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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by EaglePC, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. 996911

    996911 Go Pack!

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    Tobacco...
    Just think at all the $$$ they are paying to these athletes. I am all for getting paid what the market will allow for but if they (owners) continue to have the stranglehold on TV revenue, merchandising, and agreements like NFLST, there will continually be a price hike. You are subsidizing the salary of the athlete. The price of these "luxury's" will continue rise with the salary's. Just depends on what you think FMV is to be entertained. Some dump irrational amounts of money on sports, luxury items, cars, women, etc.. You just have to choose what you chose to spend it on.

    Some of us spend it on all of them and that makes like that much better :)
     
  2. Steve Mehs

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    As opposed to 'I'm better than everyone else, and I should never have to pay retail just because I'm me'. In 1998 my two room Dish Network system cost over $700, for bottom of the barrel receivers and a dual LNB single slot dish, installation was $100 and there was no free or discounted programming. Products and services are at a set price, they’re either worth it to you or not. I’m sure something you bought at one time or another could be found at a much lower cost then what you paid, not too long after you bought it. Getting emotional about something like that is just stupid.
     
  3. 996911

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    This whole way of thinking reminds me of the guy where I used to live (out west) that sued the home builder that we built our home with b/c within a year the market dropped significantly (rather corrected) and his very home was selling by the builder for $100K less than he paid and wanted the difference refunded to him. He felt he was entitled to the NEW customer deals/pricing.

    You buy a product and/or service at a point in time and if you think that is worth it to you and accept promos, etc, (if any), knowing that is what you agreed to at that point in time then you can't cry foul when it becomes cheaper in the future. What some fail to recognize is technology (especially electronic) gets cheaper EVERY year (if not every quarter). Heck, my plasma (Pioneer) that I bought last year for $6K is now selling for under $3K. Yeah it chaps my arse but I bought it last year and have loved every minute of it and know that to play at that time I had to pay that price.

    I can understand if you signed up for NFLST/Premier for $69/month for 4 months and $199 for the HDDVR and then 2 weeks after your install the promo then becomes the same but also includes the HDDVR free/ Then I would be chapped. This is why most retailers, etc., have price guarantee's for a set period of time (usually 30-90 days).

    If anything you subscribe to though gets CHEAPER you have every right to call and request a price reduction immediately. I do this every year with my high speed internet. Actually anytime it gets cheaper since there is no commitment but rather a price guarantee for one year.
     
  4. Steve Mehs

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    Bingo! While certainly not as big as a difference. I jumped into the HD word last year with a 42" Sony LCD RPTV for $2100. Earlier this year my mom bough a 55" Sony, same exact thing as what I have, only difference being the size and an extra HDMI port for $100 less then what I paid. Yeah it hurt at first, but so what, I wasn’t sad or mad. I enjoy what I have, and at the time I felt it was worth the price and if I could do it over, I wouldn’t change anything.
     
  5. bto4wd

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    Who's getting emotional? I want as good a deal as I can get on anything. That's all. My first D* setup was bought at CC and I installed it just as many long term customers have done. I paid through the nose for those 2 receivers and the dish.

    I've been with D* since '97 and have had TCP that entire time. Over the past few years I've had HD, the protection plan and an average of 6-8 DVRs active. When they broke off SF and wanted to charge me $100 more for the HD feed I had the year before as part of ST I was upset. They eventually dropped SF to $49 that year, but nothing since then.

    All I'm saying is that customer loyalty is something that is earned. That loyalty comes from many things including customer service and various "thank you's" a customer gets. I'm with D* right now because of ST. If ST was available from other sources I would seriously consider those. Each year the price of ST goes up and it seems the number of "non-blacked out" games decreases.

    As an example, the value of the March Madness package has really been reduced since our local CBS affiliate started broadcasting other games on their digital sub-channels. I canceled MM two years ago due to this fact.

    If you and others are happy to pay full price that's your choice. I prefer to find any deal I can get. Simple and non-emotional.

    BTW, what ever happened to those PPV coupons that were suppose to be sent out? Or those valued customer cards? Customer appreciation and building customer loyalty should be as much a priority to a company as bringing in new customers. IMO.
     
  6. 996911

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    I remember when I was about to purchase mine I thought I would wait until the price dropped when the "new" model came out until I realized this was going to be me chasing my tail and never buy a tv if I kept waiting for the price to drop. It is a continual process with no end. Buy it now and enjoy it. There are so many other things to worry about ro be pissed about than a newb being treated to specials, etc., as you were when you were the very newb at one time.
     
  7. Steve Mehs

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    By using the word sad in your first post. I want good deals as well, but I also like supporting services that I like as best as I can inorder to do my part to keep them around and show my backing.
     
  8. bonscott87

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    I bought my HDTV nearly *5* years ago now. Don't wanna talk about it... :nono:
     
  9. Inches

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    If it was not for NFLST I'd be with AT&T.
     
  10. 996911

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    I hear ya! I still have the HDTV that I purchased 5 years ago as well (it has been relegated to the loft). It is a Mitsu 60" Diamond that is a MONSTER. Takes up half the darn loft and cost nearly $7K. I probably couldn't get $500 for it today. :crying_sa
     
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    Is the picture still good? I have an old 55" Mits and the picture is still better than my newer DLP.
     
  12. elhombrenumuno

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    OK how is that a better deal. You can get the early bird special untill July 31st for 5 payments of $49.80 for a total of $249. New customers pay 4 payments of $69 for a total of $276. Who's getting the better deal? So what if they get the premier package free for 4 months, do you think they will use it? All D* is trying to do is get them to keep the package, more money that way. I can't understand why current customers always have to complain that they don't get any good offers and that only new customers get stuff. Everone was a new customer at one point and got a "new" customer offer. It may not have been the same or as good but it was the offer at the time. D* is a buisness they want and try to make money so if the just gave stuff away for free then they would stop being a company and then what would you do, you wouldn't have to worry about not getting the same offers as new customers because there wouldn't be ANY customers.
     
  13. TriggerDeems

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    Get it professionally calibrated and cleaned by an ISF calibrator, and you'll spend a bunch of time in the loft watching it instead of your newer DLP/LCD, and you wouldn't sell it for many x $500
     
  14. 996911

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    I'd thought about it but the TV has quite the nice burn in that was the result of 4 years of watching ESPN for several hours a day as well as my local NBC logo that was as bright as a solar flare!


    The picture is really good but the IR is a nuisance. Great for video games and a TV to play video or regular programming when friends come over with kids and want to socialize like adults and not have to worry about getting a babysitter :)

    Besides, the 50" Pioneer plasma is a sweet HD picture. About the best I have ever seen and I haven't even had it ISF'd yet. That is next.
     
  15. HouseBowlrz

    HouseBowlrz Godfather

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    Looking at my recent statement, mine is $45.80 (for five) and I've been an NFL: ST subscriber since the 2000 season. I'm sure others who have been subscribers for many years are seeing similar breaks.

    With that, my savings is nearly $50 versus the new people who are getting $69x4 ... that covers half of this year's Superfan.
     
  16. Maleman

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    will there be more deals next month for ST and SF? I know that current customers can save a whopping $20 before July31 :)

    What will happen? Back to the original price till the year end?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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