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Out of Contract; Looking to Maximize Value

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by homanga, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. homanga

    homanga New Member

    Mar 25, 2013
    Obviously I am new here and there are lots of wonderful resources I've skimmed through in the past and today.

    Simply my question is this, I am out of contract with DirecTV and want to maximize the value I am getting out of my package/situation etc. I signed up nearly 4 years ago and really haven't ever changed my package significantly or equipment. I see that they are changing equipment protection policy in May, should I wait until then to contact about renewing contract and getting upgrades/discounts to equipment/packages

    My current plan/equipment is as such:

    Equip - HR23-700 and H23-600 (DVR unit runs terribly slow at times and is frustrating)

    Plan -
    CHOICE XTRA CLASSIC 02/25 - 03/24 $71.99
    DIRECTV HD EXTRA PACK 02/25 - 03/24 $4.99
    Advanced Receiver-HD 02/25 - 03/24 $10.00
    Advanced Receiver-DVR 02/25 - 03/24 $10.00
    Additional TV 02/26 $6.00
    Primary TV 02/26 $6.00 (Free Currently)

    Total - 98.94 (with 5$ discount for att bundle)

    So more or less I'd like to keep pretty much the same package, but would really like to get an upgrade in equipment (old boxes seem like they could be much faster etc). This is my first time ever renewing with DirecTV so just wanting to maximize the opportunity with the situation and know what I should be looking for to get discount/credits wise and what my options are with equipment. Obviously the channel package I have no longer exists which isn't great either.

    Thanks for the help, I'll add all the details I left out as they are brought up.
  2. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

    May 22, 2012
    Best bet is to call and ask. See if you can get the Genie and some discounts. Never hurts to ask.
  3. Volatility

    Volatility Legend

    May 22, 2010
    Hi welcome to the forums :)

    I would like to help with the HD-DVR you have that is acting slow as you mentioned it is frustrating. I will let someone else tackle on your other concerns (really though it is best to call 1-800-531-5000 and speak with an agent). The following may help your HD-DVR with the slowness (and forgive me if something is wrong here as I am going off memory):
    On your remote press Menu. Then go to where it says settings and help. Afterwards select settings. Next go to display then select preferences. You should see where it says Scrolling Effects which is a feature in the guide. If on turn it off. Okay next under preferences is video. Select video. From there make sure native mode is turned off. Native mode is not recommended to be turned on by DirecTV but what it does is change the resolutions automatically on the receiver depending on the programming (which slows down the dvr). Also you can try deleting shows off the dvr you have already seen to help free up the hard drive. Typically though, the HD-DVRS are going to be slower than other types of receivers as they are more complicated machinery. Hope that helps.
  4. 242424

    242424 AllStar

    Mar 22, 2012
  5. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    And clear nvram cache on ch 1, doing the red red blue blue yellow green buttons till you see the "nvram cleared" on the bottom of the screen, in white text which could be harder to see.
  6. omartinjordan

    omartinjordan AllStar

    Mar 25, 2013
    Just wanted to know if you had an update. I am in the same spot you are in and haven't had much luck.
  7. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    I was off contract and got the Genie, one client, Cinema Connection Kit (did not need) and a new SWiM dish for $49 (install fee) I could have got three clients (I needed one). I do have an SD set with component inputs it could connect to, but that is in the guest bedroom and is used little. I did not see the need for an extra $6 monthly charge.

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