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Price Increase

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by philtec, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. philtec

    philtec Cool Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    Phila PA
    Anyone else get this???
    I am on my second year of signup discounts, does this include me??

    Dear DIRECTV® Customer,

    We would like to thank you for being a loyal customer and let you know we truly appreciate your business. We are excited about the New Year and our continued commitment to deliver additional value to your DIRECTV service as we launch more HD channels, introduce new technologies and continue to bring you award-winning service. DIRECTV works continuously to deliver maximum choice and value that's indicative of our reputation as the must-have premium video service.

    We are writing to let you know about an upcoming price increase for 2013. This is a letter we never like to write because, if it were up to us, our choice would be to never increase your bill.

    Unfortunately, there are many external factors at work that make this a reality for not just DIRECTV, but all TV providers who must do this every year. The biggest of which is that almost all programmers who provide channels to the DIRECTV platform are increasing their rates at a level we've never seen before. On occasion, some negotiations of new and existing channel contracts have become public recently so you can see we are doing all we can to make sure you do not suffer unfair price increases as a result of unreasonable demands in these disputes. By holding firm, we've held our annual price increases on average below those of cable competitors.

    In 2013, the programming costs we pay to owners of television channels will increase by about 8.0%, but we have chosen to adjust the prices our customers pay by an average of only 4.5%. On February 7, 2013, new pricing will be applied to DIRECTV programming packages and services. Click here for more complete details.

    But rest assured, as a DIRECTV customer you get many extra benefits and perks and we are always looking at ways to add to and improve the service. We plan to build on many of the achievements delivered in 2012 which continued to make DIRECTV the best TV experience available, such as:

    The launch of DIRECTV Everywhere. Now watch movies and shows anywhere-on your TV at home, on your computer, tablet or smartphone at no extra charge.^
    New SD and HD channels were added with BBC America, Disney Jr., DIY, E!, Nat Geo WILD, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, beIN SPORT, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, and others.
    The DIRECTV on DEMAND library expanded to over 10,000 shows and movies.
    NFL SUNDAY TICKET was available at our lowest price in nearly a decade!
    DIRECTV and Viggle partnered so you can earn great rewards just for watching DIRECTV with the free Viggle app for your smartphone or tablet.

    We are committed to delivering the highest quality entertainment service and value, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the very best DIRECTV have to offer. Thank you for your continued loyalty.


    Ellen Filipiak
    Senior Vice President of Customer Service
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, it applies to all customers and occurs every year.
  3. philtec

    philtec Cool Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    Phila PA
    This is on the pdf link in email:
    If you are currently receiving a promotional offer, you will continue to receive the promotional price for the remainder of the offer period.

    Are not the first 2 years of initial contract on promo price??
  4. Justin23

    Justin23 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    It depends on the offer when you signed up. Most offers will be a 12 month promo for a 24 month agreement.

    Certain areas of the country have a 2nd year savings as well.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    You need to look up the deal that you signed up for. Price contracts aren't offered very often and if you're not under such an explicit price contract, you have no protection from rate changes.

    What DIRECTV offers currently is fixed discounts as opposed to fix pricing. For someone subscribing to a promotional plan today, they will receive a monthly programming discount that is pre-defined for 12 months and a significantly reduced discount for months 13-24 but they will experience at least two underlying price hikes during their commitment.
    We cannot do the research on your contract for you but DIRECTV customer service may be able to help you out. Either way, you're still under the balance of a 24 month commitment.
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    If the signup deal you got included a price freeze for two years, then the increase would not apply (though when the freeze runs out, it would increase then.) If the deal was for say $20 off the second year, that discount would be taken off the new rates.
  7. lipcrkr

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    My first year discounts runs out in May, my second year discount is $10 off the regular rate (i have Ultimate). So does that mean i still get $10 off the new rate even though it increased by a couple of dollars?
  8. philtec

    philtec Cool Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    Phila PA
  9. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    Hey you prolly didnt like when DTV took Viacom channels down and called for a credit....this is the repercussions...

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