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Cancelling DTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by smartass505, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. smartass505

    smartass505 New Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    My contract is up in a few weeks, but I am gonna wait until after the Olympics to cancel. I have been a loyal customer since 2001, but I just cant justify the $100+ expense for something I hardly take advantage of.

    Between my Amazon Prime, Netflix and Xbox 360 Gold memberships I think I will have all of the content I will want. The only downside is that I will be missing a couple of channels like CNN, Food Network and HGTV.

    Over the past 11 years prices have gone ridiculously high while programming has not gone anywhere. And in a time where almost everything is broadcast in HD there is absolutely no reason DTV is still broadcast so many stations in SD. I can live without the 100+ pay-per-view channels.

    Even though this is only my first post I have been reading here for years and have been inundated with all of the great information you guys post.

    If anybody has any recommendations about getting the few things i will be missing I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance and keep up all of the great work!!!!:)
  2. mstanka

    mstanka Legend

    Jan 25, 2003
    Good luck. Period.
  3. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    Might want to investigate if your internet provider has monthly caps what they are before you make that move - some are quite low, at least provider does not have caps but they charge extra for overages
  4. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    The Family package would cover the channels you listed and costs $30 per month.
  5. ATARI

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    You could suspend your account for a couple months and see how life without D* is.
  6. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    I would advice to suspend for six months, then call to cancel and see what D* can offer you. No downside, and some upside.

    As to what you've missed, I can't think of anything. You've covered it all.

    I will say that sports-fanatics receive a HUGE subsidy from the non-sports fan on PayTv. And that's what's driving costs. AMC sees ESPN receiving 6 dollars a month, and they argue for at least 75 cents.

    So, if you're a sports fan, you do need PayTv.

    If youi're not, you can do without it.
  7. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    False. You've been saying this for as long as I can remember, but it does not make it true.
  8. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    If your looking to save money then do what others have suggested and suspend your DirecTV service. The only loss you will suffer is their service. The equipment stays with you. That will give you time to investigate other service options and see if the grass is greener. If it's not you can reactivate your DirecTV account and make adjustments to meet your needs.
  9. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    As a sports fan, I just want to thank everyone who has DIRECTV and is not a sports fan, for helping keep my bill lower. ;) I still think it costs too much, but I guess it could be worse!
  10. smartass505

    smartass505 New Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Thanks for the advice. I may just suspend the account for a few months as a few of you have suggested.

    My internet provider, Century Link, has a 250 GB a month cap, but that is more than ample for my needs.

    As for the "family package" I have never even heard of it, but will definitely look into it if its only $30/month.

    I am not a sports fan, so that aspect of the programming will not have any effect on me and if anything gives me an "easier" out.

    Again, I really appreciate all of the input. :)
  11. PCampbell

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    Century link has deals for Directv with there phone and Internet.
  12. smartass505

    smartass505 New Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    I actually have DTV and my Verizon Wireless all bundled together.
  13. kb24sd

    kb24sd The Specialist

    Jun 21, 2012
    From what I read on your first post OP it sounds like your main issues are monthly costs and you also seem to be not to much of a sports fan.

    But look at this way for all the streaming services you subscribe to that adds up also. Amazon Prime is what $79 a year, XBOX Live Gold is $50 a year, Netflix is what $8 a month. Then add on your high speed ISP monthly cost which for a decent to great connection will run anywhere from $40 to as much as $99 for a business class 50MB download connection through a company like Cox or Comcast.

    That just my 2 cents on this topic.
  14. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    Does that save you any money and if so, how much?
  15. Blankman2k5

    Blankman2k5 Legend

    Oct 20, 2010
    With the channels you watch I would honestly suggest family or the select classic package. There may be some specials or promotions you qualify for, the worst they can say is "no" feel free to call
  16. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    I would also be interested in knowing about it.... according to the D website and the 3 CSR's i talked to the lowest plan is the entertainment package for $55 a month.. if there is a $30 a month plan i would be wanting to look into it.:)

    I (like many others) am only a customer for the NFLST
  17. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Probably need to speak to retention to get those "hidden" packages. They do, in fact, exist. Family doesnt have much at all for $30. The better choice would be Select for I think, about $44 a month. It has ESPN's and some other popular basics that Family doesnt.

    Here is a link to all packages. Note several expired on 2/2012 and are no longer available:
  18. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    I'll have to look into that more in the fall, with the kids in many summer activities we are (most of the time) not home other than to sleep. so this year i decided to try holding service though the summer months..
  19. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    If you know that ESPN isn't $6 per customer, then you must know how much it is. How do you know?
  20. scr

    scr AllStar

    Feb 5, 2008
    Here's 1 reason.

    I have a R-22 receiver. I don't have HD TV's. I don't plan on replacing my TV's. I don't want HD programming and the additional related cost. Therefore, I need SD programming. I don't think I'm the only one still using SD.

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