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HR34 from DirecTV - Why Current Customers Treated So Poorly


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#51 OFFLINE   Drucifer

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:01 PM

And when they are more readily available in Feb or so, I'm sure there will be. It doesnt make sense to start touting the feature of the new limited availability HMC until everyone can have access to ordering one. Look at the trouble talking about it here has caused so far.

Waiting just allow the current threads to get lost.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:04 PM

And when they are more readily available in Feb or so, I'm sure there will be. It doesnt make sense to start touting the feature of the new limited availability HMC until everyone can have access to ordering one. Look at the trouble talking about it here has caused so far.


You know, I thought so at first too,but upon further thought, I don't think it's needed. It's simply a hr24 with more tuners, so after the initial issues are worked out, why separate it out? As for the rvu parts,those belong in the connected home forum, same as the deca and mrv information.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:06 PM

Well, if you must know, I have NEVER gotten a new customer deal. DirecTV was a wedding/housewarming present from my parents. We got married and were moving into a new house. It was a new street and cable was not completely built out yet, so my dad had a local TV shop install it while we were on our honeymoon.

Cost was $700 for a receiver and dual LNB dish.

Since then every upgrade to the dish was done by the same local TV shop (Phase III) or myself (Slimline) at my cost. Not even subsidized by DirecTV. All receivers have been bought/acquired at 3rd party retailers (BB, CC, SS, VE).

So actually, I probably do deserve a new customer deal.:P ;)


You have done that by choice. I am sure over the years you could have gotten free receiver upgrades going to hd, etc. What programing deal did you get when you signed up? ;)

Maybe in feb you should see what they will do for you on a hr34. :)

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:07 PM

I think a lot of us original subscribers fall into the same category. Like you, I installed my first $700 RCA receiver with 18" dish, and over the years, upgraded from Best Buy, and picked up new dishes at the local satellite dealer. Ive gotten some perks over the years from DirecTv in the form of $5 bill credits, free Red Zone, etc...but never received a new customer deal of any sort. Did get to test a free HD receiver for them a year ago, which was a blast.

I was raised before the entitlement syndrome came about, so I still believe if you want an upgrade, you pay for it. If they offer it free, or discount an installation, then I consider that a reward for being a long time customer, but I surly dont expect it.


What was your programing package when you signed up? ;)

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:28 PM

You have done that by choice.......What programing deal did you get when you signed up? ;)

Maybe in feb you should see what they will do for you on a hr34. :)


Yes I have. Kind of picky about who touches my stuff. Don't want a DirecTV installer messing with ANYTHING. On the other hand, it has saved DirecTV a lot of money.

None that I know of. Back then DirecTV had some of the programming and USSB had the rest. As far as I can remember, the only "deal" I got was last year when I called to cancel ST because I was never home to watch it and she gave me 50% off to keep it. Really was not fishing for a deal. Offered similar this year, but I did cancel it anyway.

Not enough channels on a SWM-16. :) Actually, if I could get some recorded programming off a couple of DVR's, then I would be able to replace a couple of them with regular receivers. So then I would have 2xHR34, 1xHR24, 1xHR20 and 2xH25. Or maybe they will just make the SWM-32 be able to bridge all 4 SWM-8's for WHDVR. :)

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:37 PM

Yes I have. Kind of picky about who touches my stuff. Don't want a DirecTV installer messing with ANYTHING. On the other hand, it has saved DirecTV a lot of money.

None that I know of. Back then DirecTV had some of the programming and USSB had the rest. As far as I can remember, the only "deal" I got was last year when I called to cancel ST because I was never home to watch it and she gave me 50% off to keep it. Really was not fishing for a deal. Offered similar this year, but I did cancel it anyway.

Not enough channels on a SWM-16. :) Actually, if I could get some recorded programming off a couple of DVR's, then I would be able to replace a couple of them with regular receivers. So then I would have 2xHR34, 1xHR24, 1xHR20 and 2xH25. Or maybe they will just make the SWM-32 be able to bridge all 4 SWM-8's for WHDVR. :)


You could bridge a two swim16 if you want!

I am making plans now, and have already rearranged some of my sl's on my current hr's to begin clearing off a few dvrs to replace with hr34s. S I hear ya on that one! :)

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 05:50 PM

Yes I have. Kind of picky about who touches my stuff. Don't want a DirecTV installer messing with ANYTHING. On the other hand, it has saved DirecTV a lot of money.

None that I know of. Back then DirecTV had some of the programming and USSB had the rest. As far as I can remember, the only "deal" I got was last year when I called to cancel ST because I was never home to watch it and she gave me 50% off to keep it. Really was not fishing for a deal. Offered similar this year, but I did cancel it anyway.

Not enough channels on a SWM-16. :) Actually, if I could get some recorded programming off a couple of DVR's, then I would be able to replace a couple of them with regular receivers. So then I would have 2xHR34, 1xHR24, 1xHR20 and 2xH25. Or maybe they will just make the SWM-32 be able to bridge all 4 SWM-8's for WHDVR. :)



Your router would bridge them as long as you had them connected to one instead of using the receiver cloud. Considering the costs of the multi-swtiches alone I would order it from DIRECTV and have them install it. The wiring is already done all you need to do is designate which cable you want to use for the PI.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:58 PM

Not enough channels on a SWM-16. :) Actually, if I could get some recorded programming off a couple of DVR's, then I would be able to replace a couple of them with regular receivers. So then I would have 2xHR34, 1xHR24, 1xHR20 and 2xH25. Or maybe they will just make the SWM-32 be able to bridge all 4 SWM-8's for WHDVR. :)


MMMMMMMM I wonder what old goat said that MRV is what is needed not Multi Room streaming.
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:10 AM

MMMMMMMM I wonder what old goat said that MRV is what is needed not Multi Room streaming.


We have mrv, you want to move stuff. That's not the same. If I have to wait for it to move a video, and can't watch it in two places at once at different spots, then it isn't mrv, it's moving it around to where you are, and that takes time, creates more wear and tear, and is nothing short of annoying if that's your only solution. No thanks. Doesn't solve his problem either, he needs to stop recording on his units first, so he doesn't keep them full. Or get hr34 installed with all his current equipment, get it recording, and then watch just stuff on the units he wants to return for a month. Moving would be nice, but it's the only answer here.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:11 AM

PQ is the same everywhere on Uverse...only the number of streams varies. I have both, too, and find PQ not as bad as I expected but not even close to DIRECTV.
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We I nor any of my friends can tell the PQ difference form D* or Uverse on my 42" Panny Plasmas, period! My is what maters, right/

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:17 AM

Please explain how existing customers are treated poorly as I've never understood this. Very few customers from DIRECTV are still around from when you had to buy your own equipment to get setup. Out of those I'd bet none of them have never been given a free upgrade at some point in their life with DIRECTV.

Satellite new customer offers exist because they would be unable to sign up new customers without them due to their business models vs cable. Now if you want them to switch to a cable model, which people love to compare them by because cable gives them whatever equipment they have in the shop, then you need to start adding in rental costs to your bill.

Given that DIRECTV has a churn rate of 1.5% and you can read the threads of all the discounts across the web they take care of their existing customers. The fact is people like to complain about what they don't get and never state what they do get.

Every time a new piece of technology comes out you have people pissed off because they can't get it. SWM was like this, every time a new HD DVR comes out it's like this, and WHDVR is like this and it's not DIRECTV's fault that people think they deserve the latest and "greatest" every time something comes out. DIRECTV has not said that existing customers will never get this. What they have said is that right now it's only available for new installs and existing customers had to wait a whole 3 months if they want to get it from DIRECTV. People right now are getting them through retailers there's a whole thread about it.

As much as people love to postulate how good other providers really are compared to a service they've been paying for for however many years they should just go to that company. The fact that they choose to come here and complain shows that they see a value and know that there is something they're getting that they can't get elsewhere, or not as good in some aspect, it's just whining. If another provider was truly better for someone they would just switch because that would be the smart thing to do.



Get what? I been offered just about NOTHING form DIRECTV in 11 years.
My first HD Tivo was a wedding gift, I paid for an upgrade to DIRECTV's HR20 myself. I paid for my own SWIM/LNB and installed myself. paid for my HR21-100 one I need another DVR. Installed myself.

MRV, had unsupported on my network before I asked for a DECA set-up, thinking it was better. It was not and that's the ONLY thing DIRECTV had helped out with in 11 years of being as subscriber. AT&T wireless and Home internet have ALWAYS offered me freebies and upgrades/special pricing for loyalty. So, YES, DIRECTV should help loyal subscribers here and they, especially, you you must PAY for a HD DVR to get service! :rolleyes:

Edited by gio12, 26 December 2011 - 07:26 AM.


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:22 AM

To this I would say two things.

1. DirectTV puts their customers under contract for a reason. Okay, one reason is so you can get a free install. But even if you don't get an install at all you still have to sign up for 2 years to activate or change your service. They realize that having you under contract means it's less likely you can really leave as a customer.

2. DirectTV clearly feels they don't directly compete with other services. That many customers can't follow through on quitting DirecTV because DirecTV offers something the other services don't. There is a reason DirecTV pays so much for NFL Sunday Ticket exclusivity, so much that it seems likely they don't directly make the cost back just on Sunday Ticket revenues, but they must consider that Sunday Ticket also contributes to their other revenues, by bringing/retaining customers they wouldn't otherwise have.


Free installs? Really, that;s a reason for a 2 yr contract that I paid $199 for to get a DVR?

A money can do 99% of D* installs. Hmm, bolt a dish to the house and run a few wires to the houses ALREADY install Cable companies coax runs.

That should force me into a 2 year contract for a lease piece of equipment? At least I OWN my phone on a 2 yrs contract.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:24 AM

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I agree, it's clearly not cost-effective for them to replace a lot of equipment for each customer every year. They do really have a loyalty program, they just don't tell anyone about it. You are earning points toward free hardware, they just don't make it clear. I would imagine they perceive this saves them money, and they're probably right.
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Really? What? for Who? Never been offered SQUAT in 11 years of service, NOTHING!

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:36 AM

You have heard of multiquote right?
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 08:47 AM

We I nor any of my friends can tell the PQ difference form D* or Uverse on my 42" Panny Plasmas, period! My is what maters, right/


It is. But PQ is subjective. You are still limited to 4 total streams into your house.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 08:53 AM

On a 58" plasma, it is easy to see uverse loses vs Directv at my friends house. This is a tv I owned and sold to him, and it's calibrated.

I also agree PQ is subjective, because screen size. viewing distance, and the persons overall understanding of quality varies. I own my own gear and calibrate my displays. It's pretty easy for me to say Directv looks better than Dish and Uverse on a large calibrated screen. I've also been watching HD since 2004 and seen plenty of good and bad.
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:47 AM

We have mrv, you want to move stuff. That's not the same. If I have to wait for it to move a video, and can't watch it in two places at once at different spots, then it isn't mrv, it's moving it around to where you are, and that takes time, creates more wear and tear, and is nothing short of annoying if that's your only solution. No thanks. Doesn't solve his problem either, he needs to stop recording on his units first, so he doesn't keep them full. Or get hr34 installed with all his current equipment, get it recording, and then watch just stuff on the units he wants to return for a month. Moving would be nice, but it's the only answer here.


Not moving it, duplicating it and you watch in two places while it duplicates.

And let's say he recorded the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on a unit he is choosing to deactivate. His friend was standing where one of the talking heads interviewed him. He really wants to keep this recording. Or any other one time good only show. I guess the only thing he can do is record it with a standalone recorder. OK if you have one but the PQ is going to suffer.
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:59 AM

It is. But PQ is subjective. You are still limited to 4 total streams into your house.


Yes, you are limited for now. I don't need more than 4 HD streams anyways.
if others do, I might be hard pressed to recommend the service.

Its going to be a moot point sometime next year anyways for most Uverse customers. But I decided to stick with DIRECTV for now.

Edited by gio12, 26 December 2011 - 04:42 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:24 PM

Its going to be a mute point sometime next year...


Is Uverse launching a new closed captioning service :lol:
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:43 PM

Now thats funny right there.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:43 PM

Not moving it, duplicating it and you watch in two places while it duplicates.

And let's say he recorded the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on a unit he is choosing to deactivate. His friend was standing where one of the talking heads interviewed him. He really wants to keep this recording. Or any other one time good only show. I guess the only thing he can do is record it with a standalone recorder. OK if you have one but the PQ is going to suffer.


How do you start in one place, and then finish in another by simply hitting resume? Does TiVo do that? And really, duplicate recordings everywhere so I can watch something in any room I want, why bother? Defeats the purpose of using multiple dvrs so you don't have space issues.

Again, for changing dvrs it's a great feature, but for mrv, I don't see any advantages over streaming for mrv. And dvrs are not meant for archiving anyway, even if some people use them for that. They are meant for time shifting. Two very different things.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:55 PM

TiVo is for both time shifting, archiving and sharing when away from the location of the DVRs. thats what we are used to.

On the TiVo interface, lets say I am watching a program in the living room. When I stop it there and go to the bedroom, I am given the option of starting from the beginning or from the paused/stopped location in the living room. And duplicating the recordings is not bad because when we do a duplicate we remove it when done watching since it still resides on the original DVR.

I will quit with this now as we are both convinced that one method is better than the other.
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:05 PM

And dvrs are not meant for archiving anyway, even if some people use them for that. They are meant for time shifting. Two very different things.


True... but unfortunately, there's no way to archive something (in HD) from a DirecTV HD-DVR.

My cousin and a couple of her friends were in the audience of "Live With Kelly!" shortly before Christmas. I recorded it on WABC, KABC, and a (somewhat) local affiliate. The (somewhat) local affiliate does not air it in HD (which is a shame since it's 1080i versus WABC's and KABC's 720p), so I deleted it, but I still have the ABC feeds. Sadly, I know that if I ever get rid of those DVRs, or something happens to them, I'll lose those recordings.

From a logistics standpoint (thanks to the wonderful SWiM and DECA technologies), streaming works great, and I no longer prefer copying for MRV versus streaming. However, that doesn't change the fact that there are multiple ways in which copying can come in handy... and not just for swapping DVRs. One thing I've run into a few times is that in my house, I have my own DVRs, and a shared DVR. Sometimes I'll want to save something on the shared DVR to go back to later, but unfortunately, space needs to be made on it, and sacrifices must be made. With copying, I could transfer it to another DVR, and get it out of others' way.

That being said, while I'd like to have a way to offload content in the future, it doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon... and MRV works great 99.2% of the time. :D

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:09 PM

True... but unfortunately, there's no way to archive something (in HD) from a DirecTV HD-DVR.

My cousin and a couple of her friends were in the audience of "Live With Kelly!" shortly before Christmas. I recorded it on WABC, KABC, and a (somewhat) local affiliate. The (somewhat) local affiliate does not air it in HD (which is a shame since it's 1080i versus WABC's and KABC's 720p), so I deleted it, but I still have the ABC feeds. Sadly, I know that if I ever get rid of those DVRs, or something happens to them, I'll lose those recordings.

From a logistics standpoint (thanks to the wonderful SWiM and DECA technologies), streaming works great, and I no longer prefer copying for MRV versus streaming. However, that doesn't change the fact that there are multiple ways in which copying can come in handy... and not just for swapping DVRs. One thing I've run into a few times is that in my house, I have my own DVRs, and a shared DVR. Sometimes I'll want to save something on the shared DVR to go back to later, but unfortunately, space needs to be made on it, and sacrifices must be made. With copying, I could transfer it to another DVR, and get it out of others' way.

That being said, while I'd like to have a way to offload content in the future, it doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon... and MRV works great 99.2% of the time. :D

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Guys, dvrs are not meant for archiving, period. Any of them. Hollywood would never ever go for that,so not even a TiVo is designed with that in mind.

And TiVo is starting to go away from moving content too as their newest device uses clients without hard drives.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 02:11 PM

TiVo is for both time shifting, archiving and sharing when away from the location of the DVRs. thats what we are used to.

On the TiVo interface, lets say I am watching a program in the living room. When I stop it there and go to the bedroom, I am given the option of starting from the beginning or from the paused/stopped location in the living room. And duplicating the recordings is not bad because when we do a duplicate we remove it when done watching since it still resides on the original DVR.

I will quit with this now as we are both convinced that one method is better than the other.


It's good they offer to resume as well, how long do you have to wait, or is it almost instant, and it's moving it while it's playing back? And if its doing that, do they copy the whole show if you select resume and your in the middle of the show?




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