Picking your Package
You've weighed the costs and benefits, constructed
flowcharts and Venn diagrams, and then finally decided to flip a
coin to pick your provider. Lazy bum. However, after the big toss,
you still have some work to do. The next decision you'll have to
make is what channel package to buy.
The two main things in this decision are channels offered
and price. Sure, the companies will entice you with everything from
free toasters to private trapeze lessons in order to pick the most
expensive options, but be strong and shop smart.
What direct tv offers:
A huge range in package pricing; the cheapest package is only $22 per month, but you can spend $83 per month for the most lavish package. Falling in the middle of this range are packages with at least 100 channels, and these are about $50 per month.
Perhaps the best value that directv offers is its Total Choice package, which gives you about 100 channels for $32 per month.
One thing that may surprise you is that even with a satellite dish, premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, etc. still cost extra. However, the good news for movie buffs is that with satellite television, getting HBO (or any other movie channel) actually means getting multiple HBOs (e.g. HBO Plus, HBO Family, etc.) all showing different movies.
Direct tv also offers some a la carte extras to purchase. One of these is the seasonal sports extras discussed above, and another offering is the Family Pack, which gives you about 10 family-oriented "educational" channels. So if your kids have officially deemed the TV their third parent, this is a good alternative (for only $5 per month).
This is just scratching the surface of all the channel offerings of Direct tv (and they be offering special deals), so make sure you check out the directv website for the latest info.
Finally, the most important thing to note
about channel selection is that you should decide what channels
you really expect to watch so you get a cost-efficient package.
For example, will you really watch "Court TV" or "The Word Network"?
Of course, because DBS only offers package deals, you'll most likely
be saddled with some channels that you'll only see for the amount
of time it takes to flip through them. But if the only channel that
ever appears on your screen is C-SPAN, satellite television may
not be for you, or you at least would want to buy a minimal package.
Come to think of it, if you really do only watch C-SPAN, contact
with humans may also not be for you.