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I'm tired of DIRECTV's Creative Ways of Digging into my pocket

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Spike, Aug 11, 2013.

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  1. wingrider01

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    some cable companies are already enforcing caps, telcos are starting to phase out dsl. you might want to look to the future for tomorrow you may get a disconnect notice that your Telco is shutting down dsl
     
  2. Tubaman-Z

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    You're right - they could. But I live in a rural area where cable does not serve a significant portion of the population (too low a population density to string the wires) - so the choice is DSL or satellite internet. My telco has been expanding DSL service (speeds/coverage) over the past 2 years. They gave me a 33% bump in speed for free within the past 3 months. I'm not concerned - although I understand the issue you have raised is very real for many.

    "wingrider" - Can I assume that means "Goldwing"? I ride an '82 GL1100. I call it the "Oldwing". ;)
     
  3. MrWindows

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    Honestly, I'm waiting for CenturyLink Prism to become available in my area, which should reduce my bill quite a bit. I'm going to start looking hard at going to Amazon Prime/Netflix though, as I already have Prime. I do *a bit* of downloading, but right now I subscribe to all the premiums for the shows I like to watch. DirecTV does make it convenient versus stitching together a bunch of different services, but Home Servers are making it easier all the time.

    I don't like having to pay the DVR fee, when I already paid a premium for the DVR box, but I can live with it.

    I don't like having to pay for HD, even though it gets credited back, because when my credit back period is up and I don't call in to renew it, my bill will go up $10 that month. It's a PITA.

    I think having to pay a WHDVR fee is ridiculous, especially since I run an 'unsupported' network.

    I don't like not being able to upgrade my equipment at least every two years for free, because I happened to add another box 18 months ago and had my contract extended.

    I don't like having to pay a per outlet fee, period. If I buy the box, I should be able to connect it up. If I choose to lease it, fine, but I should have the option to pay it one time or pay it monthly.

    I don't like new subscribers getting a better deal and newer, free equipment when I've been a subscriber for many years.

    I don't like having to pay for a bunch of sports programming I never use. A la carte now, please.

    I want to be able to opt out of pay-per-view and home shopping channels.

    Updating the program guide on 8 receivers is another PITA. I should be able to have more control via a centralized web browser management screen. It's 2013 for Christ's sake!
     
  4. peds48

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    Good luck finding that "perfect" provider. seems like you want all the bells and whistles free of charge....
     
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  5. Tubaman-Z

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    You can't opt out but you can always customize your guide to not show them. Not perfect, but at least you don't have to look at them.
     
  6. inkahauts

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    Well, around here my cable company doesn't charge MRV HD or DVR fees. But they do charge 25 a month per cable dvr box. Get two and tell me which service is cheaper? I know that's not the same everywhere, but in my area, its just ridiculous. Add in the fact they only have 20 hours of hd recording ability and its a joke.
     
  7. wingrider01

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    Bought my first in 1976 - a GL1000, currently on my 3rd a 2010 GL1800 with 105K on the clock waiting for the 2014's to show up. Doing the Iron Butt 1200 this weekend for the 6th time
     
  8. peds48

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    Well, around here my cable company doesn't charge MRV HD or DVR fees. But they do charge 25 a month per cable dvr box. Get two and tell me which service is cheaper? I know that's not the same everywhere, but in my area, its just ridiculous. Add in the fact they only have 20 hours of hd recording ability and its a joke.
    Where do you think you Cable company hides these fees?


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  9. inkahauts

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    Where do you think you Cable company hides these fees?


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    My point exactly. Every provider has them its just a matter of if they break it out.


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  10. dpeters11

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    Just look at what Frontier tried with their DSL a few years ago...fortunately they couldn't take the heat and backed down.
     
  11. Spike

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    A couple of things that would make greatly reducing Directv's role in my house difficult would be, we would have great difficulty in knowing what new shows were coming out and it would also be difficult to determine where to find the shows we would want. Although, I did see that Roku is now providing a unified search that looks for programs across platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, & Hulu Plus, which would really help. But the problems is still real. And the new program releases still would be difficult to know about.

    On the positive front: I really like what I'm seeing with Tivo's new Roamio DVR's. Although not having Amazon Prime on them is a huge negative. Still, tempting though.
     
  12. jimmie57

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    I think that deep down inside everyone knows you have to pay for what you get.
    The thing about all these things being broken down in such detail kinda puts it in your face for you to look at all the time.
    Remember the saying "Out of sight, Out of mind". If you don't see it you tend not to think and dwell on it.
     
  13. JeffBowser

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    This past weekend I took one more step to weaning ourselves off expensive TV. I logged on to my account, dropped to the next to lowest package, dropped the HD Extra pack, and any other options I could find. That netted me almost $20 a month. I then was forced to call DirecTV because they STILL won't let you drop equipment online. I dropped a back room receiver, and when I was asked why by the rep, I told him I was simply paying too much money for TV and needed to cut back. He said "hold on, let me see what else I can do for you". Came back and wanted to know if I needed better internet service. I told him ATT didn't offer anything good in my neighborhood. He checked, agreed, and said "how about I offer you $20 off a month for the next 12 months". I couldn't believe what I just heard. I said I don't want to do anything that will generate a 2yr contract, and he said no strings, just $20.

    Well, upshot is, that's nice. My bill is now $40 a month lower for at least a year and a phone call to DirecTV, for the first time in years for me, was something other that an exercise in pure frustration. So, chalk one up to a very friendly, native English speaking gentleman at DirecTV who single-handedly ensured I'd be a customer for one more year.
     
  14. Tubaman-Z

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    Nicely done Jeff. It's all about reviewing your needs and reducing your consumption to that level. There are quite a lot of savings to be had. Getting the $240/year kicker from D* was particularly nice.
     
  15. JeffBowser

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    I lost three channels I frequented to some extent, one on which I even had a series record set: H2, Military, and NatGeoWild. Of course they're not gonna pull Oprah, or a shopping channel :nono2: but I do put my money where my mouth is, TV is not that important.
     
  16. Tubaman-Z

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    +1. Lots of life to be lived beyond the tube..er...panel/projector/whatever.
     
  17. ohpuckhead

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    BEST POST EVER on any topic!!!
     
  18. dpeters11

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    Let us know how it works out getting directv to pay you fees.


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  19. Rich

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    I think this topic is getting kinda old. Like a conversation that just keeps repeating itself. If you don't like the fees or the prices, don't pay them. If you didn't do your homework before you subscribed, that's nobody's fault but your own. If you can't afford it, that's your own fault.

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  20. Rich

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    If that's the best post you've ever seen...

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