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New Directv Prices

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by A_Bear, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    Actually if I could get the same channels I got in 03 for roughy the same price, I'd do it in a heartbeat.
  2. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    That would mean no HD I'll pass.
  3. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    I'm not against price increases, and if I owned a business, I would certainly try to pawn off all rising business expenses to the customer, but I would also realize that I'm alienating customers at a certain point. There are 2 or 3 other options, but they are all priced the same, so whats the point of switching back and forth? just to get some short lived promo? Seems like a hassle.

    I'm kinda thinking that DTV could put its foot down on ESPN and win, but they are too scared to piss off the sports nuts if a black out occured.

    All a lot of posters are saying is take out the most expensive channels (sports) and put them in a seperate package so the rest of us don't have to pay for them.

    My cable company dropped its cable modem fee by $10/month 3 or 4 yrs ago, so...
  4. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

    Oct 7, 2006
    To me this is going to have the opposite effect of what DirecTV wants....more of my money.. I left cable years ago because my bill went up each month with what I call the "kill me slowly plan". It finally got to a point that was ridiculous and DirecTV offered a better and stable alternative. Over the past year+ DirecTV can provide all the excuses they want but my bills have gone up and up....approaching $100 a month now. I only have three receivers and not one of the high end packages and no HBO/Cinemax/etc. For the $100/month my family probably watches dozen or so channels....but paying for all the "packages" we don't use.

    Thus, what this new hike will mean for me is to look at the DTV lower cost packages in order to reduce my bill. I also just went from AT&T for Internet/Phone to Comcast where I 10X speed and pay $45/month versus $100....their Double Play XFinity. I'm locked into DirecTV for another 6+ months but at that point I will look to see the two-years Comcast will offer to add Video.....my guess is big savings.

    Bottom line.....I'm a long DirecTV fan but they forcing my hand to look to how to move away from their offerings....sadly.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Computers are great. It is what we have to go through to use them that stinks on ice.
  6. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I do run my business and I don't raise prices as often as DirecTV or others (and I recognize I don't have the same business as DirecTV)...even though I probably could without mass customers leaving.

    The bottom line is not the end-all to every business. Notice I just said "end-all" as of course it is VERY important for a variety of reasons (bills, future needs, etc...).

    But no, not everyone who owns a business runs the business strictly to get as much profits as possible saying "who cares about the customers...I want as much money as possible"
  7. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    /rofl my eletric bil went up 18.00 dollars in one price increase or about 10 years of directv's increases and the last one wsa just 14 months ago that was 8.00 a month
  8. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

    Oct 17, 2008
    Whoa, whoa, whoa...

    I never said anything about not caring about the customers. Obviously, a successful business model involves taking care of the people who give you money.

    The point is that increasing prices is not a problem until enough people decide it's too much. Certainly some will make that decision, but only DirecTV knows how many is "enough."

    As long as they provide a service that enough people choose to purchase at the price offered, there's nothing greedy or inappropriate about it.

    (PS: Also, if you had shareholders, you might be a little more aggressive with your pursuit of profits.)
  9. mattnboise

    mattnboise Cool Member

    Mar 7, 2006
    +1 It absolutely should be done and that is why it will not happen.
  10. James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    That isn't the offer. '03 channels for '03 price plus inflation (or overall consumer price index) would be the offer. Hopefully something has been added in the past 9 years that would make the extra increase at least partially worthwhile.

    Opt out all you like as long as you still pay for them. I suppose DirecTV could make people feel better by allowing some to save $3 a month for not getting their locals. The rest of the cost of delivering locals would still be paid for by the customers not receiving them. With stations charging per viewer DirecTV might even make money in some markets (if the carriage fees for that market total more than $3).

    The way I see it, I'm paying for locals whether I watch them or not. The token $3 doesn't cover the cost of delivery. Since I'm paying for locals anyways I might as well be able to watch them. The same goes for HD. The cost to deliver a HD signal to your TV is built in to the entire bill. Yes, there is a token fee but the ability to get free HD further demonstrates that the costs are covered elsewhere on the bill. A bill that has gone up over the years as new channels and technology has been introduced to the service provided.
  11. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Become a publicly traded company and I guess we can see what the end all becomes.

    I understand your intent but comparing your average small company to any company that is publicly traded and as large as DIRECTV isn't a real comparison.
  12. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I dont believe there's a single channel they've added since the inception of the NFL Network that I've watched, and if I have i don't care whether it's there or not. So, again I'll gladly pay the current rate for 03 channels pending it wouldn't come up to something like a $2 savings.
  13. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    Is this a joke? You do realize that they charge you per kw/hr usage right? :rolleyes:
  14. rayik

    rayik AllStar

    Mar 30, 2009
    Last year the continual price increases made us think about whether DTV was worth it to us. While we could easily afford DTV, it just became not worth it to us and we cut the cord. When we did that, we had no complaints about DTV and actually loved the service.

    One year later and we are very happy with our cord cutting decision. TV went from about $81 / month to $16 / month (netflix and hulu plus monthly subscriptions). We watch basically everything we did with DTV. For the few new shows my wife just can't wait to watch, we buy a season pass on Amazon for about $30. (This is much less than 1 months subscrption to DTV.)

    For sports, the NFL is on OTA (and we live in an OTA rich area). Our MLB team has 30% of the games OTA. Our local hockey and basketball teams are Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia - which DTV never had - and thus we learned not to miss them. We still don't miss them.

    It's not for eveyone. But content providers should keep folks like us in mind when they make their pricing plans.
  15. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.....


    * DECEMBER 29, 2011

    Customers Say to Cable Firms, 'Let's Make a Deal'


    Want cheaper cable television? Try asking for it.

    Every three to six months, when his most recent promotional deal expires, Carey Anthony blocks out an hour of his day to negotiate with his cable company. Each time, the president of a software company in Los Angeles says he can knock $20 to $30 off his monthly bill.

    Lauren Schuker on The News Hub has some tips on how to trim your cable bill, such as asking your service provider for unadvertised deals. Photo: AP

    "Negotiating works every time," says Mr. Anthony, 46, who estimates he has saved more than $350 a year over the past decade. "Sometimes you have to threaten to cancel service, or switch to another provider, or sit on hold for an hour, but I've never failed to get a discount," he says. "You just have to be diligent."

    To stanch the bleeding, some cable companies have begun to quietly offer stripped-down plans to retain viewers. They frequently go unadvertised in many regions and customers might have to hunt for them on providers' websites to find out exactly what to ask for.

  16. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    I'm sure DirecTV could have made the new packages and pricing more convoluted and difficult to understand...but it would have taken some work. ;)
  17. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Part of the challenge is that we don't know what the channel lineups are for several of these bundles. It's odd that they'd announce pricing now, but not the channel list. Are they still negotiating behind the scenes???
  18. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Has anyone seen an official communication yet or just the training information that was copied and pasted in the first post?
  19. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Only one that I know of...

  20. F1 Fan

    F1 Fan Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    I had the email from them about 2 or 3 days ago

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