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WOW, talked to CSR from HECK!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by lipcrkr, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Feb 9, 2013 #1 of 15

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    Last night i added Showtime to HBO/Max knowing that this morning my plan was to delete HBO (apparently deleting HBO is a terrorism threat), and keep Max along with Showtime which i did last night. I called a lady (which shall remain nameless, to simply delete HBO. I told her i wanted to keep Showtime/Max and i expected her to say thank you and i'd be on my way.
    But she kept insisting it would be cheaper to keep all three (at 39.00). I told her NO, i don't want to keep HBO. Then she chastises me for wanting to pay MORE for something less. For 15 minutes i kept saying NO, NO, then she says "well, OK, i never knew anyone who wants to do that but it is YOUR money".
    My god, i thought TWC was bad but she takes the cake.
    Bottom line, Instead of paying $39.00 for all three, or $27.00 for HBO/Max, i'm paying $24 for Max/Showtime which is what i knew ahead of time. I NEVER wanted HBO, much higher the Showtime/Max and MORE HI DEF. I won't explain what else she said, but it was insulting.
    Someone asked before what changes we'ed like to see with DIRECTV, well, how about the ability to change Premiums online?
  2. Feb 9, 2013 #2 of 15

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    IMO I think is better over the phone because then they can see if you're eligible for discounts or a special promotion for certain premium channels or sports pack channels. But yes it would be a good alternative to cancel online if all you want to do is cancel without negotiating.
  3. Feb 9, 2013 #3 of 15

    donalddickerson2005 Legend

    Feb 13, 2012
    I'm with you if all you want to do is cancel go on and do it online if you could. But I for one love talking to retention so I can get a better offer such as half off sports packages.
  4. Feb 9, 2013 #4 of 15

    r028806 Mentor

    Mar 12, 2010
    She may have not done a good job of explaining why it was cheaper to keep all 3. If you added HBO/Max on a special offer, you lost that discount and may have incurred a $10 cancellation fee if you dropped HBO within 30 days of adding it. Customers will never be able to change premiuns for these reasons there is way too much to it other than just adding/ dropping etc. Partial moth charges and credits have to be disclosed by a rep. :grin: Too many customers will shoot themselves in the foot by adding/ changing without assistance.
  5. unixguru

    unixguru Godfather

    Jul 9, 2007
    Any rules and notifications that a CSR can explain can be explained by an automated online app. An online app could even be rude :lol:

    Restricting actions to CSRs is nothing but old-school B.S.
  6. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    There are so many kooky restrictions and "gotcha"s I would never change ANY part of my service using the web site. I'd rather have a fight with a CSR :D
  7. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    they play games with HBO and Cinemax . . like giving max away for free with Hbo ..

    I bet she knew what she was talking about
  8. bjdotson

    bjdotson Legend

    Feb 20, 2007
    Doesn't matter; even if She was offering HBO free and he turned it down it is not her place to judge and it is certainly not her place to be rude. I would have taken down her name and the time of the call and send an emal to ellen filipak. They say, "this call recorded for quality control purposes" or words to that effect. This is why.
  9. heidic

    heidic Cool Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    If you made a change to your premium package then made another change the next day, you probably incurred a $10 penalty. Any change to the premium package resets the 30-day clock; it's not tied to the channels individually. That may have been what the CSR was trying to tell you.
  10. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    First of all, I doubt that she spent 15 minutes arguing with him, probably more like five minutes. In the end , who cares? I certainly wouldn't post a thread about it.
  11. HinterXGames

    HinterXGames Godfather

    Dec 20, 2012
    Maybe he wanted to vent a little. Regardless of the situation, rude behavior is never warranted (by either party), but especially the CSR. If you encounter someone rude again, I would defeintly request to speak with their supervisor.
  12. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Going to the supervisor rarely works. I also kinda doubt if they listen to many recorded conversations. I've encountered a lot of rude CSRs and I go out of my way to be polite.

  13. donalddickerson2005

    donalddickerson2005 Legend

    Feb 13, 2012
    All I do is hang up and call back but to retention and they are always more than happy to help me out.
  14. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

    May 22, 2012
    For future reference, it will probably be easier on you if you took care of the HBO and Showtime on the same call. Its much easier on the reps to swap the programming and not get dinged for anything.
  15. jmpfaff

    jmpfaff AllStar

    Dec 12, 2004
    Well, maybe they could try making the rules simpler? :D

    Agree with the earlier poster....you should be able to do EVERYTHING from the website, up to and including fully cancelling your service.

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