Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Many of us are spoiled by having DirectvNow with the best price for the most channels. So it's logical that many will think that the new packages are the worst thing in the world. The truth is; HBO is $15 no matter where you shop. HBO directly or any other streaming provider. So that means in all reality, the new package for DirectvNow is 44 channels for $35 a month. Assuming you really like HBO; which many people do; it's not really that bad of a price. I wouldn't want the programming, but for some people I could see where it would be appealing.
The $70 package, is actually 56 channels for $44 a month. (The $15 HBO and $11 Cinemax makes up the other $26)
It's hard being a customer that HAD the most channels for the best price of all the subscribers. Even with the $10 price increase, DirectvNow CAN STILL be the cheapest for those grandfathered. (Depending on their package). Those who have HBO, Max, Showtime, and/or Starz grandfathered in, are getting them at a price no one can touch. My HBO is $5 and Starz is $8. So even with a $10 price increase, you'd be hard pressed to match it. I have done the research. IF I care about all the channels I have/had at DirectvNow, which I do; I will have to combine either hulu live tv or Youtube tv WITH Philo. DirectvNow is still cheaper.
So it's all a matter of perspective. I am checking out Hulu live tv. Honestly, the money isn't an issue for me, but since day 1, DirectvNow has been promising me I'd get locals (ANY DAY NO). Well WITH the $10 increase, even though it's cheaper still than the others + Philo; the cost is close enough to consider switching. So I can get locals in the guide. Of course having to switch between 2 different apps; e.g. hulu and Philo to watch all the channels can be a PITA. But it's all a matter of perspective.
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