DirecTV Contract Conundrum

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mirak, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. Rich

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    Yup. Last year and into this year I had over $120 a month in credits, I was paying practically nothing for many months and I was under commitment for most of that time. Whether that happens today...I have no idea.

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  2. compnurd

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    Yes I do.
     
  3. GordonGekko

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    Perhaps but perhaps not, tell them the cable company will pay for your ETF.
     
  4. SledgeHammer

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    Nothing special about that deal. I'd say its a bad deal as a matter of fact. 50Mbps + 100 channels is low spec stuff. $75/mo at Cox will get you 100 channels + 150Mbps.

    The low spec deals at most providers tend to be the WORST deals on the planet. Least bang for the buck on a channel per dollar and Mbps per dollar. Typically stepping up a little bit will get you a lot more for a lot less percentage wise. I.e. For $30 extra Cox will give you 175 channels + 300Mbps + $100 gift card + a bunch of premiums.
     
  5. wmb

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    But only if you know that the cable company will pay your ETF for you. They may call your bluff.


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  6. SledgeHammer

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    From what I can gather from peoples posts on here, in general, if you start threatening the CSR, or have an attitude, they'll just tell you to leave or won't offer you anything. The catch more flys with honey mantra applies here.
     
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  7. Rich

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    Don't think they'd care about that.

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  8. GordonGekko

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    To address some of the posts, yes, always speak nice, never threaten, do some Google research, there are moves you can make to increase your odds of a discount, yes discounts are still occurring.

    To the original poster: https://www.amazon.com/Directv-C41W-DIRECTV-required-Separately/dp/B00IT8ZEMY

    Genie Mini, $82, buy it, spare yourself the contract and your problem is solved.

    Update: Rich, if you add a Genie Mini or even just a straight HD DVR, both are selling on Directv.com for $99, do they force you to sign a 1 year contract simply for activating new equipment?
     
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  9. compnurd

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    Yes It isnt the buying the equipment that does the contract it is the Activation that triggers it

    So even if you buy one from Amazon,Ebay or Solid Signal you cant get around it
     
  10. GordonGekko

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    Well it is not impossible, two years ago I bought an owned H24 or H20, whatever the number of a regular HD receiver is, Ebay, not sure if I confirmed before the purchase with Directv but I believe I did, anyway they activated it without adding a contract.

    For example if the OP wants this: Directv C41 Mini-Genie OWNED No Contract C41-700 + Coax & Power - Tested Working | eBay

    You could call Directv with the receiver ID number and confirm it is owned, I was able to do this in February of 2018, I agree it is difficult to do but it is worth a shot.

    Owned, no contract was in the headline of the receiver I purchased.
     
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  11. trh

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    The Amazon link GordonGekko provided says this:
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  12. trh

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    Your LG TV might have limited apps to install. You'll have to check to see what apps can be installed. But with a separate streaming device (e.g. Roku, Fire TV stick, Apple TV, etc.), you can install all the channel apps.

    When you open a channel for the first time, it will ask you to authenticate your TV provider. So you provide your DIRECTV login and password and you're verified to watch that channel.

    My wife prefers watching certain channels via the streaming apps than DIRECTV. Such as HGTV. On your DIRECTV box, you can watch the live feed and any shows you previously recorded. On the HGTV streaming app, you can watch the live show (although delayed by about 1 minute) and a whole bunch of their other previously shown shows. I don't know if they still have it, but at one point last year the Fixer Upper show had every single episode available to watch.
     
  13. b4pjoe

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    One thing to note is that most of those apps won't let you fast forward through the commercials. Discovery GO is the worst at it.
     
  14. inkahauts

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    Yes but if it’s his least used tv and he doesn’t use it much, maybe just stick to movies in there. Heck just stick to Netflix in there even...
     
  15. techguy88

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    Honestly there isn't a way around the 2 year agreement its required for the equipment not the price. Even all new customers get a discounted 12 month pricing with a 24 month agreement so loyalty offers defiantly won't go beyond 12 months at a time. Plus a tech is having to install a new mini in the room another reason the agreement is 24 months.

    While I'm not a fan of the C41Ws as they are a bit slower than their wired counterparts there is a benefit to the wireless minis. After paying the one time $99 wireless set-up fee and the initial 24 month agreement to have a tech install the first one you can actually call in later and add more Wireless Minis with no tech install.

    They send the little baby box by FedEx and it has instructions on how to activate. Once activated the commitment is only 12 months because all they had to do was drop-ship the box. I've done this once so far when I got a new TV for another room got a Wireless Mini and a 12 month commitment to match my loyalty offers at the time.
     
  16. eletric chicken

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    they offered to let me out once i started complaining about things not working ;) but i agree to let them fix there crap first. now i have a mini that's confused service that goes out when a bird pisses and the dish as it's flying by and it's locked at 99 % signal strength logging into there website sucks that don't work either most of the time i could go on and on. one merger that should not have been allowed!!! iv'e seen em let people out of the contract if they can't receive the signal as well you know things like trees in the way and not things like landlord tenant things.
     
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  17. bmetelsky

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    You should definitely get out. You sound like the service is making your life miserable. It's only television, many different options.

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  18. eletric chicken

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    if they can't get it working right my hands are tied. i know there's many different options for tv!!! they will be out later replacing everything again... it's not the DTV experience i know of
     
  19. raott

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    Yep....which is why the two year contact for POS equipment that is almost a decade old and been used over and over and over is ludicrous. And these dummies (AT&T) wonder why they are shedding millions of customers.

     
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  20. Phil T

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    Office of the President will let you out of a commitment if you document your issues and request it.
     

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