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DTV Raising Prices and New packages??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by lmurphy, Dec 26, 2006.

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  1. Jan 8, 2007 #201 of 811
    James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    On a bill or on a promotional piece that was mailed to you?
  2. Jan 8, 2007 #202 of 811

    jamieh1 Hall Of Fame

    May 1, 2003
    I have not seen anywhere any thing on new prices or packages, is there anything thats shows this?

    Or what is the prices that are coming out?
  3. Jan 8, 2007 #203 of 811

    lmurphy Legend

    Jul 25, 2004
    See the very first post.
  4. Jan 8, 2007 #204 of 811

    Dalek1963 Legend

    Nov 18, 2006
    I have seen information, don't have the details. I'll be trained on this latter this month, with an anticipated roll out for new customers some time in Feb. From what I understand anyone activated before then will continue to get the Total choice packages as they are now

  5. Jan 8, 2007 #205 of 811

    Que Icon

    Apr 15, 2006
    Sorry that was at $44.99 on the bill. I looked at it wrong.

    [edit] Looking back at my bills.

    1998 Total choice PLATINUM 47.99
    1999 Total Choice $29.99
    2000 Total Choice $31.99
    2003 Total Choice $33.99
    2004 Total Choice $36.99
    2005 Total Choice $41.99
    2006 Total Choice $44.99
  6. Jan 8, 2007 #206 of 811

    agreer Godfather

    Apr 7, 2006
    Let me (if I dare) stand up for D* here: first, adjusted for inflation, 29.99 in 1999 is about $35.00 now so the increase is $10

    Second: they have added a ton of channels so, when inflation is considered, the $/ch is realy close -- the problem is something that D really cant control; it is all of the bull**** channels tied to the carriage of prime channels: Lets say just for the sake of argument that Viacom wants (fictional channel) VH1-Polka added, the tell D and E that if they don't offer in their lower tier packs, they cant offer Comedy Central or MTV...the content providers are screwing everyone because they sell ads basid on POSSIBLE viewers...it behooves them to get their channel into the loest pack available.
  7. Jan 9, 2007 #207 of 811

    Dalek1963 Legend

    Nov 18, 2006
    You never know people like polka, so there might actualy be a Vh1 Polka in the works muwahahahaha

  8. papa_azteca

    papa_azteca Legend

    Jan 11, 2007
    Yes but many broadcasters are now filming in HD and this costs more. I remember reading somewhere that a local news truck to film in HD was like $25K more than filming the same broadcast in SD. Imagine the costs associated with national networks. And don't underestimate the power of the DVR. I can't remember the last time I actually watched a commercial. Advertising is how companies make money for their productions but many know that their commercials are not being watched. Thus higher costs for them, means higher costs for cable/sat companies, means an increase in our bills.
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    That's a relative drop in the bucket when you're talking about a $500-750K van. The reality is that much of the current gear is HD useable but they can't do HD to flash memory like they currently do with SD.
  10. steveymac

    steveymac AllStar

    Nov 30, 2004
    hey! just thought i'd add, that today when i went to directv.com and logged into my account i was presented an offer called choice extra(54.99), when i declined it, i was taken to a page to change my programming and it said that my current package is no longer available(Total choice basic).. the only base packages were family and premier(total choice was not in the names).. .what gives?
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Check again. This thread happened as a result of short-lived "preview".

    According to the OP, there was a "Choice" package which would seem to be the equivalent of the Total Choice package. I can't imagine putting the entry price to a comprehensive package at $55/month. I thought only cable did that.

    Maybe the old packages are going to be retired after all. Let's hope this is all just the web design team playing April Fools on us.
  12. SParker

    SParker Active Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    I just looked and mine said Total Choice Extra... weird.
  13. Dalek1963

    Dalek1963 Legend

    Nov 18, 2006
    The "old" packages will be retired soon, but only for new customers who sign up after a certain date, and if exsisting customers decide to change their package, since the details haven't been made public yet, that's all I'll say at this point.
  14. Lightsluvr

    Lightsluvr Mentor

    Dec 30, 2006
    I get the humor...:lol: I was debating whether to get the TC Plus package...Thought maybe I'd like the additional Discovery channels and maybe DIY...then I researched LOGO - sorry I'll have to miss out on that one...

  15. Bofurley

    Bofurley Godfather

    Oct 11, 2006
    Where are you all finding this information?\
    I just checked the DTV web site, and it shows the following:
    Total Choice $44.99
    Total Choice Plus $49.99
    Total Choice Premiere $99.99
    I also logged in to my account, and it still shows that I have Total Choice @ $44.99
    I cannot find any Total Choice Extra!
    Any clarification would be appreciated.
  16. Twitami

    Twitami Cool Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Wait till early Feb.
  17. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Given that the DirecTV website was apparently coercing an existing subscriber to change to one of the new plans, I think a definitive explanation is in order from someone.
  18. LOBO2999

    LOBO2999 Legend

    Apr 9, 2004
    Just saw this over at Satguys
    New Prices Effective Feb 6, 2007 - includes Local Channels

    Family - 40 Channels $29.99
    Choice 140 Channels 49.99 Basic Package
    Choice Extra 185 Channels 54.99
    Plus 185 Channels 59.99 with DVR service
    Plus HD 195 Channels 69.99 with DVR & HD Access
    Premier 250 Channels 99.99 with DVR service
    HBO 13.00
    High Definition
    Besides introducing the base package options listed above, we are changing the way we offer high-definition
    service. Formerly, customers were able to purchase the DIRECTV® HD Package for $9.99/mo. We are
    expiring the current DIRECTV HD Package on February 5, 2007. Now, to simplify delivery of our expanding
    lineup of HD service options, we are bundling related HD channels into our base, premium and sports
    subscription packages.
    New customers activating HD equipment on or after February 6, regardless of the programming they
    choose, will pay for access to DIRECTV® HD technology at a flat fee of $10.99 per month (i.e., the “HD
    Access Fee”). This fee will be required anytime a leased HD receiver is activated on a customer’s account.
    The customer receives access to our HD technology so they can enjoy HD transmissions of programming
    within their programming packages -- for example, if a customer has the NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ SuperFan™
    package, he/she will get the HD games included in that package; or, if a customer has HBO®, he/she will get
    HBO® HD. Similarly, if a customer has local channels in their programming package and DIRECTV offers
    local HD programming in their area, the customer will receive the HD local channels.
  19. woodyww

    woodyww Mentor

    Jan 11, 2007
    I see a total of 185 channels for Plus and 195 channels for Plus HD. That indicates to me that there will be 10 HD Channels for $10 a month. If I'm not mistaken the present channel count for the HD package is 7. Are we getting 3 new HD channels on Feb 6?
  20. Car1181

    Car1181 Legend

    Mar 30, 2006
    Do they plan on charging the DVR fee per DVR?? I didn't see that in any of these posts. How would dropping one of your DVR's help? Or are all your boxes DVR's and you are talking about the lease fee of $4.99? If they plan to charge per DVR that could be a big issue with me.
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