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Monthly Archives: January 2015

DIRECTV RAISING THE COST TO WATCH FOOTBALL

It should come as no surprise that DIRECTV is raising the price on the NFL Sunday Ticket that has become so popular amongst fans in recent years. This is something that does have customers none to happy with the satcaster, considering that the increase isn’t a mere dollar or two increase.

In 2014 the NFL Sunday Ticket package cost viewers $239.94 plus taxes and fees. Now in 2015, DIRECTV has raised that price to $251.94 plus those wonderful taxes and fees. These prices though are only for the basic package, which allows viewers access to all games played as well as the ticket mix feature that allows all games to be shown on the screen at the same time.

For those of you that paid $329.94 in 2014 for the NFL Sunday Ticket MAX plan, expect to pay a whopping $353.94 for your subscription. This package includes all of the regular games, but also offers a feature where games are broadcast when a team crosses the 20 yard line. This feature has been popular since it allows viewers the chance to see more scoring situations across all games being played. This package also allows subscribers the ability to watch games the next day in a 30 minute time frame as well as stream games to mobile devices.

The price increase for customers is due to the increase that DIRECTV has to pay the NFL to offer the Sunday Ticket plans. Their cost rose to $1.5 billion dollars a year from the previous $1 billion dollars a year that had been paid since the creation of the plan in 1994.

This price increase comes directly on the heels of DIRECTV’s announcement that all other normal content packages would be seeing increases in their monthly fees for customers.

With Cable and satcasters all seeming to raise their rates every year, one has to wonder just how long the viewing public with continue to put up with getting ripped off before the market’s bubble bursts and it experiences drastic changes as other industry markets have seen over the past 20-30 years.

Camcast Rate Hike Announced

As is common with cable and sat providers, price hikes are announced and implemented around the first of the year. Comcast joined the ranks of companies raising their rates this year, which has many customers none too happy, even though their announced increase is supposed to only be approximately 3.4% for TV, internet, and phone services.

This announced increase is very deceiving though, since it is a weighed average of increases for various services and product packages. Certain offerings or services will be raised much higher than others and there are even a couple that Comcast is not raising the rates on at all.

To begin with, all customers receiving local channels (which is every customer) will see an increase on their retransmission fee to $3.25 from the normal $1.75. The retransmission fee is the price paid to provide customers with access to their local channels. Comcast will also raise the price on their Internet Plus package by 7% to $74.95. This package includes high speed internet, basic channels, access to local channels, and HBO.

Comcast states that prices for limited basic cable package ($21.99), the Digital Preferred Package($87.90), and the Internet Essentials package ($9.99) will all remain unchanged at this time. This does not mean that a price increase will not be announced at a later date and time though, so be aware of this possibility.

Another way Comcast is sneaking in price hikes is through their installation costs. Comcast has announced that their charges for installing equipment will go up, as well as their charges for DVR services, Blast Internet, Blast Plus, and several other unnamed by the company at this time. No information is available right now as to how much these increases are going to be, but do not expect the hikes for these products and services to be minimal.

As Customers receive their future bills, details and exact increased prices will actually be seen. I expect that Comcast Customer Service phone lines are going to become quite cluttered with calls from upset customers when these bills do start to arrive.

 

4k Receiver Coming Soon From Dish

Dish Network made a big announcement at the Las Vegas CES convention by stating it will begin offering a 4k receiver for customers. This new offering will become available for subscribers in the second quarter of 2015, and will work with almost any 4K television consumers have recently purchased.

The new 4K receiver is, at this time, designed to be a plug and play unit that will integrate with customers current hopper system. It has been designed to allow anyone to be able to install the unit and begin receiving 4K programing once it becomes available.

DISH states that it will announce more details of the offering as well as information on content that will be available closer to the release date of these new units. They have stated though that they have several content providers lined up and ready to begin offering their content in 4K on the release date.

This new product offering, named the 4K Joey, is the first of its kind by satcast providers in the market, but probably will not be that last of its kind to be seen this coming year. With the popularity of 4K television sets on the rise, we expect to see several other satellite and cable providers to jump on the bandwagon to provide their customers with similar product offerings.

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