Best DirecTV HDTivo deal

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by WaarrEagle, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. Nov 11, 2005 #21 of 493
    golf4dj

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    I had also talked to a previous CSR rep about 5 weeks just after the unofficial $299 deal ended. When I talked to that CSR she noted in my record what she had offered me ($499 w/$100 rebate and 1/2 off HD package for 6 months).

    Just called back earlier this week the CSR immediately referred to my initial request and offered to match it.

    Long story short, I got $499 + shipping $15 and + taxes less $100 credit and the $100 rebate. Also got HD free for 3 months. I did not push hard but was certainly friendly. Considering the hit and miss others are also experiencing I though that this deal was OK, not great but OK.

    I spent around $400 for one on ebay recently as well. I am spending way too much but HD is pretty cool.

    Now I just have to get rid of my regular DTivo units.

    DJ
    ago when all
     
  2. Nov 11, 2005 #22 of 493
    1999cobra

    1999cobra I HATE Vermont

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    I'm curious - according to what you just posted in looks like your bottom line was $299.00 - correct???

    What was the $100 credit for ???

    Thanks,
     
  3. Nov 11, 2005 #23 of 493
    marh10

    marh10 New Member

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    You can doubt it all you want, but I can scan the receipt and send it to you. There is no advantage to me not posting information that is totally correct. As far as the price match, I was at BB last week to buy a HD DVR and asked them to discount the price 10% as I have done in the past at CC and BB. They said they would meet half way and do 5%. I bought it and am returning it after the great deal I got the other day.

    As for the price matching, whenever they price match, they simply call another store to confirm the price, it doesn't have to be in print, just verified. I have done this many times. They decided to call D*TV on their own and did price match to my amazement, but even if they didnt' I would have ordered the equipment from D*TV for $20 more. So if you read other posts, getting the unit from D*TV for $399 after rebate is easy. BB however due to the price match decided to just credit the $100 rebate to my card since it wasn't printing out and the price match receipt said "not eligible for rebate", however I have the BB rebate from the other HD DVR I bought last week and D*TV will send me the other half of the rebate form, so I can still get the $100 MIR on top of the $379.

    Also, each time I called and worked out a deal, I had them note it on my account and took their name and date I called as that is how they reference calls. And even though they noted some things, I was still able to negotiate more the last time I called when I got the $5/month discount for 9 months extended to 12 months just by asking even though my account was noted for only 9 months.

    Maybe I am just nicer to them on the phone than you.
     
  4. Nov 11, 2005 #24 of 493
    prosperodgc

    prosperodgc New Member

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    I see some folks doubting marh10's deal that he got through Best Buy. Here's my story, which may help confirm marh10's experience.

    I called DirecTV and told them what my situation was (research your local competition, folks!) and after some discussion they were delighted to give me this deal:

    $499 for HR10-250
    - $199 instant discount because I'm a nice guy ;-)
    - $100 mail-in rebate
    - $90 programming discounts
    $0 for installation
    (The programming discounts are: $60 off TotalChoice ($5 per month for 12 months) and $30 off the HD package ($5 per month for 6 months))

    So $109 is my final price for the unit. It may not be the best deal possible but it took one phone call and no trips back-and-forth to BestBuy. (My hat's off to you, marh10, for your diligence!) If you take marh10's starting price of $379 from BestBuy and apply the same discounts above, you end up with D* paying him $10 to take the unit.

    The person I spoke to also assured me that when the MPEG-4 streams come online, D* will replace the HR10-250 at no cost. No idea what they'll replace it with but it's an assurance that I'm happy with in the meantime.

    For those considering switching to a cable provider's HD DVR, you may be interested in my experience with Cox Cable's Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR. I can't post the URL here because I'm new to the forum and the rules say I have to post 5 times before posting URLs. Email me if you'd like the link.) Summary: avoid!
     
  5. Nov 11, 2005 #25 of 493
    psu90

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    Best Buy is offering a free HD Receiver after rebate as well as a $200 mail in rebate for the HD Tivo Receiver. I believe that starts on Black Friday.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2005 #26 of 493
    summerall

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    When will the HDtivo cease to work becuase of the new mpeg4 stuff? I need to know how long the life on this thing is before I plop down some $$$.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2005 #27 of 493
    1999cobra

    1999cobra I HATE Vermont

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    Persistance pays off-

    HDTivo $499.00 - MIR $100, down to $399, Customer loyalty account credit $100, down to $299.00, free installation, six months free showtime...

    I apologize with my hat in hand to "marh10" forgive me for doubting you as I see a little persistance pays off big ...

    It can be done - :up:
     
  8. Nov 11, 2005 #28 of 493
    1999cobra

    1999cobra I HATE Vermont

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    Doesn't matter as D*TV says they will upgrade everyone for Zippo ...
     
  9. Nov 11, 2005 #29 of 493
    Waldorf

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    The HDTiVo (to me) is still easily worth the $900 most of us paid for our first one. I have a friend trying to build one... hard drive, dual HD tuner cards, motherboard, processor, memory, sagetv software... you can easily spend over $1k and it still doesn't accept satellite feeds, not to mention the TiVo features we all know and love.
     
  10. Nov 11, 2005 #30 of 493
    w4rsk

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    I have been with D for 2 years on 10/19. I called on 11/4 and explained Charter's HD offering. I got an HD TiVo for $499 - $100 credit - $100 rebate. I also got a $10/mo credit for 12 months, an additonal $10/mo credit for 6 months for my Sports pack subscription, and Showtime for free for 3 months. That netted my HDTiVO to less than $100. When the installer showed up on the following Monday, he only had to plug it up and activate it since I already had a triple LNB dish, a mutiswitch with double runs to all of my rooms, and an OTA antenna. I got him to leave me a new triple LNB dish and 50 feet or so of double RG6 to use for my football tailgating setup :)

    FYI - the CSR explained to me that the $10/mo credit for a year was because I used Charter for my ISP - she called it an 'Internet service credit'.
     
  11. Nov 11, 2005 #31 of 493
    WaarrEagle

    WaarrEagle New Member

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    I have been a customer since 2000 and called to try and get HD-DVR. The best offer they gave me was $499 - 100 rebate minus 10 off my account per month for a year ($120). I really want another hundred off but I am not sure I can get it. Is this as good as I can get?
     
  12. Nov 11, 2005 #32 of 493
    1999cobra

    1999cobra I HATE Vermont

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    NO - hold out for the other $100 customer credit and it's instantaneous she credited it to my account while I was on the phone with her...

    Stay away from MEN CSR's they tend to be on the harder side to deal with if you get a man hang-up and call back. Based upon my conversation with one last night - when I called again today and got a man I hung up and called back till I got a woman and I got the deal listed above - good luck brother... BTW - I am a man in case your wondering - LOL...
     
  13. Nov 11, 2005 #33 of 493
    WaarrEagle

    WaarrEagle New Member

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    Thats it! I am a man and talked to a man today. BTW, what did you do about OTA? Did they give you an antenna?
     
  14. Nov 12, 2005 #34 of 493
    1999cobra

    1999cobra I HATE Vermont

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    No anntena I have a three lnb dish with multiswitch already set up Xtra dish for my locals won't be able to receive HD on locals no matter what I did in this location and the bastards at ABC, NBC and CBS won't cut me a waiver, I think it's a Rupport Murdoch hate fest or something LOL....

    Good luck and keep us posted :up: :D
     
  15. Nov 13, 2005 #35 of 493
    willie

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    Is CSR the Retention Dept at DirectTV? Do they have a seperate number?
    Thanks for your help.
     
  16. Nov 13, 2005 #36 of 493
    willie

    willie New Member

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    I just got basically the same deal that others are talking about from Dtv.

    $499 HD Tivo
    $150 Instant Credit
    $100 Mail In Rebate
    $210 Credits of HBO, Total Choice, HD
    No installation or Delivery Charge

    $ 39 Net Cost

    I called back a second time to verify the credits and some were not there. The second Sales Rep added them to my account. I'll have to wait and see the final invoice.
     
  17. Nov 13, 2005 #37 of 493
    summerall

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    Yes, I understand DTV will upgrade everyone to another generic brand HD DVR for free but my family is quite fond of the Tivo (wife) ;) . I also will hack this unit enabling things that likely won't be on this generic replacement dvr. So can anyone tell me the estimated date our beloved HD Tivo's will stop working???

    Thanks
     
  18. Nov 13, 2005 #38 of 493
    summerall

    summerall New Member

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    Hey guys I just found out that Best Buy is offering a $200 rebate on the HD Tivo. Is there anyway we can price match DTV to Best Buy to sweeten the pot??? Or get DTV to honor the $200 rebate from BB???

    Linky
    http://ads.bfads.net/BF2005-BestBuy.pdf

    Look on page 11
     
  19. Nov 14, 2005 #39 of 493
    micheled5

    micheled5 New Member

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    I called direct tv today and was not given any sort of deal that you guys are talking about. Then we decided to go to best buy and see what we could get and again nothing. Where are some of you people located that you are able to get these deals? We are in Northern CA. I just don't get it.

    Thanks
    Michele
     
  20. Nov 14, 2005 #40 of 493
    crwmlw

    crwmlw Chuck

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    Im In Chicago and Im looking at Page 2 of the Best Buy flyer and the rebate is still only $100.00, not sure what state that flyer is from, Not Illinois. Here is my deal, I called customer retention several times before getting this deal Saturday. I kept calling in hopes to get someone to do it. I've been with them 3 years and they offered me the DVR for $499.00 minus $150.00 instant credit then the $100 mail in rebate, 6 monthe free Showtime, 6 months HBO for $2.00 a month and $10.00 credit per month for 12 months. They said that had to charge a debit or credit card for the $499 plus shipping and tax, I lied and said I dont have a credit card, put it on my bill and they said they couldnt do that with the HD dvr's, also if you get it thru them they charge you $15.00 shipping and tax to have it shipped to the installer who in turn installs it. I personally dont like that idea from a previous incident, Im well capable enough to do it myself. ANYhow I told them since you cant bill it to my account and I dont have a credit card can I buy it from best buy and you still offer me those perks, at first she said they cannot honor that with a 3rd party retailer, I in turn said thats Bullsh--, she put me on hold and said ok, I then went to Best Buy and told them i could get the HD DVR from Directv Customer retention for $499, they did the routine asking me for proof and I told them honestly I have no written proof of that offer on paper, it was done over the phone (which it was) with customer retention, he went and got a manager who said he's heard of that offer and said no problem I can give it to you for $499, I said great so I purchased it with my Best Buy card to get Reward zone points. So here is the final deal.

    DVR from Best buy $499 plus tax = $539

    $150 Instant credit from Directv

    $100 MIR

    $10 a month credit for 12 months= $120

    Total cost $169 with free Showtime for 6 months and HBO for $2.00 a month for 6 months..

    It can be done you just have to call Directv everyday till they do it.
     

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