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Existing Customers going to Genie

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by KsBillsFan, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Oct 31, 2012 #21 of 343
    TDK1044

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    I'm upgrading on Saturday. They are charging me $199 for the HR34 and one Genie thin client, plus $49 for installation. I have that confirmed in an e-mail from them. :)
     
  2. Oct 31, 2012 #22 of 343
    bainbridgematt

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    Yeah I will have to give them a call and see what they say cause if they are going to charge me $300 bucks and my contract is about to expire, I'll likely be jumping ship.
     
  3. Oct 31, 2012 #23 of 343
    Laxguy

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    If it's within a short time frame, you might wait until your contract is actually up. I wrote elsewhere of some of the factors that may influence what one can get.
     
  4. Oct 31, 2012 #24 of 343
    montanaxvi

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    In contract from an SD DVR to HD DVR upgrade until mid 2013. Been a sub for 5 years and I've made several calls to get the HR34 and the best offer I've been given each time is $200 after they tell me it's $300 and I say pound sand they'll come back with the $200 offer and I kindly say no thanks and hang up.
     
  5. Oct 31, 2012 #25 of 343
    bainbridgematt

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    So I think I am up in early November. My installation was on November 6 2010 so I'm assuming it expires that day. Do i need to wait until that day or should I call now? I know it's only a week.
     
  6. Oct 31, 2012 #26 of 343
    montanaxvi

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    It's just a week, worth a shot and see what they say.
     
  7. Oct 31, 2012 #27 of 343
    Laxguy

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    Yes, and good luck!
     
  8. Nov 1, 2012 #28 of 343
    cyclone27

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    I was thinking about going to the Genie, but I'm not sure how I would go about it. I have 2 HR-24s and 2 H-24s. Could I just replace one of my H24s with the Genie? Or do I need the C31s to have it work correctly?
    5-6 tuners would be fine for me. Thanks.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2012 #29 of 343
    Laxguy

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    You don't need c31's, and with the Genie and an HR24, you'd have seven tuners for recording, and two more for live watching. You'd need a new SWiM to handle 9 tuners, but if you had the 31s, you'd be fine with what you have, assuming you're on Whole home now.
     
  10. Nov 1, 2012 #30 of 343
    cyclone27

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    Thanks. Yes. I have whole home now.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2012 #31 of 343
    Rugged

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    I called yesterday and the installer just left. I'm a 10yr customer and I had a year left in my current contract.

    genie $299.00
    install $49.00
    credit $(250.00)
    $98.00 total plus tax
    plus HD fee free for a year so that's $10x12=120
    plus Showtime, Starz, Encore free for 6 months.

    net cost is $-22 and a new 2yr contract
     
  12. Nov 1, 2012 #32 of 343
    smitbret

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    Keep in mind that the upgraded SWM16 that will be needed to handle 9 tuners will also require you to run 4 coax cables from the dish into the house.

    I was going to replace one of my 2 H24s with an HR34 to go with my 2 HR24s, but when the installer got there to install I passed and went with a 3rd HR24. I kind of wish I'd have thought to just put one of the HR24s into single tuner mode, but I brain farted.
     
  13. Nov 2, 2012 #33 of 343
    Datagg

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    Contract was up. mentioned the hopper.. Free Genie installed the very next day. $25.00 instal as it was just a swap. Sometimes life is good.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2012 #34 of 343
    trh

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    To clarify this a bit, you need four coax going from the dish to the SWiM16 location, not necessarily inside the house. My 16 is about 6' below the dish on an exterior wall, so the four wires are all located outside.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2012 #35 of 343
    TDK1044

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    So, I have my install tomorrow. I currently have whole home with three HD DVRs and a SWM8 switch. I will be giving those three boxes back, and adding 1 HR34 and one Genie client. Will he need to run additional cables?
     
  16. Nov 2, 2012 #36 of 343
    spartanstew

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    No
     
  17. Nov 12, 2012 #37 of 343
    bainbridgematt

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    Must be nice. After 1:15 on the phone with them I got nowhere. My contract is up, but I have only been a customer for 2 years (sporting a HR21 (POS), one HD and one SD receiver with Whole Home DVR)

    Summary of what happened........

    Called and talked to a rep. Told me it would be $147 to swap out my current HR21 (old piece of crap that is very bad) and my one SD receiver and my one HD receiver for a Genie and 2 genie clients. I said I would have to think that over and talk it over with my wife. He said OK and then put me on hold and came back and said he could actually get me everything for just the $49 install fee. I said sure. Let's do that. Then he said he could also give me an $18/month for 6 months programming credit and Sunday Ticket for the rest of the year. I'm thinking "great" this will keep me with directv and we'll be good to go.

    Then the trouble began....He transferred me over to third party verification where they started to go through the description of what I would get and they didn't say anything about the two clients so I stopped them and told them what the original rep said. After a lengthy discussion the rude verification rep that was very confrontational, she transferred me to someone else (presumably back with order processing). I was in the process of discussing what had happened and that person was looking at stuff when we got disconnected (not sure if it was on my phone or their phone). Took 45 minutes for that sequence to occur.

    Called back. Talked to a very nice rep that then told me they original guy was incorrect and they couldn't offer me a discount on the Genie at all. All they could offer was another HD-DVR to replace my standard def receiver and a replacement of the HR-21 that is a POS. I asked "what receivers will I get?" and I got the standard DirecTV line about how they can't guarantee the equipment models. The only fee for all of this would be the install fee. He quoted me about $500 to get me what the original rep had offered for just the $49 install and kept feeding me a line about how they are not allowed by directv to offer hardly any credit for the genie even 10+ year customers (a line which is clearly false based on this board). I told him I would talk this all over with my wife and get back to them. This conversation took another 30 minutes.

    So after an 1:15 I am right back where I stared. In the end I feel like DirecTV has taken me to the cleaners again and as much as I despise Time Warner they may win our business by simply delivering on what they say.

    So after that rant, can anyone offer any advice.

    *********Update*********
    So I sent an email to the customer advocate group and got a call back right away. They are replacing my HR21 without re-upping my contract. She also offered to replace my SD receiver with the Genie for just the install fee. So I'll give directv some props for good customer service at the top. Wish we could have done it at a lower level, but the people at the top made it better.
     
  18. Nov 12, 2012 #38 of 343
    Tonedeaf

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    Had an order for an HR34 and 2 clients($0.00) that were set to be installed yesterday, but with the weather the tech was not able to install and re-peak my dish. Had a new roof put on Friday. Ending up cancelling the equipment upgrade and having them come out on Saturday morning to re-peak the dish.

    Deciding to not sign up for another 2 years and keep my existing DVR's as is. Don't think I will be going anywhere, but I have options should I wish to leave.
     
  19. Nov 12, 2012 #39 of 343
    nalgon

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    Hi bainbridge. Can you send please send me the email of the customer advocate group
    Thanks
     
  20. Nov 14, 2012 #40 of 343
    TDK1044

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    Excellent HR34 install and tech. It took him about 20 minutes to install and activate the HR34 and the Genie client. Then he deactivated my three old HR24 Whole Home DVRs, which I confirmed on my i-pad app. He even took the three HR24 DVRs with him when he left so that I didn't even need to arrange for boxes to be sent to me. :)
     

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