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Lowest priced package with HDDVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DanER40, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. DanER40

    DanER40 Legend

    Oct 25, 2007
    I need to call D* soon and lower my costs. I am doing this with all my service providers due to my wife being layed off and I am soon to be too. I would like to keep HD and my DVR's. What is the lowest package DTV offers with HDDVR service? If I can't get below $60 a month I may as well cancel. :(
  2. bixler

    bixler Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2008
    Best bet is to call and ask them. They may offer you a discounted rate on your current package because of your situation or they can tell you what you could downgrade to and what channels you may lose.
  3. DogLover

    DogLover Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    If that doesn't get you low enough, you can suspend for 6 months. That may be enough time to get you back on your feet.

    Good luck to you and your wife on the job hunt.
  4. leier911

    leier911 AllStar

    Oct 17, 2006
    I called about a month ago and had the choice extra or something and wanted to cut costs, the guy send me a new HD DVR and my new package is now.....

    The Select package, was 39.99 a month, he dropped it to 29.99 a month for a year. HD service 10.00, and waived that for a year, DVR service, 7.00. Plus free showtime/cinemax for a year. Total with tax from their site I copied and pasted.

    Current Balance:
    Pay Now
    Payment Due:
    Auto Pay:
    Not Setup
    Setup Auto Payment
    Paperless Billing:
    Not Enrolled
  5. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Advertised the lowest package is Family, which is $29.99/mo and then would have $10/mo for HD Access and $7/mo for DVR (so around $47/mo all together). You also would have the $5/mo fee for any additional receivers/DVRs.

    There also is an unadvertised Select package that some like as it seems to have a better channel lineup than Family. But it is $39.99/mo vs. $29.99 for Family.
  6. DanER40

    DanER40 Legend

    Oct 25, 2007
    Thanks for the replies. I thought there must be more options aside from what is listed on their website.
  7. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'd still call in and explain the situation. I'm sure DirecTV is well aware of the situation many subscribers are going through and would like to keep them as customers with the hope that when things turn around they will once again upgrade to higher-cost programming options. An example is the hidden "select" package designed to retain subscribers.
  8. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    Remember as the price drops so does the number of services in the package. The price maybe lower but did you lose the programming you watch?
  9. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    YES! lowest is not always best.
  10. DanER40

    DanER40 Legend

    Oct 25, 2007
    I am going to call next week. I will be happy with a package similar to basic cable as long as I get HD and DVR service.
  11. JustSo

    JustSo Cool Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Please let us know what happens. I am also interested in cutting costs while keeping HD and DVR service.
  12. DanER40

    DanER40 Legend

    Oct 25, 2007
    I ended up with a "special" package similar to basic cable for $43 a month including HD and DVR service on two units. I was given a 12 month credit for the DVR and HD fees to get to that price. My wife lost her Bravo and Lifetime and I lost my Prime Tickets and Golf around sixty channels gone, but with the situation we are in it makes sense so we can live with it, hopefully short term. :)
  13. Darkside Devotee

    Darkside Devotee Cool Member

    Sep 8, 2006
    What's in select that's not in family? ESPN & Boomerang?
  14. bixler

    bixler Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2008
    Can someone confirm that Food Network is in Family but not in the more expensive Select? What's up with that?

    Select Package

    265 A&EHD
    374 BYU TV
    329 Black Entertainment Television
    353 Bloomberg Television
    350 C-SPAN (m)
    351 C-SPAN 2 (m)
    355 CNBC
    357 CNBC World
    202 CNN
    296 Cartoon Network (East)
    297 Cartoon Network (West)
    376 Christian Television Network
    371 Church Channel
    249 Comedy Central
    327 Country Music Television
    1 Customer Information Channel
    369 Daystar
    278 Discovery Channel
    290 Disney Channel (East)
    291 Disney Channel (West)
    206, 73 ESPN
    209, 72 ESPN 2
    370 EWTN
    448 Enlace Christian Television
    360 FOX News Channel
    261 Fit TV
    2068 GEM NET
    365 GOD TV
    233 GemsTV
    76, 281 HD Theater
    79, 306 HDNet
    449 HITN
    204 Headline News
    229 Home & Garden Television
    HD simulcast
    240 Home Shopping Network
    368 Hope Channel
    364 Inspiration Network
    313 Jewelry Television Network
    280 Learning Channel, The
    375 Link TV
    2183 MHz Worldview
    356 MSNBC
    331 MTV
    283 NASA TV
    378 NRB Network
    299 Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (East) HD
    300 Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (West)
    447 ONCE
    379 PBS
    275, 317 QVC
    316 ShopNBC (m)
    812 Sonic Tap: Bluegrass: Bluegrass
    809 Sonic Tap: Country: Hit Country
    811 Sonic Tap: Country: Honky Tonk Tavern
    814 Sonic Tap: Country: Modern Country
    810 Sonic Tap: Country: Red, Rock and Blues
    808 Sonic Tap: Country: Traditional Country 820 Sonic Tap: Instrumental: Beautiful Instrumentals
    801 Sonic Tap: Jazz: Big Band Swing
    803 Sonic Tap: Oldies: 60's Revolution
    804 Sonic Tap: Oldies: 70's Hits
    805 Sonic Tap: Oldies: 80's Hits
    802 Sonic Tap: Oldies: Malt Shop Oldies
    806 Sonic Tap: Pop/Adult Contemporary: 90s Hits
    821 Sonic Tap: Pop/Adult Contemporary: Adult Contemporary
    818 Sonic Tap: Pop/Adult Contemporary: Hottest Hits
    819 Sonic Tap: Pop/Adult Contemporary: Love Songs
    817 Sonic Tap: Pop/Adult Contemporary: Y2K Hits
    816 Sonic Tap: Pop/Adult: Today's Hits
    827 Sonic Tap: Religious: Gospel Glory
    826 Sonic Tap: Religious: The Spirit
    832 Sonic Tap: Rock: Adult Alternative
    834 Sonic Tap: Rock: Alternative
    833 Sonic Tap: Rock: Classic Rock
    835 Sonic Tap: Rock: Ink'd
    838 Sonic Tap: Rock: Reality Bites
    822 Sonic Tap: Standards: Silver Screen
    836 Sonic Tap: Standards: Singers-Songwriters
    866 Sonic Tap:Classical: Light Classical
    864 Sonic Tap:Classical: Symphonic
    859 Sonic Tapance: Dance
    845 Sonic Tapance: Retro Disco
    858 Sonic Tapance: SubTerranean
    856 Sonic Tap:Health & Fitness: New Age
    857 Sonic Tap:Health & Fitness: Zen
    875 Sonic Tap:Hurbano
    863 Sonic Tap:International: Reggae
    850 Sonic Tap:Jazz: Classic Jazz Vocal Band
    851 Sonic Tap:Jazz: Smooth Jazz
    871 Sonic Tap:Latin Hits
    879 Sonic Tap:Latin Jazz
    872 Sonic Tap:Musica De Las Americas
    878 Sonic Tap:Rock en Espanol
    849 Sonic Tap:Rock: Soft Hits
    841 Sonic Tap:Rock: Spike (Explicit)
    874 Sonic Tap:Salsa
    840 Sonic Tap:Specialty: 8-Tracks
    854 Sonic Tap:Specialty: Blues
    843 Sonic Tap:Urban - Silky Soul
    842 Sonic Tap:Urban: Classic R&B
    847 Sonic Tap:Urban: Hype (Explicit)
    846 Sonic Tap:Urban: The Boombox (Explicit)
    247 TBS Superstation
    377 TCT Network
    245, 75 TNT
    237 TV Guide Channel
    101 The 101
    372 Trinity Broadcasting Network
    242 USA Network
    440 V-ME
    335 VH1
    362 Weather Channel, The
    373 Word Network
    367 World Harvest Television

    Directv Family Pack


    * BYU TV
    * Bloomberg TV
    * Cspan 1
    * Cspan 2
    * DIY Network
    * Daystar
    * Discovery Kids
    * Disney
    * Disney West
    * Disney XD
    * EWTN
    * Fit TV
    * Food Network
    * God Tv
    * Gems Tv
    * Gospel Music Channel
    * HITN
    * Hallmark
    * Headline News
    * HGTV
    * HSN
    * HOPE
    * Link TV
    * The N
    * Nasa TV
    * NRB
    * National Geographic
    * Nick East
    * Nick West
    * Nick Toons
    * Noggin
    * Once Mexico
    * PBS Sprout
    * QVC
    * RFD
    * Shop NBC
    * TCT
    * The Word Network
    * TBN
    * V ME
    * The Weather Channel.

    Plus your Locals.
  15. DanER40

    DanER40 Legend

    Oct 25, 2007
    Not sure what is in family but here is what is in Select.:

    A&E +
    Black Entertainment Television (BET)
    Bloomberg Television
    BYU TV
    Cartoon Network
    CNBC World
    Comedy Central
    Country Music Television (CMT)
    Current TV
    DIRECTV Channel
    Discovery Channel
    Disney Channel (East)
    Disney Channel (West)
    ESPN 2
    Fox News Channel
    Headline News
    Home & Garden Television
    Home Shopping Network
    Link TV
    Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (East)
    Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite (West)
    NRB Network
    PBS You
    The Church Channel
    The Learning Channel (TLC)
    The Weather Channel
    The Word
    Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
    TV Guide Channel
    TV One
    USA Network
  16. DanER40

    DanER40 Legend

    Oct 25, 2007
    My first bill arrived and it is $20 more than promised. I will call in the morning to hopefully straighten it out.
  17. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Remember that if you changed your package in the middle of your billing period, your previous package is pro-rated to the time you had it.

    For example, you go from a $60 plan to a $40 plan half-way through the billing period. You will be billed $60 and then credited $30 (1/2) for the old plan and then $40 with a $20 credit the second half of the billing period. So, the cost for the billing period would be $50 ($10 more than your new rate, but $10 less than your old rate).

    - Merg

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