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Suspend or cancel?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by BHYDE-1, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. BHYDE-1

    BHYDE-1 Cool Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    After years of subscribing to both Comcast (to use with my Tivos) and DirecTV, I've decided I can no longer afford both.

    The pros and cons of each are considerable.

    Comcast has steadily increased its HD offerings, including recently adding FoxSoccer, BBCA, Nat Geo Wild in HD, but unfortunately it also then reduced its premium movie HD offerings to one or two for HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Stars and Movie Channel. The Comcast bundle also lets me get internet, telephone and tv at a significant savings. Comcast OnDemand gives me access to lots of movies and tv shows. If I missed a Dr Who, I can find the episode on OnDemand. I can find earlier seasons of premium channel series there. And there is way more HD content available than with DirecTV's on-demand. Finally, I can use our Tivo Premiere DVRs with Comcast. TIvo Streaming has added its equivalent of DirecTV's whole home; I find the Tivo interface easier to use; and the four-tuner box buffers all four tuners, so I can switch from one to the other and see what's playing, with a buffer in case I decide to switch to that tuner. ON THE OTHER HAND, there is Comcast service that you have to deal with if there's a problem. I can't fault the individual people I deal with, but what Comcast says it charges, or says its channel offerings are both often differ with what my bill or television actually show; and the customer service people aren't much help.

    DirecTV, as we all know, has the best channel offerings. Its customer service people are usually quite helpful. The DVRs have gotten better, and the HD interface is acceptable. I haven't upgrade to Genie because I didn't want to be tied to another contract extension, but it does sound like a good way to solve the problem of wanting to record multiple shows at the same time. But over the years DTV has steadily increased its pricing; so did Comcast, but the extra costs do affect the customer.

    Over the years, as I've posted here a few times, when there's been a choice between watching something on the DirecTV DVR or on the Tivo, my family has just always chosen using the Tivo. We all know how to switch from one to the other, and how to use each one, but there you go - we just seem to use the one we prefer. A few months ago I downgraded from Premiere to Family plus Sports Pack and Sunday Ticket; but I've found that the only time I am actually watching the DirecTV box is for BeIN HD or Sunday Ticket. I get enough HD soccer thru Comcast that the loss of BeIN HD won't be a huge loss, but don't want to lose Sunday Ticket.

    SO, to make a long - ok, too long - story short, is DirecTV likely to be willing to let me suspend my service until Sunday Ticket season rolls around again? Because that's the only thing I really need or want. It's just too expensive to keep both, or, because of the Comcast bundle, to drop Comcast and use just DirecTV.
  2. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    I think you are allowed to suspend your account for up to six months per year but you would have to call them and ask.

    Good luck and let us know what they tell you.
  3. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Yup. You can suspend up to 6 months in a 12 month period. So, you could suspend for 6, be active for 6, suspend for 6, etc.

    - Merg
  4. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    When we were waiting for our closing back in 2010 DirecTV extended our service suspension beyond six months.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    They'll make case by case exceptions. In the OP's case, they'll only do 6 month suspensions. I know a couple of people who do that for the purpose of watching Sunday Ticket.

    - Merg
  6. Stewpidity

    Stewpidity Godfather

    Jan 25, 2008
    I have been wrestling with a similar issue. Might try the 6 month suspension.

    Can you still watch the programs you have DVR'd during the 6 month suspension?
  7. dishrich

    dishrich Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2002
    Well I can't say for 100% certainty for every HR2x model, but as long as you disconnect the receiver(s) from the dish BEFORE suspending, you can certainly do it on the HR20 series - I have 2 that continue to work just fine 5+ months later after disco'g service. :D
  8. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    I had a question about suspending that may be answered. I suspended last year July-Sept while I was at my place in the mountains. I thought I read somewhere that you could only suspend once per 12 months, and that was going to be a problem when I leave in July again this year. But if it is truly up to 6 months in a 12 month period, I should be OK.
  9. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    You should be fine. The 12 month period started when you started the suspension last July. In July of this year the 12 month period would start again.

    - Merg

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