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#301 OFFLINE   SledgeHammer

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:32 PM

Yeah, I don't watch sports, so that's irrelevant to me. If I could turn them off on my current package I would. I have no desire to pay for my neighbors to watch sports. I also wouldn't order PPV & movie channels from DTV as I get those from other sources for a tiny fraction of the price DTV charges. I don't get why anybody buys that stuff from DTV. I mean, $15 for an hour of softcore? Have these people heard of the internet? :) But a normal HD movie PPV is like $8 now. For $8 you can just get a Netflix subscription with unlimited movies.



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#302 OFFLINE   whorne

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:28 AM

Well, you don't always have to switch to get new/returning customer deals, but you usually have to actually cancel.

 

Last time I cancelled DirecTV out, a bit over a year ago, I started getting 'come back' offers that were pretty much the same as a new customer gets, before the boxes showed up to ship the units back.  A word of caution though, it doesn't always happen that way and it certainly isn't the 'official' line of when you can return as a new customer.  But sometimes it does work.  Possibly I and others get them because we subscribe to at least Xtra with 2 Premiums in place most of the time.  I don't actually know or care, for that matter.

 

So if you want to gamble a bit, and do without any sat service for a very short time, you could take a shot!

 

Worse case you're out of sat TV for a day or two, possibly as long as a week or two.  At the end of whatever your patience is, then you could switch to the other service and be installed pretty quickly in most areas.  I know when I switched back to D* this time, I was installed the next morning here in 'balmy, sunny southern Illinois'!!   :)

I agree 100%. This is exactly what happened to me. I actually canceled my service with the disconnect date set for two weeks out. One week before the scheduled disconnect date, I received an email from DirecTV saying "It's so hard to say goodbye-so, let's not!" and instructed me to call them at a specific number. So, I did and wound up getting a great offer as if I was a new customer. I need to preface this by saying I was really canceling the service and had already set up an install with another company. I am not recommeding this course of action but merely adding that there are other methods of reducing your bill.



#303 OFFLINE   lparsons21

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

As was I.  In fact I didn't change my mind though the offers very excellent.  I wanted a change, I wanted a Hopper!

 

Now that I'm back with D* for a while, I still miss the Hopper.  It is technically and operationally the very best HDDVR out there imo.


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 03:03 PM

Iparsons21...got a question for you as someone who may be going to E is the hopper that great?

I don't watch half the stuff I dvr now and certainly don't give a rip about network tv. So I understand most of the tuners are devoted to network tv? If so can the customer change that?

Since you've had both services is one clearly better than the other? You pick the criteria, you know PQ, programming etc.

Thanks!



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 05:38 PM

I quit DirecTV 2 1/2 years ago. I got yet another come-back offer from them in the mail last week, highlighted by a $24.99 price marked down from $29.99 for the lowest package. I know that's just the beginning of the total cost.

 

TWC, though, is just as bad on law-balling the initial cost. I get mail from them as well as seeing TV ads.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:19 PM

Iparsons21...got a question for you as someone who may be going to E is the hopper that great?

I don't watch half the stuff I dvr now and certainly don't give a rip about network tv. So I understand most of the tuners are devoted to network tv? If so can the customer change that?

Since you've had both services is one clearly better than the other? You pick the criteria, you know PQ, programming etc.

Thanks!
 

 

I cancelled Directv at 6PM last night and told them to shut off service at midnight. I promptly picked up the phone and ordered DIsh. They showed up with a Hopper and Super Joey at 8AM sharp. 

 

You can turn off PTAT and it will leave you with 5 tuners (3 on the Hopper and 2 on the Super Joey). Being I watch some network primetime, I am leaving it on which will pull the big 4 in on one tuner during primetime while leaving 4 for other purposes. To be honest, more than I'll ever need. 

 

Initial impression of the Hopper is great. Love the PIP, guide look and speed. 

 

Back on topic, two hours after my install D* called and offered me $40 off for a year and NFL Sunday ticket. I cited the two year cost + equipment upgrade cost + no locals HD or otherwise as my reason for leaving. 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 06:06 PM

I called recently and this is what I got. A genie to replace a non DVR receiver with free install (I kept three DVR's instead of swapping them for the mini genies so I could have the extra recording space); a one time $50 credit; $20 off a month for a year; $10 off the sports pack for six months (I normally pay for that); six months free of the HD Extra Pack (I normally pay for that too); and four months free of channels 525-542 and 545-558 (don't care about those). Not sure if that is a good deal or not. The rep said I've paid my bill on time for the entire eight years I've been with them so that gives me the highest cutomer rating possible. She said I was getting a phenomenal deal that only a very small percentage get. I of course am not so sure.


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#308 OFFLINE   lparsons21

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:21 PM

Iparsons21...got a question for you as someone who may be going to E is the hopper that great?

I don't watch half the stuff I dvr now and certainly don't give a rip about network tv. So I understand most of the tuners are devoted to network tv? If so can the customer change that?

Since you've had both services is one clearly better than the other? You pick the criteria, you know PQ, programming etc.

Thanks!



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The Hopper UI is certainly superior to the HRs by quite a bit.  Other than that you'll find most things you are used to but in different ways.  IOW, neither service is that far from the other in getting things done though there are differences in some programming and how it is packaged.

 

At most one timer can be used to record the top 4 broadcast channels, though you don't have to.  As to PQ, well HD PQ on D* is technically better though I personally don't see the difference.  SD PQ on Dish is generally better than D*.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:01 AM

at some point and time DirecTV has to make some money off you....

Yea cause they are going broke because of all the free services they provide.;) Lol.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:33 AM

Yea cause they are going broke because of all the free services they provide.;) Lol.

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well if they start to give all programing for free they eventually will


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:44 AM

well if they start to give all programing for free they eventually will


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Trust me they take way more money then they give.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:33 AM

Trust me they take way more money then they give.

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right, cause many folks are paying their bills out right


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:25 AM

I love Peds48 saying that if they(D*) give away all their programming for free they will go broke, well Captain Obvious you would be correct, but they aren't and nobody is suggesting they should. You seem to have a grudge for those of us who are able to negotiate a better price.

You and a very few others seem to think its a zero sum game, if some people get discounts others can't. The truth is nobody is going hungry over @ D*, no execs are taking pay cuts or getting their expense account shut down. What do you think D* does when they negotiate with the programmers? The ask for discounts.




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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

I love Peds48 saying that if they(D*) give away all their programming for free they will go broke, well Captain Obvious you would be correct, but they aren't and nobody is suggesting they should. You seem to have a grudge for those of us who are able to negotiate a better price.

You and a very few others seem to think its a zero sum game, if some people get discounts others can't. The truth is nobody is going hungry over @ D*, no execs are taking pay cuts or getting their expense account shut down. What do you think D* does when they negotiate with the programmers? The ask for discounts.




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my point was that some one is footing the bill four those who get discounts


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:09 AM

my point was that some one is footing the bill four those who get discounts


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It is already factored into the published price structure.  They know some will call for some sort of discounts and the bean counters are very good at knowing how much, to who and under what circumstances.  I don't give one seconds thought to what me getting some discount might do to others or to D*.  D* has rooms full of bean counters ensuring that they are well taken care of, I only have me to ensure that happens for me.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 07:27 AM

I was able to extend some credits. HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz: I had these for the previous 6 months and $5 off for each. They expired on the 16th and I was able to get them all again but at $7 a month now. Kept my sports credit at $5 a month. SO all in all I save an extra $8 a month. I'm happy with that. 



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 07:37 AM

I just called to see what Directv could do on MLB EI and They added it for free and gave me 12 months of $37 credits off premier. Thanks Directv!

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 07:48 AM

I just called to see what Directv could do on MLB EI and They added it for free and gave me 12 months of $37 credits off premier. Thanks Directv!

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perhaps this will make a believer out of you


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:10 AM

perhaps this will make a believer out of you


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Believer of what? That I just bankrupted directv because of this offer. Lol.

Don't worry Directv still gets $182 per month for my $37 in credits they give me.

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:45 PM

Called this week about not renewing MLB EI, and ended up getting $37 a month off my bill for 6 months for renewing it with the mlb.tv bonus. CSR also arranged for replacing my Slimline 3 with the 5 lnb horn, to get the additional music channels, but when the installer got here, he didn't have the part needed so I ended up getting the whole home setup installed, at no cost. Pretty good week between me and DIRECTV!

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