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HD cost?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wolfjc, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. TMan

    TMan Legend

    Oct 30, 2007
    You are indeed missing out!

    I understand your frustration with the fees, but it's a bit pertinacious to acquire two new HDTVs in the year 2012 and then refuse to connect them to the optimal type of signal they're designed for, especially when you already subscribe to pay television service. I hope you're at least giving them some OTA locals to see HD some of the time. ;)

    When I got my first HD set a few years ago, it took about two days to determine that my old SD TiVo Series 2 wasn't going to cut it any longer.
  2. Cyber36

    Cyber36 Legend

    Mar 20, 2008
    Byron NY
    Um, free tv is now transmitted in HD.........:nono2:
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Um, his post doesn't mention anything to the contrary.........:nono2:
  4. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    But on the flip side, if you didn't have HD TV's, and the HD fee wasn't added on, how would you feel if you couldn't get an SD only discount? And if they did offer an SD only discount, then HD customers would feel that they were paying more, essentially an extra fee, for HD. No matter what, someone won't be happy.
  5. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    There is no such thing as free tv anymore. Pay subscribers are the ones who are subsidizing the local channels now. If every provider stopped carrying locals and made customers get them through OTA the affiliates would go bankrupt. They couldn't live off their commercial revenue alone unless they jacked the cost of advertising up to a degree where most local companies wouldn't be able to do it. They also didn't do this to be nice they did it because it was better for them.

    All MMVPD charge for HD in some capacity.
  6. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Same thoughts here.
  7. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    What he means is, the traditional majors (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS) can be still be obtained in fantastic HD for nothing more than the cost of hooking up an antenna. Of course pay TV is subsidizing, but that doesn't change the fact that OTA still remains available and free to anyone wanting to pluck it from the air.

  8. hallrk

    hallrk Legend

    Apr 15, 2010

    The only reasons I bought HD's was that they were at a very good price and it seemed to be about the only choice. I can live without it as long as those fees apply or DTV forces me to do it one day. I suspect someday HD will be the only choice.
  9. sbl

    sbl Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jul 21, 2007
  10. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Until someone can show me stats that HD penetration has reached over 50% of the population, or at least of the population that has a tv, then its not standard yet so noone is "entitled" to not pay the premium for it. Currently, I don't believe there is a provider that HD is not considered the premium service line and are in some way charging the customer more for it. Sure some are offering a new customer promotion or as a discount offer for HD, but every provider is charging you extra for it somehow. I don't want to pay it either, but the ridiculousness of having an HD tv and not subscribing to HD service from a provider because you feel it should be included, I have no kind words I can even say to describe it....
  11. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    I would substitute "penetration" with "availability". You know, one can lead a horse to water, etc, etc....

    Also, I thought, from conversations up here, that Dish had done away with their version of "HD Access" fee ?


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