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New Directv Prices

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

  1. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    Could be. I keep a user account on my computer with a virgin browser so they don't know who it is too. I think that can make a difference, but I don't why it shows for me and doesn't for you in any definitive way.
  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I don't think it's that easy. If Disney requires ESPN be a main channel, and won't negotiate that point, DirecTV would either have to accept that or drop them completely. That would be much worse for DirecTV. If you could get a package without ESPN, would that affect the price of A&E, History, Lifetime etc? ESPN is a very expensive channel, I see the allure of not getting it. But in reality, going to an ala carte system won't work out the way people think.
  3. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    ESPN has a minimum number of viewers built into it's contract with every carrier. This means that its going to be on the most popular packages. This is not uncommon with the top viewed channels.
  4. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    But say makeing ESPN like HBO is not Ala carte but at say $5-$6+ a sub it's a lot of the price.

    Theme packs are the way to go.

    RSN channel maybe $1-$3 a sub based on area areas with more then give people even more choice if they want (kind of have this is limited way in some are ares.

    Disney channel used to be add on as well.

    Just having a basic sports pack for say $10-$15 (espn, local RSN's other like NBCSP, big ten, and so on) and then maybe a more sports at $5 more the sports pack non RSN channels + maybe red zone. and then for $7 to have a out of market RSN pack.

    There is also a old FCC law saying that you can get Limited Basic and add channels like HBO to it.
  5. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I think if you want to fight ESPN (and others) rising costs you do the following as a provider. Be honest about what they pay for the ESPN channels, not ABC Family, not Disney, just the ESPN group. Then explain the EXACT increase they want and what it cost per provider and how much of that is passed on in the bill. Then tell subs it's up to us, if most of you want it we will renew. If most of you want us to hold our ground and fight it, even if it means the channels disappearing for awhile, we'll do the too and since in that instance we aren't paying for those channels we will lower your bill by that much. Then be even more forthright in saying we will still occasionally have to raise our rates, just remember it would be even higher if we had given in to their demands.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    ESPN will ALWAYS be part of every basic package. End of story.
  7. jeffgbailey

    jeffgbailey Legend

    Feb 28, 2008
    actually if you drop to Select it DOES qualify for free HD. Plenty of threads where folks have got it just by asking :)
  8. Glen_D

    Glen_D Legend

    Oct 21, 2006
    Coincidentally, I got a flyer in the mail yesterday from DirecTV. It states the same thing as what I got on the website: Choice EXTRA minimum requirement for free HD.
    Problem is, unofficial things like that are at the discretion of the CSR/Retention Dept., and may not be available to all customers.
  9. mark40511

    mark40511 Legend

    Jul 18, 2008
    Lexington KY
    For those who intend on using your broadband connection for TV entertainment so you will not have the bill each month, have you considered broadband caps?

    I've read some ISP's are implementing this to 150 GB per/mo.
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    There are two SELECTs. The 44.99 one (the one you can get without going through retention) does NOT quality. I had free HD, and they started charging me $10 immediately after switching to that package. When I called, they would not budge. I ended up going back to Choice Extra.
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    This is why there is a process call acquisition. DIRECTV LA recently announced some manner of broadband offering.
  12. mavs-fan

    mavs-fan Mentor

    Aug 31, 2011
    Has the full list of stations moving from Choice Xtra to Choice Ultimate on 2/9 been released yet? It will be very interesting to see how many channels are moving to the higher tier package.
  13. Mike Greer

    Mike Greer Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    The caps are a factor no doubt. They also vary from provider to provider and can/do change.

    The biggest issue I see is for cable Internet service - they have a clear conflict of interest. They would love to cap your bandwidth to force you to use their own video services rather than Netflix, Hulu or DirecTV On-Demand.

    Hopefully there will be enough subscriber backlash to keep the Internet Service Providers in check!
  14. ffdoug

    ffdoug Cool Member

    Jun 30, 2007
    I still have total choice plus programming.:lol:
  15. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    What cool stuff are you talking about specifically? The new Tivo :rolleyes:? WHDVR? Locals for obscure places like Wormlick, Montana? The HD GUI? SWiM?

    Not a single one of those things does anything for me or my viewing pleasure.
  16. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    So do I and what will actually be included in it (or its replacement) will be very interesting since what I actually receive and what the DirecTV website programming packages list do not match. ;)
  17. bigtom

    bigtom Legend

    Jan 23, 2009
    You may not directly benefit from utilization, but R&D is an investment in attracting and retaining customers or reducing DIRECTVs costs. The increased revenue can mean more to invest in aquiring new channels, more HD, improvements in customer service or field services.

    I don't know what may be important to each individual, but there are indirect benefits of R&D to everyone.
  18. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    The NFL media partners just signed deals with the NFL from 2013 to 2022 which will deliver the NFL $28 billion. That's a 63% increase in programmer payments. Just one small example of what is going on.

    I know at DIRECTV, the single largest cost is programming costs and it's not even close. So when that line item goes up by 10%, it's going to have a huge impact. Every MVPD is feeling it because programming costs are hitting everyone. Yes, even hitting OTT alternatives like Netflix
  19. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    MVPD? OTT?
  20. CouchTater

    CouchTater Cool Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    I recently retired and am having to find ways to cut back now that I'm living on a fixed income. It looks like Directv may become a casulty. I've been with them since their first year but I rarely watch anything beyond the regular network channels and the other few I watch I can probably catch on Netflix or something at a cheaper monthly rate. Companies don't seem to realize the economy is still in the dumpster and people are hurting.

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