Got a letter from Telus early July regarding changes to my Optic TV service; it’s about an increase in pricing by $3 for each theme pack. So if you work out the math, it’s a 50% increase, from what used to be $6 per theme pack to now $9 per theme pack. So if you work out the math again, if everyone does nothing and make no changes to their account, Telus would increase their revenue by how much? I will leave that to you to figure it out.
Beside the price increase as mentioned, the other change is that they now have new combo selection; it goes from $59/mo for 6 theme packs (Medium Choice) to $132/mo (All-In) for 15 theme packs plus some movie channels. The other change is that HD is now part of the package, so if you order a theme pack that has associated HD channel, it will be included at no extra charge.
I currently have 11 theme packs which I signed up initially back in 2008, i haven’t made an attempt to change anything as the price for each theme pack has always been $5.75 until now. If I do nothing right now, this means I would add $35.75 plus HST to the bottom line just for the theme packs. The other thing is now that I am contract free, I was informed that they would charge me $15 for the PVR set, so in total my bill will be increased by $50.75 + HST. This is quite significant if you ask me.
I need to re-review my plan. Upon a quick scan at the combo selection, i think the medium choice will work better for me. The only part I dislike is the fact that they are going to start charging me $15 for the PVR, I will call them tommorow to find out if they can waive that and post it back here.
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