DirecTV raising rates??

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by disco, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. Jan 20, 2006 #61 of 154
    super dave

    super dave Friend Of The Court

    Oct 1, 2002
    Maple Shade, NJ
    CC had a 6% increase January 2006. Just like January 2005, 2004, 2003....
  2. Jan 20, 2006 #62 of 154
    super dave

    super dave Friend Of The Court

    Oct 1, 2002
    Maple Shade, NJ
  3. Jan 20, 2006 #63 of 154

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    My dvr fee went up to $5.99 when I added another DVR to my account.
  4. Jan 20, 2006 #64 of 154

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    I'm pretty sure that they came back saying that shouldn't have happened; you might need to dig up records and talk to someone in retention to get it sorted out, though. I know it was talked about here. I'm not sure what I'd use to search for it though.
  5. Jan 20, 2006 #65 of 154

    snooplives Fa-sizzle dizzle

    Jan 16, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    Could not agree more.
  6. Jan 20, 2006 #66 of 154

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    yeah I keep meaning to call them.
  7. Jan 20, 2006 #67 of 154

    rmassey Damn, these are fun!

    Sep 5, 2002
    I currently have one HDVR2 and one H10-250 activated. Along with one deactivated HDVR2. My current service is:

    TC+ w/locals.....$45.99
    HD package......$05.99 ($10.99 - $5 discount)
    DVR fee............$04.99
    Mirror fee.........$04.99

    Early Feb. my 6 mo HD discount expires along with free SHO. w/ price increa$e, Plans are to drop down to:

    TC w/locals.......$44.99
    HD package.......$00.00 (drop it, due to no new HD in '06)
    DVR fee............$04.99
    Mirror fee.........$04.99

    Not much savings, but with price incre$es, I'd be paying $70/mo with my current service. Too much IMO.

    My current commit is thru Aug. 07, so this gives me time to look at other options. My local HD is getting better and I should have all Local Nets (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS) this year via OTA. I currently only get HD CBS`& FOX, ABC is close followed by NBC in March. I will look closely at the T3 for OTA only. I really think I could easily be fine with HD nets FREE via OTA and a T3. I may look at the Tivo/Comcast offer, but I would rather just get free HD with some means to record it. Hopefully by '07 the price of the T3 will be resonable and I will only have to pay a Tivo fee of $13/mo.

    The only other programs I have any real interest in on D* are on FX (Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me) and I can get these via netflix following the release on DVD.

    I can always give back my H10-250 to get out of contract or I can pay the $12.50/mo early term fee if I decide I want out before Aug. 2007.

    $crew you Direct TV $70/mo is TOO MUCH to pay for TV
  8. Jan 20, 2006 #68 of 154

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    Gurnee, IL
    That was probably a blessing in disguise.
  9. Jan 20, 2006 #69 of 154

    disco Father of Sam.

    Mar 27, 2000
    While we're adding up our bills, after March '06 this is how I'll look...

    TC+: $49.99
    Mirror/Lease: $4.99x2 ($9.98)
    DVR: $4.99
    HD Package: $0.00 (free for three months, then I'll probably drop it)
    HBO: $12.00 (also may drop after the price increase...not sure yet since the Sopranos start in March!)
    TOTAL: $76.96

    If I keep the HD Package after the three free months: $86.95 (too high!...)

    What if I keep HBO, but drop the HD Package: $76.96
    (a)What if I drop HBO, but keep HD Package: $73.96
    What if I drop HD Package & HBO: $64.96 (niiice...)
    What if I keep HD Package & HBO, but drop down to TC: $81.95 (hmm...)
    (b)Drop to TC and drop HBO: $69.95
    (c)Drop to TC and drop HD package: $71.96
    Drop to TC and drop HD & HBO: $59.96

    Man...lots to think about...:confused: The three in bold are the most likely...

    I have until April 11th to decide on whether to keep.

    Package (a) seems to keep me close to my current rate.
  10. Jan 20, 2006 #70 of 154

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    Gurnee, IL
    As much as D* is starting to irritate me, a quick conversation with my wife reminded me of how much Comcast made me insane. Most D* CSRs I've talked to have at least been courteous (if clueless), whereas Comcast CSRs were nasty. Service outages that would last hours. Craptastic picture. And cost...even if this price increase is for real, it's a long way away from the $40 increase I'd have to spend to go to Comcast. (And that would be with Comcast DVRs...Tivo would be even more expensive.)

    Earl: rumor has it that AT&T's IPTV (via AT&T's new VDSL) product will be trialing in the Chicago area around summertime.
  11. Jan 21, 2006 #71 of 154

    FireMen2003 Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    Thanks goodness for my $10 discount via Bellsouth. My bill go up from $60.91 to $63.91, if I understand correctly. That's just TC+, UTV, Tivo and 2 recievers.
  12. Jan 21, 2006 #72 of 154

    skaeight New Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    I just called d* to ask about the increase. The lady on the phone had not heard about it either. She asked where I'd heard about it, because nothing had been announced. I told her it's been on various satellite message boards on the internet. She then said she didn't believe it because D* has only raised rates twice in the past 11 years.

    I then said, yeah both of those increases have come since Murdoch bought the company and I also mentioned that they were now moving to a lease program, and had gotten rid of TiVo, and that I really didn't like the direction of the company.

    She still did not believe the increase was coming, and I then told her that since I've heard about the increase I've decreased my programming package, and people on these boards were planning to do the same.

    What I found most interesting about the conversation is that at the end of the call she said she agreed if they raise rates it probably will backfire because directv just raised rates and customers will remember d* for being the company that constantly raises rates.

    *note - this conversation is paraphrased
  13. Jan 21, 2006 #73 of 154

    Aquatic New Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    JCP -...
    Mmm.. time to contribute to the "DTV is just another CATV company" thread methinks. If they SAID ( and I didn't see that, but if it's anywhere in an old web page or other DTV official posting point me there please) they weren't going to raise rates in 2006, and then suddenly ARE going to.. I can see some sort of issues going on. NO, GOD no, not a fraking class action suit, but more of a commerce investigation, etc.

    Generally tho. I'm in the camp re: raising the prices a buck or 3 happens. EVERYTHING goes up.. did you get a raise in salary this year? I rest my case. :) Okay.. so you didn't get a raise. CHANGE JOBS! employment is under 5%..that's good for job seekers really.

    I WILL call DTV and complain ( especially sweet IF I can quote chapter and verse of "we won't be raising rates" ...see above reference request ) about a price increase. I've been with DTV for a LONG, LONG time.. but I'm liking the S3 idea and Comcast here in JAX.
  14. Jan 22, 2006 #74 of 154

    beanpoppa New Member

    Jan 7, 2004
    New Jersey
    $3 on a base TC package is 7.5%. And each time they raise the rates, it's about the same. a 1.5% increase each year, or a 3% increase every 2 years would be keeping with inflation. But three in two years is a price increase. Especially when there are no new services to go along with them, and the picture quality just gets worse.

  15. Jan 22, 2006 #75 of 154
    Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    "After raising prices an average of 4 percent across the board in March, DirecTV does not expect any increases in the new year, said spokesman Robert Mercer. The company's average revenue per customer is $68.65, he said."

    Nothing illegal about lying to your customers but you also don't win any points for it. Cable is looking better and better to me, even though I've been a DTV sub for 7 years.
  16. Jan 22, 2006 #76 of 154

    Thespis Member

    Apr 23, 2003
    I could be wrong, but I believe all of San Antonio is SBC terrritory.
    Unless Verizon is your telephone company, no FIOS for you...
  17. Jan 23, 2006 #77 of 154

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    Gurnee, IL
    It is SBC (actually AT&T) territory, but despite that Texas is one of the places Verizon will be trialing FIOS. (AT&T is also using San Antonio as a test for its IPTV offering.)
  18. Jan 24, 2006 #78 of 154

    su_A_ve New Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Yes !!! And BIG TIME !

    Currently, my bill is like:

    ParaTodos Ultra Especial (w/locals) $39.99
    DVR Fee $4.99
    Mirroring Fee $4.99
    Total $49.97

    After the hike, it's called 'Seleccion Ultra' and it's at $49.99 !!! For me it's a 20% increase ! THIS IS INSANE...

    And I can't drop to a lower selection - with kids I need the extra channels...

    Granted, we survived the last two increases.. But this is a HUGE increase. On top of that, they keep on replacing channels...

    And actually, it seems that these prices are ALREADY in effect...

    EDIT: Never noticed the price increase went into effect in Nov.05 and yes, 20-25% !!!
  19. Jan 24, 2006 #79 of 154

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
  20. Jan 24, 2006 #80 of 154

    chudel New Member

    May 9, 2005
    I just received my DirecTV email too. It seemed to cause some confusion when I requested to cancel my service effective 02/28/2006 - they had to pass me off to another operator and then, we got disconnected!

    I'll cool down and talk with the Mrs. this evening about our options. Are the D* and E* oval dishes compatible (with a repointing)? When will Tivo release their OTA HD receiver?

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