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Would you give up your DirecTV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Prince Oz, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Feb 4, 2009 #1 of 92
    Prince Oz

    Prince Oz Legend

    Jan 15, 2009
    I heard on a radio program this morning that during these hard times, a poll was taken on what you would give up. Out of 24% of the population in the US that were polled, 80% of them said they would NOT give up there Cell Phone, Internet, or there Sat or Cable TV. If times got tough for you, would you cancell any of these? If I had to, I would give up my Cell and Internet before I would give up my D*.:nono2: What would you give up?
  2. Feb 4, 2009 #2 of 92

    redram38 Icon

    Dec 6, 2005
    Millington Tn
    I would give up my home phone and probl keep one cell phone. I would give up Directv without even thinking about it. The internet would go to the cheapest service but enough to watch streamed video only if everything else such as gas electric, water, food, home, and ins were taken care of.
  3. Feb 4, 2009 #3 of 92

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    Whatever it took to make sure that my family was taken care of first and foremost. That would include anything that is not necessary for day to day living ie cellphones,internet, AND directv. As it is, we downgraded our directv service already and only have one receiver active on our account right now. And this is not even in response to any kind of financial hardship.
  4. Feb 4, 2009 #4 of 92
    Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    I would not give up any of them. Would I have to make changes to the lower the bill, probably, but I wouldn't drop them.
  5. Feb 4, 2009 #5 of 92

    Jasqid Legend

    Oct 26, 2008
    I would drop my cell first. Downgrade my D* (cut all the premium channels... currently have HBO Starz and Show) second. I would not however, cut my comcast HSI. I would cancel TV service first before I would drop HSI. HSI just provides too much. The information and services I can get through HSI has more value to me.
  6. Feb 4, 2009 #6 of 92
    Prince Oz

    Prince Oz Legend

    Jan 15, 2009
    I agree that family comes first and always will. Our 1 perk is that we enjoy watching TV every night after we get home from work. If it came down to losing something, I would then suspend my D*. But as long as I can just make it by, I will keep the 1 perk that the family enjoys.
  7. Feb 4, 2009 #7 of 92
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    If things were bad enough, of course. That being said, it would be an unhappy day in the Shadow home.
  8. Feb 4, 2009 #8 of 92

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Same here.

    I would adjust packages first if needed, then considering dropping only if I really had to.
  9. Feb 4, 2009 #9 of 92
    Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Could I be forced at some level of lack of monies? Absolutely. Way down on the list, but it must be considered.

    Of course, I'd cut back as far as possible first.

    I'd beg for extensions of every payment from everyone else.

    I'd wait until Monk was over. *snif*

    And I'd have to replace our DVRs with a PC since all the VCRs are dead.

    Thankfully I will have an answer before that all happens. I have faith. (Which is about all I can say about said faith.) :)

  10. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Already have made changes, dropped two monthly cell phone plans to pay-as-you-go plans. Dropped a backup internet connection for the wifes work-at-home and changed to TWC phone service from AT&T POTS. If more is needed I'll cut back on the internet speed, will learn to slow down, and maybe reduce programming package on D* but unless things really go to poop I won't be cancelling it.
  11. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    And like you as long as we can get by things wont change if it can be helped.
  12. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    We're considering dropping pay TV anyway...it's not so much the money as the quality. There are also so many other choices for entertainment available between OTA, The internet, and the library/bookstore.

    I think many people think they'd miss it more than they would after a couple of weeks. As Mr. Baldwin was so quick to remind us during the Super Bowl...there are other sources for turning our brains to oatmeal.

    I received a Kindle as a present...what a great device...makes carrying books wherever you go easy.
  13. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    The only thing that is keeping me with DirecTV is my mother. If she says, "We can do without DirecTV/cable", I would be very quickly on the phone canceling the service. I still have plenty of DVDs to watch. plus backlogged material on the DirecTiVo.
  14. braven

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    I wouldn't give up any of them. We have stopped going out to eat so much. That saved us tons of money.
  15. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Very true, there are a few that I would really miss though. Discovery channels being the main one, closely followed by some things like USA and FX. You can get those shows online, but the quality is not as good as hulu.
  16. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    24% of the US population was polled for this? :eek2: That's a lot of polling!

    I, like others, would cut back other things first, if necessary. Going OTA wouldn't be the worst thing in the world but it would hurt.
  17. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    If it was necessary, sure I’d drop DirecTV.

    However, I’d start with reducing the cost of all my services (cell/phone/internet/TV).

    If I had to, I would drop cell service first and work from there. :grin:

  18. captain_video

    captain_video Icon

    Nov 21, 2005
    If I still had DirecTV it would be among the first things I'd drop. Since I now have FIOS I would have to drop that instead. The two S3 Tivos would follow suit except for the fact that I'm locked into a 3-year commitment on the 2nd unit. The 1st Tivo is already paid up for three years. I rarely use my cell phone so losing it wouldn't be much of a sacrifice.

    I get the majority of my TV programming via OTA antenna via my HTPC, which costs me nothing to operate past the initial investment so I'd still have plenty of TV to watch. I'd also drop NetFlix. The internet would have to stay for too many reasons to list. I could easily supplement my lack of a TV provider with shows downloaded off the web, but only if I could find them in HD (which usually isn't a problem if you know where to look;)).
  19. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Another thing to consider are early termination fees. I could give up one cellphone without ETF, but not others.

    Similarly I could turn off DIRECTV without ETF, but as I said, I'd hold on to that as long as I could.
  20. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    That's where I'm at. I'm still under commitment and can't really cut my package back any since I only have 1 hd dvr and choice but if I had to I'd cut it. I'd suspend it for as long as I could first tho.

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