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Order New DirecTV before I found I can get $180 Costco Card

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DoneDunIt, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. DoneDunIt

    DoneDunIt Cool Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    I called about DirecTV and got what I thought was a good deal. Looks all the same as any other deal. I found that Costco has $180 cash card for signing up. Also I had a friend who has DirecTV and did not add them as a referral.

    Can I call DirecTV and get it changed to get this or do I need to cancel my current install and go start over through Costco?

    Also I had ordered 2 HD DVRs and 2 HD receivers. I noticed I was charged $99 each for the HD receivers. I know I could add a external HD to both the DVRs, but that would turn off the internal storage. I can get 2 more HD DVRs for only $200 more. With the Whole Home would I be able to record 8 different programs at one time ans still watch a another program on any of the DVRs?

    Plus I also want some info on the OTA recording. Can I get all 4 DVRs that will recored OTA? I live in the edge of 2 areas and can watch OTA from stations not in my DirecTV local channels plus all the Extra channels not on DirecTV in my area.

    Thanks for reading any help would be appreciated. My install is scheduled for Jan 6.
  2. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    I don't know what kind of deals that you will get after signing up.

    With 4 HDDVR's and Whole Home you would be able to record 8 shows at a time and you would be able to watch another recorded show. Each dvr would be able to stream one stream out to another dvr.

    Chances are slim that you will get 4 dvr's with OTA capability built in, but any of the HDDVR's can have an AM21 added to them which will add the ability to watch/record OTA. The AM21 has two OTA tuners but you will not be able to access two SAT and two OTA streams at the same time. The last time I checked the AM21 was available for $50.00 from Directv. The AM21 does not scan for channels, but does allow you to put in two zip codes for two markets and will put the channels available into the guide.

    Good luck and let us know how the install goes.
  3. convem24

    convem24 Icon

    Mar 11, 2007
    If my memory is correct if you try to cancel the original install and try to sign up through Costco you will be flagged as an existing customer since your information was already ran. You can try but be warned you might not be able to do what you want to do.
  4. DoneDunIt

    DoneDunIt Cool Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Thanks for the info everyone. I tried to go to the Costco DirecTV page and after entering info I saw that the 2nd year discount of $14 had been removed. Only the $29 first year was on the list. That would be $168. Don't know if that promo ended on 12/31/10. It also would not let me enter a referral. I do think I need to call about the 4 HD DVRs. I had already applied the rebate.
  5. cariera

    cariera Icon

    Oct 27, 2006
    You can cancel your original install and order through Costco for their deal.

    You will still be considered a new customer because you have never had Directv before. It is immaterial if you have placed an order before. However you must cancel before placing the order through Costco.


    Your friend will not be eligible for the referral discount ( He loses $100, you lose $100)

    Check the pricing for the equipment. Make sure the extra receivers are the same through Directv and Costco.

    To get OTA to work with the HDDVRs you would need an AM21 (Unless you get installed with the older HR20s, which is very unlikely). AM21s are $50 from Directv.

    Good luck.
  6. DoneDunIt

    DoneDunIt Cool Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Current Update

    I have no DirecTV on order at this time.

    I call to change the 2 HD receivers to HD DVRs and they said I would have to cancel my order because I had already summited the rebates. So that means I had to place a new order. Due to the fact I had a credit fraud against me over 5 years ago, I am currently still the victim of those who attempted to defraud me. After being on the phone with 3 different CS for over 45 minutes, I was told to call a 866 number to verify my Account. Then the staff at the credit verification was gone for the day. I will have to try again tomorrow.

    The Costco deal will not allow you to add a referral to the account according to the young lady at the kiosk. Also they do not have the $14 a month credit for the 13 to 24 months with their package. So that is when I called DirecTV.

    Hope I can get something straightened out tomorrow.
  7. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The point to understand is that you shouldn't expect to be able to stack discount on top of discount, and DirecTV has set things up so you can't do this.

    Example: to get Costco's deal, you have to sign up through them, calling their number. They won't honor referrals, and have a different deal structure (Costco cash upfront, less discount later).

    To get referrals, you have to call the referral number and have the other person's information available (though we all recommened that referrals are handled via the website, as phone-based referrals are sometimes not processed correctly).

  8. DetIrish

    DetIrish New Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    You can most certainly receive the $180 Costco cash card AND the $100 referral credit, I just did it last month. To make it work you simply go to the Costco Directv website, click "Get Directv". Then in the same browser window type in the Directv referral website address (sorry can't post links yet). Type in your friend's account number and click on "Get Directv" and you will be directed back to the Costco Directv website where you complete the checkout procedure. Done.
  9. DoneDunIt

    DoneDunIt Cool Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    After DirecTV would not approve my Change for the new due to my Fraud Alert on my credit check, I did some more research. Found that I could get 3 722 Dish receivers for $0 upgrade with a new eastern arch dish. The fact that I have over 522 recordings on one of my EHD with Dish, helped make this decision. I have some more on 2 more EHDs also. The view real HD in 4 rooms was one reason to go to DirecTV. Dish will only allow 6 tuners on each account. I now I can Sneaker Net my EHD between the 3 something that van not be done with DirecTV.

    If you are looking to go to DirecTV, The Costco deal would be a good way to go. Just like DetIrish noted you can use referral at Costco. Just click the link in the Costco TV section, build your system, clink on restart. When you restart go to one of the other pages and find the referral to add referral discount to your order. Once you have done that just build your system and check out.

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