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Why did you first subscribe to Directv?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Plusdvrjunkie, Nov 30, 2007.

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  1. Dec 4, 2007 #221 of 271

    Hollingshead Cool Member

    Oct 23, 2006
    NBA League Pass. In fact, NBA.com gave me the equipment in return for the LP signup. (To be able to see my Washington Bullets again after years away from DC was irresistable.)

    Despite some bumps along the way, I've been pretty satisfied. And, contrary to what I read on this forum regularly, I've usually found their CSR's to be pretty good. At least pleasant even when they wouldn't do what I wanted them to.
  2. Dec 4, 2007 #222 of 271

    chopperjc Godfather

    Oct 2, 2006
    NFL Ticket.
  3. Dec 4, 2007 #223 of 271

    Teronzhul Godfather

    Sep 20, 2006
    My sister had a bad experience with the cable company, shortly after she made the entire family switch.
  4. Dec 4, 2007 #224 of 271

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    It's cool that we agree with that. Too bad that's where it ends when Michigan gets a hold of your Gators in January. ;)
  5. Dec 4, 2007 #225 of 271

    Rakul Slacker

    Sep 3, 2007
    I wanted to switch to DirecTV for years but always had northern facing apartments and could not get LOS. Then when I bought my house I moved to an area that no cable company served so it was either DirecTV or Dish, NFL ST pushed the scales in DirecTV's favor and after having both Comcast and DirecTV, I will never go back to cable :D
  6. Dec 5, 2007 #226 of 271

    rkicklighter AllStar

    Nov 29, 2007
    As an old timer to C-Band dishes (owning and installing), in 1995 I got tired of the maintenance and aggravation associated with actuators, feedhorns and feedback devices. My very rural area will never have cable and the local electrical coop had just started advertising DTV. Thye told me I could test drive a unit to see how I liked it........never looked back. Installation took an hour compared to a couple of days for a C-Band unit, picture was just as good and no actuator feedback to deal with. I was hooked and the 12' Paraclipse was gone!
  7. Dec 5, 2007 #227 of 271

    kd4ao Legend

    Jun 12, 2004
    To get watchable TV in the Texas Hill Country in 1997. You could wak into Sears buy a receiver and Dish, take it home and be watching in an hour.
  8. Dec 5, 2007 #228 of 271

    PTopo AllStar

    Jan 12, 2007
    In 1989 I got a 10 foot C-band dish to watch Boston sports in NC. When I moved to Missouri in 1997 I didn't want to re-install the 10 footer so I switched to D* because they offered all RSNs and E* only offered the local RSN.
  9. Dec 5, 2007 #229 of 271

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    back in Dec of 94 there was an underground break in the cable(main line) on my street and it was going to take up to 2 weeks to fix!
    So i told then Continental cablevision(remember them)Now crapcast to disconnect me.went to cc bought a rca system and never looked back.
  10. Dec 5, 2007 #230 of 271

    vikingguy Legend

    Aug 1, 2005
    I was fed up with the crappy dvrs I had from dish network crashes and missed recordings. I researched direct online and the rave reviews of the directtivo won me over.
  11. Dec 5, 2007 #231 of 271

    volleygirl Mentor

    Jul 23, 2007
    Franklin ,WI
    We got DIRECTV back in 1996 for Sunday Ticket for my 'long suffering Lions fan' husband. But every year they are so bad he swears he's going to cancel the ticket. But then he worries that they might actually be good the next year. Poor guy.
  12. Dec 5, 2007 #232 of 271

    FredMig Mentor

    Nov 6, 2006
    Sunday Ticket..............Lived in PGH (15 years), Tampa Bay area (25 years), and Denver (6 years)..........Never missed a Steelers, Bucs, or Broncos game since arriving in Denver.

    All other puts and takes between cable and dish are irrelevant!:D
  13. Dec 5, 2007 #233 of 271

    vikerex AllStar

    Aug 18, 2006
    Plain and simple, NFL Sunday Ticket. I had and still have C-Band, (there is still a lot of free programming up there) but when D* got the Sunday Ticket I switched my programming to them.
  14. Dec 7, 2007 #234 of 271

    rjf Legend

    Mar 9, 2007
    why directv??? wow that's easy -- BECAUSE DISH NETWORK SUCKS!!!!!! sorry, just had to get that off my chest.

    i was with those turds for 7 or 8 years and got tired of the snide attitude and crappy service. at the end, when i told them i might switch to DTV, they said DTV leases all their satellite signals from them so i shouldn't bother. i had no clue if that was true or not and didn't care because i had my fill of their condescending customer service people. and canceling service only reminded me why they suck so bad. it took 10 weeks and over a dozen phone calls just to get them to issue me a return shipping label for their receiver. no exaggeration! i spoke with no less than 10 supervisors and 1 manager. all of them assuring me a return box was on the way. one time, they even gave me a tracking number to a package that was delivered to another city and state -2- years prior. then they had the gall to tell me i should have UPS put a trace on the package !?!? for a package that was shipped 2 years ago to someone else????? i figured this was a blatant attempt to later claim i never sent the receiver back to them. wouldn't put it past them. i even called my credit card company and had them change my account number so they couldn't attempt to extort money. i finally did get the return label from them and sent the receiver back to them, but only after they wasted a lot of my time. to this day, they owe me a credit i'll never get back. on several calls, i was intentionally ridiculed, then placed on hold, then hung up on after 45mn on hold. all this because i wanted to return their receiver. very childish and unprofessional behavior. which was par for the course with Dish for the 7+ years i had service with them. a horrible company with horrible employees. i'm so glad i switched to Directv. Dish pales by comparison in every respect. good riddance Dish!

    So that's just one example of why I switched to Directv, and I'm loving it! The day may come when frustrations arise, but so far, it's been a pleasure. Like night and day.

    Rant finished. Over and out....
  15. Dec 7, 2007 #235 of 271

    ApK Icon

    Mar 6, 2006
    For me, it was 'Comcast sucks, and at the time, DTV let you own rather than lease, and they had Tivo.'
    Plus, DTV was cheaper.

    With the two exceptions of the R15, and the inability of CSRs to give accurate information, especially regarding the re-use of access cards, I've been tremendously happy with the choice.

  16. Dec 7, 2007 #236 of 271

    tward AllStar

    Feb 11, 2003
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    Radio Enginerd

    Radio Enginerd New Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Because they had more of the my locals in HD.

    And maybe Sunday Ticket as well but don't tell my wife that...
  18. Dec 7, 2007 #238 of 271

    shaun-ohio Icon

    Aug 24, 2002
    zanesville ohio
    i wanted it for the pic quality, over cable, i remember in 1994 when they first came out, i was the first person in line at lowes at 7am, to purchase my 18 in dish with dual tuner lnb, back then it cost me 1,000 for the dual lnb and 2 receivers, and all we could get was the 101 sat. and the premium movie channels you had to subscribe thru USSB to get them, so keep it up dtv, you have come along way :)
  19. Dec 7, 2007 #239 of 271

    jclarke9999 Godfather

    Feb 9, 2007
    Sunday ticket, plain and simple.
  20. Dec 7, 2007 #240 of 271

    cwdonahue Legend

    Jun 6, 2007
    I bought a summer cottage on a beach along Lake Huron. No CATV service, so the choice was to install a 50' TV antenna tower or go DirecTV. Pretty simple choice for the money. Once I tried DirecTV at the cottage and I learned more about it, I realized that their Tivo units were a lot easier than using a VCR and since it's a big bit bucket, you get the same picture quality with a recording that you do watching it live. So, bought it for my home, HD came along, and the rest is history.
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