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What will it take to keep you a DirecTV client?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by oldfantom, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. oldfantom

    oldfantom Icon

    Mar 13, 2006
    I have been thinking about this for a few weeks. I certainly don't have a time frame, but I do have a list of the killer apps that are going to get my business in the future. If some other provider put them in front of me right now, however, I might drop the dish from my roofline.

    (1) More HD choices.
    (2) Centralized receiver hardware with multiple tuners that will let me
    (3) Serve high def signals to multiple locations from that central source.

    (1) should be a no brainer. I don't any single channel in particular. I just don't want a single channel (BET in '09).

    (2) I want to be able to record - without having to cobble together a Microsoft Server - and store to a single location. I want one reliable central setup for all my shows. I think I need at least four tuners on that central source with the ability to record on all four and playback content to multiple locations at the same time. A four in, two out is all I really would ever need.

    (3) I want an easy way to serve a HD signal to a TV in my wife's office or the kitchen or the guest bedroom. I want those signals to be served by a central location. When I am tired, I would like to be able to watch my network shows in my bedroom. I would like to be able to watch my Monday night football Tuesday morning in my office.

    That's the list for me. The bad thing for D* is that FIOS is probably getting closer to offering that wish list to me. The good news is they just aren't here yet.

    So am curious as to the items that will make you stay if they are offered or go if they aren't.
  2. eandras

    eandras Godfather

    Feb 15, 2007
    What it would take to keep me at this point is just tell me that I have to have optimum. I had them when I was laid off and their HD system is a piece of Crap. Fios is not available where I am. Directv is by far the best tv and equipment available to me.

    I am not a fan boy and will voice my opinion as I see fit.
  3. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    oldfantom .. Q1/2010 should be good to you
  4. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    My subscription in my signature is why I'll be on Directv forever...no one has the HD sports like them.
    Hardware's fine now...I set, it records, & I watch...no complaints.
  5. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    But March is in Q1...along with the yearly price increases! :(
  6. morbid_fun

    morbid_fun Godfather

    Jan 16, 2007
    I am loyal to DirecTV period. Unless they f up bad nothing will get me to switch as I know DirecTV will eventually have the same or similar.
  7. scottchez

    scottchez Icon

    Feb 4, 2003
    My 2 Year contract ended last week.

    For me its all about the GUIDE.

    Cable, DIsh, and Direct all have the same channels I watch in HD now.

    So for me a NEW HD GUIDE is a must. Find the shows on the HD channel quickly with pictures and info is a must. I know all 3 are looking into this but have not seen true HD guides yet in my area.

    Who even has the best guide will get my business. I am now looking at the the other guys, studying and comparing. I will decide by xmas.
  8. Msguy

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    My answer is simple. I will go where the NFL goes. I've had DirecTv since 1997 for NFL Football and I have never looked back to going to cable or any other tv provider. Simple. DirecTv has the NFL and that is who is going to be getting my business. Keep the NFL exclusive to DirecTv and all will be well.
  9. HerntDawg

    HerntDawg Legend

    Oct 6, 2008
  10. soloredd

    soloredd Legend

    Oct 21, 2007
    For me it's NBA LP. I'm moving to a new home and have the chance to get U-Verse and the only thing that stopped me was LP. However, I have until next Sunday (installation day) to cancel so I'm going to be doing some thinking over the next few days. I see that NBA LP is available on broadband now so that is an option along with U-Verse.

    I think I'm ultimately just scared to switch. D* has been good to me so far, haven't had any outages and the only issue I did have was an HR20 that bit the dust but quickly got replaced.

    D* definitely needs to keep up with the tech, though. U-Verse's whole home DVR system is a great idea and I'm not sure, as the tech matures, if D* can keep up. The future is less hardware.
  11. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    Directv has sunday ticket exclusively thru the 2014 season so i aint goin anywhere.
  12. lee78221

    lee78221 Godfather

    Sep 25, 2007
    As long as DirecTV keeps on the path their on right now I will be a sub for the foreseeable future.

    I'm get great customer service and I love the amount of HD I'm getting(And at this price I'm getting it at).
  13. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Including "(2) I want to be able to record - without having to cobble together a Microsoft Server - and store to a single location. I want one reliable central setup for all my shows. I think I need at least four tuners on that central source with the ability to record on all four and playback content to multiple locations at the same time. A four in, two out is all I really would ever need" Doug?
  14. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    What will it take to keep me?

    Keeping the cost/benefit ratio at an acceptable level. I'm pretty much at the maximum I'm willing to pay for TV. As prices increase, I find ways to reduce my bill proportionally. When I have to reduce it to the point I'm no longer getting the channels I want, I will drop service. I don't know if that will be this spring, or in twenty years.
  15. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Keep doing the great job with the sports, like they have been, will keep me as a happy camper. The more in HD, the happier I am.
  16. ub1934

    ub1934 Icon

    Dec 30, 2005
    UpState NY
    Hope when they give us the 200+ HD chs they drop the HD fee but then they may charge us a SD fee:lol:
  17. Fenway

    Fenway Legend

    Aug 24, 2007
    What brought me to DirecTV, and will keep me here - Mega March Madness.

    SWORDFISH Legend

    Apr 16, 2007
    I've been with DirecTV since the beginning and plan on staying.

    However, I would like to see the following:

    1) An economical way to upgrade boxes to HD. I have three active SD DVRs that I would upgrade if it didn't cost me $100-$200 per box.

    2) Change the coding, so external hard drives are not married to one receiver. I would hate to lose saved recordings on a perfectly good drive because the receiver went bad.

    3) Resolve the dispute with Versus. I'm tired of watching Blackhawks games on my computer monitor in SD.

  19. brucegrr

    brucegrr Icon

    Sep 14, 2006
    Ney, Ohio
    For me it is all about cost. I would also like more choice of which channels are a part of my package.

    Directv is the only choice for me. Sports. Sports. Sports. The only other option is Dish, but Directv's sports offerings are far superior. Time Warner is available but they offer less than 20 HD channels for more money than I pay Directv. (I ain't kidding about the number of HD channels. Terrible and laughable)

    No FIOS here. Verizon has a phone presence here BUT it probably does not make economic sense to offer their service to a rural county of only 36,000 people.

    So it's Directv. As long as service remains affordable I am a Directv customer.
  20. usnret

    usnret Icon

    Jan 16, 2009
    Cost and MRV!!!!

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