Cost increase with new HD Channels?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by RonH54, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. RonH54

    RonH54 New Member

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    This might have been answered before but does anyone have any idea how much DirecTv is going to charge for the new HD channels? Or are they suppose to be included in the present HD package?

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  2. RS4

    RS4 New Member

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    I'm pretty sure I read that the price will stay the same - $10.
     
  3. RonH54

    RonH54 New Member

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    Thanks
     
  4. IsReal18

    IsReal18 New Member

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    good inside sources state prices will stay the same
     
  5. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

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    They would have a lot of pissed of people if they JACKED up the prices when they finally catch up w/ others w/ the # of HD channels
     
  6. Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

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    I'm sure there will a BIG announcement of a price reduction when they finally add some HiDef, in appreciation of the years of patience and loyalty of their customers.
     
  7. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Typically DirecTV changes their prices in March.
     
  8. iaflyer

    iaflyer New Member

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    But since most of those people have new HR20s (with their two year contract) why would DirecTV care?
     
  9. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    Didn't DirecTv just do a preemptive increase?

    Didn't they rename the HD Package to the HD Access Fee, and raise the amount?
    Didn't they just raise the DVR fee?
    Didn't they just change the packages, dropping the cheapest one and up the rates on the remaining ones?

    I'm not looking forward to the day I have to get me a HR20, as I am grandfathered in with the package I have that no longer exists, and I'll have to start paying the HD Access Fee on top of getting a new package.


    phox
     
  10. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    DirecTV has said in a couple press releases that they will not increase the price of the HD package when the new channels are added. However, I personally would expect some increase in March. Only makes sense.

     
  11. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    I could've sworn it was $4.99 when I first signed up with DirecTV, and it stayed $4.99 till earlier this year.
    Ok, maybe it wasn't this year that it went up, but March of 06.
    03/01/06 03/29/06 DIRECTV DVR Service Fee Monthly 4.99
    03/30/06 04/29/06 DIRECTV DVR Service Fee Monthly 5.99

    Right now I'm getting HBOHD, SHOHD and TNTHD without paying the HD Access Fee, so I know if I get an HR20 in the near future, they'll hit me with that $9.99, plus the other $10 bucks for the package that has the HD package in it.

    I guess I'm currently grandfathered with my package, and the old policy of if you are paying for HBO and SHO, you get the HD versions for free.
    Don't know how I am still getting TNTHD for free.

    HBO and SHO went up $1.00 in March of this year, Total Choice went up $5.00.
    Total Choice is no longer a package, but they can still raise the price apparantly, but it's still $10 cheaper than the comparable package they offer now.


    phox
     
  12. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

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    Also they reduced it from $10.99 a while back.
     
  13. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

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    Getting the HR20 shouldn't affect the price you are currently paying. You should continue to be grandfathered until you change packages or cancel DirecTV. At least that is my understanding but I could be wrong. As to why you can get TNTHD without the HD package or HD access fee I guess you got lucky.
     
  14. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    All I can say is since March activating *any* HD receiver requires the HD Access Fee. So if you went today and bought an HR10 you'd be required to get the HD Access Fee. Just the way it is.
     
  15. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    I'm just afraid of changing anything, lest they find out I'm getting something I shouldn't be.

    I also remember hearing something about if you add or drop anything, you lose the grandfather status.

    I know I'm sticking it out with DirecTV regardless, I have 2 DirecTV TiVo's in perfect working order, and it would be way too much $$ to switch to cable or back to DishNetwork and keep my current DVR recording ability, both in number of tuners and capacity.
    Not to mention, cable pretty much sucks in these parts.

    Keeping the thread on topic, there would definately be a price increase for me to get the new HD channels.


    phox
     
  16. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Done.

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    Yea, you're grandfathered into HBO and Showtime as they were included with those movie packs before. TNT HD seems to be "in the clear" and even those that never subbed to the old HD package get it. Not sure if that is also grandfathered or not.
     
  17. joed32

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    HBO and Showtime are still the same as they were, if you subscribe you get the HD version too. You don't need the HD Access for those.
     
  18. gio1269

    gio1269 "HR20 Army"

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    No you will not pay $19.99

    The HD package is now called HD Access and basically went up $1
    I switched for the HR10 to the HR20 and my package rate never increased.

    Any package you have now will be Grandfathered in at your current rate/channle package.

    Current Charges for Service Period 07/04/07 - 08/03/07

    07/04 08/03 TOTAL CHOICE PLUS Monthly 51.99
    07/04 08/03 HBO and SPORTS Monthly 24.00
    07/04 08/03 DIRECTV Protection Plan Monthly 5.99
    07/04 08/03 HD Access Monthly 9.99
    07/04 08/03 DIRECTV DVR Service Monthly 5.99

    They changed it because people were getting HD receivers, then not buying the package and using it for OTA HD. So they said, you want an HD receiver? You will pay the $10 and get the HD channels whether you want them or not.

    My sister in law just went with D*. She pays $10 for the access fee and gets HD channels.
     
  19. su_A_ve

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    From what I was told a couple of times when I was trying to get the HR20 for free (but never did), the HD access fee is required when getting any new HD hardware.

    But most specials are including $10-12 credit a month to cover it... But you can cancell the HD access fee at any time. They only commitment you have is to a plan.

    Also, if you do cancel the HD access fee, you would still get the local HD channels, and the corresponding premiums if you subscribe to one of them.

    My .02...
     
  20. Philly Bill

    Philly Bill Everyday is Saturday

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    I subbed an HR20 to JUST get HD locals. After a couple months I called and asked why I got none of the HD Access channels even though I paid for it... they told me because I only have the Family Plan and it doesn't get those SD channels to begin with...

    So they switched me (supposedly... I haven't got a new bill yet) to some sort of 'zero dollar' option for HD Access. I still have it... but am billed 0.00 for it.

    We'll see.
     

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