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Should Directv give you 2 boxes with no mirroring or rent fees?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JoeTheDragon, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. fluffybear

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    Was just going from memory without actually looking at the bill. I thought I had recalled the changed the mirroring fee a year or so back but am probably wrong.
     
  2. Mark_M

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    I like to save money as much as the next person, but I'd say the $5 fee per box is fairly reasonable when compared to some other service providers.

    I recently checked prices with my local cable company. No up front cost for up to two HD digital boxes, but the second box had a $17/month lease fee and they also charged a $10 HD access fee.
     
  3. ThomasM

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    And DISH Network didn't introduce it first... ;)
     
  4. ThomasM

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    Time-Warner charges $7.95 per month per box in my area (Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin) for EVERY box (even the first one). But there is no hassle like sending the old one back or spending $20 S & H when a leased box dies. They send a technician out for free to solve any problem (no "Protection Plan") And, of course, no commitment requirement.

    BUT with the reliability of present receiving equipment you quickly spend a lot more than with DirecTV with their elevated programming package charges, franchise fee (5% in my area) and other little surcharges-like a monthly fee for the remote control!!
     
  5. paulh

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    D* used to do that (no mirroring fees) for Primestar converts... I had it until my MPEG4 conversion..
     
  6. TwoPhases

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    OP: "Should Directv give you 2 boxes with no mirroring or rent fees?"

    Me: They should allow account stacking as well.
     
  7. BattleZone

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    Comcast charges 14.95 per HD box, 7.95 per non-HD box and 7.97 for HD. So for me 5 bucks to lease a box is a bargain.
     
  9. sweep49

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    A great idea but they'd have to make up the revenue elsewhere.
     
  10. Blaze

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    Price Increase!!!!!!!:nono2:
     
  11. wingrider01

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    there will be a price increase anyway coming, the annual tradition of most companies - or in the case of my water company a exvery 14 week tradition.

    This would just tack a large increase on to make up for the 5.00 loss of funds
     
  12. Tom Servo

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    The lease/mirror fees are silly. How can there be any cost to electronically 'link' multiple receiver to the same account?

    I'm already paying to keep a landline just for these boxes to dial out (only one is convenient to wired Ethernet), so they really ought to be a loss leader and drop the mirror fee.

    I know there's lot of people who might chime in and say "I don't have a landline and have never had any problems" but my bedroom receivers have been cut off several times in 12 years for not having phone lines plugged up. To me that's a much bigger "hidden cost" to having multiple DirecTV receivers than the lease fees. In my old house, that meant stringing cable across the floor and calling DirecTV to force a dial out before they would reactivate them. In this house, they are all convenient to phone jacks so that is not an issue. But I don't watch PPV or order sports, so I don't know why they still call out from time to time. :confused:
     
  13. wingrider01

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    think of the mirror fee in the cable provider mindset, directv charges you 5.00 per additional dvr/reciever cable companys charge you 7.50-12.00 per extra cable box.
     
  14. Manctech

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    As soon as Dish does it, Directv will.
     
  15. BattleZone

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    You're forgetting that part of that money pays for the receivers themselves (most folks have traditionally had multiple "free" basic receivers in their extra rooms) as well as for the "free" installation for those receivers. Then there are support costs: more boxes means more things to go wrong.

    And, again, if the mirroring fees are cut, the company will just raise fees somewhere else. Businesses don't pay their expenses; their customers do. That's Econ 101, folks.
     
  16. RACJ2

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    I'm always looking for ways to reduce my bill, so I understand why most would agree with the OP. And it would be nice if they eliminate the mirroring fee, if they didn't offset it by raising the price of the packages. Which is probably what would happen.

    I think its fair the way they bill now. If you want to have more receivers/DVR's, then you pay more. Someone with less receivers will pay less. Especially when in most cases, they give you at least one free receiver to begin with.

    And if you don't want to pay for every TV, then find a way around it. For me, I use 2 DVR's to run 4 TV's. There are only 2 of us in the household, so we are never watching more then 2 different TV's. So I have 4 TV's with access to programming and only pay $5 for 1 mirroring fee.
     
  17. Jason Whiddon

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    Heres a good one. If you have one box, and want to add another for MRV, you pay the MRV fee AND the lease fee. I think, if I have two boxes and am paying for MRV, there should be a slight discount on one or the other. Especially after I got reamed on the install fee.
     
  18. Mike Bertelson

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    The way I see it, even with MRV I pay several times less for the hardware than I would with cable...even less then with Dish for that matter.

    I can't really complain too much because it could be worse. :grin:

    Mike
     
  19. Blaze

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    My tradition in dealing with Company's like that is you go up $5.00 i go down by the same amount.:)
     
  20. Rakul

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    The only problem with this idea is that folks with only one box will then be paying for two and not get the full service. Great idea on paper but I think it would fail in practice, especially with all of the folks that are already clamering for a la cart, this just further packages items together.
     

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