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DIRECTV Inc., Reaches Agreements with State Attorneys General

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ndole, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps a new Yoda Avatar is in play? :D
     
  2. Rich

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    I hope so, but then I'm one of those "obsessive" people who actually read contracts and agreements until I understand them.

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  3. Rich

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    Always got a kick out of the way he talked, I did. And I do shamelessly borrow from him at times. And continue to in the future, I will! :lol:

    Rich
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    !rolling

    Appreciate it we will. :D
     
  5. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

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    Could have been more clear. If you are a subscriber who owns NONE of your equipment, why would you ever buy the Protection Plan? I own three of my four DVRs and have the PP, but probably would not if I were lease only.
     
  6. Rich

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    I realize this might seem rude and I apologize for that, but I've made my arguments about the PP so many times, I'm kinda tired of it. I do own six HRs and that's reason enough, altho I do have several more reasons.

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  7. Rich

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    And making fun of me, you will! And enjoying every moment of it, I will! :lol:

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  8. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    This has been hashed over many times in dozens of threads. The PP still gives you free dish alignments, covers your wiring, remotes, switches, SWiM's and saves you the $20 shipping charge they MIGHT have charged you had you not had the PP.

    Many of us <cough, me, cough> are old and decrepit and unable to climb a roof or align our dish any longer and this makes it easier. :) For some the lousy $72/year is worth it for the "peace of mind." I have had to have my dish peaked at least once a year and that alone would have cost me $49.95. They even relocated my dish for me once without charge. That being said I own 4 of my 5 DVR's.
     
  9. Jon J

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    I've had the PP for 11 years and have only needed six receivers replaced. I've needed no dish realignments or other services but I intend to keep the PP.
     
  10. Rich

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    Yup, just when you dump it, that's when you'll need it. :)

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  11. hdtvfan0001

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    Ain't that the truth.

    I've had it for a number years...and the 2 times I used it for service...it paid for 5 years worth of value.
     
  12. Rich

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    I can't even begin to imagine how much that four month rebuild with all those service calls in early '08 would have cost. I'll consider the PP as paid in full for many years.

    Rich
     
  13. jahgreen

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    And who would wind up paying that $500 million?
     
  14. tunce

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    Yep the customer! Who are they??
     
  15. AntAltMike

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    The notion that all "costs" are ultimately borne by the customers is naive. If a company can make more profit by raising its prices, it will do so regardless of what its costs are. The cost of a $500 million fine would be paid for by the stockholders.
     
  16. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    That's not how it works. A company's revenues come mostly from the customers (unless they've invested particularly well in other companies or have received a large financial judgement -- the opposite of what has happened here).
     
  17. Richierich

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    Wrong. All Revenue comes from the Customer Base which will be used to pay it.
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I'd say that's pretty much the case....it's likely (at this point) a budgeted settelment cost that everyone will pay something toward.

    Almost like a cost of doing business expense in terms of budget. I suspect they feel it's just good to move forward.
     
  19. MattScahum

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    I can confirm this as true. I work in new sales and I have personally see people FIRED over not reading 1 tiny item that pertains to their setup. If it gets added to your order, we have to let you know what it entails/the cost(if any) associated with it/and if there is a requirement to keep it(as in the free hd)/and if there is any penalty for changing such a service($10 fee for removing a premium channel before the 1st 30 days of adding it or an ETF for cancelling service or not returning equipment)...
    Lets also not forget the fact that ANY aspect of the agreement is available when you set up your service(that little piece of paper you sign after they install you.trust me they don't mind if you take a few minutes to read over it again) and just to be sure it also comes in the first months bill. I'm amazed that this came to be, but I really shouldn't be that suprised since I talk to some of these people on a daily basis.
     
  20. AntAltMike

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    The stockholders "pay" the $500 million in the form of lower share prices and smaller dividends. If charging a dollar more for monthly programming fees generated more revenue, they'd already be charging $1 more and enjoying more profit.
     

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