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Should Directv give you 2 boxes with no mirroring or rent fees?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JoeTheDragon, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Should Directv give you 2 boxes with no mirroring or rent fees for box 2?

    Most cable co's only give one and this something that can make them stand out.
  2. bills976

    bills976 Godfather/Supporter

    Jun 30, 2002
    Interesting idea, but they make too much cash on the mirroring fee. I doubt we will see this go away anytime soon.
  3. HerntDawg

    HerntDawg Legend

    Oct 6, 2008
    Without a poll I say yes!!

    Mirroring/Lease fee is crap.
  4. nevea2be

    nevea2be Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    What is the mirroring fee?
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    They also probably made a lot of money on the HD Access fee.
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It's the same as the lease fee, but charged to owned boxes.
  7. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    It should appear on your bill as a "Leasing Fee". In short, this is the fee $5.99 per receiver) DirecTV charges you to have programming on an additional receiver.

    My answer is YES, do away with mirror/leasing fee's on a second receiver. DirecTV could go as far as to have a # of free receivers in a given package.

    Choice gets 1 free (no different than today)
    Choice Xtra gets 2
    Choice Ultimate gets 3
    Premier gets 4

    This type of system (in my opinion) would encourage customers to look at going with a better package or possibly invest in additional receivers.
  8. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    Kind of irrelevent at this point. The fee is firmly entrenched as part of the cash flow equation, so if it goes away as a lease/mirror fee it will just pop up somewhere else.

    Perhaps removing it could draw enough additional customers to offset the revenue loss, but I doubt it. "Free Lease/Mirroring Fee for life" just isn't a sexy come on like "Free HD for life".:lol:
  9. CTJon

    CTJon Godfather

    Feb 5, 2007
    They'd just charge more money elsewhere. My suspicion is that DirecTV would like to go to the Uverse model with only 1 DVR and non-dvr slaves that access the recorded program. This would replace the mirror fee with multi-room viewing few. Technically this is a terrible idea and the limits caused by a single dvr and many - but another discussion.
    As much as we see fees come and go we will pay more and more for service.
  10. txtommy

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    I know a number of people with only one TV. Having a free mirroring fee on a second receiver would be of little interest to them. It might, however, convince them to accept a second receiver at no cost even which would be of no benefit to Directv.


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    This should be removed especially now. DirecTv is not the only company pushing HD
  12. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    Why are stupid irrelevant questions allowed? We can't change Directv policy so all this will do is take up forum space.
  13. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    I not saying drop the fees all together just make box 1 and 2 have no rent or mirroring fee.
  14. dishrich

    dishrich Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2002
    You must be the ONLY one being charged $5.99 - EVERYONE else is charged $5... :confused: :confused:
  15. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Of course they should give us two receivers for free.

    They should also only hire athletic twenty-something girls dressed in blue bikinis to do their installs.
  16. Dave DFW

    Dave DFW AllStar

    Jun 11, 2008
    DFW Texas
    I think allowing an extra receiver with a higher programming package might interest many people. D* has had this so long that their policy is unlikely to change.
  17. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Yeah, but they'd always get stuck at their first install of the day. "Can you show me how to work the remote again?"
  18. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007

    Don't think that the potential to influence D* policy, by starting discussions here, exists?

    Hmmm...HD free for 24-months for current subs. Only after I saw threads complaining about "dissing current customers" here, did it become available.

    I also saw numerous threads about being forced to have SuperFan for HD, in past seasons. Now, it's included.

    Did THIS forum force those changes? Of course we don't know...but I'm sure it didn't hurt.

    BTW...Glad to see you're a DBSTalk Club Member that helps pay for forum space. :rolleyes:

    ...and yes, perhaps as an incentive, they could consider waiving one or two more lease/mirror fees as part of a premium/sports bundle, etc.
  19. skatingrocker17

    skatingrocker17 Godfather

    Jun 23, 2010
    I never even thought of that, it's actually a really good idea and makes sense.
  20. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    When I briefly left DTV in 2001, I told the CSR on the phone that I was leaving because of the mirror/lease fees. I also told her I would be willing to pay a little more upfront for a receiver if I could get rid of those fees. So I think it would be great if they got rid of it; especially when I'm paying for an additional 5 receivers. I have 2 additional rooms that could use TV's, but I haven't added them there because it's not worth the extra $10 a month.

    I also think they would also add a fair number of cable subscribers if they took this approach. I’m sure for some people it’s hard to justify going to DTV when they realize they have to drop 5 for every room they are currently getting for free with their analog cable.

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