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Improvements to the Protection Plan

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Steve615, Apr 16, 2013.

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  1. May 6, 2013 #161 of 420
    bhigh8

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    yeah good point. plus with all this equipment I have, I may want to keep for piece of mind.
     
  2. May 7, 2013 #162 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    Ironically the "peace of mind" was the original intent for the PP. Now, with the speed that technology is advancing in the television world, it give you the added perk of getting what all the new customers are getting every couple years. :)
     
  3. May 7, 2013 #163 of 420
    The Merg

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    But, you have to remember that if you have a DVR (say a HR23) and you decide to upgrade that with another DVR, it does not mean you will get an HR24. You will get any DVR that is available at that time. If you decide to go to the Genie platform with that upgrade, you might get a HR34 or HR44.

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  4. May 7, 2013 #164 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    Well yeah, an upgrade is going from one receiver type to another, not to another model of the same receiver type.
     
  5. May 7, 2013 #165 of 420
    usnret

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    So, going from an HR24 to an HR22 is an upgrade???
     
  6. May 7, 2013 #166 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    Read my post again. An upgrade is going from one type of receiver to another. Going from HD to an HD DVR is going from one type to another. There is no upgrade for the going from one model to another, as in going from HR24 to HR22. Technically they can put that in the system but can't guarantee the receiver model. You would never want to waste an upgrade in the hopes of getting a newer model.
     
  7. May 7, 2013 #167 of 420
    Volatility

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    Fyi for people who are planning on canceling the PP after they get their free equipment upgrade---not so fast there kowalski. Heard DirecTV is aware customers are going to try to do that and are most likely going to come up with some charge for doing so like how they charge a 10 ecf if you don't have the pp for a year.
     
  8. May 7, 2013 #168 of 420
    Old_School

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    The smart thing would be to do something like the ETF.... Start it off at $191 dollars (2 year agreement).. every month you keep it goes down $7.99.... if you cancel it 3 months down the line you pay the remaining months in a ETF. You know there will be some that will try and wait six months then cancel just so Directv don't think they used the PP for new stuff.
     
  9. May 7, 2013 #169 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    I don't see there being much of a retroactive penalty for customers. They would need to have the PP active for 18 to begin with, they'll have a new 24 month agreement(assuming hd equipment) and if it's removed, they would have to add it back and wait another 18 months from the start of it being chargeable.
     
  10. May 7, 2013 #170 of 420
    The Merg

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    You are correct in that it could very well be a waste of an upgrade to go from a HR2x to a HR2x as you don't know what model you will receive. Unfortunately, the way the DirecTV system works is that if you deactivate a receiver and activate a new one, that is considered to be an upgrade no matter what type of receiver you are going from and to. I was just tying to point out that you shouldn't expect to go from an HR22 to a HR24 as a certainty when performing the upgrade.

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  11. May 7, 2013 #171 of 420
    The Merg

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    After performing the upgrade, DirecTV has the customer on the hook for 2 years with the new commitment. They really wouldn't care too much if someone canceled the PP after performing the upgrade.

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  12. May 7, 2013 #172 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    I was trying to back you up to avoid the confusion that still seemed to happen based on usnret's post.
     
  13. May 7, 2013 #173 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    I'm curious to see how much longer the agreement tactic keeps people with a service. Our current culture is devaluing the dollar or, at least, saving a dollar. Seems like more and more people are willing to throw money at the cancellation fee instead of maintaining service at regular cost.
     
  14. May 7, 2013 #174 of 420
    peds48

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    Excluding service swaps, of course.
     
  15. May 7, 2013 #175 of 420
    Mike Bertelson

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    What's that based on?

    Mike
     
  16. May 7, 2013 #176 of 420
    goinsleeper

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    Experience.


    EDIT: personal and professional
     
  17. May 7, 2013 #177 of 420
    Volatility

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    Cold Hard Facts. Working in the Cancellation Department, I get many customers who are willing to pay the ECF as the long run cost of keeping the services for the remaining of their commitment is more expensive than the ECF is. Even with discounts it is still cheaper to cancel. Many people now a days do not care about value and just care about the bottom dollar because of the economic climate....these are sad days.

    reason for edit: shortened post.
     
  18. May 7, 2013 #178 of 420
    The Merg

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    Correct. I tried to phrase that as a way to exclude replacements from my explanation.

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  19. KK in CT

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    I just called in today to participate in the free equipment upgrade program since I'm a long time protection plan customer. All I was looking for was to upgrade an old SD receiver to an HD receiver so it would work with my whole home Genie setup. I called and they told me I wasn't elegible for the free upgrade until October. I asked why and the rep couldn't tell me, other than that's what it said on her screen. Now I did upgrade to the Genie back in February 2012 at a discount, but it definitely wasn't free (I think I paid $199 for it). Either way, she couldn't say that was what was pushing my eligibility for the free upgrade out to October. So I politely asked to speak with a supervisor to see if they would have more info on the eligibility calculation (as I don't want to do something else on my account to push that date out further). The supervisor came on and told me the same thing and apologized about not being able to explain the arbitrary date for eligibilty of the free protection plan upgrade. So I asked him how could I know that ordering something else in the near future would not extend that date out further. I think he felt bad about not being able to explain the new policy, so he finally ended up giving me the free upgrade that I wanted anyway - he had to put an override in the system to do this. He then gave me the caveat that he couldn't be sure that this wouldn't push my October date out even further. I was fine with that, since this is the upgrade I was interested in with this program anyway. I wasn't looking for a free upgrade that I wasn't entitled to, but the email I received just stated that this program started on May 16th with the eligibilty based on your tenure of being in the protection plan, which I meet. It didn't say anything about getting other equipment in the past at a discount. So just a heads up to those looking to call in - you may not be eligible right away according to their system. And they don't seem to have the information they need to explain why.

    I was more than happy with the final outcome. It was just a strange call since they couldn't seem to figure out how that date is calculated and what action someone could take with their account (like accepting some type of discount for equipment or programming) that could recalculate that date even further out.
     
  20. kwasnicka

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    I just called and schedule my free upgrade to a Genie through the new protection plan free upgrade offer. I live in the Pittsburgh, PA DMA so I am crossing my fingers that I get an HR44 rather than the HR34.
     
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