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I Stay With DirecTV Because . . .

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Ira Lacher, Apr 16, 2009.

I stay with DirecTV because . . .

  1. Value -- My costs beat cable or DISH Network

    0 vote(s)
  2. Programming -- My channels beat what I get on cable or DISH

    135 vote(s)
  3. Service -- They are responsive and care about me as a customer

    219 vote(s)
  4. Sports packages -- NFLST or MLBEI -- have to have them!

    81 vote(s)
  5. Constancy -- I need to know my channels won't be yanked over contract fights

    146 vote(s)
  6. Inertia -- It's too much of a hassle to switch

    117 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. benjaminmarle

    benjaminmarle Legend

    Jun 7, 2002
    My vote was value. Compared to what else is in my area right now. I love my Directv, but when FIOS comes I maybe switching to give somthing else a try and maybe save a little money too, haven't fully decided yet.
  2. ehilbert1

    ehilbert1 Godfather

    Jan 22, 2007
    I choose D* because they blow Time Warner away. Atleast for me, they've been great and I can handle $3 a year as an increase. Time Warner is the most nickel and dimed company I know. As long as D* keeps the price right and the great HD coming I'll stay with them. Oh yea...... They also helped keep Friday Night Lights going. Thats worth another two year commitment by itself.
  3. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

    Oct 17, 2008
    I chose value, programming, and sports packages.

    However, although DIRECTV beats cable in value and programming, I believe Dish or U-Verse would be competitive in those areas.

    So it really comes down to NFL Sunday Ticket. I probably won't ever switch until NFLST is available elsewhere.
  4. josetann

    josetann Legend

    Oct 2, 2006
    I voted inertia. Don't need any of the sports channels. Other than one of the local channels that they had off the air for many months/year, I don't think Dish had any channels taken off that would have affected me, or for long enough to affect me.

    I started with Dish. Moved to DirecTV because of TiVo. Until DTV gets TiVo back, I have no real loyalty to them. I'm making the decision to stay or switch based purely on cost and convenience. Dish's monthly package is quite a bit cheaper. While they do charge a DVR fee per box, I'd only need half the number of DVRs (since Dish's can output two separate signals to two TVs). If DTV can keep me as a customer until the new TiVo is revealed, then I may be a customer for life. If my current TiVos could get the mpeg4 channels, I wouldn't even think of switching.
  5. bidger

    bidger Hall Of Fame

    Nov 19, 2005
    That's your opinion, one which I don't happen to share.

    The reasons, and I'm not voting because it's not just one reason:

    1) Lifetime DVR service. I paid $199 just a little over 8 years ago and I don't see a charge on my monthly statement, just "Lifetime DVR Service".

    2) On a related note, one DVR charge covers all DVRs on your account.

    3) All my RSNs in HD.

    4) Greatly improved HD PQ since the MPEG 4 migration. Let's get rid of the rest on the legacy HD channels, use those slots for other things!

    5) Since my migration to HD in Sept. 2005, I've gotten the Distant Nets I qualify for in HD.

    6) I've gotten some nice deals from DIRECTV. Prior to it getting poisoned from overuse, I did use Retention, no more than once a year and never threatening to leave, just asking if there were any deals available to me.

    7) I left TWC because I sensed they didn't care for me as a customer. I've never felt that from DIRECTV.

    Now before thinks I only look at my provider through rose-colored glasses and they're flawless, let me list the things I wish they'd address:

    1) Malone. Me no like. People warned about him based on his background with TCI, which I really have no clue about, but I wish Rupert were still at the helm.

    2) No big HD roll-out(s) like we had in the Fall of 2007. See # 1. I could care less about places getting their locals in HD because I know I won't see any for my area until D12 is operational, if then. I put up an antenna because I don't want to wait that long. I don't expect to be showered with HD, but it would be nice to see more than one or two every six months.

    3) I know a la carte is pretty much out of the question, but I'd like to see DIRECTV offer more programming package options. DISH offers an HD only option, why can't DIRECTV?

    It's that HD only option that's made me think about DISH, but the fact you're charged per DVR, no YES, the fact that Charlie fights carriage all the time...I'd rather pay my bill and not worry about channels disappearing overnight.
  6. l8er

    l8er Icon

    Jun 18, 2004
    3 words: Early Termination Fee. :eek2:
  7. roadrunner1782

    roadrunner1782 Icon

    Sep 27, 2008
    I chose price, but in reality it's more than just that. I've been more than satisfied for 5 years now with D* in pretty much every aspect possible. I know of the horror stories around here with Directv's CSR's, but I've never had any major problem with them. I have noticed they don't seem to be as knowledgable as years past, but still no big deal. I even thought the frontline CSR's years ago were top notch!
  8. lee78221

    lee78221 Godfather

    Sep 25, 2007
    I'd go with this. If I ever had a problem they would jump over themselves to help get it fixed, And the quality of product(From DrecTV.com to CE). And the added benefit of knowing that when I turn on my TV my favorite channel is going to be there and not be yanked over contract fights.:cool:
  9. jimmyv2000

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    I've been with D* since 94 way before locals were offered.
    better programming than cable thats for sure!
    However i'm sticking with D* until the day i die.
    I'm in an area that gets lousy OTA reception (in between 2 hills) so getting ALL the Boston Locals for me is why i'm still here.
  10. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    I really need a choice for other. I absolutely, positively, can't say in words strongly enough how badly I HATE everything and anything about Storer Cable / Time Warner / Comcast / whatever their name may become in the future.

    So based on that, I'm with DTV and will never even consider cable. If it came down to cable vs. no TV, I'll take no TV.
  11. LGM2007

    LGM2007 Godfather

    Dec 17, 2006
    There are other choices? Seriously, anytime I am at someone's house with cable or DISH I long to get back home.
  12. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Mostly Inertia. I am relatively happy with D*, and like their technology.
  13. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...

    I would switch but I already had Dish(2002-2006/R.I.P.).;)
  14. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Most all of the above.

    Have done a complete analysis a few times. DirecTV vs Cable vs FiOS.

    DirecTV has graded highest each time. Purely been a technical evaluation, $ wasn't a deciding factor. And never considered Dish to be much of a player (maybe it's just me but always considered Dish to be more of a 2nd-rate satellite provider - especially when I see two dishes on a home).

    Prime comparison points were HD programming (quality & quantity), HD DVR functionality/usability/capacity including tight integration with the provider with online scheduling, Sports Programming, and leading edge approach/attitude.

    DirecTV has always been #1, FiOS #2 but getting better, and Cable a very distant #3.
  15. Brennok

    Brennok Legend

    Dec 23, 2005
    Mostly inertia. I almost switched to Fios when Sears put the Tivo HD on clearance but the cost of buying 4 Tivo HDs plus upgrading the media server to give me enough storage so that I didn't need to upgrade each Tivo was more than I wanted to spend right now.

    I currently plan to wait out the Tivo launch on Directv and see where I go from there. If Tivo/Directv do it right I will be staying with Directv otherwise I will be switching to Fios.
  16. Laker44

    Laker44 Godfather

    Jun 18, 2008
    Same for me.When we first got DirecTV we where happy with it,the SD channels came in better then better then on cable.Now they look aweful,and since that's the majority of what we watch are SD channels and DirecTV for some reason willn't add them we will leaving when the contracts up.
  17. rebkell

    rebkell Godfather

    Sep 9, 2006
    Inertia(aka contract) and offerings. Local cable has an absolute pitiful offering, I chose Directv when they started offering everything in HD. If Verizon was in my area, I'd switch in a heartbeat. Dish will get serious consideration when the contract is up. All the pro sports packages aren't that important to me. I have internet service with Comcast and I get all my locals in HD with that, more than Directv offers.
  18. homebase

    homebase Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    We stay with DTV for a few reasons:

    -predicatable. Every cable co has different channels for everything. FRUSTRATING. Channel 360 in Bangor, ME is the same 360 in SanDiego, CA.

    -cheaper. Sure, cable can be cheaper, but not overall. Not with this many channels and with this much useful HD programming.

    -MLB package.

    -the fine signal quality of WGN HD.

  19. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I, too, would like to see more programming options. My favorites list right now has less than 30 channels.

    As for those that listed 2 year commitment or early termination fee: I enjoy TV way too much to ever let that stop me. Even if I had 18 months left, if I didn't like D* (or whomever I was with), I'd spend that $360 and drop it tomorrow. Compared to what I paid for equipment, programming each month, etc., $360 is nothing compared to my happiness.
  20. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    I'm only with DIRECTV now because FiOS is not available in my area. I said it before, I’ll say it again. If DIRECTV adds Travel Channel HD, I’m here to stay. If FiOS becomes available in my area before DIRECTV adds Travel Channel HD, I’m out of here….!

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