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well it is happening...i am going to come back

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tpayne105, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. tpayne105

    tpayne105 Legend

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    After two years, I am going to return to Directv. I went to the FIOS and honestly, it is a pretty good product. Now though, the cost is exceeding what Directv can offer me.

    I know there are many new options now then when I left just two years ago. The Genie, for one, is a remarkable product that MOST seem to like. along with the MINI GENIE. I actually do have 3 types of old receivers with the most "current" one an HR10-250. I should probably go with the Genie and Mini Genies right? (3 total TVs in house).

    I am in a contract with FIOS. Anyone hear of Directv helping to returning customers help offset the cost of breaking a contract to come back?

    Anything else I should know before I make the call? I still have my dish on the house itself. I never did have the SWiM Is that something I need to worry about or will the installer just take care of it?

    I am excited about coming back. I haven't been to these boards in a couple of years and always enjoyed and learned things on here from all of you.

    I appreciate ANY and ALL input I can get!

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    It's not the televisions, but how many people will be using the system at the same time.

    If you live alone, minis will be fine, but have a wife and children with their own television program wants -- minis only become a no-no.
     
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  3. jeslevine

    jeslevine AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    A little over two months ago I went to Comcast because of a "great deal". I should have never left DTV. A week ago DTV made an offer for me to come back. I jumped at it. The offer was free installation, and HR-44 receiver with three mini-genies, a good discount for one year, plus they will pay any termination fees up to 200 dollars.

    I was only gone for 2 months, you have been gone for 2 years. You should be able to call them and resubscribe with free installation and equipment. You can ask them if they will help cover any termination fees from FIOS, you have nothing to lose.

    I am extremely impressed with DTV and their technology
     
  4. PCampbell

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    You have been gone 2 years, how long is a FIOS contract?
     
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    DIRECTV doesn't have an extensive record of buying out ETFs.

    I encourage you to catch up in the forums so you can ascertain the best configuration for your needs. There's lots of valuable information about what to ask for and what not to ask for when it comes to hardware. If you're not planning on hopping services every 24 months, you need to look at the long term cost.

    It may also be educational to see how the other half lives to further solidify your choice.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    Harsh, as is often the case, you are incorrect about the ETFs.

    D* has made that a standard 'come back' offer for years. Hell I still get the offers every week.
     
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  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Do they offer to cover all of your ETF *and* offer new customer programming discounts?

    I spoke with someone earlier this week that was assured by DIRECTV's sign-up people that DIRECTV was NOT going to cover any part of their $150 Comcast ETF.
     
  8. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

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    The standard 'come back' offer I've gotten over the years will cover up to $200 of the ETF and offers new customer programming discounts as well.

    But I think you have to call the number on the 'come back' offer and mention some code in it to get the ETF payment. Just calling D*'s main number doesn't seem to work for it.
     
  9. dennisj00

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    Harsh,

    As Judge Judy would say, speaking to someone who talked to someone else is hearsay and not admissible as evidence.

    Maybe if you'd try DirecTV, you'd have some first hand experience!
     
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  10. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    and perhaps try Dish ! !rolling
     
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    It is certainly more applicable to the TS than the experience of someone they're desperately trying to "winback".
     
  12. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Minis only ever become a no no if there are ever more than five things on at the same time that are wanted to be viewed at some point by someone in the household. And even then it may be one less mini. But most people would never have a need to have more than five tuners in their home.
     
  13. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    My max so far been seven recordings, while watching a live baseball game during the evening prime hours. It happen on a Monday 10PM-11PM slot. My Genie was recording ABC, CBS, NBC & PBS while I was watching SNY. My bedroom DVR was recording SyFy & SCI, while my den DVR was recording HGTV. While it doesn't happen often, it can happen. Actually that night, it could have been 8, but the bedroom DVR pushed backed a TNT recording to its encore showing.
     
  14. tpayne105

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    Hey all

    I did it. I made the call yesterday. Here is what I got:

    Extra package
    Sunday Ticket Max
    3 months of HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz

    Genie
    2 Genie mini's
    Free install (July 2)

    $66.99

    They said they couldn't help with the contract issues.

    I am ok with all of this....Still very happy to be back

    Thanks for all of your input. I hope it is another good run of at least 13 more years.
     
  15. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    But in actuality, those last three shows could have been recorded at a different time since they where on stations that repeate their programs throughout the week. And the genie would take care of that on its own, just set up your series manger correctly.

    West coasters have even less need for anything beyond a genie since most cable shows are on before 8pm for us. But still the only thing that usually really creates problems is sports. If you record a lot of sports that are on in prime time and watch a lot of network TV, then it becomes more necessary.
     
  16. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Awsome!
     
  17. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Post back after you are installed. tell us your experience
     
  18. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    It should, but I wouldn't bet my life on it. And series manager only works right when there are NO ERRORS in the Guide -- that's the weak point.
     
  19. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    I've never once had an issue with this kind of thing myself. Guide data issues are almost always to do with repeats for me, never on catching a second showing of an episode that was missed the first time around due to being to low in priority.

    And really, why would anyone bet their life on anything to do with TV much less recording it? :lol:
     
  20. fudpucker

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    So, if when I make my switch in the next couple of months back to DTV (from Dish) I get the Genie and a couple of minis, and then later find out I would be better off with a Genie, HD DVR, and mini - i.e. later I want to switch a mini for an HDDVR - how hard will that be and how much will they charge? I am feel like there's a decent chance I could get them to throw in the HDDVR in the place of the Mini when I call about coming back, but the two minis sound like the most streamlined approach as long as I don't run into a situation where I wish I had the extra storage and tuners.
     

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