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DirecTV Adds Fewer New Viewers
by Karl Bode 02:21PM Tuesday May 06 2014
Potential AT&T acquisition target DirecTV posted net income of $561 million on reveues of $7.86 billion, and states that average revenue per user rose due to higher fees, price increases and higher ad revenue. Still, the company added fewer new subscribers on the quarter as the market saturates and cord cutting (or cord never having, as the case may be with younger viewers) quietly makes it modest presence felt. According to DirecTV, the company added just 12,000 net viewers last quarter, down from 21,000 new customers during the quarter one year ago.

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Mr Guy

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So 7% profit

and about $9 profit per month per customer? Greedy bastards!
en103

join:2011-05-02

Fewer New Viewers but...

They're still adding users.

tshirt
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Snohomish, WA
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Umm... I kinda doubt...

... That a WSJ story published MAY 1st, effected last quarters sales.

Higher prices fewer deals, and more people not willing to be stuck with 2 year contract are more likely causes.

dr3yec

join:2002-12-19
00000

Re: Umm... I kinda doubt...

I will stay with streaming it is much cheaper

Frank
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directv is too expensive

nobody wants to pay $100+ just for a standard tv package and thats what directv costs after the first year after you include the taxes and fees for boxes and dvr.

jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
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Re: directv is too expensive

That's what it costs for TV service for Comcast after the DVR and HD Technology fees are tacked on, provided you can even get anyone to show you pricing for TV service alone.

$100 will barely cover the 12 month promotion period with the equipment and taxes included. It's probably $20 more, minimum, after the promotion ends.

The cheapest promotion I see is $49.99. Plus $10 for HD, and at least $20 for a couple of DVRs, and another $10 for taxes and misc. fees, like a broadcast TV fee. You are talking $80-$90 during the promotional period alone.

»www.comcast.com/shop/xfinity-tv-···90&NUM=2
turnerbrewer

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Re: directv is too expensive

I ditched DirecTV after 10 years due to my bill hovering over $100 a month.
I have since switched to Comcast. I have the Xfinity Preferred TV package (comparable to Direct's Ultimate package @ $77 a month), 50/10 Mbps Internet + Free HBO and Showtime all for $99 a month. I've had is deal for two years. I purchased a Tivo Roamio and Tivo mini. I still come out cheaper with Xfinity over having DTV as a stand alone product. DTV wanted to charge me $200 to purchase a Genie and $50 for a satellite box. Tivo was cheaper....
BiggA

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EARTH
You can own all your own equipment and save with Comcast. That's what I do. Plus the bundle discount, and it's way cheaper than D*.

newview
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Goodbye DirecTV ... it was nice knowing ya

I'm a 10+ year subscriber to DirecTV and cancelled my service a couple weeks ago. I've never had any issues with the service ... was always happy with it and especially the exemplary customer service I always received if I ever had a problem, which was very rare.

The #1 reason I cancelled ... the rising prices. When I cancelled, I was receiving LESS programming and less channels than when I started with them back in 2003 even though I was paying a helluva lot more money. I had dropped services and tiers and premium channels and the protection plan until I had nothing else to drop to stay within my budget.

Even after buying an Amazon FireTV, purchasing Amazon Prime and subscribing to Netflix, I'm still saving over $1000.00 a year.
AND NO FUCKING COMMERCIALS.

I told them that when they get a la carte I *might* consider coming back ... maybe.
Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX

Re: Goodbye DirecTV ... it was nice knowing ya

this ^^, higher prices due to the content providers..., they will continue to raise prices as more and more people wake up and drop them.. they believe that things like ESPN should be 5 bucks... def not worth 5 bucks unless you watch it all the time.. most people don't.
HiDesert

join:2008-08-17
said by newview:

I'm a 10+ year subscriber to DirecTV and cancelled my service a couple weeks ago. I've never had any issues with the service ... was always happy with it and especially the exemplary customer service I always received if I ever had a problem, which was very rare.
The #1 reason I cancelled ... the rising prices.

I've been saying this for years. Cable/sat will hit peoples thresholds with the continuous price hikes. Carriage hikes and carriage extortion is starting to take its toll.

Personally, I've saved over 5K already after cutting the cord some 5 years back. If you have access to decent OTA its a no brainer. The sat channels don't provide enough value for the price.

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Re: Goodbye DirecTV ... it was nice knowing ya

said by HiDesert:

Personally, I've saved over 5K already after cutting the cord some 5 years back. If you have access to decent OTA its a no brainer. The sat channels don't provide enough value for the price.

Depends on what you value. For those of us who enjoy sports programming without watching crappy unreliable illegal feeds, it isn't a no brainer.
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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
Streaming is not comparable to the content you get via a "cable" TV service.
decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
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They

They will continue to rise until something happens, but I think it will get worse before it changes for the good in our favor.. In the UK they are wanting to charge EVERYONE a broadcasting fee even if you don't owe a tv set... Which is criminal imo. Don't think that the greedy bastards in this country won't try to do the same thing.. For our protection of course

Elector

join:2000-05-25
Albany, NY

Re: They

My friend in the UK stated all citizens pay for the BBC 1 & BBC 2 and other channels have always been customer paid.

It is factored in their taxes.
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rahvin112

join:2002-05-24
Sandy, UT

Re: They

Your friend lied to you. You only pay the BBC tax if you have a TV and watch the BBC. Generally they tax you if you own a TV but if you demonstrate that the TV does not receive signal you can avoid it (such as no tuner which is no longer feasible). I'm sure there are plenty of people without TV's that don't pay the BBC tax.
decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
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Re: They

No no, this was a recent deal they was looking into at adding no matter if you own a box set or not.. Hopefully the creator of the bill has been hung and the bill itself burned in a house for the poor by now.
xirian
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Must be...

all that time without the weather channel

IowaCowboy
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I was about to ditch them

I was about to ditch them unless they could come to terms with the Weather Channel.

Directv has advantages like better picture quality and and better pricing but Comcast rarely has carriage disputes.

I like DirecTV's equipment better too.
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captinkirk

join:2012-12-12
Bourbonnais, IL

Re: I was about to ditch them

The weather channel has been back on Directv for over two weeks now. This post just proves DirecTV's point that nobody watches TWC, when they pulled them, after all TWC has been back on DirecTV and you haven't noticed!

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Re: I was about to ditch them

I have been watching the Weather Channel, point is IF this happens again I'm dropping DirecTV for Dish or the local cable provider. I'll probably be living in Maine by then.
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BiggA

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Surprised they are not in worse shape

They are crazy expensive, and Comcast and other monopoly internet providers engage in anti-competitive bundling discount and de-bundling fees to make it WAY more expensive to have cable internet with DirecTV than to get Double Play through the cable company.

Also, I'm surprised that they have the market share that they do, since a lot of people can't get DirecTV because of living in certain types of MDUs or tree issues.

DHRacer
Tech Monkey

join:2000-10-10
Lake Arrowhead, CA

Noooo...

I sure hope that ATT doesn't buy DTV. That would be the worst thing that ever happened to them... I can't think of a single benefit to ATT buying them for DTV customers. We'd see higher bills, worse customer service, a mess of strange and illogical plan and pricing changes, a decline in the receiver technology and feature set. Ugh.

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I cancelled DirecTV today

I cancelled DirecTV today, I subscribed since 1997. 17 years, the first 14, same price month after month, no cause for alarm, no reason to call them and argue about prices.

The last three years, with all the price increases every few months, having to call on the phone and argue incessantly. I got tired of it. So I dumped them today.

I signed up for Time Warner Cable with a cable card on a Tivo Premier I found at the swapmeet. I am saving about $30 a month since I already had TWC internet.

Much better than AT&T's lame DSL service I had to fight them over for 2 1/2 years.

Slow, unusable, and not even worth the $12.99 on their website if that. When they tried to raise the prices I told them to get out at the end of my street and start digging or hit the road. Slow, crappy, and raising the prices.

All these crooked companies are doing the same M.O. It's just ridiculous. Get some integrity.

linicx
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I ditched Dish for Direct TV

Biggest mistake I made for a while. I hate it. Basic lineup is piggy backed junk. To get what I watched on Dish for $50 I have to move into a high priced tier. If that isn't bad enough the remote is the buggiest piece of equipment I've used in years. It is worse than Windows 95a. The installer did everything I ASKED him not to do.

I did not have these problems with Dish installer or their equipment. I am going to dump DTV as fast as possible.
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SBDDEV

@72.223.77.x

Another reason

I have talked the guys in Costco selling out DirecTV out west and they tell me they are getting killed by DirecTVs refusal to carry the PAC-12 network. I know this does not sound like much to the rest of the country; however sports is one of the few things keeping the rest of us from cutting the cord.

Imagine if folks in the SEC could not watch their team play. USC, UCLA, Oregon, ASU fans are SOL on game day if the PAC12 channel is carrying the game.