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


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#26 OFFLINE   TwoPhases

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:12 PM

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

Me: They should allow account stacking as well.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:55 PM

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#28 OFFLINE   nevea2be

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:13 AM

Comcast charges 14.95 per HD box, 7.95 per non-HD box and 7.97 for HD. So for me 5 bucks to lease a box is a bargain.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 06:24 AM

A great idea but they'd have to make up the revenue elsewhere.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:34 PM

A great idea but they'd have to make up the revenue elsewhere.



Price Increase!!!!!!!:nono2:

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 07:09 AM

Price Increase!!!!!!!:nono2:


there will be a price increase anyway coming, the annual tradition of most companies - or in the case of my water company a exvery 14 week tradition.

This would just tack a large increase on to make up for the 5.00 loss of funds

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:36 AM

The lease/mirror fees are silly. How can there be any cost to electronically 'link' multiple receiver to the same account?

I'm already paying to keep a landline just for these boxes to dial out (only one is convenient to wired Ethernet), so they really ought to be a loss leader and drop the mirror fee.

I know there's lot of people who might chime in and say "I don't have a landline and have never had any problems" but my bedroom receivers have been cut off several times in 12 years for not having phone lines plugged up. To me that's a much bigger "hidden cost" to having multiple DirecTV receivers than the lease fees. In my old house, that meant stringing cable across the floor and calling DirecTV to force a dial out before they would reactivate them. In this house, they are all convenient to phone jacks so that is not an issue. But I don't watch PPV or order sports, so I don't know why they still call out from time to time. :confused:

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 06:41 AM

The lease/mirror fees are silly. How can there be any cost to electronically 'link' multiple receiver to the same account?

I'm already paying to keep a landline just for these boxes to dial out (only one is convenient to wired Ethernet), so they really ought to be a loss leader and drop the mirror fee.

I know there's lot of people who might chime in and say "I don't have a landline and have never had any problems" but my bedroom receivers have been cut off several times in 12 years for not having phone lines plugged up. To me that's a much bigger "hidden cost" to having multiple DirecTV receivers than the lease fees. In my old house, that meant stringing cable across the floor and calling DirecTV to force a dial out before they would reactivate them. In this house, they are all convenient to phone jacks so that is not an issue. But I don't watch PPV or order sports, so I don't know why they still call out from time to time. :confused:


think of the mirror fee in the cable provider mindset, directv charges you 5.00 per additional dvr/reciever cable companys charge you 7.50-12.00 per extra cable box.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:18 AM

As soon as Dish does it, Directv will.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:25 AM

The lease/mirror fees are silly. How can there be any cost to electronically 'link' multiple receiver to the same account?


You're forgetting that part of that money pays for the receivers themselves (most folks have traditionally had multiple "free" basic receivers in their extra rooms) as well as for the "free" installation for those receivers. Then there are support costs: more boxes means more things to go wrong.

And, again, if the mirroring fees are cut, the company will just raise fees somewhere else. Businesses don't pay their expenses; their customers do. That's Econ 101, folks.

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:12 PM

I'm always looking for ways to reduce my bill, so I understand why most would agree with the OP. And it would be nice if they eliminate the mirroring fee, if they didn't offset it by raising the price of the packages. Which is probably what would happen.

I think its fair the way they bill now. If you want to have more receivers/DVR's, then you pay more. Someone with less receivers will pay less. Especially when in most cases, they give you at least one free receiver to begin with.

And if you don't want to pay for every TV, then find a way around it. For me, I use 2 DVR's to run 4 TV's. There are only 2 of us in the household, so we are never watching more then 2 different TV's. So I have 4 TV's with access to programming and only pay $5 for 1 mirroring fee.
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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:26 PM

Heres a good one. If you have one box, and want to add another for MRV, you pay the MRV fee AND the lease fee. I think, if I have two boxes and am paying for MRV, there should be a slight discount on one or the other. Especially after I got reamed on the install fee.
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Posted 05 September 2010 - 01:39 PM

The way I see it, even with MRV I pay several times less for the hardware than I would with cable...even less then with Dish for that matter.

I can't really complain too much because it could be worse. :grin:

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 09:47 PM

there will be a price increase anyway coming, the annual tradition of most companies - or in the case of my water company a exvery 14 week tradition.

This would just tack a large increase on to make up for the 5.00 loss of funds


My tradition in dealing with Company's like that is you go up $5.00 i go down by the same amount.:)

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:24 PM

The only problem with this idea is that folks with only one box will then be paying for two and not get the full service. Great idea on paper but I think it would fail in practice, especially with all of the folks that are already clamering for a la cart, this just further packages items together.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:22 AM

It's the same as the lease fee, but charged to owned boxes.

These days it called an "Additional Receiver Fee". ;)

At $5 the leased/additional receiver fee is much cheaper than the other service providers (my friend with MetroCast is paying $15/box). IMO, this already gives DirecTV an advantage over the other providers in this area so they'll never get rid of it.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:46 AM

My tradition in dealing with Company's like that is you go up $5.00 i go down by the same amount.:)


you choice, if you want mutiple boxes expect to pay for mutiple boxes. Curious as to what you drop when the electric company gets a 20 percent increase in their rates

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 09:19 AM

I only have one TV... You know if they included two boxes, they'd increase the costs elsewhere. Why would I want to pay more when I only own one TV? I don't want to pay for hidden fees for a second box I don't need.




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