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Don't bite on DirecTV's offer to watch Couples Retreat free (or for $1)


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#26 OFFLINE   Hoosier205

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:24 PM

OK, maybe I shouldn't have started this. But my main thought (although unspoken) was that D* is giving away a movie of very low desirability, if Metacritic is any judge of that.

Why couldn't D* have made such an offer for a really good, widely desired movie? (My belief: because they'll make big bucks on any good movie, and won't lose much by giving away a movie few would've bought anyway.) So, thanks for nothing, D*.


You seem to really be having a hard time letting this sink in. What is undesirable to you, may be desirable to someone else. What is desirable to you, may be undesirable to others.

On top of that...your idea of film success is narrow. Different people measure success differently. While you may point to low ratings and reviews for Couples Retreat, the movie did very well financially. It had a budget of $60 million and so far has made more than $168 million. Plenty of people bought tickets to the film, bought the DVD, and bought the Blu-ray. Michael Bay believes Transformers 2 is a highly successful film. It was critically panned, but it had a budget of $200 million and made more than $835 million.

Stop worrying about whether or not you think the movie offered in this deal from DirecTV was good. DirecTV made their own decision.

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#27 OFFLINE   Syzygy

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:45 PM

... I also suspect that DirecTV's Couples Retreat will probably be the top PPV movie this week...

Well, that's a no-brainer, since D* is giving out credit vouchers to those who order it!
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#28 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:47 PM

Well, that's a no-brainer, since D* is giving out credit vouchers to those who order it!


Sorry!

I should have said WOULD HAVE BEEN...

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:54 PM

Ok, I checked the OPs beloved Metacritic & it is a joke...I just checked The Boondock Saints. It got a 44, unreal & too low, IMO.
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:06 PM

Metacritic: It may be a generational thing. I'm a geezer. Critics are, for the most part, serious folk. People who like movies that critics pan are probably young (and might I suggest not so serious?).
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:09 PM

If you really want to give it away, why not just automate it?


Because one of the goals of a marketing campaign is to measure the response.

  • Did the subscribers respond to emails?
  • How many of those emailed responded?
  • How does this compare with direct mailing promotions?
  • Can we save a bunch of paper and postage by staging a marketing push that is as effective as direct mailings or even moreso by email?

It may not have anything at all to do with them caring whether or not you watch Couples Retreat. In fact it is entirely likely that it does not.
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#32 OFFLINE   Hoosier205

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:17 PM

Metacritic: It may be a generational thing. I'm a geezer. Critics are, for the most part, serious folk. People who like movies that critics pan are probably young (and might I suggest not so serious?).


Actually, some movies that were not considered to be very successful when the first came out are now considered classics. It's a Wonderful Life is one that comes to mind. There are many others.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:58 PM

Metacritic: It may be a generational thing. I'm a geezer. Critics are, for the most part, serious folk. People who like movies that critics pan are probably young (and might I suggest not so serious?).


SERIOUSLY?!?!

I know very few "geezers" (as you put it) who care what critics think. They give them less credence than I do.

I've seen great movies that critics hated, I've seen bad movies critics loved, and vice versa.

I'm not saying they're wrong about "Couples Retreat" as I haven't seen it, but I'm sure as heck not going to form a conclusion due to what critics say.

Maybe it's a "geezer" thing, but I like making up my own mind, and not believing everything I'm told.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 03:58 PM

This just in: If you order the movie Couples Retreat for $4.99 ($5.99 in HD), DirecTV will send you a "Movie Money certificate" for $4.99 -- but allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Mail-in redemption of the certificate is required to receive bill credit.

I checked Metacritic. This bomb, starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau, got a 23 score. ReelViews' James Berardinelli said "Despite being mediocre and largely forgettable, Couples Retreat is not unpleasant." And that was the next-to-best review!

Since I detest watching either Vaughn or Favreau, they'd have to pay me $10 extra up front to get me to order this loser of a flick.


I thought you were going to warn people that they will never see that $4.99. I have fallen for this scam twice, never to see a cent on one of these deals. I have autopay, and I have followed the instructions METICULOUSLY, but I have never gotten my rebates.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:23 PM

People who like movies that critics pan are probably young (and might I suggest not so serious?).


Well that's just a blanket insult. :rolleyes:

Don't know why I took that bait but I did. :sure:


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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:35 PM

So, thanks for nothing, D*.


Whatever happened to it's the thought that counts? Geezer is right. Your kids and grandkids must love you at xmas time.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:42 PM

You seem to really be having a hard time letting this sink in. What is undesirable to you, may be desirable to someone else. What is desirable to you, may be undesirable to others.


Just stumbled across this thread and clicked on it because I hadn't heard of the offer, and found the above quote hugely ironic as that was exactly what I was trying to say, over and over, to the same poster in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=172243.

(I wouldn't normally take a thread off topic, but this one was already pretty abstract in terms of DirecTV news/views.)

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:57 PM

Just stumbled across this thread and clicked on it because I hadn't heard of the offer, and found the above quote hugely ironic as that was exactly what I was trying to say, over and over, to the same poster in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=172243.

(I wouldn't normally take a thread off topic, but this one was already pretty abstract in terms of DirecTV news/views.)


Don't worry about Susan. She is just upset about DirecTV not carrying a lowly subchannel she already has OTA.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:03 PM

"Tootbrush in the toilet bowl" from seinfeld is in this....she saves it.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:03 PM

The wife and I thought it was a great movie, laughed our asses off

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:58 PM

So where can one find the redemption information. I went on http://www.directv.com/cinema and found nothing about the offer

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 04:08 PM

I thought you [Syzygy] were going to warn people that they will never see that $4.99. I have fallen for this scam twice, never to see a cent on one of these deals. I have autopay, and I have followed the instructions METICULOUSLY, but I have never gotten my rebates.

Fool me thrice? No thanks!

Thanks for that info! I've quoted you in my original post, #1, as well. I hadn't thought it might be a scam.
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 04:34 PM

Got a call on it and passed before I saw this thread. I tend not to ever take "free" offers over the phone just because I've been burned in the past. Not by Directv but I just don't trust any "free" offers. They usually cost too much.
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 04:38 PM

I've never not had a valid offer honored by DirecTV (including a previous free PPV) but they make you jump through some hoops (mailing in, etc.), probably in hopes you'll give up.

I will say I HATE those sales calls for "special offers" from DirecTV which have become ubiquitous of late. Especially since most of the offers aren't really that special. Two PPV movies for the price of one? Umm, no thanks. I don't even want the one. It doesn't help that they don't even get the good Indian call centers to make the calls. I'm sick of talking to barely understandable guys named "Tom" whose accent is thicker than most taxi drivers in Mumbai.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 09:09 PM

I watched the movie today. Thought it was REALLY funny.




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