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I'm about to cut the cord - any advice?


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#1 OFFLINE   BuffaloDenny

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:19 PM

I've been with DirecTV for 18 years, but honestly Sunday Ticket is what has kept me around.  I am thinking of getting most of my programming with OTA and possibly a Tivo OTA DVR (supplemented by Hulu and/or Netflix).  My commitment is up next month.

 

Couple of questions - are you able to put your account on hold for any period of time without having to return all your receivers?  I never paid much attention to those that only keep their DirecTV service active for the NFL season, but wondering if there is any feasible way to do it.  I know I don't want to go through an installation call every time I activate or cancel.

 

I read on these forums that DirecTV offers kind of a cable equivalent of really basic programming, but that it is not advertised.  Anyone know how I might be able to get that if it is still available?

 

I would like to stay if at all possible, but I can no longer justify paying over $100 every month.  Does retention offer anything special when canceling?  I know $20 off a month and a few months of some premium won't do it for me.  If I could find a way to keep it at $50 or less I could swing that, but I really am prepared to walk away.  I know I need HD and a DVR plus a base package, so I don't see how it would be possible, unless I can get that basic basic package for around $30.  Anyway, worst case for me is free OTA and paying for online Sunday Ticket or whatever option might be out there this summer.  Heck, they might try to lure me back as a new customer with some crazy deals.  My only reservation there would be a 2 year commitment.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

there is new bloke: DVR+ aka k77, check AVSforum http://www.avsforum....r-owners-thread



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:32 AM

Beyond NFL football, are there any sports that you enjoy? If so, then unfortunately subscription television is the only way to get the local teams.

Also, what channels do you really enjoy? I ended up downgrading from a Total Choice Xtra Classic package which I had since 2003 to a DirecTV Entertainment package. And, quite frankly, I'm not missing the channels which I used to pay the extra money for.
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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:44 AM

Couple of questions - are you able to put your account on hold for any period of time without having to return all your receivers?  

 

I read on these forums that DirecTV offers kind of a cable equivalent of really basic programming, but that it is not advertised.  Anyone know how I might be able to get that if it is still available?

 

I would like to stay if at all possible, but I can no longer justify paying over $100 every month.  Does retention offer anything special when canceling?  I know $20 off a month and a few months of some premium won't do it for me.  If I could find a way to keep it at $50 or less I could swing that, but I really am prepared to walk away.  I know I need HD and a DVR plus a base package, so I don't see how it would be possible, unless I can get that basic basic package for around $30. 

 

You can suspend service for up to 6 months per year. You would not have to return the receivers while suspended and will not be able to watch recordings (except a short time before the authorization times out...if the coax is removed prior to calling to have the suspend effective).

 

The cheapest base packages are Family (English) $29.99 or Más Latino (Spanish) $36.99 monthly. Either package would allow NFL Sunday Ticket to be added, and you would have to add the additional fees for HD, DVR and whole home to the base package price if applicable of course. 



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:47 AM

Sports is the hardest to replace that's why I am still here. If I were you I would suspend service for six months and give it a try you can come back very easy.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:24 AM

Suspend may be the way to go.  I want to avoid the hassle of disconnecting and boxing up receivers, and of course installation appointmentas.  I enjoy NHL hockey, but can get that elsewhere.  I would be satisfied with local network coverage of college football.  I don't really care about the local sports channel - my teams are out of market.  I would miss ESPN and CNN and Palladia - channels I frequently browse.  

 

I will have to look into this Family package a little more though - $30 + HD + DVR would get me where I want to be.  Does it include locals?  All I really want is locals and Sunday Ticket.

 

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:27 AM

You can get locals into your HR with a AM21 if Family dose not include them.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:45 PM

Slightly off topic, but if you are computer savvy, I would recommend setting up a MythTV PC for your OTA HD DVR, no monthly fees.  I am getting closer to cutting the cord myself and am thinking more and more I could get by with just an OTA HD DVR and blu rays.  I would miss hockey and football but the cost is getting ridiculous and TV in general just seems to be getting worse and worse with reality crap everywhere.  I am going to suspend service after the world cup this year and see how long I can make it.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:53 PM

All DIRECTV packages include local channels (where available).  DIRECTV does not offer a locals-only option.

 

There's little point in having a DVR if you can't get ahold of the content you would want to record.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:18 PM

I wanted a DVR that records OTA, and Tivo seems to do the trick.  That would be enough content for me, supplemented with Hulu and/or Netflix.  This assumes dropping DirecTV.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:41 PM

I wanted a DVR that records OTA, and Tivo seems to do the trick.

As long as you get an older TiVo that supports OTA, this should work.  The latest TiVo designs do NOT support OTA.

 

Given that so many of the big sporting events are moving away from broadcast TV (and how, conversely, some of the lesser events are moving to broadcast TV), even the casual sportsman will suffer.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 03:43 PM

I wanted a DVR that records OTA, and Tivo seems to do the trick.  That would be enough content for me, supplemented with Hulu and/or Netflix.  This assumes dropping DirecTV.

there are alternative to expensive solution as a Tivo; see my post # 2, check AVS forum's OTA threads



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:14 PM

there are alternative to expensive solution as a Tivo; see my post # 2, check AVS forum's OTA threads

At $250 plus a suitable hard drive, they certainly aren't giving them away.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:19 PM

there are cheaper OTA DVRs... BTW, you could buy 0.5 TB USB enclose for $50 at Fry's and it will bring DVR+ in par to normal DTV DVRs (not HR34/44): 2 tuners, EPG for 14 days



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:35 PM

I hate the TiVo interface so I'd go with the recently released Channel Master DVR+.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:48 PM

At $250 plus a suitable hard drive, they certainly aren't giving them away.

 

The Channel Master DVR+ is a very new product so there aren't any discounts available yet.

 

If you compare the retail price with a new OTA capable TiVo with lifetime subscription, $249 is really not a bad deal. Any number of 500 GB external hard drives can be had for ~$50, so that's $300 total - and it's a one time outlay. For most of us, that's equivalent to 2 or 3 months of sat service.

 

By comparison, the low end TiVo Roamio retails for $199 plus $499 lifetime service, that's a whopping $700! Oofta!


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 04:49 PM

As long as you get an older TiVo that supports OTA, this should work.  The latest TiVo designs do NOT support OTA.

 

Given that so many of the big sporting events are moving away from broadcast TV (and how, conversely, some of the lesser events are moving to broadcast TV), even the casual sportsman will suffer.

 

The low end TiVo Roamio supports OTA.



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:30 PM

The Channel Master DVR+ is a very new product so there aren't any discounts available yet.

 

If you compare the retail price with a new OTA capable TiVo with lifetime subscription, $249 is really not a bad deal. Any number of 500 GB external hard drives can be had for ~$50, so that's $300 total - and it's a one time outlay. For most of us, that's equivalent to 2 or 3 months of sat service.

 

By comparison, the low end TiVo Roamio retails for $199 plus $499 lifetime service, that's a whopping $700! Oofta!

sure, but see post # 2 and use URL from it to get a grip of price change in next two years (a hint - price trend of its older cousin: HDT-610R)


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:03 PM

I'm looking at the low end Roamio, which I would be getting as a birthday gift. So I would lay out the lifetime fee (I'm exploring a code that knocks $100 off) which I figure would take 4 to 5 months until I'm free and clear. Haven't had a chance to explore the AVS link yet but will. Looking over my current Series Manager and most shows are from the broadcast networks, the rest are available via Hulu. Sunday Ticket remains my biggest concern. I just need my teams games for 16 weeks, so I don't know which way to go. I heard PS3 went away last year, so maybe an online streaming solution? Maybe I'll just suspend for the summer and go OTA with no DVR. I don't know:)
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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:58 AM

The low end TiVo Roamio supports OTA.

And you can buy it from walmart for $150

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