Re: Fox News & Business changing packages on 1-1-12
01-09-2012 08:54:17 PM
I too am upset with this change and disappointed with the way it was handled. Without warning FNC is gone and I am faced with upgrading at additional cost to get it back. I just had U-Verse installed 2 months ago and AT&T is squeezing more money out of me already!! I want to understand exactly what is behind this change and will make my decision regarding whether or not to stay with AT&T when the truth is known. All other cable and network news is still available on U100. This just doesn't smell right to me and I suspect there is more than money involved. A previous post suggests FNC required a 20 cent increase per subscriber and AT&T requires 10 bucks from me to cover it ?! I have tried to connect with customer service 3 times but hold times have exceeded my handsets battery life! (I do need a new battery). I have also complained to FNC and hope to hear from them soon.
OK, so you read my post about the increase, but you didn't read carefully enough
Since Uverse has a significantly smaller number of subscribers, News Corp obviously charges more than say with Comcast. And that $0.20 increase was an AVERAGE across ALL providers ---- that means Uverse, Time Warner, Cox, Charter, Comcast, Cablevision, FiOS, etc. etc. So that doesn't mean that AT&T gets charged $0.78 per subscriber, they probably have to pay something closer to $1.00 per subscriber -- because of having only 2 million customers vs. DirecTV with 19 million.
Your math skills are also deficient. For that extra $10, you get (a) the Total Home DVR included, and (b) around 100 extra channels (hence the "U-200" moniker). Try getting the price of $69/month (U-200) with the cable provider in your neighborhood --- Comcast around here has expanded basic (no digital channels) for $55.00 per month (they just raised it) for Fox News Channel, AND charges $17.95 per month for DVR. Maybe you don't have Comcast in your area, but judging by the other big MSOs, those are about the same prices they charge for that level of service and DVR added on.
As was pointed out earlier, $10 extra is about 33 cents a day. I'm sure most people's pocket change at the end of the month would add up to that.