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Hello guys. I had DTV for a long time, but had to to leave it about two years ago. I've now moved and want to return and had a few questions. I feel like I'll get much better answers here than in calling in and asking a CSR. Thanks in advance.

1) As a returning customer that had Sunday Ticket and HD DVR, will I get same deals as a new customer? If not, should I expect a better or worse deal?

2) I have Time Warner digital telephone at my house. Any idea if that will work for DTV or will I need a traditional landline?

3) Commitment question: I know I commit to a two-year programming agreement and have no problem with that. I will also be getting two HD DVRs. What type of commitment do I have with those? Here's why I ask. I am very interested in the new DirecTivo that is supposed to come out next year. Is the DirectTV contract like a cell phone contract where I can only upgrade if eligible or can I upgrade anytime since they are "leased?"

4) Last question. I live in Myrtle Beach, SC. We are on the latest list to get HD locals added. Any idea where I can find out when that should happen?

Thanks a million for answering these questions. I appreciate it.
 

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1) I wouldn't expect better. I think everyone get's the same Sunday Ticket deals

2) Should work just fine

3) You get a 2 year commitment - the commitment is attached to the receiver, but they all run concurrently, so whether you get 1 or 4 receivers at the same time, it's just 2 years. Any DVR added later will extend your commitment, but not beyond 2 years from the date you add the equipment.
 

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Welcome to the Forum :welcome_s
 

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3) You get a 2 year commitment - the commitment is attached to the receiver, but they all run concurrently, so whether you get 1 or 4 receivers at the same time, it's just 2 years. Any DVR added later will extend your commitment, but not beyond 2 years from the date you add the equipment.
I understand the commitment is 2 years regardless. What I am asking is does that mean that I am not eligible to upgrade again until the 2 year period is up? When the DirecTivo comes out next year, will I be able to change to those or will I have to wait until my 2 years is up with the current HD DVRs?
 

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TDockUSC said:
I understand the commitment is 2 years regardless. What I am asking is does that mean that I am not eligible to upgrade again until the 2 year period is up? When the DirecTivo comes out next year, will I be able to change to those or will I have to wait until my 2 years is up with the current HD DVRs?
DirecTV will gladly swap your recievers for whatever the going fee is on the new unit - they won't swap a HR2x for a new TIVO unit for free.
 

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say-what said:
DirecTV will gladly swap your recievers for whatever the going fee is on the new unit - they won't swap a HR2x for a new TIVO unit for free.
Good. I have no problem paying for the new Tivo, I just wanted to make sure I would be eligible to upgrade when it comes out and didn't have to wait until my initial commitment was up. I already deal with that with my cell phone carrier and didn't want to have to deal with it with DTV as well.

Thanks so much for your help!
 

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TDockUSC said:
Good. I have no problem paying for the new Tivo, I just wanted to make sure I would be eligible to upgrade when it comes out and didn't have to wait until my initial commitment was up. I already deal with that with my cell phone carrier and didn't want to have to deal with it with DTV as well.

Thanks so much for your help!
One thing to be aware of is 24 commitment will start over when you get the TIVO DVR. Also, If this is what you were asking, I can corfirm that you can keep TW phone service without cable. If you were simply asking about on screen caller ID, that should work as well.
 

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And by the way, run everything networked rather than phone line if you can.... phone line only if you want Caller id... It will get you more features, like VOD and at some point, MRV, and Directv2pc, and a bunch of other fun stuff!
 

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And by the way, run everything networked rather than phone line if you can.... phone line only if you want Caller id... It will get you more features, like VOD and at some point, MRV, and Directv2pc, and a bunch of other fun stuff!
Good point. I would MUCH rather use network rather than phone. Do I HAVE to have a phone at all? Can I be purely network?

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TDockUSC said:
Good point. I would MUCH rather use network rather than phone. Do I HAVE to have a phone at all? Can I be purely network?

Thanks.
You can use only your ethernet connection, the phone line is no longer required (though they still say it is required - it is not). I only use the ethernet connection and have no problem with PPV's or my sunday ticket subscription.
 

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Starchy77 said:
You can use only your ethernet connection, the phone line is no longer required (though they still say it is required - it is not). I only use the ethernet connection and have no problem with PPV's or my sunday ticket subscription.
So will they do the install if I don't have a phone line? Right now I do not and would have to add a phone line to get DTV.
 
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