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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by sdicomp, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    To the OP, if your happy with your new deal, good for you. Everyone has to do whats best for them. And sometimes you have to make providers appreciate your business. Or miss the fact that you left and then bombard you with "Come back" offers.

    Fortunately, DIRECTV has taken care of me and I'm happy with the service they provide. For instance, I'm still getting the $10/mo HD credit and they gave me an HR34 with WHDVR all for no cost. And I'm sure glad they do take care of me. Although I could go to cable or Dish, they don't have the most important programming I desire.

    Neither of them have NFL ST or NHL CI with all my teams games in HD. Not to mention, Time Warner doesn't even have NFLN, NHLN or the Red Zone channel. Pretty pathetic and the reason I left them 3+ years ago and never looked back.

    Although this year, I did sign back up with TWC's internet, because the have the highest speeds in my area. So between both services, I'm probably paying a bit of a premium @ $133/mo (DIRECTV $92, TWC Internet $41). Although its really just $92, because the company I work for reimburses me for my internet, since I work from home when I'm not traveling.
  2. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    Which channels are sdicomp gaining in high definition?
  3. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004

    Hello, I must be going.
    I cannot stay,
    I came to say
    I must be going.
    I'm glad I came
    But just the same
    I must be going.

    Margaret Dumont:
    For my sake you must stay,
    For if you go away,
    You'll spoil this party
    I am throwing.

    I'll stay a week or two,
    I'll stay the summer through,
    But I am telling you,
    I must be going.
  4. sdicomp

    sdicomp Godfather

    Sep 12, 2006
    .....just answering questions that have been asked.....sorry if I offended you!
  5. sdicomp

    sdicomp Godfather

    Sep 12, 2006
    No gains, but NO losses on what we watch........
  6. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    No one should fault a person for making a change that they feel is better for them. The owners of the place I worked most of my life used to get mad when someone quit and went to another place to work. I had to remind them that this is how they started their business was by quitting where they were working and trying something different.
    Long before I was with DirecTV I was on TWC. Back then times were tight, like now, and we were laying off people and a raise was out of the question. It had been 3 years since we had a raise and TWC raised the cable TV rate 3 times in 12 months. I dropped them at that point. I started renting movies and used the OTA for TV.
    Then my son discovered DirecTV. His boss where he worked had it and he had been to his house to see it. That was when we tried it and been here ever since then.

    When it comes to programming, I only have 84 channels in my favorites list and probably only watch 30 of them at the most.

    I recently told my son how much we could save in the first year if we changed to the other company. He looked at me like I was nuts and told me to put his charge card on the account and get the other company for myself if I wanted it. I again reminded him of how much we could save. He said "So what. If you save and do not have what you want, what good is it ?". I stopped at that point.

    Bottom line, if you are getting the channels you want, a good picture and saving money be happy with your decision. If you find in the future that it is not all that you thought then come back to be with us again.
  7. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    My nearby Charter is in the process of adding 56 HD channels (the residue of removing 7 or 8 analog channels). They will be carrying HD that DBS doesn't offer.

    If there is a crime, it is believing (and castigating those who believe otherwise) that DIRECTV can be the one and only logical choice for everyone.
  8. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
    Out of the 47 responses to the op, some were his. A grand total of TWO responses could be construed as "a crime", as you so eloquently put it.
  9. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I hear it's nearly a crime to have Dish subscribers give DirecTV customers any advice about anything DirecTV when they don't actually have the service themselves.

    Oh wait...some people probably already know that.
  10. bidger

    bidger Hall Of Fame

    Nov 19, 2005
    Exactly. I don't recall being the sole requirement for posting here as being a current satellite sub.

    Like the OP I recently canceled DirecTV. In my case I had been with them since 1998. Switched from TWC. It wasn't as big a deal for me as some, but TWC has done a great job off adding HD channels and that was something I needed to see from them before switching. I have a TiVo HD with an upgraded 500GB HdD that I pay a grandfathered rate that's less than half the DirecTV DVR rate. I do have to pay for a Cable Card, but that's only $2/mo. so it's still less than DirecTV. The major thing is TWC provides a quality High Speed Internet option, DirecTV does not. In '98 that wasn't the priority for me and now it is.

    When I called to cancel DirecTV didn't go out of their way to stop me. Just as well since I didn't want to make a new commitment. I like the fact that with TWC I can bring my own equipment. When the DirecTV tuner card for WMC was canceled, I was truly disappointed. And as far as rate hikes go, they all do it. Difference is with Cable I'm not under commitment and, if need be, I can scale down to Internet only.

    I was happy with DirecTV, but the constant two year shove any time you want something better gets old IMO.
  11. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    I said that too. But Charter has made a dramatic turnaround in my neck of the woods thanks to SDV. They added about 60 HD channels in just a few months and now have more than satellite and better PQ. I get 12-18Mbps data rates on MPEG4, which is better than I had with DirecTV. And I can use my own DVR, saving a ton of money. Since I went back to cable, my bill has dropped by about $50/month and will stay that way for 2 years. I realize they'll gouge me after that, but by then I can give satellite another look, if they ever catch up on HD content.

    As for service, that's changed dramatically too. They have a great online presence like Dish (I wish DirecTV would catch up in that regard as well). I often get a response within a couple of hours and service appointments right away.

    Bottom line is, while I enjoyed satellite for many years back when they had the best service on the market, times have changed, and cable is a much better deal than it used to be (depending on your location of course).

    So bravo to the OP for having the guts to make a change and not just accept DirecTV's empty promises (24-month free HD fiasco). If more of us did the same, DirecTV would have to step up their game. As it stands now, they can do whatever they want and most people just accept it.

  12. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    It certainly is not a requirement....and being a former subscriber likely would provide interesting insights on this kind of topic.
  13. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    ...it's only TV...it's only TV...it's only TV...it's only TV...it's only TV...
  14. sdicomp

    sdicomp Godfather

    Sep 12, 2006
  15. sdicomp

    sdicomp Godfather

    Sep 12, 2006
    Same here! I was happy with D*, but their failure to do what they said was the 'backbreaker' for me! They called yesterday, offering a 'new customer' incentive with NO commitment for me to keep service. Asked WHY I had to cancel service to be offered this?......they had no answer.....said NO thanks!

    No commitment here either!
  16. sdicomp

    sdicomp Godfather

    Sep 12, 2006
    HOPE not! I would like to hang around!

    Who knows, I may come back to D* someday..........
  17. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    For sure...and you would not be the first to "return". ;)

    There are a number of non-sat posters at this site already - you would not be "alone" in that regard.

    Good luck on your changes - hope things work out for you.
  18. mreposter

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    The more competition the better.
  19. Upstream

    Upstream Hall Of Fame

    Jul 4, 2006

    Interesting. When I cancelled DirecTV several years ago, I told them I would stay if they offered me a no-commitment upgrade to HD. They refused ... insisting any change would trigger a 2-year commitment.

    So I have no-commitment service from Comcast. I am happier with the service and the price is lower. And without a commitment, I have been sending my money to Comcast instead of DirecTV for the past 4 years.
  20. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    I wish we had choices. My only choices are Dish, TWC, and DirecTV. We had TWC from 1989 until 1999 when we switched to DirecTV. There is no way I would ever go back to TWC, and Dish does not have the programming I want, so DirecTV is my only choice.

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