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PBS Sprout Channel 295

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by djbarker27, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. djbarker27

    djbarker27 New Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    My friend received this email today form Directv:

    Thank you for being a loyal DIRECTV customer. We appreciate your business and would like to provide an important update regarding your DIRECTV® programming.

    Effective February 9, 2012, Sprout on Channel 295 will move to the CHOICE ULTIMATE™ package. This channel move is part of an effort to control rising programming costs while still offering you the most popular channels at a reasonable price across all our packages. We apologize for any inconvenience this programming change may cause.

    Many of the shows broadcast on Sprout are also available on your local PBS station(s). To find your local PBS stations, go to the Search & Browse section of your Menu screen and type "PBS" in the Smart Search bar. You can also visit DIRECTV.com for the most up to date PBS channel listings in your area.

    DIRECTV also offers a broad selection of additional children's programming in our kids channel neighborhood of 290 through 302, including several Disney and Nickelodeon channels, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, the Hub and BabyFirstTV.

    Does this only effect the Choice Extra plan or the old Total Choice Plus plans as well?
  2. RML81

    RML81 Legend

    Jul 3, 2011
    I got the email, too. I'm not concerned. I've never watched it.
  3. hawksfan01

    hawksfan01 New Member

    May 20, 2011
    My daughter loves that channel. Had to make the upgrade, and spend even more money for one channel. I don't need or want the couple extra channels.
  4. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    There is another thread about the topic. Cloo is also moving to Ultimate. I will have to wait to see what the final line ups will be before I decide whether to switch, but the grandkids like Sprout, and my wife likes Cloo, so I see another $5.00 per month to DirecTV in my future.
  5. NewForceFiveFan

    NewForceFiveFan Legend

    Apr 23, 2010
    I remember years ago when I upgraded to Dish's AT250 just to get Boomerang! and a couple other niche channels. If your daughter wants it that much then just tell her it's part of her allowance.
  6. mavs-fan

    mavs-fan Mentor

    Aug 31, 2011
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe if you currently have Sprout on the Choice Xtra package that your package will be renamed to Choice Xtra Classic after Feb. 9 and you will continue to have Sprout, Cloo and any other channels that may be moving to Ultimate after Feb. 9.
  7. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    A good deal of the programming on Sprout is exclusive. As for the stuff on PBS, I can get that for free OTA.
  8. detroit_fan

    detroit_fan Legend

    Dec 27, 2007
    I have an old package that appears as "Plus HD DVR" on my bill. I currently get sprout, does anyone know if it will stay in my current plan or will i have to get the ultimate?
  9. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    It's coming out of all forms of CHOICE XTRA, including the soon to be re-named XTRA Classic.
  10. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    You would have to upgrade. Plus HD DVR is the same as CHOICE XTRA with HD Access and DVR service.
  11. detroit_fan

    detroit_fan Legend

    Dec 27, 2007
    thanks for teh reply. glad to know what current package my old one compares to.

    so i would have to go to ultimate $71/month, then have to pay separate dvr($8) and hd($10) fees, so i'd be $89/month instead of my current $83/month for all. that sucks
  12. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Not very classic then... :lol:

  13. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    Any other channel changes we should know of possibly that are going to occur in two weeks?
  14. Stryker412

    Stryker412 Legend

    Jan 21, 2009
    I spoke today with someone in retentions. I was very nice with the CSR and explained that I watch that channel all the time with our son. It's one of the few channels that does not have any programming I need to be concerned about him watching. The guy was very nice and we chatted for a bit. He upgraded me to Choice Ultimate and gave me a $5/month credit for a year. So basically I got the upgrade for free. I don't care about any of the other channels I gained but I'm glad we're keeping Sprout. Now about getting it in HD...
  15. Nighthawk68

    Nighthawk68 Godfather

    Oct 14, 2004
    I am not too concerned with Sprout, but I do watch cloo. I did upgrade recently to Ultimate, so I guess it wont affect me much. I am curious to see the new package lineups tho.
  16. WebTraveler

    WebTraveler Icon

    Apr 9, 2006
    Now I have to wonder, are Sprout and Cloo those channels that are driving our bills up? I don't think so, but I get the point that Directv needs to get costs in check. But really, these channels? Seriously. How about pulling off Fox News? That channel drives costs up more significantly.....
  17. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009

    You don't care about the cost of FNC. You just object because it is more conservative.
  18. detroit_fan

    detroit_fan Legend

    Dec 27, 2007
    Why would they move the most popular news channel. Makes more sense to move the ones nobody watches, like msnbc and current tv ;)
  19. naijai

    naijai Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    Slight correction

    Choice Ultimate $74.99/month, Dvr($8) and HD($10)
    Total = $92.99
  20. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I am just curious why they are raising the price of the package (Xtra Classic) if they are removing channels from it. Logically, the price should stay the same, and they should just remove channels every year to keep the price the same (for that package).

    This move really makes no sense to me. Maybe they are just getting us used to losing channels from our packages to see if we will complain about losing them at the same time they hike the price.

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