please help me

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by weirdude2304, Jul 27, 2009.

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  1. weirdude2304

    weirdude2304 Legend

    Oct 9, 2004
    I am currently owing directv $1300. The problem is that I don't think I owe that much. I want to dispute the amount because:

    1: Most of the price was sports packages which i didn't watch and want to find a way to get them taken off.

    2: my hd dvr is also on there I still have it sitting here and I want it removed from the fee.

    3: I'd be willing to make a comittment to 4 or 5 years of service with NO late payments and limited ppv for a year if that's what it would take to reduce, erase or work out some sort of agreement to get service restarted.

    I think this is fair, but i want your opinions as well. Who do I need to call or email to see about getting this done?

    thank you
  2. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    So let me get this straight, you ran up a $1300 bill before they shut you off? I assume that if you owe that much you no longer have service, yes? Anyway, if you had sports packages and didn't watch them, who's fault is that? If you want the dvr taken off of your account, then go ahead and have them remove it. Something tells me you aren't telling us the whole story, or even a quarter of it.
  3. mauijiminar

    mauijiminar Godfather

    Oct 11, 2007
    What is the deal? Did you loose your job? It seems to me you just don't want to pay for what you bought. I think you are SOL. How long of time is this bill for? A year?
  4. woodybeetle

    woodybeetle Legend

    Feb 27, 2008
    Now come on, If i buy a car with cruise control and never use it, do you think they are going to refund me for that. Man up and take responsibility for your bills. Don't come on here and ask us to find a creative way to "bail " you out of a mess you created. Most of us have a hard enough time just keeping our heads above water
  5. weirdude2304

    weirdude2304 Legend

    Oct 9, 2004
    the account is in collections and i don't have $1300 to pay to have it reinstated. Will they eventually attatch my wages? I don't want them to do that but don't have $1300 to pay them.
  6. weirdude2304

    weirdude2304 Legend

    Oct 9, 2004
    I just wanted an number or email address of someone i can talk to that's all. I don't want them to attatch my wages so I want to talk to them before that happens and see what we can work out.
  7. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    It's pretty simple. Pay over time until you are even, then maybe they will turn you back on. Why are you asking us who to call? We pay our bills.
  8. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Email from DirecTV's web page. Explain your situation and ask what your options are. Be polite. You may or may not be able to come to some arrangement.

    If they are charging you for a (non-returned) DVR, then return it and once it is received, they will remove that charge. As for programming charges, you are responsible for what you purchased.
  9. weirdude2304

    weirdude2304 Legend

    Oct 9, 2004
    the problem is i want service turned back on. They had talked to me about if i had service restored i would have the non-returned dvr fee removed. Then again these are the same people who told me if i paid $800 they would consider my account paid off. I cashed in my stock and sold some things and had a debit card with 900 on it and said here are my numbers i'm calling to pay off my account and suddenly they couldn't find any evidence that they agreed to let me pay $800 to pay off my account. I talked to 6 supervisors who got agitated and all hung up on me. I called coporate with the same response saying something like "whoever told you you could have service restored for $800 will be fired because they didn't have authority to do so." Maybe I am better off letting them write off my account and taking the hit on my credit for 7 or 8 years than trusting people who take back a word they promised me they would keep.
  10. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Let me get this straight ....

    * You owe DirecTV $1300, some of which you're contesting, but you still owe them a lot.
    * You don't have the money to pay what you owe
    * You want them to reactivate your service

    Wow! Good luck with that.
  11. weirdude2304

    weirdude2304 Legend

    Oct 9, 2004
    I could always go to a debt counselling/consolidating service but I doubt directv would like that. I was always told the last two things that a company wants to hear is that a: you're declaring bankruptcy or b: you're going through a debt consolidation company.

    Don't know how true that is though.

    I do know the bankruptcy thing is true because i went through bankruptcy 7 years ago. When I filed for bankruptcy I got tons of letters and calls wanting me to not let their company in bankruptcy.
  12. bertman64

    bertman64 AllStar

    Aug 24, 2007
    You say most of it is sports packages. You can cancel this years NFLST. So it's all baseball and PPV, porn, etc.??? I'm sure they will take off the DVR and resume service for the 800.00 or close to it, probably less. They will not "attach to your wages"!
  13. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    I would almost guess that with the amount you owe and the fact it's been turned over to collections that you don't even have the option of working this out with DirecTV anymore. It's likely the only people you can talk to now would be the collections company, and it wouldn't surprise me if the "$800 to settle the account" actually didn't come from the collections company.

    As for getting reconnected, I would also guess that DirecTV probably wouldn't touch you with a 10 foot pole - or require one hefty deposit to set you up again.

    Good advice about returning the DVR and at least getting any non-return fee taken off what you owe.

    As for however many hundreds you might owe for programming you received/subscribed to, I'm afraid you'll have to work something out with the collection company for that. I'm not sure if they ever take it to the point of garnishing your wages, but I would talk to them about what you need to do to avoid that.

    I'm curious about how you can run up a $1300 bill to begin with? Seems it would have been shut off long before running up that big of a balance, but you don't have to share any of that.

    I hope you can get something worked out, and I REALLY hope that DirecTV is the only place you're having such problems.

    Best of luck to you. Seems like your DirecTV days are probably over, though. Learn a hard lesson and move on. :(
  14. Alebob911

    Alebob911 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 22, 2007
    This Explains it all!! No need to further discuss this.
  15. gnahc79

    gnahc79 Godfather

    Jan 11, 2008
    I am pretty sure only the government (IRS, child support, etc) can garnish your wages.

    Please don't reinstate your DTV service. They probably won't do it anyways.
  16. bigwad

    bigwad Godfather

    Oct 19, 2006
    Everybody wants a bailout. Just like these damned commercials, call us and we'll get your debt cut in half or more. What a bunch of bull. Take a variable mortgage to pay less, then when it does go up, raise hell and complain. What have you been doing with the extra money you were saving with the lower interest payments. Why does everyone expect US to cover their stupidity?

    Oh, I guess you could file for bancruptcy, AGAIN!
  17. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    You had your chance to "work something out" with them before your account was turned off and then again when it was sent to collections. That ship has sailed. We're already subsidizing your $1300 viewing binge through higher rates so please don't ask us to help you get more out of them (and us).

    Pay your bills.
  18. or270

    or270 Icon

    Feb 12, 2006
    Is there any early termination fee in that amount?
    They usually shut you off after 45 days late.
  19. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Dear Mr. (or Mrs.) OP,

    Based on all of your comments, you have a problem dealing with debt. IT is akin to a gambling problem, you need to seek help from someone willing to help you since it appears you are a deadbeat. I would hope they do go after you to garnish your wages, since it seems you've not learned your lesson with going bankrupt in the past. You need to take some responsibility and fix this on your own, everything you need should be within your bill or your mail as to whom is collecting, please do yourself and everyone else a favor and pay your bill, squarely!
  20. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    HUH, I'm out of work now since dec 2007, disabled with no luck finding a job, and my account is current.
    I could use help paying my bills, any takers?
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