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Do I need the HD package to get locals?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by price3, Mar 30, 2007.

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  1. price3

    price3 Mentor

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    I am having the HR20 installed tomorrow, but I would rather not pay the 9.99 for the HD package until more stations are added. I currently have the HR10, and canceled the hd package long ago. Will I have to re-add it to get HD locals?
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    I think it is now DirecTV policy to require the HD package when activating an HD receiver or DVR. See what they say when you all to activate.

    I don't know if OTA HD locals will work without the HD package, but I think that they will. HD via satellite I don't know.

    Carl
     
  3. rminsk

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    OTA HD works fine without the HD package.
     
  4. MichaelP

    MichaelP Godfather

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    When I talked to the CSR when ordering my HR20 I asked this same question and was told that if you are getting the HR20 the HD package is required.
     
  5. EdK99

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    Yep it is required now with the activation of a HD receiver.
     
  6. mbhelfman

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    Activate it, and then cancel the HD package and I bet you will still get your HD locals. I happen to have it because I watch ESPN HD a lot.
     
  7. naijai

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    When the receiver is added the HD package is added also and if you take off the hd package then you will be required to return the receiver
     
  8. mikeny

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    Yeah, didn't they change it to "HD Access" now? I understood the conditions to be that this gives you 'access' to HD LIL with SD LIL where available, an HD RSN with your SD RSN where available, an HD Premium Channel with your Premium Sub (HBO HD with HBO Package for example) and of course what we knew to be the HD Pack in the 70s.
     
  9. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    You don't have a choice now. Since Feb 5th or so, activation of any HD receivers requires the HD Access fee.
     
  10. Tiebmbr

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    Even still, SD locals are still available with or without HD activation on the HR-20. They are all listed together in the channel guide.

    The installer, when making the activation phonecall to the CSR, will make sure HDs are activated before leaving your home. You probably could deactivate them afterwards, but you can't do it online...the option to "deselect" the package via the website is greyed out.
     
  11. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper Cool Member

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    There is more to it than that. The DirecTV Customer Agreement which you 'impliedly' agree to every time you activate or change a service not only REQUIRES that you have the HD package, but it also immediately imposes a 24 month programming commitment in addition to that (12 months if you only have standard boxes with no DVRs). If you activate an HR 20, you cannot cancel your HD, and you cannot your DirecTV or HD programming for 24 months without beginning a long war of collection company attrition with DirecTV.

    Welcome to DirecTV-you will be here for at least two years or pay the consequences.
     
  12. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Nothing new, been that way for years (the 2 years is new as of the past couple years, used to be only 1).

    Cable and E* do the same thing.
     
  13. Happy Camper

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    Yes, it has been that way. Was just trying to tell our friend everything he should know. The interesting one is that if you do a one for one replacement under the Protection Plan, they will attempt to slam you with a service commitment even though you are not supposed to incur a new one unless you upgrade or install new stuff. But, they try unless you notice and challenge it. Vigilance is required. A two year service commitment is like agreeing to sign a promissory note for a couple of grand in order to get a replacement $300 box. Help. Help.
     
  14. price3

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    Well, they did activate the HD access when they turned on my 100, but I went on the Internet today and canceled it. We will see what happens...
     
  15. Jeremy W

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    Cable doesn't do the same thing. They have no commitments, and no up-front fees. It's one place they've got a clear-cut advantage over the satcos.
     
  16. ChrisMinCT

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    OK, sorry but have to ask. Why would you pay top dollar for an HR20 if you don't want the HD locals?
     
  17. rminsk

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    OTA
     
  18. cygnusloop

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    I am no big fan of the 2 yr commitment, but let's not be overly dramatic here. The cancellation fee, IIRC, is $13/month for each month remaining on your contract. Max of $312. Certainly not "a couple of grand".
     
  19. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Ahh, you're lucky then. My cable co has between 6 and 18 month commitments if you want the really good package deals. There are many cable co's out there that do the same thing. And of course many that don't.
     
  20. Jeremy W

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    Neither of the two cable companies in my city (Comcast and WOW) have commitments for any of their services. WOW actually does the reverse, and commits to keeping your price locked in for 12-18 months on certain packages. But you don't have to agree to any length of service.
     
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