Are you switching from DirecTV to Cable?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bdlucas, Aug 26, 2007.

Are you switching from DirecTV to Cable?

  1. I bought a TiVo HD or Series3 to switch from DirecTV to Cable

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  2. I bought a TiVo HD or Series3 but I'm not switching from DirecTV to Cable

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  1. 20TIL6

    20TIL6 BaDoop BaDoop BaDoop

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    I can only imagine the warm (rather, flaming hot) reception your post received over on DBSTalk.

    BTW, same here. I started with DTV back in 1994-1995, then got a Sony SAT-T60 when they came out. I remember paying like $400 for it. And I paid another $249 for lifetime TiVo service. I thought my wife was going to KILL me. But after a week, I was deemed a consumer electronics God. Like you said, the combination was light years ahead of anything else available.

    Then last year we were deciding to make the jump to HD. I thought we would be upgrading our dish and getting a HR10-250. But after some quick research (yes, the HR10-250's were pricey and seemed to be in high demand at that time), it became clear what DTV's plans were.

    I knew what I wanted to do. DTV is nothing to us without TiVo. Like you said, they are a pipe. That's all.

    So I explained to my wife that if we wanted to keep TiVo, and go HD, we'd need to get an S3 and switch to cable. I explained the costs involved, and she didn't flinch in the least.

    Since then, with online scheduling and Unbox, etc., my title of consumer electronics God has become permanent. We added a second S3, and just recently, a TiVo HD. Looks like we are with cable for the next several years. We are very happy, Comcast has been supportive and helpful with cablecards (we had a couple of bumps with the first S3, but smooth ever since).

    If DTV had made other plans regarding TiVo, this would have been a much different story. To the tune of us still paying them $1000-$1200 a year. Cable is actually cheaper for us since we've ditched DSL and combined cable modem internet and phone on our Comcast bill. So I guess you could say that DTV screwed SBC (AT&T) as well.

    The best part of it was that my wife made the cancellation call to DTV. It was so funny. She just kept saying stuff like, "why would you do something so dumb, and you are really stupid to let TiVo go." We still get calls from DTV to this day asking us to come back. I politely say no, but if my wife takes the call, it's more hilarious ridicule from a passionate consumer.
     
  2. jordanz

    jordanz A is A

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    FYI - I made the call to DirecTV to cancel today. The CSR told me that D* and Tivo will be coming out with a new box in the future. Take with a grain of salt, of course, but who knows...
     
  3. bdlucas

    bdlucas Right side up again.

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    Given that the Series 3 product line potentially gives me access to two competing providers (Cable and eventually I hope FiOS) I'm not sure I'd see any upside in going back to DirecTV.
     
  4. Big Deficit

    Big Deficit Happy now?

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    Switched off D* last week, mainly due to tree growth problems. I was a little surprised at how easily I was able to cancel my D* account. I expected a little resistance, maybe even some sort of retention offer but that was not to be. The rep asked if I wanted to wait till the end of my billing period. I said I'd prefer ASAP and the service turned off ~1 second later. He ask if I needed anything else and that was it! The cablecard install (Cablevision LI) was surprise free and no problems with pixelization/macroblocking. I do wish the TivoHD's interface was a bit zippier, but that's nitpicking.
     
  5. ejasons

    ejasons New Member

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    A few posts back, someone mentioned the features that the Series 3 had over the DirecTiVos -- web scheduling and such.

    However, my hacked HDTivo has all that and quite a few other features that (absent a soldering mod) I can't get on my Series 3. (And, the fact that my lifetime is tied to my Series 3 makes me rather reluctant to try any hardware mods). So, I will probably keep my DTV unit until it no longer remains useful (probably early next year)...
     
  6. Dr_Diablo

    Dr_Diablo Dr_Diablo

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    One thing I liked, an still do is the fact that with a DirecTV Tivo, it is not confined to one location...

    I have dished at mulitiple areas I own, just take my Tivo and set it up at each local...

    Can't do that with the cable Tivo
     
  7. Lenarro

    Lenarro USSB Forever!

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    We went to Brighthouse so we could upgrade our Tivo boxes to series 2 and 3, with all the features the D*Tivo lacked, and discovered the picture quality is better than D* was. If D* had stuck with and upgraded their Tivo boxes, we would still be with them though. Now we are waiting for Fios to make it here.
     
  8. HD_Dude

    HD_Dude I Want HD in my Car

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    I had to pull the plug on DirecTV when the neighbors' trees finally killed my view of the satellites.

    Then I went with Comcast, using the S3. Excellent experience.

    (along the way I tried the Sony DHG HDD250's and 500's, ended up selling them on eBay...the guide troubles were so overwhelming, and the guide with the S3 is rock-solid)

    But finally, dropped Comcast - even though it was a very good experience -- and went with Verizon FIOS. Better picture quality, across the board.

    Now I have two S3's, one with a TB of storage, thanks to an external SATA.

    So did I drop DirecTV just to get an S3? No. But I wound up with a couple, and couldn't be happier.
     
  9. nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

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    I pulled the plug on DTV early last year. I was waiting for the S3 but got frustrated with the lack of TiVo functions DTV naively supported. Best move I ever made.

    I was worried about PQ with my S3 and comcast but it has way better PQ than the DTV system had and it even works in storms :)

    When I got my DTiVos originally DTV had the best solution hands down. This is simply no longer the case.
     
  10. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    My cable install (WOW) is next Wednesday. We'll see whether I can make the switch. I'm really not interested in another two year commitment with DTV.
     
  11. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    If you haven't already you should share this on the DirecTV Tivo HD forum. Too much of the traffic over there is people tied to DirecTV content trying to convince themselves and others that TiVo doesn't matter.
     
  12. JoeSchueller

    JoeSchueller New Member

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    I cry myself to sleep over losing line-of-sight to D* when I moved. I'd do anything (including dropping TiVo) to escape TW hell to get back to D*. I had more HD channels and spent less time on the phone with them in 5+ years than I did in my first 5 days with TWC. Had I known I couldn't get D* line of sight, I don't think I'd have bought the house.
     
  13. Chop69

    Chop69 New Member

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    I actually went the other way. Had cable for 20 yrs but Charter finally pushed me away. We have had multiple problems with them for the last year. When I got my TiVoHD I scheduled a CableCard install. The time for the install came and went and no one showed up, so I called in and a supervisor told me that the tech came and no one was home and that he left a note to reschedule. Problem is that there were 3 people home and no note. The best the supervisor would do was a $15 credit and a new appointment for a week and a half later. If I would have taken that date, I would have only had 3 days left on my 30 return window. I couldn't take the chance so the Tivo went back and the satellite was installed.

    It's also amazing that a $185 bill for cable tv plus internet is only $120 for DirecTV and DSL. I loved the Tivo while I had it but I would rather use rabbit ears than give Charter another dime. It's no wonder there has been at least 4 DirecTV installs on my street over the last week.
     
  14. JoeSchueller

    JoeSchueller New Member

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    They're doing good stuff w/ the HR20 too (if only they'd do dual buffers, I'd cut down my neighbor's trees and the ones in the park behind me). Enjoy your superior service!
     
  15. abadan

    abadan New Member

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    1. DTV is alright if you don't have HD and never plan on getting it. (although this is getting better)
    2. DTV is alright if you just start with leased equipment instead of being considered to "own" it, even when they give it to you free in the beginning.
    3. DTV is alright if you know you will definately be able to honor what ever programming commitment contracts they want to hold you to.
    4. DTV is alright if you know up front that calling DTV because your service sucks and you think its their hardware that its OK that they can then replace that hardware and then lock you in for another set number of years without telling you upfront.
    5. DTV is alright, just as long as you never plan to cancel their service. If you do attempt to cancel, they pull an aol on you...or worse.
    6. DTV is alright, if you have a lawyer in the family or know a cheap one, when it comes time to cancel service.
    7. DTV is alright, if you know that even if you dispute the bill with absolute concrete proof and logic, that they won't see your side regardless and continue to hold you to the full amount of your Early Termination Fees.
    8. DTV is alright, as long as if you don't mind returning hardware they think you own, but that you don't deserve to keep it if you cancel before your contract expires.

    So, why *wouldn't* you want DTV?
     
  16. Dr_Diablo

    Dr_Diablo Dr_Diablo

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    So, why *wouldn't* you want DTV?

    Cause the PPV you PAY for don't disappear after 24 hours...
     

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