DirecTV Increasing Prices

Effective Feb. 10, 2011, DirecTV will be increasing the prices of all of its packages (with the exception of the Total Choice Mobile package, which will apparently experience a price reduction). The price increases appear to be minor (they seem to be about $2-3 per package), but they are increases, nonetheless. You can view the new pricing information on DirecTV’s website (PDF).

DirecTV versus Dish Network versus cable

When I first signed up for DirecTV, I did so rather begrudgingly. I hate signing long-term contracts for services, but I was truly tired of only having five networks from which to choose (we were only able to pick up NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and three PBS channels – we didn’t even get UPN or the WB – which, in our area, consequently became MyNetwork and the CW, respectively).

However, I’ve actually become rather attached to the service over the last year or so. I like the all-digital network (which cost me more than twice what DirecTV is costing me when I had the digital cable service when I lived in a cable-ready house), with the built-in programming guide. I actually am at a loss for what to do when I turn on the television at someone else’s house, and I can’t just hit the “guide” button to see what’s on.