Farewell, DIRECTV. It's been fun!

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by shadoh, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. HiDefGator

    HiDefGator New Member

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    You make it sound like a 2 year prison term in Guantonamo Bay. I believe they will prorate it and let you out early with a fee. Will Tivo and the cable company give you a 100% refund if you want out?
     
  2. Da Goon

    Da Goon Registered Abuser

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    $480 etf for hd/dvr equipment

    prorated at $20 per month for each month you keep service

    that's alot of damn money for a piece of equipment you don't own

    verizon wireless' etf for a pda/blackberry is $350 total/$10 per month - at least in that scenario you own the equipment and recoup some of your costs by selling it

    the price of a tivohd + etf is less than $480
     
  3. samo

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    Not the dime if you monthly with one year (or more) commitment. With lifetime you may be able to sell it on e-bay.
    I have been with DirecTV for many years (don't even remember for how long).
    Every couple of years I call them and extend my commitment by another two years in exchange for some free stuff. Last time I got free HR22.
    How much free stuff you get from TiVo after your commitment is over?
     
  4. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member

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    'Giving it a shot' means signing a two year contract. While the HR2x is way better than the HR10, the TiVo HD is a much better DVR. (And that's coming from a new HR2x DirecTV subscriber...)
     
  5. nrc

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    Yes, for new activations if you cancel within 30 days you get a full refund. Also, the minimum commitment is one year rather than two.
     
  6. bengalfreak

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    You are only saving $6.00 a month. DirecTV stopped charging a DVR fee per box years ago.
     
  7. bengalfreak

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    Yeah, been hearing its coming for over a year now. I'll believe when I see it.
     
  8. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    If by "work with you" you mean not telling you about the committment or outright lying that you don't have a committment, then OK. When you call to cancel after a year they say, "You should have read the fine print in that mere formality the installer had you sign!"
     
  9. paavola

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    shadoh, I may be in the market for a new S2 box if it's cheap, since my Samsung S4120R is dying. I replaced the hard drive, but I'm still getting random reboots and periodic pixelization of whatever is recording from satellite input 2. In fact I'd be interested in anyone who wants to sell one of these cheap, especially if you're in the SF Bay area.
     
  10. lamontg

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    If Seattle (proper) had fios, or anything like it, then my directv would be history.

    Directv have an opportunity to lock me in to a contract for HD directivo if they will ever produce the new one...

    Otherwise, as soon as someone figures out how to run fiber in Seattle, I'll be gone, immediately (verizon, however, has abandoned washington and sold off their fios on the east side, so we're basically hosed for now...).
     
  11. HiDefGator

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    $480 ? Your telling me that Directv charges people $480 if they sign up for HD service and then cancel it a month later and return the box? That sounds really high to me.
     
  12. Da Goon

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    yep

    read 'em & weep (literally)

    you'll be charged for it if you cancel not a month later, but 24 hours or more later. directv will only let you out of contract if you cancel within the first 24 hours (this, however is not listed on their website, but is an internal policy starting back about 2 1/2 years ago)
     
  13. beardad

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    Been a while since I have been here but wondering what the relationship is between TiVO and Directv is with the new agreement they signed a while back. Are we going to get the Tivo back with the better features? The Directv DVR seems to be a little quirky. It is about 90% quality in my opinion. My meaning is that 90% of the time you get a great signal and picture and 10% of the time it is jumping picture, pixilating and making power pops. Very irritating. I have two H10-250 units and three HR10-700 units. The New -700 units all have the same quirks to varying degrees. The -250 units are not getting the total channel package and are much older units, but even limitedly they give a better picture.

    I am thinking on making the FIOS jump but want some input before I dump DirecTV.

    Any comments?
     
  14. litzdog911

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    Guess you missed last year's announcement of a new HD DirecTivo DVR coming sometime this year ....
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=432315
     
  15. beardad

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    Quit true. Like I said. I have been away. Thanks. Once again we sit and wait for the anticipated new Tivo....again. Didn't we gr through this with the H10-250 a few years back?:confused:
     
  16. innocentfreak

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    My mom just cancelled her Directv to switch to Fios since her Directivos died on her and it wasn't hard drive related. Man some of the things they told her was funny.

    When the units died, she asked both the tech they sent out and Directv over the phone if there would be a contract if they replaced the hardware. They of course told her there would be. When she went to cancel they told her this was wrong and she would have no contract extension. Then of course they told her Fios has a $650 ETF fee, which they don't, she can't get Tivo, which she can and was one of the reasons she also gave for leaving since they didn't have new Tivo units yet, and it would be double what she is paying now with Directv, which the Fios bundle comes out to less.

    They then called her a day later to try and convince her to come back. They then agreed that yes she would have a two year contract with replaced hardware and she told them they need to make up their mind and she wasn't interested.
     
  17. cbessant

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    Sure, DTV has provide HD programing. I am really amazed that DirecTv hasn't done more to offer access to TiVo. They've barely kept it on life support and they are certainly not rushing to release (if they actually do) the new DTV HD TiVo. Where I live, my options are OTA, Dish and DirecTv. If I had a cable to FIOS options, I'd drop DTV like a hot potato.

    Years back, when Adelphia started to tank and their Internet access become a mess, I switched to a wireless ISP and picked up DirecTv. And I was quite happy that I had an alternative to "vote with my dollars". Today, I am stuck, but the quality of life I have is much better than living in the city or suburbs.

    DirecTv needs to offer customers choices, such as TiVo and cablecard. Their claim to the FCC that people don't want to spend the money is crapola as this is the same argument cable used. When companies pull crap like this, it only makes me want to change. It is time that Dish and DirecTv play on the same ground that cable does. I am not one for gov't regulation, but we have competitors that are regulated differently, and DirecTv has shown they are not always doing what they can to show good faith to the customer. Screw'em.

    DirecTv, are ya listening? Stop making ice and get on with air conditioning, or join the dinosaurs.
     
  18. HiDefGator

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    Why? I like Tivo as much as the next guy. But I have to be practical as well. The % of new subscribers that have ever had a real Tivo is so small that offering a real Tivo as an option probably wouldn't make a noticeable difference in their growth rate. As much as you and I might love the Tivo interface, there just aren't enough of us to matter. I doubt people that have never had a Tivo are calling up and saying I can't subscribe to Directv because you don't offer Tivo as an option.
     

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