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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 SatelliteGuys.us:
Directv is increasing programming prices an average of $3 starting 3/1/06. The good new [sic] however is that the HD Package is going down $1 to $9.99.
Total Choice w/Locals $44.99
Total Choice Plus w/Locals $49.99
Total Choice Premier w/Locals $99.99

Without Local Channels substract $3
 

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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:
 

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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 :)).
 

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dswallow said:
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 :)).
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.
 

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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.
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?
 

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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.
 

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dswallow said:
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 :)).
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.
 

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Wow, the tide really has turned the last couple of years. D* is the new Time Warner Cable.

Series 3, here I come!
 

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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.
 

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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...
 

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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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