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Let's Get This Out Of The Way: HD Extra

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by LarryFlowers, Dec 3, 2007.

Reaction to the HD Extra Package

  1. I will subscribe and am OK with the extra $4.99

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  2. I will subscribe but I am not happy about the extra $4.99

    14.5%
  3. I will not subscribe to the HD Extra Package

    35.2%
  4. I would prefer they not have an HD Extra Package, but increase the HD subscription charge for all

    42.1%
  5. Why bother, the channels don't matter anyway

    8.2%
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  1. Dec 6, 2007 #121 of 173
    SockMonkey

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    This is exactly why I saved a copy of the order confirmation page as a PDF when I ordered it yesterday. I hope it doesn't come to that, but I have a sneaking suspicion otherwise.

    Bob
     
  2. Dec 7, 2007 #122 of 173
    Sirshagg

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    that works out great for me. Now I have absolutely no reason to even consider the HD extra pack.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2007 #123 of 173
    man_rob

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    Most people wouldn't give up the equivalent of a McDonald's Value Meal (every month) for any other channel either. If the channels are there, people will tune to them, but most channels do not have anything that is worth paying extra to get.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2007 #124 of 173
    billyhol

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    the most important item is not if us in this poll add the $5.00 package, but all of the new subscribers to HD... if they don't follow the same trend as this poll than the tier will fail... remember, we are the minority... if we were the majority then we would not have to concern ourselves with stretch-o-vision...
     
  5. Dec 7, 2007 #125 of 173
    Earl Bonovich

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    Have HBO/SHOWTIME/STAR tiers failed?

    Except for a 1 month period...
    I haven't subscribed to anyone of those tiers in 6+ years...

    If the amount that DirecTV has to pay to the content providers is based on Subscriptions to that package... then it is the channels that will "fail", not the tier.
     
  6. stim

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    I don't watch the channels anyway, so I don't really care.

    I'm glad that they didn't increase my monthly rate for those channels and made them optional for those that do watch them.
     
  7. TK6411

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    Nope, will not add the HD Extra package out of principle. I disagree with being resold at a new additional cost the same programing I've been getting under the regular HD Access. Its ridiculous that anyone would put up with such nonsense. I could see if they put new HD channels on the new HD Extra but its wrong what Directv is doing with existing HD programing.
     
  8. Skooz

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    Word
     
  9. BRSlim

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    I couldn't agree more. I just got an email telling me that the channels I agreed to pay $9.99 for will now cost me another $4.99. Oh and the great favor that they will do for me by giving me 3 whole months free if I sign up now. Talk about "bend over." :mad:

    I ordered 2 HR20s in August, so I have about 18 months left on my 2 year agreement. In that time I'm sure that cable and the fiber optic systems will likely be offering the equivalent service and the termination charge will be gone and if D* keeps treating us like this so will I.
     
  10. VicF

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    I am not about to add a single penny to Mark Cubans income given his recent anti-american, aid the jihadists, behavior.
     
  11. MIKE0616

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    Same here, just got the email and not sure what you are supposed to do.

    It appears that all existing subs to HD will get 3 months "free" of the HD Extra package and then the 4.99 begins.

    Anyone talk to D* to confirm if this is the way it works or not?

    Thanks!
     
  12. mx6bfast

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    Delray...
    ????
     
  13. hasan

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    Ignore it, just another victim of Fox Noise:)
     
  14. medic4jc7

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    After paying 799 bucks for the first Sony HD box so i could get HD signals. And paying all these years for 6 channels. And then they pull this stunt. No way I am going to pay another 5 bucks. I say we all boycott it. We may be a drop in the bucket compared to all HD subs. Nickel and dime us for more.But this new fee is is ridiculous...JMO
     
  15. paulman182

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    I've only had HD for about 14 months, but to get all the HD we now get with only a $4.99/month increase sure seems like a good deal to me.
     
  16. TK6411

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    Sorry , but how do you figure its a good deal? It makes no sense. I think if it was restricted to newly added HD channels then that would be fine. But to take off some of the programing you have already been enjoying as part of the $9.99 HD Access package and resell it back to you for $4.99 more is wrong. I would love to hear how its a good deal for the HD consumer.
     
  17. scottz46

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    This HD extra pack is particularly discomforting to me. I live in an MDU whose upgrade will not happen for a considerable period of time so I am stuck with all the MPEG 2 stations. Right now I am paying ten dollars a month for 8 channels which stinks. With my limited HD content, taking two of these channels away from me if i dont pay an extra fee would not be fair. Directv should waive this charge for people that are in my situation. Or somehow maybe they should speed up the process of getting all us in MDUs the mpeg 4 equipment necessary for a 5lnb upgrade.
     
  18. themorg

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    Earl, just reading through this thread.

    I may be like a majority of others here. I have NEVER been notified from DirecTV about the new package. As a matter of fact, if I didn't come around to DBSTalk sometimes, I STILL wouldn't know! The information is BURIED on their web site, and very hard to find, unless you are looking for it. For me, it isn't about the money. I do not currently watch any of those channels, so won't miss them. I can see that DirecTV wants to give people a choice to spend the extra money, but don't you think a notification was in order?

    I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I don't want to stick it to DirecTV - we are very satisfied customers that will never go back to cable, even if it is offered in this area. If the channels were worth it to us (meaning we actually watched them), the 5 bucks would be nothing. If they add additional good channels in the future, we may have to rethink. I just think the marketing department kinda messed up on this one.

    My .02 cents anyway.
     
  19. TK6411

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    I just think we have been paying for these channels under the $9.99 HD Access package and its wrong to take a chunk of these channels off that package and resell them to you for an additional fee. Its not that its $4.99 or even 4 cents more its the principle of Directv removing channels you already get and are paying for and reselling those same channels back to you thats the issue. How can anyone see that as good for the customer? Its wrong and Directv needs to know it. Anyone who thinks its fine should look at the bigger picture and wonder about Directv and what this kind of precident its setting. So, its ok for Directv to change its package lineup and remove channels you have paid for and offer to resell those back to you at an additional fee...without your changing any package subscription. So lets see...what if Directv takes away our local HD channels and moves them to a Local HD Access Package...that would be nice wouldn't it. Sure you could still get your locals in SD by continuing to pay the Local Access Fee but now you would have to pay a Local HD Access fee...it could happen. And who knows what else. Come on guys, where is your reasoning here.
     
  20. davring

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    Over a year ago, when I upgraded to HD I agreed upon the HD Package, I doon't believe it was called an "access fee" then. It was a package for a given number of HD channels. Now they want to take some of them away with no reduction in cost. To keep them I have to subscribe to another package. Strange way to handle it. If they would have just raised the HD access fee I would have been happy because I would have just figured that is the way it is. I really don't see how they can just take away programming I subscribed to with no explanation. Looks like the people with no MPEG4 are really taken a beating losing a big percentage of their channels or having to spend $15.00 a month for, what, 8 channels? I have gotten no notification from them for this upcomming change. I guess I just wait and see if these channels go black and call and ask why. "What do you mean I have to pay $5.00 more to get back channels I already subscribe to?" I can't imagine the answer I'll get. I like D*, been happy with their service for years, but this has got to be one of the lousiest moves I have ever seen any company amke. Gee I leased a new car for two years and now it is going to cost me more to keep the tires?
     
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