DirecTV raising rates??

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  1. Jan 19, 2006 #1 of 154

    disco Father of Sam.

    Mar 27, 2000
    There's some speculation (and someone posting actual prices...he's only got two posts on the forum, so it's not solid until D* confirms) at
  2. Jan 19, 2006 #2 of 154

    tbb1226 TiVo Junkie

    Sep 16, 2004
    Royal Oak, MI
    Highly dubious
  3. Jan 19, 2006 #3 of 154

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    Didn't they just raise them early last year?
  4. Jan 19, 2006 #4 of 154

    seedcar Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Aurora, CO
    Scott, with over 11,000 posts at SatelliteGuys, confirmed it.
  5. Jan 19, 2006 #5 of 154

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    I viewed the FAX and it doesn't include the normal info included with FAXes.

    I guess we will see in 5 days.

    If they do, I bet there will be a lot of calls to retention and reduction in subscriptions.
  6. Jan 19, 2006 #6 of 154

    disco Father of Sam.

    Mar 27, 2000
    Scott's last post says he's getting calls from all over with DirecTV dealers getting the news...

    Yep, this is sounding very legit...:( DAMNIT...
  7. Jan 19, 2006 #7 of 154

    sschwart It sucks to be me

    Apr 4, 2001
    Cambridge, MA
    I thought they just said a couple weeks ago that they weren't raising rates this year! :mad:
  8. Jan 19, 2006 #8 of 154

    skinnyjm I'm Grumpy???

    Feb 10, 2005
    Milky Way
    Three questions...

    1. Is this a rate increase to advance the delivery technology (MPEG4 sats, even though people like Dan say PQ will remain mediocre ) or a "content" provider related increase. :(

    2. Do "content" providers (ESPN, etc) raise the rates on advertisers as often as they do on "entertainment" providers (DirecTV, etc) ? :confused:

    3. Do "content" providers feel guilty that AT LEAST half of what they provide is crap? :mad:
    And in some situations, are probably paying too much for it themselves!?

    I don't know the answers, do any of you care to speculate? :)

    Edit: missed a "lowercase L" in there! :eek:
  9. Jan 19, 2006 #9 of 154

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

    Oct 26, 2001
    Bend, OR, USA
    They did!
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    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Well this is just gonna turn into that one extra straw someone should've held back. To have the nerve to talk about price decreases then to raise base package rates across the board...

    I think if this comes to pass I'm gonna be making my first serious complaint call to DirecTV in 11 years and cutting programming down to a minimum package for awhile for the first time ever just to make a point (and test my ability to live with the lesser package :)).
  11. Jan 19, 2006 #11 of 154
    lee espinoza

    lee espinoza some guy

    Aug 21, 2002
    San Antonio,TX
    when FIOS tv come's to SA I am sooo out of here.
  12. Jan 20, 2006 #12 of 154

    disco Father of Sam.

    Mar 27, 2000
    Ditto. This is beginning to tick me off...and I just bought an H20 to receive their HD locals when they become available. Now I understand how they can give you the HD locals without making you subscribe to the HD Package....raise the rate of the base pacakges. :mad:

    Well, screw you, D*..I'm getting rid of HBO.
  13. Jan 20, 2006 #13 of 154

    skaeight New Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Ditto here too. I just cancelled HBO and re-upped with Netflix. I know cost wise it's really a wash, but I'm not going to give D* one more cent than is absolutely necessary. I'll just wait until Sopranos comes out on DVD, no biggie.

    If anyone from D* is reading this, in the past week I've gone from TC+ w/ HBO to just TC. How's your Average Revenue From Customer looking now?
  14. Jan 20, 2006 #14 of 154

    undertow New Member

    Feb 2, 2002
    This really bothers me as well. All those years we were being told that our rates were higher because of satellite thieves who were getting the signal for free. DirecTV finally put an end to the rampant piracy problem and grew their subscriber base by leaps and bounds and what do they do? Raise rates three times in three years. Lame.
  15. Jan 20, 2006 #15 of 154

    cpemberton New Member

    Nov 16, 2003
    Does this generally mean that if you have one year contract, the price increases only hit at the end of the contract?
  16. Jan 20, 2006 #16 of 154

    Hersheytx New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Please tell me your kidding. The one thing Directv has done over the years is keep prices in check. Every year I hear the cable company raising prices. Sometimes twice a year.
    Directv has almost every channel I could want....Cable plays the "we don't have calls for that channel" game all the time. I can still remember Comcast not offering Sci-Fi channel. What a croc.
    Directv invests billions of dollars trying to give us HD programming, more programming and local channels in every market.
    On the other side they get hammered by ESPN and others to pay more for their programming. Do you really think Directv wants to raise rates.
    I own a business. Every year I have to check my prices with my costs. Every year I struggle to keep prices low. Change vendors or delete an item, all based on price.
    Maybe its time to look at all the great stuff Directv offers and remember all the crap we had to put up with at the Cable company. Competition is good. And I for one think Directv does so much more then the competition.
  17. Jan 20, 2006 #17 of 154
    Lee L

    Lee L Got Basenji?

    Oct 1, 2003
    Morrisville, NC
    Wow, the tide really has turned the last couple of years. D* is the new Time Warner Cable.

    Series 3, here I come!
  18. Jan 20, 2006 #18 of 154

    Jotas Got TV?

    Mar 19, 2005
    Hmmm....tsk, tsk, this is not looking good. Other options like Comcast's annoying bi-weekly flyer about $29 digital cable for one year deal for current satellite subscribers is starting to look good.

    Plus the fact that a Tivo unit is on the horizon for Comcast subscribers. It's not wise to raise rates every year! You make people upset and possibly lose customers. I'm holding off until I get directly affected by this hike, then I'll have to look at my options and by then Tivo's unit will have debuted for Comcast and a switch over deal for current satellite subscribers will be available.
  19. Jan 20, 2006 #19 of 154

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    I don't really enjoy price increases that much... but they happen...

    This one is the least of my wories... a net addition of $3 a month (+4 base -1 for HD)
    Is much better then has been happening to people's adjustable equity loans and credit card rates...

    And train tickets, and auto/home fuel cost increases, ahh well...
  20. Jan 20, 2006 #20 of 154
    Lee L

    Lee L Got Basenji?

    Oct 1, 2003
    Morrisville, NC
    But Earl, 2 weeks after they bragged about not raising rates and said they would not rasie them this year? This coupled with the coming changes for HDTV are just making cable look a lot more attractive.

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