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DirecTV's rates for months 13-24
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I get dozens of offers for various DirecTV plans with monthly charges in the $29.95 to $39.95 range. These plans all have rates locked for 12 months, but require a 24-month commitment. Are they free to charge me what ever they want for months 13-24 of the commitment?
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They charge you the going rate beyond that. They are cutting about $30 a month of your rate for the first 12. After the first year, you can change to whatever programing package you want. The best first year deal is going to be Choice Ultimate or Premier, ultimate includes Encore and Premier gives you everything but the kitchen sink. Both come with Sunday Ticket. We have Choice Extra and in the off season we add Starz! (which includes Encore) and sometimes HBO. Every so often they kick you a free-be like the Sports Pack or a premium package for 3-6 months.

If you're starting out, go with ultimate or premier then settle into Choice Extra after a year.
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I too might eventually move over to satellite, but we shall see. If TWC doesn't offer any PLG bundles in September, then I'm probably going to jump ship. However, I'll still keep the RR internet.
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(05-30-2011, 08:33 PM)Rick Shaw Wrote:  I get dozens of offers for various DirecTV plans with monthly charges in the $29.95 to $39.95 range. These plans all have rates locked for 12 months, but require a 24-month commitment. Are they free to charge me what ever they want for months 13-24 of the commitment?

You can go to directv.com and use their configurator, which does offer the ability to list the prices after months 13.
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(05-30-2011, 09:36 PM)Admin65 Wrote:  
(05-30-2011, 08:33 PM)Rick Shaw Wrote:  I get dozens of offers for various DirecTV plans with monthly charges in the $29.95 to $39.95 range. These plans all have rates locked for 12 months, but require a 24-month commitment. Are they free to charge me what ever they want for months 13-24 of the commitment?

You can go to directv.com and use their configurator, which does offer the ability to list the prices after months 13.

Yes, but my question is: "Can they up the price to something like $99/mo and force me to accept since I agreed to a 24-month commitment?
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The rebate price is only valid for 1 year and it's about $31. You get a $26 and a $5 rebate. The plans don't include the STB fees, but one DVR is included for free. You also get a HD-STB but you have to pay the lease fee. DVR fee is a part of your package and doesn't apply to any specific dvr. It does add up for sure.
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(05-31-2011, 01:43 PM)Admin65 Wrote:  The rebate price is only valid for 1 year and it's about $31. You get a $26 and a $5 rebate. The plans don't include the STB fees, but one DVR is included for free. You also get a HD-STB but you have to pay the lease fee. DVR fee is a part of your package and doesn't apply to any specific dvr. It does add up for sure.

I'll try again: Can't they charge whatever they like in months 13-24 without worrying about losing a customer because of the 24-month commitment? If not, why not.

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There is this thing called an ETF and DirecTV does give you an ETF. Those prices are after a $31 rebate for the first year. DirecTV assumes that you won't cancel, so they only offer 1 year deals, but force you to sign a 2 year contract.
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(05-31-2011, 09:28 PM)Admin65 Wrote:  There is this thing called an ETF and DirecTV does give you an ETF. Those prices are after a $31 rebate for the first year. DirecTV assumes that you won't cancel, so they only offer 1 year deals, but force you to sign a 2 year contract.

And an ETF is ??? Embryo Toxic Factor? [A search for ETF on DirecTV's site yields nothing.]

I'll draw a picture: I sign a 2-year contract, but only receive a 1-year price guarantee. What stops them from charging an "arm & a leg" the second year? If they triple the price, can I say "no thanks" and cancel the contract?

Why is this question so difficult to answer?
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#10
If you cancel DirecTV between the 24 months, then you have to pay a cancellation fee which is an ETF. It's hard to answer, but I'm trying the best I can. It can be up to $480, but that depends on your receivers, contract and plan. TWC also uses ETF's on their 2 year deals, but I believe they prorate them. Pro rating is when it goes down every month; the longer you are in, the cheaper it gets. Once the contract is done, you aren't bound by it. Companies use different names for their ETF's. Even cell phone companies use ETF's if you want to get out of your contract early.

ETF= Early Termination fee.
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