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Protection Plan Price Increase

Discussion in 'The DIRECTV Forum' started by PMKS, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. PMKS

    PMKS Thread Starter Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Got a letter today:

    The DIRECTV Protection Plan is going up to $7.99 a month effective Oct 4, 2012.

    But I'll get a $2 credit on each monthly bill until my "initial" 12-month period ends?
    I've had the protection plan since at least 2003/2004, :confused: unless it automatically renews every year?

    New to the protection plan effective Oct 4, 2012:

    New Equipment upgrade every two years at no additional costs**
    **requires a 24 month agreement and you have to be "eligible" whatever that means

    New Unintentional and accident damage from handling of the DIRECTV System

    Just passing this along.....
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  2. whitewolf8214

    whitewolf8214 SatelliteGuys Guru Pub Member / Supporter

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    Thank you for sharing :)
  3. Iceberg

    Iceberg We're here....RUN!!!! Supporting Founder

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    thanks for sharing
  4. gadgtfreek

    gadgtfreek SatelliteGuys Guru Pub Member / Supporter

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    Dang. Guess I gotta pay for those new HD channels they just added ;)

    Or maybe its Viacom LOL
  5. detroit_fan

    detroit_fan Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    well that stinks. seems kinda high for the basic protection plan
  6. viclovr

    viclovr Member

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    a birdy told me thats in texas only, for now.
  7. Jimbo

    Jimbo NW Ohio - Buckeye Country Pub Member / Supporter

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    D* doesn't usually change prices in the middle of the year, typically it's only in Feb/March
  8. KasumiX

    KasumiX Member

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    Hm... aren't upgrades generally $199? $7.99 for 2 years is $191.76... seems like a pretty slim savings for something you may not even do.
  9. gadgtfreek

    gadgtfreek SatelliteGuys Guru Pub Member / Supporter

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    Upgrades and PP really have nothing to do in my eyes. PP is for when I need a repair, and I dont need as much to pay to roll a truck.
  10. msmith198025

    msmith198025 The Baby Sitter Pub Member / Supporter

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    Personally I have never seen the point. The box is theirs, I am simply leasing it, so they will replace it for free. All you are really left with is a tech visit, and the one and only time I needed one it was easy enough to get them to waive it. Even so, isnt the tech visit $50 or so at most? (may be wrong on that).
  11. Mo Fly

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    i just got the same letter. it just reminded me that i need to cancel it :rolleyes:
  12. gadgtfreek

    gadgtfreek SatelliteGuys Guru Pub Member / Supporter

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    Tech visit is $70 IIRC. Also, $19.95 S&H has been charged before on a leaser receiver exchange for failure, and I think PP waives that. Generally, waiving of a fee requires you to sign up for the PP for 30 days, but hey, what do I care. I pay it knowing if I need something fixed, i dont have to worry about it.

    As I think about, Im also seeing it worth it to pay $191.76 for 2 years, just to get the free upgrade every 24 months. Granted it's only a $8 savings from the general $199, but if I need anything else in the 2 years ive saved more money. The 24 month free upgrade, if you are someone that does it, kinda makes it a wash.
  13. goober22

    goober22 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    This December will be 5 years with D* for me. I DON'T have the PP. I self installed, have a meter, and take care of any issues (I haven't had any BTW). This past year I was notified that I had a free upgrade to a HD/DVR (a $199 value) for a 2-yr commitment. Since I already have 6, I passed.

    If I had the PP I would have paid about $336 and seen no results. If I had a failed receiver = $20 shipping, or $70 tech visit - still ahead. So... if you know what you are doing, the PP is kinda worthless. If you don't have a clue, then maybe it's worthwhile. Everyone is different.
  14. Aridon

    Aridon Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Upgrade to what? Most of us here already have all the equipment we need and once the contract is up you'll get the same deal plus some anyways. Seems a waste to me.
  15. cbjbs

    cbjbs PIT MEMBER

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    i would like to think they will pass some of that money on to their installers and the techs. that help on the phone.

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