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goodbye and thanks

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by psternklar, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Piratefan98

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008

    I didn't think it was particularly aggressive .... just kind of predictable.

    In threads like these, the obligatory "buh-bye/don't-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out" is pretty much standard procedure. I was just surprised it took to the 22nd post for someone to actually do it. :)

  2. Dusty

    Dusty Icon

    Sep 21, 2006
    But the point was to use the VoD. Tivo HD can't access FIOS VOD. It's the 30 or so series of TV shows that I hope I don't have to record. I have the habits of recording 12 hours of football and 3 hours of TV series on Sunday. 20 hour capacity is definitely not enough. Need at least 30 hours and ideally 50 hours.

    I tried to price out FIOS for myself. The price for going Tivo HD or Motorola DVR is about the same per month (very close to my DirecTV bill). The difference is losing the 6 month free DVR fee new user discount and the $200-300 Tivo HD purchase. My worry is FIOS seems to be destined for IPTV, which will render the Tivo useless. I already have a coupld HR10-250 in my garage. More research for me to do. I may still do it anyway.
  3. Upstream

    Upstream Hall Of Fame

    Jul 4, 2006

    That's why I left. My crappy customer experience with DirecTV started back in 2006 when I was having technical problems with my new R15 DVR. Although the defective box got replaced, it started a string of billing errors which took months to resolve. Then in early 2007, another series of billing errors took over 6 months to resolve. And since I was locked into a commitment until 2008, I couldn't even tell DirecTV to take a hike without it costing me over a hundred dollars.
  4. ehilbert1

    ehilbert1 Godfather

    Jan 22, 2007
    How about you? Why post in this thread at all? Oh wait a minute..... you want to make sure you get your look at me look at me negative post in. That way you can get your post count up. The truth is you love threads like this. That way you can say something negative and "Cool" and keep that post count going up. If you don't like the thread don't post in it. The guy was trying to be nice and thank people. It looks like a lot of people on here wish him well. To bad you have to be soooooo "Cool". Don't worry man I'm sure you will hit 10,000 real soon. :rolleyes:
  5. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Actually you can do this without a problem. When you sign up for the PP you have to wait 30 days to make a claim. So no biggy if your receiver isn't dead already. You can also work out with DirecTV to sign up for the PP and have a service call right then and there for half price. So no ethical issue to worry about.
  6. Tallgntlmn

    Tallgntlmn Icon

    Jun 7, 2007
    Raleigh, NC
    CSR roulette has given me two results. The first said I'd have to pay for the HR2x. The second said it was a free upgrade for being an 8 year customer. The first said there would be no ETF and a pro-rated refund of the $199 if there is an LoS issue when I move. The second said there would be an ETF. I am not sure who to believe with the ETF but I am very, very tempted to take the free offer.
  7. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    I don't think the "oh, no line of sight, no problem - you can cancel with no ETFs" is really as easy as that. I think most (not all) of the people that have posted that they did not have to pay the ETF because of LOS issues were more like "eventually, I got them to cancel/refund the ETF because I couldn't get signal", but I always got the impression that they had to work pretty hard for that to happen. I could be wrong, and of course not everybody's experiences are the same.
  8. myselfalso

    myselfalso Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    I think the OP was simply telling us why the OP is leaving. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

    Th person was simply saying thank you for all that the community has provided while being with D*. If the OP posts a thank you because the OP has left D*, thus is leaving this forum, someone would inevitably ask, "Why did you leave D*?"

    Better said by the OP first, I believe.
  9. brownram

    brownram AllStar

    Jan 18, 2007
    can you say post whore
  10. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Wow. If I were to go with Comcast it would be $92 MORE for what I have now with DirecTV.

  11. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    I agree...
  12. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Same here....makes you wonder if its really a tease rate...they advertise those here....good for 6 months....then POW...their real pricing. :eek2::D
  13. Upstream

    Upstream Hall Of Fame

    Jul 4, 2006

    That's a huge difference. Even after my Comcast promotion ends, Comcast is still cheaper (though only about a buck cheaper). I know that Comcast rates vary by market, and if you have a lot of DVR's the monthly price for Comcast becomes less favorable (although you don't have to pay the upfront fee), and of course prices depend on which packages you get.

    But I am looking at my Comcast price list, and I can't figure out how to get Comcast to be $92 more than DirecTV for comparable programming packages and setups other than having 10 HD-DVRs.

    I know Comcast prices are a bit lower here because Fios is rolling out. But can the prices really be that much higher in Norwich than in central NJ? A $92 difference just boggles my mind.
  14. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Here is what I came up with.


    BTW, I have 3 HR2x's and no other hardware.

  15. Upstream

    Upstream Hall Of Fame

    Jul 4, 2006
    Micro -- Thanks for the explanation. The biggest difference: from what you show, you would pay $100 for premium channels on top of the $76 "preferred" package programming charge, for a programming total of $176. In my area they have a "digital premier" package for $129 which includes all of the premium channels along with all the channels in the "preferred plus" package. That's a $46 savings over what you'd pay right there.

    With the $45 for the HD-DVRs, you would pay about $175 per month for Comcast in my area.

    Compare that to DirecTV Premier package ($110) with HD (+$10), DVR fee (+$6) and 2 additional receivers (+$10), and you're at about $135. So the difference for your set-up in my area is only about $40, not $92.
  16. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Since I don't live in central Jersey (though I grew up in Elizabeth) I'm at the mercy of Comcast in CT.

    We don’t have FiOS in my area. I don’t like the limitations on U-vers hardware.

    I like what I have now and it’s the most economical way to get what I want.

    BTW, it's $132.94 because I don't have Premier(no sports package). At any rate I still wouldn't pay $40 more for service.

    By your accounting I would still be paying more with Comcast even if I only had one HD DVR so your assertion that someone would need like 10 HD DVRs for it to be more is a little off.

  17. iamqnow

    iamqnow Legend

    Dec 26, 2007
    Yeah, we are all friendly and helpful, right?
  18. kimi

    kimi AllStar

    Mar 12, 2008
    I have to agree - my local DTV installers are quite poor - and each guy says the work done by the last guy was wrong.


    The local customer touch is just plain broken with this outfit. If your setup works, its great, but if not, you are just better off with cable.
  19. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    LOL. I had to laugh at this one. At least when I call DirecTV I get someone in the states. When I call my "local" cable company I get someone in India or China. Nice local touch. ;)

    But yes, some people are better off or just fine with cable. If they weren't then DirecTV and Dish would have 100 million customers and cable wouldn't exist. Although cable continues to lose hundreds of thousands of subscribers every quarter. I just read that Comcast alone lost a quarter million subs in the 4th quarter. Something isn't right in cable land.
  20. MLBurks

    MLBurks Icon

    Dec 16, 2005
    I see the following three things that make cable attractive to some:

    1. No contract
    2. Local channels
    3. Cable/Internet/Phone bundled together

    People I talk to say that until DBS offers something similar, satellite is not a consideration. Not to mention that they believe the cable company induced hype that satellite customers lose service every time a cloud is overhead.

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