Dropped HD service from DirecTv, almost dropped DTV altogether

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by hefe, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Scott D

    Scott D Active Member

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    This is typical DTV behavior. They do this all the time. Tell people lies. Doesn't matter what it is, your money is what they want. Nothing else matters.:thumbsdown:
     
  2. Scott D

    Scott D Active Member

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    Hefe........

    There is another possibility. If you still want HD and TiVo, get the new TiVo box that was just made for DTV.
     
  3. whitepelican

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    You could ride to the store on your unicorn to pick one up.
     
  4. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    I asked them about it when I had the supervisor on the phone. He had no information on when that might be released. My plan at this point is to wait it out for word one way or the other on the DirecTv TiVo unit. If they announce something, and I'm happy with the features, I'll do that. Otherwise, I'll look at what's out there in the cable world. Although the idea of getting my service from Comcast makes me shudder a little.
     
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Latest word on the new HD DirecTV/Tivo DVR is still "late 2010".
     
  6. Scott D

    Scott D Active Member

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    Like I really appreciate that remark. Grow up.:mad:

    Thanks, Litzdog. I knew TiVo was making one but didn't realize it wasn't out yet. I don't keep up with DTV anymore since they treated me so unfairly.
     
  7. codespy

    codespy Go A-Rod (Packers)

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    Yea commitment, but my other choices are only Dish or Time Warner. No Fios, u-verse, etc available at my location. Plus we go RVing at times and camp w/two receivers. Had DirecTV since 1998 what's another 2 years? They treat me well and I am happy with them.
     
  8. samo

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    I find it funny when people are talking about 2 years commitment as if it was jail time. Cell phone companies do it all the time. Even TiVo has one year commitment and you have to pay for the hardware! What is wrong with getting free DVR in exchange for a commitment to the service that you alredy using? Worse case if you want to break it will cost you some money. It is not like you go to jail or lose your house if you want to break your commitment.
     
  9. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    With TiVo you have options. You can try it for 30 days and cancel with no obligation. You can also purchase equipment (something some of us still prefer) with lifetime service. If at any time you decide to switch to something else you can sell your TiVo with lifetime on eBay and still end up ahead of the cost of an early termination with DirecTV.
     
  10. litzdog911

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    You can also purchase DirecTV Receivers and DVRs with no lease commitment. You'll just pay a few hundred dollars more up front. And you still pay the same monthly fees. They just call it a "mirroring fee" instead of "lease fee". Plus you're on the hook for any repairs/replacements after the 90-day warranty. With leased equipment it only costs $20 for a replacement. Free if you have their Equipment Protection Plan.
     
  11. shibby191

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    Yea, just do the math. Unless you cancel just a month or two into your 2 yr commitment you'll still come out ahead by leasing and paying the termination fee vs. buying it outright. I personally think it's silly to worry about such things. Especially when you'll still come out ahead by leasing most of the time.

    If you're one that switches services every year to chase the next big sign up deal, well, that's the reason why most of these companies do commitments now. Heck, my local cable company even does 2 yr commitments now.

    However, that is just my opinion. ;)
     
  12. codespy

    codespy Go A-Rod (Packers)

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    I was locked in to my home mortgage for 30 years.....good thing I only have 24 to go. I wish it was only 2 years.
     
  13. johns70

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    My crappy HR20 Rupert box has never given me any trouble.

    I got rid of my TiVo equipment about 4 years ago and I've been just fine without it.
     
  14. fasTLane

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    I do not want the crappy Rupert box. Thank you very much.
     
  15. samo

    samo New Member

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    So get the best DVR on a market HR24 instead. :)
     
  16. dmprantz

    dmprantz New Member

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    As mentioned, the "lease" of DTV equipment is not a big deal these days, The penalty for breaking the leas is pro-rated over 24 months, so if you're unhappy, you just pay the pro-rated amount and go on your way. It sucks that you can't give equipment to your friends when you upgrade, but it's not the end of the world. What really sucks is when you have to pay a big up front fee and you still don't get to keep your equipment, like what happened with my first HR20, but I really wanted HD back then.

    dmp
     
  17. dmprantz

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    Wow...this is the box I've been waiting for, and may keep me on DTV when I move. Now I just need to figure out what kind of cabling I'll need to run through my new house to use it!

    dmp
     
  18. whitepelican

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    It was meant in jest as a harmless comment. But one thing I've read on another board still proves true. Anyone who ever tells another poster on the internet to "grow up" comes off sounding very childish. So you might want to remember that in the future. Otherwise, no harm was intended by my comment, I just wanted to point out that the new DirecTV/Tivo box was still a mythical creature at this point.
     
  19. jtw124

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    Don't mean to hi-jack the thread, but my situation and questions are very relevant to this discussion. I have one leased box (HR20-series) and two owned hacked boxes (HR10-250 and HDVR2). Almost everything I watch has been previously recorded, in SD format. Since I don't watch Hi-Def very often, I have been considering sending the HR10 back to D*, and getting another SD box to replace it. (Would save $10 HD package and $5 lease fee per month, I think.)

    D* told me over the phone the other day that my owned equipment is so old that they'd be more than happy to replace it, at no charge. (Of course, they forgot to mention the $5 per unit lease fee, which I know I'll pay.) They said I would not need to send any of my existing boxes in to get the new ones.

    Three questions:
    1. If I upgrade, will I only be paying $5 for each unit (lease fee) or will it be a $5 lease fee plus a $5 "additional receiver" fee?
    2. I like multi-room viewing capability, which I believe is currently $3 for the HR-series. Not bad, but what are the chances this fee skyrockets after the beta trial phase?
    3. If I upgrade and don't send the existing boxes back, am I to understand I or friends can no longer use them? How does that work, their serial numbers get added to some list at D* and can't be activated again?

    Thanks.
     
  20. whitepelican

    whitepelican Member

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    It's just $5 either way. It's either called a "lease fee" or an "additional receiver fee".

    I would think that fee will most likely make a steady increase every year, just like the rest of the DirecTV fees. Just as a note, you need to have HD receivers to do the MRV'ing.

    DirecTV most likely won't even want them back. And if they don't want them back you (or someone else) should still be able to activate them again.
     

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