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can i get directv without contract

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by albertldee, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. albertldee

    albertldee New Member

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    ok cool kaminar you answer all my question i guest i have to just take off one day from work and also order the additional receiver before they do the installation so i dont have to pay another installation fee

    thanks everyone this was very helpfull
     
  2. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    If you are a NEW customer and you want an HD DVR you will pay $25 a month for it. It's cleverly called the "advanced receiver fee". Hidden in it is $10 for HD, $10 DVR fee, and $5 "whole home" fee. In addition, most of the advertised offers require you to take TWO boxes (so they can justify gouging you the $5 "whole home" fee) in order to get the programming discount.
     
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

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    If you are a NEW customer and you want an HD DVR you will pay $25 a month for it. It's cleverly called the "advanced receiver fee". Hidden in it is $10 for HD, $10 DVR fee, and $5 "whole home" fee. In addition, most of the advertised offers require you to take TWO boxes (so they can justify gouging you the $5 "whole home" fee) in order to get the programming discount.


    Incorrect. It's $3 whole home and $2 round up to a nice number fee :)
     
  4. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Yea $20 was a nice round number. That's where it should have remained!
     
  5. paul.famular

    paul.famular New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the insight, especially those with working understanding of DTV's P&L.

    My question is why DTV won't let you subscribe to receive their service via the internet only?

    For example, I want to watch the NFL (13/14 season). I'd pay an immediate lump sum (no payments) to receive only the NFL ticket for that period of time.

    However, if I subscribe to their 2 year deal, get the dish & DVR, put them in a closet, I can get DTV on my laptop, desktop, android, etc.

    Don't they offer an off-the-menu option that spares us both having to deal with a dish, and just allows me to get their programming over the internet?

    Please only respond if you understand DTV's cost structure, and why they don't make this option available.

    Thanks!
     
  6. kaminar

    kaminar Mentor

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    The NFL Sunday Ticket is available as an online only option..typically for customers who cannot get DirecTV (NLOS, NLLP or for whatever reason)..for more info, click the link below:

    http://directv.com/sundayticketspecial

    There is currently no option for "online-only" service. Perhaps it's a future option, since many people have "high-enough-speed" internet connections. IMHO, we're nearing the peak and a big wave of subscribers will soon be disappearing across the industry--unless something is done to reinvent the business model and a lower ARPU is acceptable. Anyway, multiple HD streams require VERY high speed and reliable bandwidth. I don't doubt that idea was thought up long ago. Bundling with national (and now regional) providers helps, but it's a band-aid. Perhaps if D buys E and their spectrum, some kind of deal with a mobile telco (Sprint/Softbank/T-Mobile/MetroPCS?)can be reached. Who knows? Currently, few people understand what their bandwidth is, much less what bandwidth means..it's just "online" or "internet"..much like people with cars. Few understand them beyond Go pedal, Stop pedal, gas hole and radio.. Imagine all the retraining that will require, just for sales and customer service. Discussing D*'s cost structure, P&L, quarterly and annual reports has nothing to do with it. I'm not the CEO, so if you can't fathom why they don't offer online-only subscriptions, he's the one to speak with.

    -=K=-
     
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    "Few understand them beyond Go pedal, Stop pedal, gas hole and radio."

    I must be advanced, then, as I know one's a throttle advancer (or gas pedal, to be simpler), one's a brake, one's the filler tube, and the last one is a multimedia center..... :)

    And you're right about bandwidth.... that's the real bottleneck in many parts of the US.
     

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