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switched to family anybody else??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by churdie, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. churdie

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    lost too many channels went back to choice
     
  2. dcowboy7

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    nope no antbodys.
     
  3. LOCODUDE

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    How is the experience so far?
     
  4. JLucPicard

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    I've toyed with the idea, but losing ESPN, FX, USA, Spike and a few others would be VERY hard to take. So far, I'm sticking with the PLUS HD DVR equivalent I'm grandfathered into (Choice Plus?).
     
  5. dgsiiinc

    dgsiiinc AllStar

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    I may drop to Family after hockey season ends. I'll miss SciFi and BBCA, but that's about it.
     
  6. bjs188

    bjs188 AllStar

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    I dropped to Family last week. Had to call to get HD added so I could watch local OTA in HD. All the DVR's would let me select was 480p. Could not add it online. The rep gave me the HD Extra Pack for free for six months. I was already was into two months of the three months free.

    I live in a town house where cable is part of the maintenance fees and COX carries all of the HD channels I watch so I thought I would give them a try for awhile. Quality is not as good as DIRECTV but not bad.
     
  7. Galley

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    If it weren't for the MLB Network, I could get by with the Family Pack.
     
  8. roadrunner1782

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    I thought about it until I realized 80% of the channels I watch weren't in the family package.
     
  9. churdie

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    watch all the baseball u want it is a great service.
     
  10. heisman

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    Why would someone choose Family over Preferred Choice? A few extra dollars gets you an entire programming package with PC.
     
  11. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

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    What's the package you get with the fillipine radio station? I forget but wasn't it almost the same as Choice? I would shut off my internet and phone and go down to 1 receiver and drop the protection plan and drop my TWC (expanded basic their digital is horrible) backup for bad weather days before I would drop Totoal Choice Plus.
     
  12. Bob Coxner

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    There's an interesting play here to save money but still get a ton of channels.

    Sub to the Preferred Choice international package for $19.99 a month. Also sub to the MYX a la carte Filipino music channel for $4.99 a month. I'm assuming this will satisfy the requirement to sub to at least one international service.

    You end up with 121 channels for $25 a month. That beats the hell out of the 50 channels you get with Family for $30 a month. It's very close to the 150 channels you get with Choice for $56 a month.

    Here are the Preferred Choice channels:



    A&E
    ABC Family
    BBC America
    Bloomberg
    BYU TV
    Cartoon Network
    Cartoon Network (West)
    Christian TV Network
    Church Channel
    CNBC
    CNBC World
    CNN
    Comedy Central
    C-Span
    C-Span 2
    Daystar
    Discovery Channel
    Disney Channel (E)
    Disney Channel (W)
    E! Entertainment TV
    ESPN
    ESPN 2
    EWTN
    FIT TV
    Food Network
    Fox Movie Channel
    GEMS TV
    Gospel Music Channel
    GOD TV
    Headline News
    History Channel, The
    Home & Garden TV
    Home Shopping Network
    Jewelry TV
    Learning Channel, The
    Lifetime
    Link TV
    MTV
    NASA TV
    National Geographic Channel
    Nickelodeon /Nick at Nite (East)
    Nickelodeon /Nick at Nite (West)
    NRB Network
    QVC
    Sci-Fi Channel
    ShopNBC
    Spike TV
    TBS Superstation
    TCT Network
    The 101 Channel
    TNT
    Travel Channel
    Trinity Broadcasting Network
    TruTV
    TV Land
    USA Network
    VH1
    Weather Channel, The
    Word Network
    World Harvest Television

    +69 music channels. You also get the HD versions of these channels if you sub to the HD package.

    If the economic times get much worse I would think seriously about dropping down to this lineup.
     
  13. Fluthy

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    Preferred Choice is actually $34.99 a month, only $19.99 if you are new subscriber. I currently have preferred Choice and have every channel I need and watch.
     
  14. Ken S

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    We didn't switch to Family, but did drop HD Extra (leaving us with Choice Plus). I think next step will be just dropping DirecTV completely. There's getting to be better and better options that cost less.
     
  15. antec5150

    antec5150 Cool Member

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    do you recieve RSN's with preferred choice package?
     
  16. whitepelican

    whitepelican Godfather

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    No. But you do with the Spanish language package "Familiar", which I believe is somewhere around $46/month.
     
  17. dcowboy7

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    again thats each individuals opinion based on whats important to them:
    # of HD channels, HD picture quality, nfl sunday ticket etc.
     
  18. ToiletKitty

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    As of march 4th, Familiar package is not available, it was replaced with Optimo Mas; which does not have RSNs.
     
  19. Ken S

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    So, you're stating what I posted is my opinion? Thanks for clarifying the obvious.
     

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