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So Tired Of The Price Game!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by CallMeCoach, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. goinsleeper

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    ... and another al a carte thread. Would be nice if it worked the way people think it would when only looking at it from the consumer side. But, as many people have said, if a company could dominate the market offering al a carte, why is no one doing it? Because it does not work.

    Choices and options are what make America go 'round. For all of those who say, "Let's lose a bunch of channels and shows to get the cost down" are generally only thinking of themselves. Just because you think a show is terrible or fantastic does not mean the next person does. And content owners don't care about either; they only care about what brings in ratings and advertising. D* does not raise rates because they want to. As prices inflate, so must their charges. At least they make you aware of it before it happens unlike some other providers(I'm sure you guys know a few). :)
     
  2. fluffybear

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    I have no issue with what you like or want to watch. However, it would be nice if we had to choice to pick and pay for only the channels you wanted.

    I fully understand why this does not exist and can live with it but it doesn't hurt to dream!!
     
  3. pdxBeav

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    The reason they aren't doing it is because they are maximizing their profits with the current model. It has nothing to do with working or not working.
     
  4. JeffBowser

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    Lord, if that's true, I weep for this country and its future. :(

     
  5. Hoosier205

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    False. It is not a viable option for either side of the equation.
     
  6. macfan601

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    I have another way to look at this for the original poster. I have the Premier package. With it and my extras I pay a little bit less than $150 a month. I could care less about sports but I am a big movie fan. The Premier package provides the Premium channels so I can get my movies. Now I would say the average ticket price at a movie complex is around $8 and there are roughly an average of 30 days in a month. So if I watch only one movie a day it would cost me $240 at the movie complex. That makes my Directv seem like a real bargain to me considering all of the extras I get besides my one movie a day.
     
  7. Newshawk

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    Right idea, wrong target. Just think about it and follow the money. The consumer pays DirecTV, but does DirecTV get to keep all the money? Although some may think so, the dirty little secret is the DirecTV, as well as being a supplier, is also a consumer. Who do they buy from? The networks. (Do you think DirecTV gets all the networks for free? If you do, I've got some beachfront property just outside Tempe, AZ I want to talk to you about!) The networks are the ones who do not want ala carte. They can't keep churning out new channels and forcing the cable/satellite providers to carry them if ala carte was instituted. That's also why no provider has stepped out and offered it on its own. Even when trying to offer lower cost options, DirecTV has to include ESPN if it wants to be able to carry many of the other Disney-owned networks (including ABC.) Also, network owners will force providers to carry low rated "niche" channels by tying them to the more popular channels.
     
  8. 242424

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    That's not true, there are a whole bunch of "experts" on an internet message board that say it wouldn't work. lol
     
  9. pdxBeav

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    False
     
  10. pdxBeav

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    ;)
     
  11. Hoosier205

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    It only takes a bit of common sense and basic logic.
     
  12. pfp

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    I just love seeing all these posts from people who claim a la carte simply will not work with no proof. All a bunch of sheep buying into, and parroting, the propaganda of the industry that is making huge money off the system they have shoved down our throats.
     
  13. Hoosier205

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    It has failed before. We know why. We also know why it would fail again. It isn't a topic being taken seriously by anyone with even a basic understanding of the dynamics involved. It would bring far less channels, at much higher costs. You want something, yet you fail to understand how it works and what impact it would have.
     
  14. Satelliteracer

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    There's a bunch of experts for the last 10 years that have said the same thing. If it was so easy, such a slam dunk, someone would have done it by now.
     
  15. Satelliteracer

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    Is it a bad thing that US companies are profitable?
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    One could argue over the cost of your local channels, as the stations broadcast them over the air.

    The "cable channels", would become a subset of the premium channels, with a tiered pricing.

    Figure the service provider will have a base fee, and might need to go a la carte for calls to customer service.

    Figure the lowest channel cost might be like what a DNS channel costs [$1.50?].

    ESPN might be in the $5-10 range.

    "Niche" channels would either get dropped, or their price might be close to what ESPN costs, as the cost of the content needs to be recovered.

    For some this might end up cheaper, but it sounds more like I'd get less channels for the same price.
     
  17. Hoosier205

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    It's now tomorrow. Still awaiting these statements that show monthly rate changes...
     
  18. pdxBeav

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    Of course not, but that has nothing to do with the argument. Many claim a TV apocalypse if we had a la carte. It's simply not true. It's not backed up by any evidence other than baseless hearsay.

    As has been said many many times. A la carte isn't done today because it would result is less profits. Again, nothing wrong with that, but that's the reason. Simple facts.
     
  19. Hoosier205

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    Proof?
     
  20. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I disagree.
    The profit structure would merely change, as no company is going to work at a loss for very long.

    Take the a la carte to the extreme, and have every program pay per view. Money will still be made, but at what cost to the customer? 50ยข per show like Itunes?
     

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