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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by scalo, Jan 13, 2006.
why do you think they offer Showtime for free more times than hbo etc....?
I'll take free or discounted Showtime if/when they get Arrested Development. Other than that, Showtime does almost nothing for me. Last time we had a free weekend, I don't think I found a single thing to Tivo. Free weekends are great for reminding me that I would be wasting my money to subscribe.
Can you be a little more specific? First, let me give you a bit of info on my situation. No HD TV's, just want something that's going to record what I want to watch and show the station I want when I want it and allow us to watch different stations on the three tv's simultaneously. How hard can that be?
Quite frankly, after seeing all of the people claiming to get freebies I'm more inclined to switch now after getting nothing from DTV.
i had to call D because i was unable to log onto my acct. (turns out they did some system 'upgrade' and wiped me off completely).
anyway, since i had them on the line i told her that i was unhappy about the price increases and their move away from tivo, and that i would be downgrading from Premier to TC+.
i wasn't looking for anything but was offered a free R15. lol. i said no thanks.
When I called yesterday the rep said that HBO doesn't permit them to give away their service.
For the record, I got the same deal everybody else seems to be getting, $5 off for 6 months and free Showtime for 6 months. Also offered the $2/mo. HBO deal, but declined. I didn't ask about any hardware deals, nor was I offered any.
I called the number to get my freebies.
The lady was very nice.
She looked up my account and discovered that I had been underbilled for the past 2 years. She promptly assessed a late penalty fee of $90 plus back fees of $475.
Next she told me I would need to upgrade my receiver to continue receiving programming, and that the installation fee would be $299 plus expenses, and that I would need to be at my house waiting on the installer between Tuesday and Friday. If I were not at home, they would assess a $199 Non-Appearance fee.
On Sunday when the installer arrived, he gave me my used receiver and said he had an appointment and would not be able to install the receiver. His bill for the Gasoline Fee was $43.75, and then he left.
Thank you very much for this telephone number.
I called and they offered me a free DVR (just pay $14.95 for shipping). I told them only if they could guarentee me it was NOT an R15. She said she couldn't do that, so instead she authorized my account for a free instant rebate of $100. I just have to go pick out the DVR I want (I called ValueElectronics and ordered a DVR80). They'll credit my account after its activated (so no dealing with a mail in rebate).
I'll probably look at picking up another DVR80 in the next few weeks to replace both of my Series 1's and should be all set before the "Lease" program begins...
I just got an email offering me a free reconditioned 40GB DVR. "No strings attached" just $14.95 shipping. I assume it will be $4.95/mo for mirroring, but it's no extra term commitment. I expect it would be an R10, so I am not interested.
I just called and managed to get *most* of the above. I wasn't interested in hardware, but I got the HBO for $2/month deal plus the 6 months of Showtime.
Unfortunately, the CSR didn't seem very interested in helping me until I told him (somewhat truthfully) that Comcast was starting to tempt me away and that I was upset about the price increase. He went on a ramble about digital vs. analog and D*'s superior programming and pricing. Blah blah "True hi-def vs. 480p" blah blah, comparable packages, blah. I pointed out that their HD offerings didn't really do much for me as I don't have an HDTV at this time.
It was like pulling teeth to get him to offer anything other than the Showtime deal (and frankly, they may as well answer the phone with "Thank you for calling DirecTV, please enjoy your free Showtime") and yet all the while he was commenting about my perfect payment history and how long I'd been with D*. Although he said "We value your service, I mean, obviously, but..." he didn't seem very happy to help.
I just got an unsolicited offer via e-mail, that offers a reconditioned 40GB DVR "from last year's inventory" for $14.95 shipping. It specifically indicates that no contract extension is necessary.
I'm thinking of jumping on this offer, but have a question for those who have received similar offers. Do they mail the DVR, or does the installer bring the DVR?
I don't want an installer touching my setup; I've done all my installation on my own and would prefer to keep thing that way. Additionally, I don't have a phone line (or VOIP or anything), so I'll need to take it somewhere else for the initial setup.
In the past, I got a receiver by mail, and when the installer showed up, signed the paper that indicated he'd done the work, so he at least got paid, and then sent him on his way.
Can anybody advise me how it works now?
I just got that email too. I might get it to replace a very old regular DirecTV receiver.
I would think that the shipping charge indicates that they ship it to you. I think they only send an installer if you indicate that you need your existing line relocated when you place the order.
Dromo, almost every time I've had the installer come to hand me equipment, he was more than happy to let me sign off that he had done his job and go so he could help the next person.
THe last one who came out to do my HD install however was bound and determined to be there long enough to do something. He iddnt need to install anything, but he did do the call to activate.
I have one line in the room in which I'm going to put the new TiVo, so I'll have them run a second line.
I really should have had the guy rerun the lines from the dish. They are a nasty mess jacked into existing lines. I was going to have him run the 3rd line to the living room and forgot. I guess i can do it as Im sooo qualified to do installs. lol, i still have the old dish on the side of my house and wires running all over the place ppour.
I just placed my order and requested the line to be relocated. I was asked to schedule an install date and it noted that the installer would bring the TiVo with him. I guess they just ship it if you don't need installation.
so how do you guys get these emails? I'm signed up for stuff and have my email registered with DirecTV but I never get squat from them. Wonder if my company is filtering out their stuff at the spam gate...
Anyone care to post a copy of the email? Do you call in for the offer, or what?
This email came from DTV? I would do that if they offered it to me. Can you post the text of the offer? Of course I would want it to be a series 2 instead of an R10.
I got it too.
Here's the text from the offer:
Since you're one of our Best Customers, it's our privilege to provide special offers exclusively for you.
We'd like to offer you a reconditioned 40GB DIRECTV DVR from last year's inventory, for free. No strings attached. We have a limited quantity that we are making available only to our best customers and our employees.
We will continue to provide you offers such as this when opportunities arise. We want you to know that we truly appreciate your business and hope you take advantage of this incredible close-out offer.
Offer ends 2/28/06. $14.95 shipping and handling fee applies.
This is the link to the offer (you have to sign in to your DTV account):
The link does call it out as a DVR with TiVo technology, so its either a Series 2 or an R10... Might be worth a shot for only $14.95. Wonder what the chances are of getting an upgrade on my multiswitch so it can handle 3 DTiVos...
Was there ever a 40GB R10?