though everything is digital doesn't mean everything is HD.
    I doubt the HD access fee is going away anytime soon if ever.

    Remember you pay for HD no matter what provider you go with, either through a HD fee or increased lease prices for HD equipment.
  4. MountainMan10

    MountainMan10 Icon

    Jan 30, 2008
    They'll stop charging the HD fee when over 75% of all D* subscribers have HD. Then they will drop the $10 HD fee and raise the package prices by $10.
  5. turey22

    turey22 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 30, 2007
    Why do you believe your claim is true?

    What evidence can you supply to support your claim?

  6. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    The changes to the OTA broadcasting have nothing to do with how DirecTV distrubites it's content. They are still going to be transmiting 2 different versions of most channels that they have in SD and HD versions including locals. The only markets where they don't have a SD and HD version of the channels is the 72.5 markets they are moving to 99/103 which is why they need an receiver capable of receiving mpeg4 hd. DirecTV is gaining 0 additiona free bandwidth here and even if they did gain bandwidth from turning off locals it would only be on spot beams and could only be used for other locals.
  7. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    I suppose if you took the cost of the 3 HD satellites and their launching costs and divides that by $10 you could come up with a number of "customer months" it would take to pay them off... of course by that time we will need new satellites...

    It's a charge, it's part of their price structure. The digital transition has nothing to do with it.

  8. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Directv has already been using digital sources for the SD locals for several months in most cases.

    When there are enough customers with MPEG4-capable receivers I suspect there will be a complete MPEG2 to MPEG4 changeover and only one feed will be needed for all channels (some will probably always be SD). At that point, I expect we will see the separate access fee go away (probably at least partially rolled into the base package fees).
  9. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005

    Until HD reaches saturation in the homes and becomes the norm, that fee will more than likely stay in place. And as others have said, everything is not going HD, its just going to all digital transmission...
  10. pdxBeav

    pdxBeav Godfather

    Jul 5, 2007
    DirecTV will charge what the market will bear regardless of their costs.

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