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DirecTV/Viacom Dispute?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by danpeters, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Jul 11, 2012 #941 of 3058
    dpeters11

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    Verizon doesn't. I've gotten new phones in the mail and when I go to activate, the automated system tells me that by activating I'm entering into a two year contract. I press 1 or whatever, bam. Contract and activated phone. No signature anywhere.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2012 #942 of 3058
    bobcamp1

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    There is a previous lawsuit against D* (which was settled) where people claimed the channels in their package changed too much. It is not clear legally what happens if the programming substantially changes. That clause in the contract is only meant to cover an occasional lineup change of one or two channels. If they permanently drop a good chunk of channels, you can argue that D* is no longer providing the service it agreed to and has broken the contract. If the contract is broken, there's no ETF anymore.

    Hence, when you call D* to complain about this situation, I'm pretty sure you'll either get something free or a discount. They're already offering Encore for free in an attempt to dissuade people from demanding a partial refund of this month's service. They're not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, they're trying to stem future lawsuits.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2012 #943 of 3058
    Earl Bonovich

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    Official Comment:
    I know a lot of you are looking around for answers on this topic...

    We have been told internally, that all of DIRECTV's official information can be found at:
    www.directvpromise.com, The official Twitter and the Offical Facebook pages.

    As things update and change, those three places are your best part to get the latest information.

    There have been some updated facts on the page today, (namly the count of channels).
    Also there is a FACT on the page, that DIRECTV does share the responsiblity for putting the customer first.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2012 #944 of 3058
    woods_men

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    nope, using an ax and good old elbow grease on the trees - no wussy method for me.
     
  5. Jul 11, 2012 #945 of 3058
    woods_men

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    more baloney, if they put customers 1st, then the channel lineup would be superior to IPTV
     
  6. Jul 11, 2012 #946 of 3058
    woods_men

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    yea, it is called a verbal contract, the way things were done in the past, that works 2 ways, when they make promises and break them (directv) then they are breaking contracts as well - its a 2 way street
     
  7. Jul 11, 2012 #947 of 3058
    woods_men

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    That is not legal, it has to be in written form and sent by US mail and slo their saying if you disagree you do not get service is not legal as well.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2012 #948 of 3058
    zimm7778

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    Everything you are saying is wonderful but I already talked about how that would work earlier in this thread. Those prices wouldn't last long or those networks would go out of business.
     
  9. Jul 11, 2012 #949 of 3058
    susanandmark

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    Oh, I agree, should DirecTV ever attempt to enforce this up to and through legal dispute, they'd likely lose, but until they do (just like the cell companies they did) they'll still charge people every penny they can, knowing it's unlikely they'll be taken to court over $250-$500. And, yeah, that includes not allowing people out of contracts (without an ETF) when they change services or terms ... Because the change of service and terms is already stipulated as acceptable in said contract.

    Cell phone companies were forced to allow people out, due to lawsuits, who couldn't receive service at their primary residence. Did they want to do that? No, but legal precedent made it "law" (and by law, I mean if they continue to do it, they'll continue to get sued, and lose, and they know it).

    Cell phone companies were also forced to make their contract terms viable up front AND once you pay the ETF, which is supposedly to cover equipment costs they "subsidized" (i.e. the phone), you get to keep the phone. Even if you pay DirecTV an ETF, they still want all your equipment back ... Or they charge you for that, too. (Not that I'd need it without DirecTV, but the principal is the same.)
     
  10. Jul 11, 2012 #950 of 3058
    zimm7778

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    I have unlimited for $30 so I have no idea what you are talking about.
     
  11. Jul 11, 2012 #951 of 3058
    bobcamp1

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    Correct, this is an oral agreement and is valid. Some people, however, were neither notified of the D* contract nor signed anything. Lately D* has done a much better job of telling you when you're about to do something that locks into a 2-year contract with an ETF penalty. But that hasn't always been the case.
     
  12. Jul 11, 2012 #952 of 3058
    Elephanthead

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    I can't believe Directv killed spongebob. :nono: I guess I will pay per episode on the ipad. When is Apple TV kicking in? We will finally get alcarte channels when it does.
     
  13. Jul 11, 2012 #953 of 3058
    dpeters11

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    Isn't this subjective? To some IPTV may have a better lineup in their city, for others, they don't.

    The fact of the matter is, there is no perfect provider for everyone. Fortunately, there are more choices now.
     
  14. Jul 11, 2012 #954 of 3058
    WestDC

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    If you have an Xbox or Blu-Ray you can download all the sponge bob you want from Amazon prime :D
     
  15. Jul 11, 2012 #955 of 3058
    lparsons21

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    Well, that is one way I suppose.

    Why not get it free instead?

    http://spongebob.nick.com/
     
  16. Jul 11, 2012 #956 of 3058
    Riverpilot

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    I also see they have a survey for people to choose what channels you like/want on viacom, and whether you should be paying less, the same or more for these :ahem: "channels"... :lol:

    I filled out the survey, I suggest everyone do as well. :)
     
  17. Jul 11, 2012 #957 of 3058
    woodsmen539@yahoo.com

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    My friend lives in reality, you obviously do not, the Internet pipe, is public domain, therefore it is ours, so by you claiming its private is wrong, what it is hosted on is private, but the pipes to get there are public and therefore free speech is allowed
     
  18. Jul 11, 2012 #958 of 3058
    woodsmen539@yahoo.com

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    My friend got insulted for it, so if you people are real, you will slam Directv for their typos too.
     
  19. Jul 11, 2012 #959 of 3058
    Lucid504

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    Ahhhh more trolls please go back to 4chan
     
  20. Jul 11, 2012 #960 of 3058
    renbutler

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    Keep the political bull---- out of this forum, mkay?

    (Thanks, mods.)
     

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