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#76 OFFLINE   JeffBowser

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

So 5 receivers total?  That's $24 in mirroring fees and $10 for DVR service.  That would leave around $100 for programming and Ultimate is only $77.99/mo.

 

Then I'm getting screwed and need to take a closer look at my bill.


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#77 OFFLINE   JeffBowser

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:08 PM

02/28 03/27 XTRA Monthly  70.99
 
02/28 03/27 DIRECTV HD EXTRA PACK Monthly  4.99
 
02/28 03/27 Advanced Receiver-HD Monthly  10.00
 
02/28 03/27 Block Viewing Data Collection  0.00
 
02/28 03/27 Advanced Receiver-DVR Monthly  10.00
 
 
  Fees
 
03/01 Additional TV  6.00
 
03/01 Additional TV  6.00
 
03/01 Additional TV  6.00
 
03/01 Primary TV  6.00
 
 
  Adjustments & Credits
 
03/01 Primary TV Free  -6.00  Credit
 
 
  Taxes
 
  Sales Tax  2.04
 
  Communications Service Tax  11.33

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#78 OFFLINE   JeffBowser

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

So, $127. Not $140, but still too much.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

02/28 03/27 XTRA Monthly 70.99

02/28 03/27 DIRECTV HD EXTRA PACK Monthly 4.99

02/28 03/27 Advanced Receiver-HD Monthly 10.00

02/28 03/27 Block Viewing Data Collection 0.00

02/28 03/27 Advanced Receiver-DVR Monthly 10.00


Fees

03/01 Additional TV 6.00

03/01 Additional TV 6.00

03/01 Additional TV 6.00

03/01 Primary TV 6.00


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03/01 Primary TV Free -6.00 Credit


Taxes

Sales Tax 2.04

Communications Service Tax 11.33

I have to ask, do you watch channels 560-568? That is the HD extra pack. If you do not you can take that off to trim some. You should try calling in to get your bill lowered. Also on prices Directv is very competitive in the industry so no matter whom you go with after the rebates end it is going to be around the same price for the same or similar entertainment value. Directv is pretty reasonable on pricing like they also don't try to charge you a 5.00 fee to change the package as another company; you may also want to consider changing the package.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

Yeah the HD wasn't factored in either.  Gotta love Florida's "Communication Service Tax".  By far the highest charge from any state.  $127 is pretty rough though.  You could probably scale that under $100 without much effort but compared to what you're paying now with Comcast, still a considerable difference.


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#81 OFFLINE   JeffBowser

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:59 PM

That's been my point all along. Comcast is essentially giving me free TV with my Internet (from my perspective), and I'm not a big TV guy to start with.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

I have a stupid question. Do you subscribe to cable and use the HTPC for DVR? Does this save much money? I would be interested in building my own if it cut my bill down.

Yes. It saves me about $40/month. Saving money is the only reason I do it.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

Yes. It saves me about $40/month. Saving money is the only reason I do it.

 

 

How in the world does having a HTPC save you $40/month? What the hell does your cable company charge for DVRs??


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:12 PM

Truthfully, mdavej appears to have been very fortunate in finding deals on the equipment he's using for this, but the initial investment could be substantial.  PC capable of running it all, 2 quad tuner cards, a 2TB HDD, remotes, etc.  several xbox 360's as media extenders, that would add up to $1500 or more if you dont have the parts lying around, and most wouldnt. Isnt there also a guide service you have to pay for to get proper guide data?  I did this awhile back using a Linux based box and MythTv...I never cancelled my D* service and quit using the HTPC...its not for everyone.  It would take a few years to recoup your savings as well due to the initial equipment outlay.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:22 PM

How in the world does having a HTPC save you $40/month? What the hell does your cable company charge for DVRs??

When comcast tried to "win" me a few months ago, the Comcast CSR quoted me $9.95 a month per TV (digital service fee) and each TV with a DVR was charged $15 DVR Fee.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

I agree with that. I have used Linux for 15 years and always build my own PCs, but I bought a Tivo twice instead of building a DVR because when I added up the price the Tivo was far cheaper initially including lifetime service, and that didn't even take into account the huge residual value you get if you ever need to sell it (like if you switch to Directv) Try selling your own home-grown DVR for more than a dollar! :) I posted in another thread earlier today about buying my Tivo Premiere three years ago for $530 ($199 for the Tivo, $299 for the discount lifetime service, $30 for a three year extended warranty) If you look on Ebay, there are people willing to buy a used one for $400 or more. So I've had three years of service for barely $100. Plus $1.99/month to rent a cable card from my cable company, which I'd have to pay regardless of my solution.

 

Building your own DVR is great if you just like to tinker, and I sometimes do, but there are certain things I just want to work. Watching/recording TV is one of them.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:14 PM

How in the world does having a HTPC save you $40/month? What the hell does your cable company charge for DVRs??

Cable company charges a bit less than DirecTV. $25 for DVR service and the first box. $5 each for the next 3 boxes = $40.

Ccarncross, guide service on WMC is free.

I already had a cheap PC to start and add a couple hundred bucks in upgrades. I added $100 used Xbox to each additional room (functionally equivalent to C31/41).

TiVo still too expensive and limited IMO but a good option nonetheless.

My initial equip costs were recouped in the first year. The rest is gravy.

Edited by mdavej, 21 April 2013 - 08:18 PM.





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