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Does everyone have problems credits and refunds?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by gitarzan, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. gitarzan

    gitarzan Godfather

    Dec 31, 2005
    Is it just me or does everyone have these kinds of problems?

    New account activated recently. First bill I was charged $10 twice for HD service. I called and had it resolved on my second bill. No big deal.

    My father signed up a month later and got his first bill this week. He was also charged twice for HD access.

    Returned a receiver on a previous account on June 26, 2010. Shipped on June 20th. I was charged $265 on August 13th for non return of a receiver. DirecTV acknowledges getting it and have now finally sent me a letter that tells me that my account has been credited. When I call and ask about it my account shows a $0 balance and that it will be another 6-8 weeks before a refund is issued. I finally was able to talk to a CSR supervisor to explain my problem on Thursday night. He said he would look into it. I haven't heard back yet.

    I have had multiple issues with past new customer credits and referral credits that stopped after 5 months when they should have lasted 10 months. These had to be resolved through Ellens office. I am patient and polite with DirecTV when I talk. Do other people have billing and credit issues?
  2. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Never had a problem with a credit, so no.
  3. bixler

    bixler Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2008
    Customer for almost 2 years and never had a problem with any credits, and I have/had numerous ones. Also, never had any problem with any billing issues. Sometimes the 'timing' of doing things between billing periods look like they create billing issues but when I look at the details everything works out fine.
  4. eric_n_dfw

    eric_n_dfw Cool Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    I had several issues with my first couple of bills, but DTV resolved all of them after a few emails and Twitter post:

    - missing HD for Life credit - will be in place for 2nd bill and credited for charge on first bill
    - missing Referral credit - CSR screw up, they're crediting me and my referrer $100 each on the next bill.
    - system wouldn't let me sign up for the rebate credit before the install so have to wait for 2nd bill for it to start.
  5. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Customer for 16+ years. No special problem with D*. You're lucky if you never spent time with Pegasus.
  6. CTJon

    CTJon Godfather

    Feb 5, 2007
    Never really had a problem until I was forced to cancel my service because I was moving. I returned my DVR's as required. The next month I had a $99 credit on my bill and was awaiting its return to me. Two months later I was changed on a credit card (not even sure where they got it) for my DVR's - still no return of my credit. Looked online and the next day the "reversed" the missing DVR charge on my account but not on my credit card. I called them 10 days later when I got my credit card bill. They acknowledged the credits I was due and "expedited" my credit on my credit card so I'd get it in 8-10 business days. I strongly suspect they were increasing their cash flow at my expense. If Congress really wants to reform things they'd required credits to be issued with the same speed as debits are issued.
  7. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    I had a FREE PPV gift. Bought a movie and it did not credit me. Had to call.
    Also, when a free 3 months of some programming like the HD package runs out they start charging before the 3 months is up.
    Had to call and get that fixed.

    Having said that, they are pretty good at giving special things if you call and ask them "What can we do with my bill to lower it some" .
  8. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    Major billing problems can occur when DirecTV systems don't communicate. Twice I have returned failed equipment which DirecTV did not acknowledge and later billed the full amount. I learned early to keep copies of all documents and could prove FedEx delivered the receivers. What DirecTV did with them after than may still be a mystery. It took more than one billing cycle to straighten it out each time. Autopay would have resulted in about $500 of account credits rather than cash credits to my credit card. I would prefer the latter but this is not a option with DirecTV.
  9. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    If I ever send back anything to them, it will be on the 17th, so I have a full month to get it resolved. I would be super pissed if they had a free loan for the 6 or 7 months it would take me to use that up.
  10. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    We had issues when we came back to Directv about 4 years ago. We got the Free Premier if you buy ST deal. It was supposed to last 5 months, and they blew it by charging full price after 2 months. We had to call every month for months 3, 4, & 5. It was annoying, and they offered Premier for $50/month for an extra 3 months for the "error & trouble." Guess what? They botched those, too! :lol: Had to call again 2 times...They got the final month right. :rolleyes: Go figure.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    The only issue I've had with billing was a few years back when I had to cancel NFLST twice.
  12. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Why would you have a previous acct if you are still a customer?
  13. gitarzan

    gitarzan Godfather

    Dec 31, 2005
    Six months ago I suspended my account and switched to cable to save some money and also I was unhappy with the audio dropouts discussed in another place here. At the end of the 6 months I cancelled and sent my HR21 back. A couple of weeks later I received an offer in the mail to come back for half off for a year. That was an impulse buy as I hadn't planned on coming back so soon.
  14. Av8r

    Av8r New Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    I became a new customer a few weeks ago, and just had my first disappointment with them. I have a 3D tv so I paid for "Imax under the sea" and have yet to watch the whole thing. I've had various friends coming over and I use it to show off how great the 3d is. I didn't realize that I get charged every time I turn it on. I was charged 5 times last month. When I called I was told that even though I'm a new customer, I have to eat the charges. They were willing to give me 1 per lifetime credit, but I thought I should save that for a bigger problem.

    Anyway I understand that all cable/satellite companies have that policy due to an FCC directive. It just took the bloom off my happiness with D*. It seems they would have a policy of crediting new customers for these kinds of mistakes.

    I have yet to see the whole show, and I'm not willing to pay yet another $5 to see it.
  15. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    You don't get charged "every time you turn it on." You have 24hrs from the time you start watching it before it goes away and you get charged again. After that 24 hrs THEN you correctly get charged again. You can watch it as many times as you want during that 24hrs.

    All providers do this and it is stated you have 24hrs when you purchase each and every movie. Why should they credit you for not reading/understanding the same rules all TV providers have? That would create a LOT of abuse if they just credited everyone who watched a movie 5 times.
  16. Blaze

    Blaze Legend

    Jun 9, 2010
    They will start charging on the second month bill you get charged a month ahead.

  17. Av8r

    Av8r New Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    I certainly didn't say, nor would I expect them to "credit everyone who watched a movie 5 times" That would be ludicrous. There is a lot to read and learn when one first becomes a satellite customer. I just said it took the bloom off my happiness at being at D* customer. It would be a simple matter to credit customers in their first 30 days for some simple mistakes. It would hardly cost them anything. The CSR I talked to agreed with me.
  18. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    "I've watched 30 PPV's in my 1st 30 days, you're charging me for each one? I thought PPV was a flat monthly rate like Netflix? "

    "Since I'm new and didnt know the rules can't you just credit me the $150+ in charges I racked up?"

    You can see by my example that it could potentially cost lots for them to give everyone a free pass for making new customer mistakes...
  19. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    Sorry, I disagree, at least on your specific example of your PPV issue. That is a non-issue because that information is clearly available. I am glad for you that they gave you the refund, I just disagree with the "they should give us a break when we do a dumb thing because we're new." I wish cops followed that rule ..... "Officer, I just got my license and didn't realize that driving drunk could kill someone. Yes, I've seen it on TV and in driving school but still, give me a break." <written with tongue in cheek of course> :)
  20. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    I'm more sympathetic to Av8r. An unoffical thirty day grace period could go a long ways toward building customer loyalty. You'd have to leave it up to CSRs to make sure this policy wasn't being abused but as an old retailer, I instantly knew the difference between a customer screw-up and someone trying to cheat me.

    It goes back to my favorite salesman's phrase: You can kill the calf once. You can fleece a sheep many times.


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