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Would you give up your DirecTV?

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

  1. whalerfan

    whalerfan AllStar

    May 31, 2007
    I am considering a drop to a Comcast double play (phone/internet) to not so much save but to pay down debt. I would drop to the lowest D* and lose the HD and DVR. Hopefully that doesn't happen. I am considering moving if this Senate thing with the tax credit happens.
  2. dave29

    dave29 New Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    i have waaaaayyyyyy too much directv equipment to cancel, i would get a cheaper package.
    i guess i could drop the blackberry service, and have just a regular cell phone.:eek2:
    and, i would downgrade my internet if i had too.

    lets hope that it doesnt come to that though:(
  3. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I waaaaayyyyyy so understand... :D
  4. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    If I had to due to job loss: Yes I would.

    1) Would not give up the cell phone as it's pretty much the only phone we have. I'd drop Vonage first.
    2) Would never give up the Internet, though I would get the cheapest I could and still keep 3 megs or more for streaming video
    3) I would suspend DirecTV and go OTA and Internet streaming only.
  5. igator99

    igator99 Godfather

    Jul 28, 2006
    List of things to go in order:
    1) Sat or cable TV
    2) Home phone. Don't see why we keep it other than tradition
    3) Dogs. Especially the one fond of eating my cable wires.
    4)Inlaws. See home phone.:)
  6. IcedOmega13

    IcedOmega13 Legend

    Mar 3, 2008
    Family package with one standard box is only a buck a day, so that's not to bad. Most of the hd shows I watch are ota, besides Smithsonian.
  7. Dknow

    Dknow AllStar

    Oct 11, 2006
    I think I'd have to break out my old HR10-250s and set them up for off-air only and then start a fire in a barrel and get some cut off finger gloves and a paper bag for my beer and suffer with OTA HD channels that I can pause and rewind.
  8. randyk47

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    Been there, done that back in the 70's when we went through the last recession and I had to cut back expenses. Yes, it was the early version of cable with one HBO and Showtime channel but those cost extra so they went. Kept basic cable and would do the same with DirecTV. Luckily my retirement is such that it's not impacted by the recent economy problems but it does make you rethink about what's a need versus a want.
  9. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I would probably get rid of my home phone service and switch to DSL for internet. DSL would be about half the price I pay for cable internet but cable has been so dang reliable for me. I would also cut down my netflix plan to a smaller plan if needed.
  10. Button Pusher

    Button Pusher Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jan 19, 2007
    I would do the same. With less entertainment out I will need my entertainment at home. If I have to though(like losing my job) I could go back to basic cable but things would have to get a lot worse! In my town I can get basic cable(I think 13 channels) for 14 dollars a month.
  11. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

    Oct 17, 2008
    I just got laid off, effective 3/31. However, I received a decent severance that will effectively pay me through July. My wife is still working, but she makes half as much as I do/did.

    I did just eliminate the HD Extra package, which will barely cover the price increase. I will eliminate more if we become desperate. Right now we're just trimming the excesses, like our $29/month gym membership. When the weather breaks, I can always walk and run outdoors. :)

    Our first child is due in May. Feeding and clothing us, and keeping us warm, will be the priorities. I could drop DirecTV if I really had to. Seems like we watch a lot OTA these days anyway. I would miss Sunday Ticket, but oh well. Of course, I could never get my grandfathered Total Choice back. :nono2:
  12. ziggy29

    ziggy29 Icon

    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    With an OTA HD DVR, yes, I think I could easily give up paying $1000 a year for TV. Even if we don't hit hard times in our household economically, I may do that when our two year contract is up in September. Between being able to record stuff OTA and having a Netflix account, I think we'd be set.
  13. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm in that situation now for the first time in my 60+ years (which is why I'm here at 10:30 in the morning :nono2:). It's hard to cut back. Both our cell phones are in new contracts (so it's cheaper to keep them at least for a while), we purchased a new GM car 3 days before the "layoff" which is worth about 1/50th of what I paid for it last week so I'm stuck with that (knew I shudda bought a Hyundai - but that could never happen to me) and now my DirecTV is an issue. The cheapest plan they seem to have is FAMILY but I'm addicted to MSNBC and FNC and neither are in that package. I can remove 4 of my 6 receivers and save a few bucks but not enough to make a big enough difference. Now if NBC OTA provided MSNBC, or FOX provided FNC on one of it's subchannels it would be a no-brainer. Fortunately the kids have long since left the nest. What to do what to do ??
  14. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    DIRECTV would be the first to go! In a heartbeat.
  15. arxaw

    arxaw Icon

    Jul 13, 2003
    Same here - DirecTV would be the first to get the disconnect call.
    20+ channels of digital OTA, plus DVDs is really enough TV entertainment.

    Next in line to go, in order of first to go:
    1. Prepay cell phone
    2. Verizon/Alltel 3g internet (doesn't work right, anyway)

    I would not let the landline go because as an AT&T retiree, it only costs me about $6/mo, including taxes.

    Hopefully, I won't have to make these choices anytime soon.
  16. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    I'd just move my g/f in with me, the extra income could help, plus if she got a second job I could cut back to part time and have more time watching DirecTv... Uh oh I she is looking over my shoulder... If you don't hear from me for a while
  17. DarinC

    DarinC Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2004
    Wow, I'm really surprised at the number of people who would cut back on other things before DirecTV. Of the three options given, I'd cut DirecTV first, cell service, then the internet. Internet access is the absolute last thing I would give up, as that is my most used conduit of information. DirecTV is probably the first thing I'd cut back on or drop completely if times were tough. I can replace it with Netflix at a fraction of the price, and get better quality to boot. I'd also drop DirecTV before cutting back on going out. If times get tough, I'd much rather be out commiserating with friends than sitting in front of the tv.
  18. iamqnow

    iamqnow Legend

    Dec 26, 2007
    Unfortunately, where we live (Jersey Shore), there are not too many options. OTA is not an option, Comcast is as expensive as D*, internet via DSL is also not an option because we live at the "end of the line" and I have 3 to 4 computers in use much of the time. So I pay a premium to Comcast for that. Two kids still at home so they're on all the time, me and my laptop and the main desktop for whomever needs it. Four tv's, living room and 3 bedrooms @ $5. per monthly, and HBO. We did drop all the options on our landline but I can't cancel it due to County employment regulations. We all have cell phones, and I WANT to be able to contact family members at any time. So it would be tough for me to cut back anywhere.
  19. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    DirecTV would definitely be the last non-essential I would eliminate, although I would be more willing to drop to a lower package.

    I can use the Internet at work and at home, only dialup is available, anyway.

    My cellphone is provided by my employer and my wife's phone is a prepay.

    Not too much to cut here!
  20. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    I'd do what alot of others would do as well, cut back as much as possible.
    Drop my receivers from 4 to 1, go to the most basic package I can get and feed the house off the main DVR.
    Cut the Internet speed down to a basic DSL package.
    Drop my phone service to a very basic package and get rid of all the extra junk like call waiting, caller ID, unlimited LD.
    I'd stop running the pool pump every day to cut back on electricity.
    I'd start working from home as much as my boss would allow it to save on gas.
    Alarm monitoring and pest control services would go.
    Cell phones are provided by work, so nothing to cut there.

    Now if all of that failed, then I'd drop my alarm monitoring, pest control, then DTV, then phone (unless I had to have it for my DSL). Internet would be the last thing I get rid of becuase I would need it to to help find a job.

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