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Get Discounts or switch to Dish???

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by omartinjordan, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Mar 27, 2013 #21 of 101
    goinsleeper

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    No it's not incorrect. Late last year, almost all grandfathered packages became ineligible for discounts over 5 dollars. The only package that qualifies now is Choice Xtra Classic. If you received discounts before that time, you maintain them. You will be urged to update your package in the future if you continue looking for discounts.
     
  2. Mar 27, 2013 #22 of 101
    ThomasM

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    You are correct, lesz.

    I am in the final months of a $10 monthly programming credit which I got when I had PLUS DVR which was a grandfathered package at the time of the credit. In fact, my monthly bill STILL says "$10 programming credit-PLUS DVR" even though this package doesn't exist at all any more! (I have Choice Extra Classic with a separate DVR charge)
     
  3. Mar 27, 2013 #23 of 101
    studechip

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    You just contradicted yourself. You said you can't get discounts, then you said you can if you have Choice Extra Classic. That's exactly the package I have. So the truth is that you can get discounts if you have an expired package, just not every expired package!
     
  4. Mar 27, 2013 #24 of 101
    Volatility

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    you misread what they typed
     
  5. Mar 27, 2013 #25 of 101
    studechip

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    When did this change go into effect?
     
  6. Mar 27, 2013 #26 of 101
    omartinjordan

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    I looked up the dish network pricing. It's pretty good. Even the same package I have with directv is only $59.99 compared to $64. Plus, I would get a free hopper and not have to pay $399. I am going to give them one more chance and then that's it.

    Also, does directv offer the ala carte packages like dish? You can and a few more sports channels for just $5 a month.
     
  7. Mar 27, 2013 #27 of 101
    goinsleeper

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    Read the sentence between the region you decided to make bold. Especially the "almost all" part. :)
     
  8. Mar 27, 2013 #28 of 101
    donalddickerson2005

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    Let's talk sports then go ask dish if they offer mlbei or nflst.
     
  9. Mar 27, 2013 #29 of 101
    goinsleeper

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    Depends on the sports. When you call again, explain you are looking to go to dish. If you never get sent to department that seems like that want to help you, let them know you want to setup a date to cancel your services. If they go through every bit of the cancellation disclosure stuff and never give you much to help with your bill, I can only imagine you missed quite a few payments or were given more in the past than you realize. Best of luck!
     
  10. Mar 27, 2013 #30 of 101
    goinsleeper

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    IIRC, October or November.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2013 #31 of 101
    lesz

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    That is consistent with what I have. My package is Choice Extra Classic. When I set up an appointment to switch to Dish and called to cancel my DIRECTV service, the retention CSR offered me the $10 off per month onthe Choice Extra Classic, extended my $10 HD credit for a year, and extended my discounts on HBO and Cinemax.
     
  12. Mar 27, 2013 #32 of 101
    omartinjordan

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    I have gotten emails sometimes that it's past due but I have always paid it immediately. The only thing I have gotten from them is a free upgrade to the hr 20 in 2008.
     
  13. Mar 28, 2013 #33 of 101
    harsh

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    You say something isn't going to happen after two posters have already testified to the contrary. $10+ seems like a pretty good discount.
     
  14. Mar 28, 2013 #34 of 101
    harsh

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    So what's to hold the subscriber who prizes PAC-12 over paying big bucks for MLBEI or NFLST?
     
  15. Mar 28, 2013 #35 of 101
    donalddickerson2005

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    If pac12 is that important to you then switch. I don't care for any of their teams however I live in Atlanta and need my stl cardinals and my stl blues so DirecTV is my only choice mlbei.
     
  16. Mar 28, 2013 #36 of 101
    sigma1914

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    I'd tell them switch to Dish and get MLB.tv, a PS3, and ST on PS3.
     
  17. Mar 28, 2013 #37 of 101
    shuye

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    I think you will find that if you are only wanting the absolute cheapest $, you need to switch providers every 2 years. If one of the providers has a channel or package that you must have and not the other, then you need to upgrade to a current package and ask for any discounts. It only makes sense that a business will be more willing to give a customer a discount when the customer is paying for a higher cost package, instead of the cheapest package available.

    If you don't feel like calling, try an email - I just saw that my $10 HD credit for having autopay expired last month, so I sent an email yesterday from the link under the "contact us" section of the web page. I did not feel like calling in yesterday, so I just stated that I noticed that the $10 credit expired for autopay and if I could get it reinstated. Directv called me back last night and offered the $10 discount for another 12 months.
     
  18. Mar 28, 2013 #38 of 101
    harsh

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    A business model built around offering out-of-market sports coverage is getting increasingly difficult to support. Some would assert that it is a model built entirely around a market of displaced consumers.

    Would DIRECTV have nearly the appeal if you were a Braves fan?

    Atlanta has had more than their share of trouble hanging on to a hockey team.
     
  19. Mar 28, 2013 #39 of 101
    omartinjordan

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    I sent an email confirming that I am no longer under contract and see if that prompts any kind of response. I have been out of contract for several years. I am getting the feeling they don't care. At this point I don't know how they could compete with the deal you would get if you switched. They would have to drop the programing cost for a year and give you a genie at no cost. I haven't read anyone on hear getting that kind of deal unless you are a new customer. Certainly not an existing one.
     
  20. Mar 28, 2013 #40 of 101
    Beerstalker

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    You haven't been reading much then, because quite a few people lately have posted about getting an upgrade to the Genie for free, and some getting discounts on their programming as well.

    It seems like the ones who tend to get the better deals are the ones who have higher up packages like Choice Ultimate, or Premier, and don't call in asking for freebies/discounts all the time.
     

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