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I'm tired of DIRECTV's Creative Ways of Digging into my pocket

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Spike, Aug 11, 2013.

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  1. Aug 13, 2013 #81 of 164
    jeret

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    PrinceLH

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    I read that article with delight. I'm hoping that Dish does stick to their guns and Directv follows suit. It's getting over the top with the increased rates for certain programming. Last years Viacom blackout was one that I'd hoped Directv would have stood firm on a rate increase. I'm tired of increases, year after year, for programming that I never watch. I haven't watched ESPN in over 5 years, but I'm forced to pay for it. Ever since they lost the NHL rights, I've stayed away. Ala Carte is the only way to go!
     
  3. Aug 13, 2013 #83 of 164
    wingrider01

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    bottom line - with the exception of the genie ALL my dvr's are owned outright, I prefer to keep them that way. Where exactly did I say I only used it 3 times, I have had 3 OWNED units replaced (bte all of them now are owned HR24's), have used them for problems with the dish, cabling, swim over the years, by the way you 1632.00 guesstimate is wrong, primestar did not have a protection plan. as far as losing recordings, don't really care, I tend to delete them right after I watch them, the kids have more recording scheduled then I do and theirs are easy sponge bob, my little pony, etc.

    Makes complete sense to you for not having it, makes complete sense to me for having it, just different priorities, I can multitask when I am on the Bluetooth headset walking through the support tree, so 0 waste of time there, and the only waste of time is the 5 minutes it takes to unpack and plug in the replacement box, can reset the record lists while I am watching another show. also unless yours are owned I prefer not to violate the TOS of the company
     
  4. Aug 13, 2013 #84 of 164
    damondlt

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    Bottom line we shouldn't have to pay for rented equipment repairs. If after 2 years Directv wants to turn the equipment over as owned then sure, I'll pay the 8 per month then.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2013 #85 of 164
    Mike Bertelson

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    You don't have to pay for leased receiver repairs. If your receiver dies it will be replaced. You don't need the PP for that.

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    damondlt

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    Right , I didn't think so.
     
  7. Aug 13, 2013 #87 of 164
    inf0z

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    Buy it or not, it's true. Any money you pay for a replacement receiver is shipping costs.

    DIRECTV has the right to charge what ever they want for their services. If they want to charge the average user $2,000 a month that is their right. You also have your right as a consumer to take your business elsewhere. Don't like it don't buy it. TV it's not a necessity, it's entertainment and convenience. If the cost is too high use a different service or no service at all.
     
  8. Aug 16, 2013 #88 of 164
    davidmg1

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    Guess the OP hasn't flown on an airline in a while.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2013 #89 of 164
    JeffBowser

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    This thread brought something to mind the other day. The "advanced receiver" fee. My HR20 is by no means an "advanced receiver" anymore. Shouldn't I now be getting a credit for tolerating an obsolete receiver? An "obsolete equipment credit" should be issued instead to those of us who haven't jumped on the Genie bandwagon...... (which I got a letter the other day for, offering it for "free").
     
  10. Aug 16, 2013 #90 of 164
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    Totally agree as an HR20 is my only receiver. Don't they not even reclaim these anymore if a person was to cancel? Can't be that advanced then...
     
  11. Aug 16, 2013 #91 of 164
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    Totally agree as an HR20 is my only receiver. Don't they not even reclaim these anymore if a person was to cancel? Can't be that advanced then...
    the HR20 is the only DVR with built in OTA tuners, this makes it "advanced" lol


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  12. Aug 16, 2013 #92 of 164
    JeffBowser

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    DirecTV has just become much less valuable to me. Yesterday my son came out with his H21 and said I could take it, he didn't care to watch anymore. Wow, there goes 50% of the reason I still keep pay TV right there. Plus he represents the next generation, and he just totally dismissed pay TV.
     
  13. Aug 16, 2013 #93 of 164
    Mike Bertelson

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    If the cable companies were to do that they'd go broke. :D

    I know a few people who'd take the HR20 over the 21-23 any day of week...

    In my area DIRECTV is the cheapest option. Dish, Uverse, and Comcast want an arm & a leg (and a couple of teeth in the case of Comcast) to replicate what I get with DIRECTV...oddly my state is considering a luxury tax on satellite TV. Choosing the cheapest option in my area is a luxury? :scratchin

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  14. Aug 16, 2013 #94 of 164
    Mike Bertelson

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    My daughter lives in the Boston area and is looking into streaming and OTA for her TV. It's turning out to not be the cheapest way to go either. Between Netflix, Hulu Plus, and an ISP it's turning out to be cheaper to get a cable/internet bundle. :shrug:

    I've found the fees with the other providers are more than what I pay now so is DIRECTV's fee structure out of the ordinary? I don't think it is.

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  15. Aug 16, 2013 #95 of 164
    CCarncross

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    Not necessarily in your case, but in my experience the next generation steals(illegally downloads) anything they can in the digital format which is one of the only reason they dismiss pay tv....They watch and listen to plenty tv, movies, and music, but a high percentage of them steal it, not even bothering to pay for streaming services if they can torrent it.

    The HR20 is as advanced as any other model outside of the Genie, and its still worlds faster than the 21-23 models...in most people's opinion's the HR20 is the second best non GEnie DVR out there, regardless of age.....
     
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    Rich

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    There was a time when I would have argued vehemently with you about your comment. Now, the PP is riddled with CSRs that don't have a clue and it's become virtually useless. The ONLY reason for having it is owned equipment. Without the PP, owned HRs that go south and require a replacement become leased HRs. Since I have 10 owned HRs, I have to have the PP. Other than that, I'd drop it.

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  17. Aug 16, 2013 #97 of 164
    dpeters11

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    As long as there are receivers like the D12, others will be "advanced". I don't know how many customers don't have a DVR, but do know the number with SD is not insignificant. Last year, one study said that overall, about 50% of subscribers to paid TV service had a DVR.
     
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    Rich

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    3 died? That should surprise nobody. Since the advent of the HRs, I've had so many die on me that I've lost count. If I had to guess, I'd say that since 2006, over 80 HRs have entered my home. The death rate has slowed dramatically in the past couple years. I've still got one 20-700 with a 2TB in it that I've had for years, but I keep it for...I don't really know why.

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    Rich

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    Agreed. I was just playing with my last 20-700 the other day and was surprised at how fast it still is. If only they had refined and refined them and not introduced the dreadful 21 Series...

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  20. Spike

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    As I have been reading online about the many different T.V & Movie Viewing options out there through the internet, I am beginning to think that a possible combination of Netflix, Amazon Prime, & Hulu Plus might be the place to start. I also think that it might be wise to have one of the following options added to it for immediate airing----- OTA, or Cable, or Directv, or Dishnetwork, or AT&T Uverse at a greatly reduced cost than what we are currently paying. I'm going to have to do some more research, because the minute a person adds much beyond local networks and basic receivers the prices per package quickly go up with Cable, Directv, Dishnetwork, & Uverse. If a person only used Netflix, Amazon Prime, & Hulu Plus, their cost could potentially be significantly under $30 a month.
     
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