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does directv have any trial period

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by robl45, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Then how can you say "Dvr doesn't work well, goes out 10 minasutes at a time in the rains etc"?
     
  2. Matman

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    I agree with the comments on the SWM systems. Only time I've lost signal in the 2 years since we got it (moved 2 years ago, upgraded to SWM) is after heavy, wet snowstorms and it is simply a matter of sweeping 3 inches of snow off the dish. We watched TV all day thru Hurricane Irene last year without a blip at all, and the rain was hitting the windows so bad you couldn't see out of the house.

    Don't quote me on this, but I could have sworn in some states you do have a "Trial Period". You may want to do some checking and see what your specific state laws are. Again, memory isn't what it used to be before the twins were born last year, so don't hold that as gospel!!!!! :)
     
  3. CCarncross

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    I believe he is referring to his previous experiences..He seems to hop from provider to provider as I believe he mentioned he's been with both direct and dish in the past...
     
  4. robl45

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    that was related to someone asking what my concerns would be with subscribing for 2 years.

    as for hopping from provider to provider, I had dish for 2 years in Boston, then I moved to a building with its own cable, then I had dish for 4 more years in Florida, and now I have uverse for the past 4 years. I'd hardly call that hopping.

    At any rate, with the way new customers are treated at the different outfits, you'd be crazy not to hop every time your contract is up.
     
  5. dpeters11

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    The best comparison would be Dish, and they don't have a trial either.
     
  6. RunnerFL

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    I don't see how it becomes a concern unless you've experienced it, but ok...

    Then call me crazy because I stick with what works.
     
  7. robl45

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    thats the point, you don't know until you have experienced it. rain fade obviously you don't know until you've tried it. as for the dvr, there are reports on here of missed programs, recordings starting late etc. dish's dvr when i used it 4 years ago was awesome, uverse dvr not so much. really hard to tell until you've used it.

    as for the second thing, the other reason i left dish aside from rain fade and them insisting they wanted to charge me 50 bucks to come out was that they kept raising the bill. I think i started at under 40 and 4 years later was at like 52 dollars.

    honestly i wouldnt feel bad in hopping as these companies should be treating their existing and loyal customers better than new customers and not the other way around.
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    There's no guarantee that someone else's experience with DireTV will be your experience as well. I haven't missed a single recording in years, but that doesn't mean you won't. I don't have a big issue with rain fade, but that doesn't mean you won't either.

    Oh, and btw, DirecTV raises their bill every year. Just like everyone else does.
     
  9. joed32

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    Why not stick with cable and not have to worry about it. I get some pixelization when it rains hard and one day last month we lost service for about an hour. I like Directv for other reasons like ST, etc.
     
  10. tvropro

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    DirecTV goes out when it rains bad here in Chicago all the time. My neighbors that have it this also happens to. The skys turn dark before the rain event and it goes out. Ku & Ka band are noted for attenuation as high as 60db on ku, or more on ka (HD), because of moisture in the atmosphere, and scatter to the signal. Broadcasters that use 15 foot dishes for ku also can experience rain fade. K band was never meant for weather reliability. It originally was designed for short backhaul feeds for sporting events, news feed's or VSAT not for DBS. This came about by following the European television model. If it's a bad day with many strong cells passing through my area Direct can be out for hours. BTW I run a 39" dish for Direct on 101 and it still goes out even with a good amount of headroom over threshold.

    Cable uses C band and transmits it on a wire. It don't go out unless the plant takes a hit or somewhere along the way to your home get a power outage and the trunk amp is down.

    For the best reliability, which I still use to this day is a C band dish at home. It never goes out when it rains or can go out because of a connection between me and the plant since it's in my yard :).
     
  11. MysteryMan

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    Where I live cable goes out far more then DirecTV does.
     
  12. tvropro

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    How far are you from the cable headend? The problem with cable is you are at the mercy of the wire traveling between you and the plant.

    Some area's of the country DirecTV and Dish Network have quite a few problems with rain fade events. Some people fair better than others depending on the direction the storm cells come from, and annual moisture in their area. Florida gets hit bad since it rains quite a bit. Up here in Chicago we have to point right through the offending cell clouds to get a signal. No way around it unless you could get above the clouds. C band is never bothered even if it's a monsoon.
     
  13. robl45

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    right and you making the point as I said about why a trial is important. no ones experiences are the same. obviously you don't have the latest dvr that people are having problems with and that would be the one I would be using.
     
  14. dpeters11

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    Actually he does have an HR34. You might not have access to his setup link, it's in a semi-restricted forum.
     
  15. RunnerFL

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    You shouldn't assume... I do have an HR34, but no missed recordings.
     
  16. MysteryMan

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    Most of the cable interuptions where I live are caused motorists, weather, and service upgrades.
     
  17. MysteryMan

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    Since Yesterday I've noticed there's no info for the Sony Movie Channel when using the Guide. Anyone else notice this?
     
  18. spartanstew

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    Yep, mine just shows "movie" for all time slots.
     
  19. CraigT1

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    I see the same thing and I'm with Dish.
     
  20. MysteryMan

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    Given that the issue is with the Sony Movie Channel and not with the service providers.
     

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