So tired of "Bill Creep"

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  1. Feb 19, 2016 #61 of 111
    Delroy E Walleye

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    Whoops. I got the math upside-down. In reality it's closer to five percent. Still a little more than creep, though.
     
  2. Feb 20, 2016 #62 of 111
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    Jebus, my current bill, due in March, is $212! Last month's bill was $190. That's more than "bill creep" IMO. I really don't want to switch to Dish and certainly not my cable provider, Suddenlink, but Dish's current offer of a 3 year price guarantee is extremely tempting. I'll have to run some numbers and see if it's enough to push me over to Dish.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2016 #63 of 111
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    I had a discount that expired in December, something else that ran out in January and then the price increase - my bill ran out to $215 a month.

    Add $80 a month for awful TWC Internet and $295 was just too much.

    1Gbps fiber and all channels I had minus Starz for $170.

    The equipment isn't as nice, and the UI lacks compared to D* but for the 1 year price lock and $230 after I'll be happy to play the new customer game every year if I have too.

    No more contracts. Ever.

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  4. Feb 20, 2016 #64 of 111
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    If you switch back and forth you'll have contracts.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2016 #65 of 111
    inkahauts

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    Did you compare the two bills yet and see why it jumped that much? Sounds like more than just the price increase.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2016 #66 of 111
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    Jesus... what kind of setups do you guys have where you are paying $200+ / mo just for DirecTV? A single TV setup with ZERO promos is $105ish with Preferred Xtra and extra outlets are, what, $7/mo now? Nobody has 10+ outlets! (except maybe Rich :)). Even if you add all the movie channels, that can't add up to an extra $100+ a month.

    You guys must be doing the top package + Sunday Ticket + all the various other sports packages + PPVs, etc + lots of outlets to get that high.

    If so, what do you expect? Sports are the main thing driving programming increases. It sure as hell ain't Pawn Stars and The Big Bang Theory.

    Anybody still buying PPVs on DirecTV should have their heads examined :), waaaay overpriced compared to Netflix, Amazon, Torrent, etc.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2016 #67 of 111
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    I have the Premier package which includes all the premium movie channels. I have not once purchased a PPV movie in the eleven years I've had DirecTV. No Sunday Ticket. I have three televisions with one Genie, one mini and a HR 22 that I kept for "backup" when the Genie was installed. I do have the less expensive Protection Plan. I had a monthly $10 discount for 24 months which is near to or has already expired. They have not posted the upcoming bill so I cannot do any comparisons yet.
     
  8. Feb 20, 2016 #68 of 111
    Delroy E Walleye

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    Premier package, HD Fee, Advance DVR fee, Whole Home, RSN fee, E/W NY/LA DNS (grandfathered but monthly fee), HD Extra pack and six units + sales tax. No Sunday Ticket, protection plan or PPV. Tell me what you think I'm supposed to be paying.


     
  9. Feb 20, 2016 #69 of 111
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    Ok, so that's 3 outlets... depending on your pricing structure, it's possible the first one is free... but that's like $20 just for the equipment.

    There have been many discussions on the forums about the protection plan. Unless you have *owned* receivers (which is fairly rare), the cheaper protection plan is of no value to you as an account in good standing can generally have dish service charges waived and even new equipment prices can be waived in the one in a million chance that something breaks. Have you ever had to use the protection plan?

    Maybe you should drop your package a bit? Even the promo pricing on the premiere is $90 a month! Netflix is going to get movies the same time that those channels do and Netflix is MUCH cheaper. Do you really watch all those channels?

    A $10 discount on a ~$200 bill? That's pretty bad. On my single TV setup HR24 + HD + DVR, my non-discounted bill would be $105ish as I said above, and I'm normally paying in the $75 range. That is a ~$30 discount! Right now actually, I'm paying only $56/mo for the next year! That's like 50% off!

    I would suggest re-evaluating dropping the protection plan, and maybe moving one package down. Even if you don't want to do that, call up retention and play "the game". You can certainly do better then -$10.
     
  10. Feb 20, 2016 #70 of 111
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    No I won't, not if I switch between cable and telco.

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  11. Feb 20, 2016 #71 of 111
    SledgeHammer

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    If you want every single channel under the sun + 6 outlets, well... LOL... what do you want me to tell you? LOL... like I told etexlady, why not go to Netflix and drop your package down? Are you getting a good discount at least?

    If you moved down to ultimate, your savings would be substantial. Premier is just a very expensive package and they don't discount it a lot. Look at the promo pricing. Ultimate is half the price! :)


    Do you really watch stuff on the HD Extra pack? Fine if you do... but that's like The Hallmark channel for crying out loud :).
     
  12. Feb 20, 2016 #72 of 111
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    I had the top package and 5 TV's, but I don't really see why you'd have such a reaction to how much money I spend for something like TV.

    I can afford it, and though I never loved my bill amount I tolerated it. D* made me pay attention with their rate increase that hit just after my discounts expired. Once my bill crossed $200 my ears went up.

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  13. Feb 20, 2016 #73 of 111
    SledgeHammer

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    I don't care what you pay LOL... YOU do... you're in a thread complaining about your bill :sure: .
     
  14. Feb 20, 2016 #74 of 111
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    I didn't say that you cared, I said your reaction was a bit ridiculous to something that doesn't concern you.

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  15. Feb 21, 2016 #75 of 111
    SledgeHammer

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    I just asked you why your bill was so high out of curiousity. Relax. Again, you're in a thread about bills. If you don't want to discuss your bill, then umm... don't... <head scratcher>.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2016 #76 of 111
    dualsub2006

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    I'm perfectly relaxed.


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  17. Feb 21, 2016 #77 of 111
    HarleyD

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    My bill is in that $200 ballpark. Here's how it breaks down.

    • I have the XTRA package. $81.99/mo.
    • I also have all the premium movie channels. $53.99/mo.
    • The HD/DVR/Whole-Home charges. $23/mo.
    • I have an RSN fee. $3.51/mo.
    • Sales and communication fee taxes are just under $20.mo.
    • And the thing that makes D* my best alternative, I have five HD-DVRs. $28/mo.
    All told that's roughly $210/mo.

    The multiple DVRs make D* a better choice for me because when I have priced other providers, they are often cheaper on the programming package but charge a fortune for multiple boxes. By the time I get an apples-to-apples comparison in programming AND equipment, I come out ahead with DirecTV.
     
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  18. Feb 21, 2016 #78 of 111
    SledgeHammer

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    Wow. That bolded part is bad. I live in California and we don't have that. I remember seeing crawlers for a few states urging residents to fight that. What state are you in?

    Do you mean the Preferred XTRA? That package is a "secret" one -- its in the same price ballpark that you are paying for your base package, but does away with the RSN fee because it drops a couple of sports channels. Or maybe its just RSN free in certain areas? I remember reading its RSN free nationwide though, but either way, that's only $3.50 :).

    Movie Channels -- same rule applies as above -- why not doing streaming or Netflix? Netflix is going to be like $15 or less for all you can eat. Both Netflix and Amazon already have 4K content where DirecTV doesn't except $20 PPVs.
     
  19. Feb 21, 2016 #79 of 111
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    Why would anyone have all the premiums but not the premier package?

    Do you buy individual beers or a 6 pack? Because you are buying individuals for TV...
     
  20. Feb 21, 2016 #80 of 111
    SledgeHammer

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    Don't you get all the movie channels with Ultimate too? Premiere is just to add on all the crazy sports channels. Like if you want to root for your favorite Mongolian Lawn Dart team and such?
     

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