Cancelling Dtv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mobouser, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Nov 17, 2015 #61 of 106
    peds48

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    A la carte is smoke and mirrors
     
  2. Nov 17, 2015 #62 of 106
    PayingBetaTester

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    A la carte arithmetic @ $3 per show doesn't do it for me.

    There's a rumor that Sling TV will be supported on TiVo and that would be a solution @ $20 a month IF Sling TV adds a couple channels I want.
    Even if they don't ally with TiVo there's a Sling TV deal for an Amazon or Roku stick for FREE or a Fire TV box or Roku 3 for only $50.

    Right now I'm reveling in not paying DTV $1200 a year and so far only minor programming withdrawal. So far my TiVo Roamio OTA is exceeding my expectations.
     
  3. Nov 17, 2015 #63 of 106
    Eddie501

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    Not a math whiz, but $117/yr seems a pretty substantial savings over $100/mo. Sure, this won't work for everyone but I'm just saying this guy doesn't have to give up Walking Dead just because he cut the cord. There are options to those of us who only miss the small handful of must-see programs on basic cable.
     
  4. Nov 25, 2015 #64 of 106
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    After decades on cable and Dish and DirecTV I quit cold turkey and went OTA. Now a week into withdrawal and doing fine. I admit that the TiVo Roamio OTA with lifetime TiVo service made the move possible and it's really quite the box and the feature rich software just works. At the $100 a month I was paying DirecTV I'll recover the $600 cost of the two TiVo Roamio OTAs in 6 months and then pay nothing in perpetuity. Even the TiVo peanut remote works great in RF for the TiVo and IR for my TV.

    Sure, there are shows and channels I miss but all in all I'm happier not paying for a majority of channels I don't watch, fighting with tech support to replace dying receivers, software upgrades that break features that were working and don't fix problems that needed fixing, being forced to pay for features I won't use and don't
    want, and looking forward to price increases every February.

    I'm not inclined to chase shows I want all over the internet but if Sling TV adds a couple more channels I'll go that route.

    More and more people are wanting to cut the cord. Some because they can't afford the increasing costs and some because they are tired of paying more and getting less. I've had a long and happy run with DirecTV. My DirecTV experience has been far more enjoyable than my previous years with Dish but all things considered I'm happy I'm pay TV free and still have a butt kicking DVR with four tuners.

    JMO
     
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  5. Nov 25, 2015 #65 of 106
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Now you just have to hope your local OTA channels don't take the FCC up on offers to buy back their channel assignments and go only cable or sat for distribution.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2015 #66 of 106
    PayingBetaTester

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    There are 100-200 million or so more people who are happy with OTA than there are paying TV watchers so I think the gov won't piss them off.

    If it happens then DirecTV will offer me a deal to get me back or I'll use my wife's name and be a NEW customer and really get a deal.

    The reality is that I can always go back to satellite and spend MORE money for channels I don't watch and get treated like I exist for the convenience of the company..

    Right now OTA with a 4 tuner DVR is just fine for me.
     
  7. Nov 25, 2015 #67 of 106
    RAD

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    Uncle Sam won't care as long as they make money, and/or, keep the wireless industry lobbyist happy. And the stations sure won't care if they will get paid tens to hundred of millions of dollars to give up their license.
     
  8. Nov 25, 2015 #68 of 106
    PayingBetaTester

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    I guess we'll see so you keep paying and I won't . In the mean time I'll set aside the $100 a month I'm not paying DirecTV and maybe I'll buy me a TV station down the road. ;)
     
  9. Dec 5, 2015 #69 of 106
    n3vino

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    Leon...
    Well said. In my case, my DTV package works well for my family. We have four tv watchers, each with their own tv, and we all have very little in common on what we like. In addition, I have a genie and an HR24.
     
  10. Dec 16, 2015 #70 of 106
    PayingBetaTester

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    Just to finish up...

    Suspended my DTV account a month ago and life with the TiVo Roamio OTA couldn't be better. Never misses recording a show and the TiVo software does a nice job of recording "suggestions" it thinks I might be interested in. So far I haven't been out of things to watch and the closer we get to Xmas the less new shows there are to watch.

    I still miss some shows I can't get but not as interested in going to complicated lengths to get them as I thought I might be. If Sling TV adds a few channels they might be a nice addition for only $20 a month. Time will tell on that.

    Saw the impending DTV price increases and adding to that the $3 a month Whole Home extortion charge I'd have to pay if I upgraded one HR 24 to a Genie my monthly DTV bill wouldl jump well over the line I set as a tolerable price for watching TV.

    Called DTV this AM to close my account and had to endure a half hour verbal assault by a retention agent before she'd let me close my account. She turned what should have been an amiable separation into a bitter divorce so now there's little chance I'll ever return to DTV... unless AT&T sells DTV off and DTV gets back to acting like they exist for the convenience of the customer again.

    No hard feelings... for 9 years I considered DTV a dollar's worth for a dollar and, after all, that's the best deal there is. Things change and with both HR24s breathing their last hard drive and fan gasps it was time to go.
     
  11. Dec 17, 2015 #71 of 106
    bidger

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    Several years ago TiVo sued Echostar and won. SlingTV is owned by Echostar so I'd find it hard to believe that the two companies would be able to reach any kind of agreement.
     
  12. Dec 17, 2015 #72 of 106
    James Long

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    The win turned in to a settlement where Tivo got money and DISH got to keep using the technology without further dispute. If it is in Tivo and DISH's best interest they can come to an agreement. They are past the "kiss and make up" stage and are ready to make money together.
     
  13. Dec 17, 2015 #73 of 106
    PayingBetaTester

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    Charlie Ergen loves lawsuits like dogs love trucks. He likes them better when he wins.

    With the AT&T merger it looks like Dish will never be the #1 satellite TV provider I think charlie will explore every profitable enterprise that comes across his desk. If the cord cutting market continues to grow he is brilliantly positioned with Sling TV to ride that wave and I'd think he'll partner with anyone that will make him money.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2015 #74 of 106
    Eddie501

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    I wonder why companies never understand that this tactic does more harm than good? By comparison, if you cancel Netflix you can do it online & all they say is "see ya, let us know when you want to come back". And guess what? I've cancelled and re-subscribed to them many times over the years. And am currently a subscriber. I always left with a positive opinion of the experience and the company.
     
  15. Dec 24, 2015 #75 of 106
    mousemaniac

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    I've been with DirecTV since 1994, but the last three months of freezing Genies and wireless connection losses will be sending me looking for an alternative.

    Stsrted back in September with having to reset once a day. This turned into 4-5 times a day. When I called they said a software update would fix it. It never came.

    Finally got someone to come out. They reset my dish and replaced my lmb. But the problem continued.

    Had another service call, replaced the DVR. But the problem continued.

    Another service call. He said some of the wiring needed replacing. So he did that. But the problem continued.

    4th service call. Replaced the Wireless bridge. He said freezing was caused by running it through my XboxOne. So I ran it directly to the amp. But the problem continued.

    So we've been watching Netflix, Amazon, and Sling, since DTV doesn't work.

    I asked for a refund for the time without service and they would only refund less than a third of what I've paid them.

    I told them that if they can't provide mr with working equipment, they need to cancel my current contract so I can find service elsewhere.

    Obviously being a continuous customer for over 20 years means nothing to them.
     
  16. Dec 24, 2015 #76 of 106
    inkahauts

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    Disconnect the Internet completely for a bit and your genie HDMI should be connected directly to your tv as well to see if those two things alone might fix you issues. Then work from there.
     
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  17. Dec 24, 2015 #77 of 106
    n3vino

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    Leon...
    If it's not HD, I don't watch it. I'm on directtv, and there are hardly any SD channels in my package. I leave them there in case anyone in the family wants to watch something on them. I don't even watch SD on Netflix, or Amazon Prime.

    You could be right that TW does a better job on SD. But I don't think the SD issue is a Directtv issue. I think it's the new 1080P LCD/LED tv's that don't do a good job of displaying SD. When I had my Sony 1080I CRT TV(it died a year ago), SD looked pretty good. Not so on my new LED. I think that it's because I could display SD at 480P. That was the plus in the CRT's. Native pictures on mine were, 480I, 480P, and 1080I. The LCD's upscale everything to 1080P. I remember saying that to posters who complained about a bad SD picture. I mentioned that my CRT did a good job on SD.

    However, my Sony BD player does a great job of upscaling regular DVD's to 1080P, so when my tv gets them, they are already 1080P. DVD's look pretty darn good on my LCD. Of course BD's look better, but the DVD's are very watchable.
     
  18. Dec 24, 2015 #78 of 106
    n3vino

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    Leon...
    Amazon has a lot of TV shows on their prime for no extra charge, but not right away. I'll have to see how many seasons old they are. But as was said, you can buy the current season. Right now I'm watching two seasons of HBO's Rome. I don't know if there is a 3rd. I'll probably watch another series after that. I don't subscribe to prime channels, but I do have both Netflix and Amazon Prime. I'm waiting for the last season of AMC's Hell on Wheels on Netflix. I don't watch it with commercials on AmC. I prefer to wait for Netflix and watch it commercial free.
     
  19. Dec 25, 2015 #79 of 106
    mousemaniac

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    Thanks [

    quote name="inkahauts" post="3402173" timestamp="1450947712"]Disconnect the Internet completely for a bit and your genie HDMI should be connected directly to your tv as well to see if those two things alone might fix you issues. Then work from there.[/quote]

    I'll try this.

    If I have to keep my Genie hdmi connected directly to the tv without going through my receiver, there's no reason to have Directv. If their equipment can't handle modern TV set ups, I'm sure I can find a Dish receiver that can.
     
  20. Dec 25, 2015 #80 of 106
    jimmie57

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    I'll try this.

    If I have to keep my Genie hdmi connected directly to the tv without going through my receiver, there's no reason to have Directv. If their equipment can't handle modern TV set ups, I'm sure I can find a Dish receiver that can.

    [/QUOTE]If you stated this earlier I missed it. Which model of Genie do you have ? HR34 or HR44. If you have the 34 then it is your problem. Call them and insist that they change it out for an HR44 and your problems should go away.
    There are numerous posts on here complaining about the HR34.
     

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