Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 9, 2012.
I was sold a HR-34 for $99. Perhaps being a customer for 12 years helped.
Do you own it? If not then the charge is not "sold" it is shipping.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Directv didn't charge someone $99 for shipping :lol::sure:
That said, the term 'sold' can be used to describe both actual 'purchases' and to [have been sold] a contract or other service.
Yeah. The $99 is just the HR34 being discounted from $399. DirecTV, when they do charge for shipping, maxes it out at $20.
And people say Directv's prices have gone up? That's a massive increase for FedEx!
Yeah , I know, but I couldn't resist..
Exactly what are you getting for the $399 or $199 or $99 that are posted here time after time? If you buy it, no contract and still get same service for monthly charge. If you pay DTV the above money all they do is ship it to you and then add more commitment on top of that. Are you willing to pay to add commitment? So yes, DTV is just charging you to ship it to you and then hitting you with commitment as well.
The service provided to broadcast content over the satellites costs the same with or without commitment.
I bought the box. Own the box. Can sell the box. I don't pay any more for "service" than those who just gave away hundreds for nothing to DTV and wound up with long commitments to pay for the service whether they use it or not.
I thought you could not own D* equipment regardless of where it was acquired. There have been discussions on leased and owned D* HD DVR's in this forum. D* told me I owned a HR21-700 and not to return it when the HDD failed. Then they billed me $250 for the receiver, because I did not return it. I returned the receiver, and D* credited me $500. When I called about the credit, D* said I should not have returned the HR21. So do you own or lease a HR34?
I'm aghast that when a customer purchases a RVU ready Samsung TV coupled with the HMC HR34 that the fee is the same as if I were to have them ship me a receiver, good grief, the actual receiver costs them something while the Samsung doesn't cost DTV a penny..... What's wrong with this picture.... There should at least be a price break, ie, maybe something like $ 3 instead of the 6.
It is possible to get an owned receiver, but it costs more (and it's very hard to do with the HR34). I think Jerry paid about $700 for his, just so he wouldn't have a commitment, versus most that are getting it for $99. Which decision would seem wiser to you?
Weaknees, Solid Signal, and Satellite Mart offer the following when acquiring and HR34:
"All DIRECTV equipment offers are for leased equipment only. Equipment costs, particularly for advanced products such as HD and/or DVR receivers, can be sizable and provides customers with a more affordable alternative.
As of 3/1/06 DIRECTV® now requires a 24 month commitment and all equipment must be returned to DIRECTV® if customer cancels service with DIRECTV®"
Where can you purchase an HR34 which is owned and not leased?
You cannot order a NIB HR34 with an owned status at this time. If you wanted a used one you would need to find a beta tester willing to part with theirs. There have been some other people who have gotten one through a deal which is not authorized and could have you without a receiver that could be activated.
With that said the only benefit to owning a receiver now is to be able to turn it off and on whenever you want. If you buy it for let's say 700 that means you spend 29.66 each month at $399 you spend 16.63 a month. So after you keep it for 24 months you just spent more monthly than you needed to. Even if you sell it for $312.84 just to break even. The owned market on these won't be as big as they are for HD DVR's because you won't need as many. With the pricing and deals on equipment now owning just doesn't make any sense except for in very specific instances and a HR34 for most of those will be over kill.
I paid $549 for my HR34 Owned. I could sell it tomorrow for whatever some fool would pay. It was new in box. It was never used. It was set up and authorized to me for me and is now with me.
I put in an internal hard drive to avoid any complications of an external, especially since this is in a travel trailer that gets shaken over some pretty rough roads every week or so.
I have never leased any piece of AV equipment. They are mine to do with as I please.
The only item I ever leased was a Cadillac for my lovely wife. The deal was too good to pass up. She did not drive any miles at all and the lease company was trying to get a car off lease with normal miles. It had high miles from the first lease. We bought that car when the lease expired.
I guess if DTV gave one the option of purchasing the box after some trial period it might make some sense. Otherwise you are just forking over cash for not only nothing, but for something you don't want, commitment.
I've been getting pretty sick of my super slow HR20, so I emailed DirecTV about 10 days or so ago to complain about it. They emailed back and said to call them, and that I was eligible for some special offers. I called today and they didn't make me happy. The lady said there were no special offers, and really didn't sound like she wanted to help me at all. I've been a customer since 2001, but they don't seem to care.
I do find it upsetting that some get super great offers, and others don't. But I find it more upsetting that they offer me a "special offer", then when I call to ask about it, they act like there is no such thing, and in fact act like they don't really even want to do anything for me.
So again I'll ask a question you always ignore.
The receiver was unopened, the access card on the labels matches the access card in the box and it was not "pre activated" to test?
If the answer is no to any of these than what you're claiming is not correct.
I guess I am the only person in this forum that is confused about the D* owned lease thing with the exception of D* Customer Service. I am not complaining about the $500 credit from D*, but the one thing I know for a fact; the HR34 has variable pricing. Best wishes!
Call in again and ask for retention department. They may be ale to help you better with this.
Could he not have gotten a unit that was supposed to be sold to a commercial account? just curios on that. I am not sure they are offering these to commercial accounts, are they?
have to agree with shades here the purchase option for an hr24 is 499. sure when hr34's are available they will be much higher than that