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Do you wonder why DIRECTV raises our prices every year?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RACJ2, May 8, 2011.

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  1. May 20, 2011 #81 of 128
    Jeremy W

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    If DirecTV doesn't like it, they can change their policies. If a customer is willing to go through this hassle every two years, more power to them.
     
  2. May 20, 2011 #82 of 128
    Hoosier205

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    It says something about a person's character. As I said...so much for integrity.
     
  3. May 20, 2011 #83 of 128
    Jeremy W

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    Yes, how dare they take advantage of a deal from your beloved DirecTV that allows them to pay less for their service. They should be calling DirecTV and asking if there is any way they can pay more for service! I know I personally try and pay every service provider I'm subscribed to as much as I possibly can.
     
  4. May 20, 2011 #84 of 128
    RACJ2

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    Just suspended my account, so the savings have begun! :joy::joy::goodjob:.

    Actually, the first 3 mo's will cover my investment for an OTA DVR that I'll be using while w/o DIRECTV service. If/when the NFL season begins, I'll reactivate my account. Anything longer then 3 mo's, is money in my pocket. And when I do reactivate, I'll have the OTA DVR to record programs, during the thunderstorms that cause me to lose signal. I'll definitely miss some things, but I guess its my way of feeling like I've beaten the last 3 price hikes.
     
  5. May 20, 2011 #85 of 128
    sigma1914

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    That's how I see it. It's a pain, but if it's worth it - go ahead. I do it for discounts...I'll call and just ask for them. They're there for the picking sometimes.
     
  6. May 20, 2011 #86 of 128
    Hoosier205

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    A deal? This isn't a deal. Rotating the account from one person to the next is something else entirely. It's a scheme.
     
  7. May 20, 2011 #87 of 128
    Sim-X

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    Look how much extra $ Mike can put in his pocket from giving everyone crappy refurb boxes and still charging the same price as a new box. What doesn't go up in price now a days.
     
  8. May 20, 2011 #88 of 128
    Jeremy W

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    It absolutely is. It's a new customer deal.
    You're not rotating the account. You're closing an account and opening a new one. Which means replacing all of the receivers as well. DirecTV doesn't care, so neither should you. This multi-billion dollar company does not need your protection.
     
  9. May 20, 2011 #89 of 128
    Hoosier205

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    Thank you for proving my point. :rolleyes:
     
  10. May 20, 2011 #90 of 128
    gomezma1

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    I only watch maybe ten channels and the rest I don't. I wish they had a la carte to get the channels I want. They should give you a discount for every channel you did not watch for the whole month. This way the CEO gtes his 33M and the customer gets a little in return.
     
  11. May 20, 2011 #91 of 128
    billsharpe

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    I like that approach, but I doubt very much that DirecTV will go along...
     
  12. May 20, 2011 #92 of 128
    davel

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    Aslo agree on the re-lease fee. I wonder how many times the crappy HR-20's have been leased and re-leased. Way to try to secure new customers by giving them a slow crappy HR-20 that was made in 2006 and only about 50 hours of recording time. 320 gb drives are $30.00 now.
     
  13. May 20, 2011 #93 of 128
    Laxguy

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    My HR20 just chugs along. Just fine. I managed my recordings just fine, and now with an additional recorder, it's really a breeze. It's not as fast as the HR 24, but what is?

    Why are you still with DirecTV if everything is so miserable for you, aslo??
     
  14. May 20, 2011 #94 of 128
    dpeters11

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    And around here, TWC hands out boxes with 20 hours HD time. My original HR20 from around 2006 is doing fine as well.
     
  15. May 20, 2011 #95 of 128
    Hoosier205

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    A la carte will not work...and hasn't in the past.
     
  16. Jun 5, 2011 #96 of 128
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    I recently saw the OBSCENE compensation that the D* CEO receives (in the WSJ) and considering the current price of my service nearly 70$ for Choice Xtra...(you know the story 200+ channels and hardly anything worth watching on. Really only a handful of quality cable channels on any main sat service really. The rest are absolute crap.)

    I have decided to for the time being suspend my service and look to just using my basic internet for watching videos and OTA . At least with the internet and sources like youtube you get to watch things that are of specific interest to you and there are plenty of things worth watching on youtube a lot of it very educational and informative.

    I've been w/o sat service for a month now and I haven't missed it at ALL. As a matter of fact I have not watched anything on TV (OTA or sat) at all.

    The bottom line is that most pay tv services today are WAAAAAY over priced and not worth the money. I think you are going to see more and more subscribers of sat and cable leaving, especially considering the economy.

    I figure the service (D* Xtra ) I had was worth about 30$ /month (and that is what the regular everyday price should be ...no contract nonsense!

    I'll likely no longer be a D* customer in the next few months because D* simply is not a good value.
     
  17. Jun 5, 2011 #97 of 128
    Jeremy W

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    The service is worth what people will pay for it. No more, no less. Your sense of value doesn't align with everyone else's. However, at least you suspended your service, instead of idly complaining. That's the only way you can make your voice heard.
     
  18. Jun 5, 2011 #98 of 128
    dubber deux

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    Jeremy:

    Indeed.

    When the CSR asked WHY I was suspending service I made specific reference to the high cost of the service, and the poor value. I also stated that I was looking into other alternatives to D* for my media entertainment. Indicated that I would likely cancel service as well. On the other hand I give credit where it is due. I mentioned that the reliability of the provider service is excellent.
     
  19. Jun 6, 2011 #99 of 128
    Satelliteracer

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    I'm just curious how you define obscene. He oversees the largest television provider on the planet, drives a ton of value for that company, helps to keep thousands of people employed, etc, etc.

    I'm just curious when people make these comments what obscene is and how it's defined. Is Tom Brady's salary obscene? He isn't running a company with thousands of employees around the world, he doesn't have to make really tough decisions that affect people's livelihood, etc, etc. How about Dirk Nowitzki? Or Lady Gaga? Or Jennifer Anniston? Or the CEO of CBS? Or let's ask it the other way, recently there was an article out here that Newport Beach, CA Lifeguards are making about $120K per year...lifeguards. Let me repeat that again...lifeguards. With their pensions, they will make roughly $3 million if they live to age 80.

    Again, just curious. There are examples all over the country of someone making X and another person making Y with plenty of opinions that go along with whether those salaries are justified or not. Personally, I think running the world's largest television provider is likely going to earn one a healthy salary because that's what the market rate is. If Time Warner Cable's CEO is making $26M then I would expect the D* CEO, head of a bigger tv company, to make more...and he does.

    Do you like Discovery Networks like Animal Planet, Discovery Network...you better stop watching. Their CEO makes even more than Mike White, the DIRECTV CEO. Do you like CBS? Better stop watching, the CBS CEO makes more than the DIRECTV CEO AND the Discovery CEO. How about the Viacom channels....yup...their CEO makes more than the DIRECTV CEO + the DISCOVERY CEO COMBINED!! Guess who is number one? Liberty CEO....Liberty of Starz, QVC, USA Network, etc fame. He makes almost triple what the DIRECTV CEO makes.

    Again, just curious.
     
  20. Jun 6, 2011 #100 of 128
    Jeremy W

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    I've learned that when people start talking about how corporate executives make "obscene" amounts of money, it's best to leave them alone. The argument always centers around how much the people at the bottom are making, while ignoring the vast disparity in responsibilities.
     
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