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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by dmastro, Jun 8, 2006.
That's pretty much what I have + SHO, and I've been with them about 5 years.
Not sure if they are still installing the same antenna, but for me 3 years ago they installed a Wineguard Bat Wing antenna, I think GS1000 or 2000, not sure on the model number. It is about 3feet across.
Attempt #1: failed, offered $75 credit
Attempt #2: failed. First I was told to wait until the new units come out so I could get HD locals (I was told this a few weeks ago to on a different call). I told him I can get them over the air but he said I wouldn't be able to record them in HD. It told him yes I would, didn't argue with him. Offered $100 credit.
Haven't brought up ST yet. I'd get ST to get an HDTivo for free but I'm trying the tact of cancelling my HD package if I can't Tivo it. My next call I'm going to go for broke. I'm going to actually tell them to cancel HD and turn off my HD receiver (that's $15/month). I can live without ESPNHD in the summer. I'm going to say that I know they're giving away the HDDVRs for free and I'd even sign up for ST to get one. If they don't play ball, I will have them cancel my HD stuff.
1 simple question: is there any reason not to get the HR10-250 now?
If you get the deal described in this thread....no...no reason not to get it. If you are forced to pay the full $400, well....thats a cost analysis decision you will have to make.
I know...way to go out on a limb and take a stance
If I can't get it for free, then I wouldn't do it (what with a baby on the way, $ will be in short supply!). My main concern had to do with reliability of the unit. I've seen a lot of threads about the HDMI port not working or slow response times or numerous hard drive failures. I know drive failure's are a risk as I experienced that with my original HDVR2. And I don't like the fact of not knowing what the future upgrade policy will be when the MPEG4 DVR is released. But I guess if I can get it for free, then there's no harm. I'll have to give it a shot I guess.
Is 800-824-9081 (retention I think) the best number to call?
That's the one.
Keep in mind that leased receivers are replaced for free if they are defective, so although it could cause some headaches and inconvenience, it shouldn't cost any money.
I just called and they said the best they could do was $199. I threatened to switch to Comcast, politely of course , and still no go. Then I mentioned this forum and she said they just stopped the deal because too many from here were calling in asking for free HD TiVo's. I'll try again tomorrow.
Called last night and no deal. $299 was best she offered and I declined. I asked if there were any other deals and got $10 off per month for the next 12 months with a new 1 year committment. Not too bad and worth the call. She had no info on the MPEG4 DVR.
I tried last night and failed. The CSR was very nice and accomodating, searching several databases for the offer, but he said he couldn't find the offer. He talked to his supervisor who said that the offer NEVER existed. They has a DVR Blowout for their regular DVR, but that ended in February.
So I'll try again today. I'm a little bothered that they said the offer never existed. Judging from the many posts there, it's been offered with many variations.
They told me it never existed as well.
For what its worth, this is what they told me on my second call. Then I called back a third time (the next day) and got the deal immediately. So keep trying.
Just had it delivered and it's all set up!!!!
Yesterday I got the Superfan package ($100) for nfl ST for free by calling retention and saying that they didn't have a receiver again this year that was capable of all the SF features (HD, interactive, dvr). Best I was offered was $399 for the hd tivo. Today I called back and said I heard an internet rumor that they were offering a free hd tivo to nfl ST subscribers. The rep said that they were, but that he needed a code from a mailer. I told him I didn't have it, but he looked up my account and said I should probably be eligible, so he gave it to me. I pay a delivery charge of $20, and also have 2 more years added to my commitment, but that's it.
And this is not a lease??
It is a lease. Any receiver you get from D* is a lease, unless you explicity ask to own it, in which case they will not give you any deal whatsoever. You will pay the full price.
Just called D* retention (@11:20am PT) and got the deal first time from a very nice CSR named Tor. Install is tomorrow!
Thanks to everybody I now have an additional HD Tivo!
Called to take advantage of my previously posted offer of $99 for the HD-DVR, at the end of the call when the CSR was verifying the info and install date, she mentioned an instant rebate of $399 for the HD-DVR and I would only pay the $19.95 handling charge.
Also signed up for Sunday Ticket for the regular early bird price and the Superfan for Free.
So in the end, I got the HD-Tivo for FREE. Yay DirecTV.
It is a lease. I didn't specify because I thought it was no longer an issue. No purchases from Directv. Not that I care. Fees are the same. I just can't ebay it after my commitment. I already own one. In addition to having the second HR10 for my bedroom, I also wanted to have one to trade in, to offset any upfront lease fee on the HR20. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, yes I will take an HR20 if it is the only way for me to watch NFL ST in 2007.
Well I called and got the free HD DVR by telling them that I was a ST subscriber. She said I had to have a special code. I told her I had none. She then said that the only way I could get it is if I told her I was thinking about cancelling ST. I told her I was. She kept saying, "I didn't tell you that." It was funny, like I was going to tell someone on her.