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I'm tired of DIRECTV's Creative Ways of Digging into my pocket


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#151 OFFLINE   Spike

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:29 AM

A couple of things that would make greatly reducing Directv's role in my house difficult would be, we would have great difficulty in knowing what new shows were coming out and it would also be difficult to determine where to find the shows we would want.  Although, I did see that Roku is now providing a unified search that looks for programs across platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, & Hulu Plus, which would really help.  But the problems is still real. And the new program releases still would be difficult to know about.  

 

On the positive front: I really like what I'm seeing with Tivo's new Roamio DVR's.  Although not having Amazon Prime on them is a huge negative.  Still, tempting though.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:01 AM

My point exactly. Every provider has them its just a matter of if they break it out.


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I think that deep down inside everyone knows you have to pay for what you get.

The thing about all these things being broken down in such detail kinda puts it in your face for you to look at all the time.

Remember the saying "Out of sight, Out of mind". If you don't see it you tend not to think and dwell on it.


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#153 OFFLINE   JeffBowser

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:15 AM

This past weekend I took one more step to weaning ourselves off expensive TV. I logged on to my account, dropped to the next to lowest package, dropped the HD Extra pack, and any other options I could find. That netted me almost $20 a month. I then was forced to call DirecTV because they STILL won't let you drop equipment online. I dropped a back room receiver, and when I was asked why by the rep, I told him I was simply paying too much money for TV and needed to cut back. He said "hold on, let me see what else I can do for you". Came back and wanted to know if I needed better internet service. I told him ATT didn't offer anything good in my neighborhood. He checked, agreed, and said "how about I offer you $20 off a month for the next 12 months". I couldn't believe what I just heard. I said I don't want to do anything that will generate a 2yr contract, and he said no strings, just $20.

 

Well, upshot is, that's nice. My bill is now $40 a month lower for at least a year and a phone call to DirecTV, for the first time in years for  me, was something other that an exercise in pure frustration. So, chalk one up to a very friendly, native English speaking gentleman at DirecTV who single-handedly ensured I'd be a customer for one more year.


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

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Well, upshot is, that's nice. My bill is now $40 a month lower for at least a year and a phone call to DirecTV, for the first time in years for  me, was something other that an exercise in pure frustration. So, chalk one up to a very friendly, native English speaking gentleman at DirecTV who single-handedly ensured I'd be a customer for one more year.

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Nicely done Jeff.  It's all about reviewing your needs and reducing your consumption to that level.  There are quite a lot of savings to be had.  Getting the $240/year kicker from D* was particularly nice.


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:30 PM

Nicely done Jeff.  It's all about reviewing your needs and reducing your consumption to that level.  There are quite a lot of savings to be had.  Getting the $240/year kicker from D* was particularly nice.

I lost three channels I frequented to some extent, one on which I even had a series record set: H2, Military, and NatGeoWild. Of course they're not gonna pull Oprah, or a shopping channel  :nono2:  but I do put my money where my mouth is, TV is not that important.


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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:49 PM

I lost three channels I frequented to some extent, one on which I even had a series record set: H2, Military, and NatGeoWild. Of course they're not gonna pull Oprah, or a shopping channel  :nono2:  but I do put my money where my mouth is, TV is not that important.

+1. Lots of life to be lived beyond the tube..er...panel/projector/whatever.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:17 PM

I am amazed at how many ways DIRECTV has found to dig into my pocket to get more dollars out of it.  I can understand a charge for the equipment protection plan. But the rest of these additional fees, really?  Just because it's accepted doesn't make getting socked by this stuff every month a GOOD thing.  A DVR fee? Really? Didn't I pay for the DVR fee, when I made the transaction that took that DVR off the shelf and put it into my home? And if that take off the shelf fee wasn't enough for you, then why didn't you charge me for what that DVR is actually worth? No, really! Charge me for what it is worth. I'm tired of this game! This monthly FEE stuff is slowly bleeding me to death. And the Whole Home DVR Service? Didn't I pay for that when they came into my house and charged me that extra fee for the work they had to do to install the new Whole Home equipment, when it first came out? Hey, Directv, I should be charging you for the right to come into MY home. My home has value. Let's call it the IN MY HOME FEE! I'll charge it to you every time you call my house or one of your workers steps foot inside my door. It's about time we turn this thing around. Further, Didn't I pay more for the DVR that you charge me monthly for rather than paying less for a non DVR receiver? And didn't I pay extra for my "Advanced HD Receiver" when I paid for it rather than a less expensive SD receiver? Your HD fee is really creative! Even T.V manufacturers could do it! They could charge me a monthly fee, because the t.v I just purchased can show HD programing. If they did, they'd be doing exactly what you are doing!  It's insane! Hey, stop producing HD equipment, if you don't want me to use it! And don't I pay for the right to use your equipment by agreeing to stay with DIRECTV for two more years, when ever I add any additional equipment? And didn't I pay additionally for each TV, when I purchased those TV's? It amazes me that I am paying YOUR for the right to hook DIRECTV equipment up to each of MY TV's. I should charge you.  My T.V's are as valuable as your Directv equipment! And your monthly fee is not just a one time fee either.  You charge me for the PRIVILEGE of using my T.V's every single month! I am convinced. If DIRECTV could think of any other creative language to print on a piece of paper in order to charge me an additional fee, they would! Whoa! Big Bucks!! Big Big Bucks! I don't like it, and eventually, as my family begins to head off to college soon, I will be cutting way back on Directv, or even eliminating DIRECTV all together. And yes, I realize cable and other T.V programing providers do the same types of things. One thing is for sure. I will be putting a damper on this insanity one way or the other! I refuse to let programing distributers dig deeper and deeper into my wallet

 

A Listing of DIRECTV's creative ways to make additional money from my account

 

Additional TV - Charge

Additional TV - Charge

Additional TV - Charge

Advanced Receiver-HD -Charge

Advanced Receiver-DVR - Charge

DIRECTV Protection Plan - Charge

DIRECTV Whole-Home DVR Service - Charge"

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:47 PM

Let us know how it works out getting directv to pay you fees.


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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:31 AM

I think this topic is getting kinda old.  Like a conversation that just keeps repeating itself.  If you don't like the fees or the prices, don't pay them.  If you didn't do your homework before you subscribed, that's nobody's fault but your own.  If you can't afford it, that's your own fault.

 

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:32 AM

BEST POST EVER on any topic!!!

 

If that's the best post you've ever seen...

 

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:59 AM

That's a bit of a pompous thing to say.

 

 If you can't afford it, that's your own fault.

 

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:13 AM

That's a bit of a pompous thing to say.

 

Why?  I don't buy anything I can't afford.  I don't consider that pompous, I consider that kinda frugal.   


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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:21 AM

I think this topic is getting kinda old.  Like a conversation that just keeps repeating itself.  If you don't like the fees or the prices, don't pay them.  If you didn't do your homework before you subscribed, that's nobody's fault but your own.  If you can't afford it, that's your own fault.

 

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Is that sort of like, if you don't like a thread, don't read it? If you keep reading a thread you don't like, it's your own fault.  :grin:



#164 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:38 AM

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Since it costs 1.66¢ to produce a penny, my 2¢ worth is really 3.32¢ worth.  That 3.32¢ is my own and not the 3.32¢ of DIRECTV, Dish, or anyone else for that matter.





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