I forgot about my intention start a petition to ban the use of the "e" word on DBSTalk...
I just don't get all the entitlement everyone feels they should have...
Aside from the "Free HD" offer, I do not ask for programming credits. They are occasionally offered to me, and I'm certainly going to accept them if that is the case, but I don't go asking for them. DirecTV sets their programming prices, and I do not expect to get promotional prices offered to new customers.
That being said, I do ASK for discounted equipment.
Granted, that hasn't always been the case. When we started DirecTV in 1995, the one SD receiver and dish was (I believe)
$549 (could have been higher)
. We bought the equipment ourselves and did a DIY install. Later, we upgraded to a dual LNB which allowed us two receivers... did a DIY install, and paid for two new receivers... one of which broke shortly thereafter, and forced us to buy a new receiver. Because we were with Pegasus by this time, I was forced to buy DVRs ($99 x 2) and HD ($249) receiver at full price, and did another DIY install with the Phase III dish and running new wire (all of which I had to purchase myself)
. Later, after I once again became a TRUE DirecTV customer (bye-bye Pegasus)
, I did manage to get a good deal on the HR10-250.... $299 after rebate (well... $399 since I never received the rebate)
. I managed to get the HR20 for free, along with free install of the KA/KU dish. I later leased an H20 (I forget if it was $99 or $199). I then got an HR23-700/AM21 combo, which I paid $349 for thanks to my own stupidity. In late 2010, I upgraded two SD-TiVos to HR24s, which I got for free.
Years ago, you owned stuff. Now, you lease it. I don't have a problem with that, but I do expect a cheaper price for a leased item than I do an owned one. With that discount, DirecTV does several things... one (and this is a big one)
, they get a two year commitment from me (or an ETF should that change)
, and two, they get a happier customer who enjoys their programming and is happier with sending them a percentage of their income each month... not to mention that happier customers tend to speak more favorably about their service to other people.
I've been waiting for months until I could call in and ask for a deal for the HR34. The fact that it was in February excited me even more... the HR34 would make a great birthday gift to myself. Things have changed in my life, and I can't make any commitments to DirecTV right now, so I'm waiting. My hope is that my future will become clearer in the next month or so. If (and I pray it is) my future looks better than I'm afraid it might be, I will be calling DirecTV and asking for a deal. I won't threaten to call and cancel (though I may indeed ask when my contract is up should I not get it on the first try thereby rendering the question moot)
since I am curious (they really should put that on the website)
. If I don't get it within a certain period of time... that's fine... I am happy with my HR24s, but I will feel less likely to justify the costs once the annual price increase comes next year, and since I wouldn't be on a contract, I might just decide it's not worth it. I'm sure DirecTV wouldn't miss me, but...