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New Rates? HBO Increase - It Pays to Complain

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Lazy Senior, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Jan 1, 2013 #81 of 125
    mnassour

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    FWIW, natural gas has decreased by about half in central Texas over the past 24 months...wish I could say the same for DirecTV!!! :)
     
  2. Jan 2, 2013 #82 of 125
    wingrider01

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    Ya - they raised every other place in the US to cover your cut of 50 percent:)
     
  3. Jan 2, 2013 #83 of 125
    wingrider01

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    Mortgage - I own my home clear so no worries about that
    Natural Gas - 35 percent increase in 2012
    Water - 19 percent increase in 2012
    Sewer - 75 percent increase in 2012, with request for another increase
    Electricity - 25 percent increase in 2012
    Trash pickup - 15 percent increase in 2012
     
  4. Jan 2, 2013 #84 of 125
    Cyber36

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    I'm gonna become a "churner" myself as of 2/1. This is what I get for 18 years of loyalty & never being late on a bill?? If I were king of *tv, all "loyal" subjects would be intitled to a 3 year price freeze, based on certain criteria. Show me you still want me or I'll show you the door......
     
  5. Jan 2, 2013 #85 of 125
    Satelliteracer

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    Apples to oranges.

    That's 'widget' based stuff. The more widgets you make, the cheaper it is to make them.

    Much different than creative content, sports rights, etc...or the very costs that drive content (actors, producers, directors, writers, taxes, etc..human talent). They're not widgets. Anything that is linked to entertainment...movies, tv, sports, video games, that requires creativity, unique talents, etc are going to go up in price.

    Movie tickets, sports tickets, licensing fees, etc. When Brad Pitt's fees go up, so does the downstream prices. When a new NFL deal is signed with the players or ESPN does a deal for MNF, then prices go up downstream. When PS3 of XBox signs a licensing deal to do some Marvel comics game, prices go up.

    They aren't widgets, they aren't manufactured goods. There is also tremendous amount of money that goes into the piloting or creation of shows, series, that are risky and don't pan out. This is what makes it so different than the music industry. The cost to produce a music album is small and it was easy to see how a disruptor like Apple or others could make do what they did to music. It's also easy to see why Apple, Google, Intel, Hulu, etc, etc. are finding it much more difficult to do so with video. It's apples to oranges is such a huge way. So much deeper, more complex, etc.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2013 #86 of 125
    Lazy Senior

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    My motto is 'What have you done for me lately?"

    It is the reason I change TV providers every couple of years. I love those New Customer discounts which save me 100s of $$$. Loyalty may get you a pat on the back and a couple of free movies.. :lol:
     
  7. Jan 2, 2013 #87 of 125
    Satelliteracer

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    And I'll bet the Natural gas you are getting is "gassier" and more natural.

    I'll bet the water you got is more wet, and better tasting.

    I'll bet the electricity you are now getting is more electrifying.

    :lol:
     
  8. Jan 2, 2013 #88 of 125
    loudo

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    Good point, that makes the 3% increase in my DirecTV bill look, "not bad at all".
     
  9. Jan 2, 2013 #89 of 125
    Satelliteracer

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    Morgan Stanley reported today that D* prices up about 4.5%. Dish prices up about 5.5%. If cable and Telco do what they normally do, they will be up north of 5%.
     
  10. Jan 2, 2013 #90 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    The annual yada-yada-yada....and now obviously the annual yada-yada-yada that follows in these threads.
     
  11. Jan 2, 2013 #91 of 125
    lparsons21

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    For me, the most likely to pass TV tax that Illinois is getting ready to pass (5%) will be a bigger increase than the rate increase that D* is doing. I'm not thrilled with that at all! :(
     
  12. Jan 2, 2013 #92 of 125
    Laxguy

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    Holy Cow! What's the tax based on? Fees you pay? How dare they touch satellite services! No Illinois resources used at all, except 'lectricity. Thiefs! Bastards! Crooks!

    [ I wuz borned and raised in the Land of Lincoln....]
     
  13. Jan 2, 2013 #93 of 125
    wingrider01

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    the only gas that is gassier is what the politicians are spewing out both ends

    the only water that is spread is from the politicians when they hit their custom designed head that cost $10,000 to buy

    the only thing that is more electirfyng is the spewed clap trap from politicians
     
  14. Jan 2, 2013 #94 of 125
    billsharpe

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    Not true. Our natural gas cost in Southern California has gone down a bit in the past year, but nothing like 50%.

    Gasoline is something else!
     
  15. Jan 2, 2013 #95 of 125
    lparsons21

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    Looks like to the total bill. But some research today indicates that it might not pass as the state congress critters are catching a lot of flack about it.
     
  16. Jan 2, 2013 #96 of 125
    NR4P

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    OTA is free.
    I get 55 OTA channels. Granted not HBO or ESPN but most of us have the option to put up some type of antenna and get a dozen or three dozen stations.
     
  17. Jan 2, 2013 #97 of 125
    harsh

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    Or you can sit it out for a season and buy the Blu-ray for considerably less and not have to fight with iTunes.
     
  18. Jan 2, 2013 #98 of 125
    harsh

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    I dare you to tell me that most of the TLC and Discovery channel stuff isn't widgets TV programming.
     
  19. Jan 2, 2013 #99 of 125
    TBlazer07

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    Most home resale values. :grin:
     
  20. Jan 2, 2013 #100 of 125
    hdtvfan0001

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    That was a temporary trend and not everywhere, mostly because of all the foreclosures and other economic conditions of course.

    In fact, they went up last year as much as 6% in 15 major markets. ;)
     

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