Goodbye DirecTV

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by ZardozTX, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Oct 9, 2011 #1 of 21
    ZardozTX

    ZardozTX New Member

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    So - I have had DirecTV since they were Beta Testing the very first RCA units - had one satellite and about 25 TV channels. I drove from Dallas to Tulsa to buy the unit on the first day it was available. I have stayed with DirecTV since then - with different Sony, RCA, ??? and TiVo units. I also bought the first TiVo unit - that interfaced very well with my Sony DirecTV box. I have the DirecTV/TiVo HD Unit - that was made braindead by the change in HD formats - so I only get Local TV in HD.

    I also have FIOS for my Internet (20/5) and it works great. (I had the first FIOS in the area - Verizon uses my city as a Beta Test area.) I support AT&T employes and when I talk to one of their Techs - they tell me FIOS beats U-Verse - hands down!

    I have waited for over 2 years - really more like 4-5 years - for something to replace the HR10-250 I have. I have waited and waited and waited and ... Like many of you I am sure.

    I HAVE STOPPED WAITING!!!

    Yesterday I ordered FIOS TV. I am going to get HD - more channels - upgrade my Internet to 35/35 and it is going to cost $40 less than what I pay today for DirecTV and FIOS Internet. (I have OOMA for my Phone!)

    Today I ordered the new TiVo Premiere Elite - which is designed to work with FIOS TV. Even adding the $20/month for the Box - I am getting more for less - even after the 12/24 month Promos - I am getting more for less!

    I did not want to leave DirecTV - I wanted a new DirecTV/TiVo/HD box. It might come next week - but I am voting with my $$$$$ - so DirecTV loses another customer!!!

    I look forward to seeing what this New Combo will do and will not miss not having TV when it rains!!! (Which it did last night during the ALCS!)

    Good Luck to all that are waiting!!! I will miss DirecTV - but I will still have TiVo!!!
     
  2. Oct 9, 2011 #2 of 21
    The Spud

    The Spud Rather be cruising TCF Club

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    Rather than cancel your Directv account outright, I would recommend suspending it. I'm not sure but I believe you can suspend your account for up to 6 months. That way if you find that you like FIOS even less, then the path is easy for you to come back. Who knows, maybe by then the new D-Tivo will be available.

    Here's my 2 cents: I loved my D-Tivos, but I've been Tivo-less for about 1 1/2 years. I don't miss them very much. The current DVRs have evolved into a very good product. Plus, the HR-2x feature set is much better than what the new D-Tivo will be.

    Finally, Directv is on the verge of releasing a software update that will, among other things, introduce an HD interface and significantly speed up the performance.
     
  3. fasTLane

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    FIOS and Tivo sounds like a great combo.
     
  4. Phe0nix

    Phe0nix New Member

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    My DTV DVR died today and called to find out when my billing cycle starts over to coincide with a dish network install. I was eventually transferred to the retention dept and they gave me 2 HD DVR's for free,NFL ticket, and $25 off my monthly bill not to switch, so i stayed.

    While i was on the phone with them i asked about the new Tivo and she had
    just been given an update on the unit and has already been trained on the unit.
    She said it is in it's final testing phase and will be complete in November 2011 but will probably be 3 months later in February 2012 before it's available to everyone. It will be $200 on a lease and $700 to own.
     
  5. JJK1954

    JJK1954 Beatle Freak!

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    I just switched as well from DTV. I too have them since the RCA days. But I have had enough. I swiched to Time Warner, and so far so good. There a handfull on channels that are HD that I never had with DTV. And the best part? I own my Tivo! I am not leasing it.
     
  6. ZardozTX

    ZardozTX New Member

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    DirecTV has done what they wanted. I looked at FIOS TV 2 years ago - but decided to stay with them - to get the New DirecTV TiVo box.

    Feb-2012 - If you are lucky!!!

    They got 2 years of my money - but not any more - and why kept my old account - when after 1 year (???) I am a new user and might get better offers?

    I got my TiVo from Weaknees and it should arrive today!
     
  7. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

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    I had a DirecTivo since 2002 until last year, when I upgraded to an HR24.

    I can honestly say that I don't miss my Tivo at all.
     
  8. sean67854

    sean67854 Why?

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    Wouldn't...
    I don't think that's how it works. I'm pretty sure you can't have an account under the same name at the same address and get new customer discounts.

    However, even though I am not a new customer, I almost always am able to get the new customer offers just by asking. The only one I can remember that I didn't get was the current free sunday ticket one.
     
  9. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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  10. scottjf8

    scottjf8 That A-hole

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    Wow, Newsposter is back!!
     
  11. CatScratchFever

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    This post is so on the mark, To be honest if they came out with a DirecTV Tivo tomorrow I would have no Interest. None, zip, Nada.

    I have one HR24 and 4 HR20's but what I really would like is a 5 turner HR34 with a 1TB drive that is slowly being introduced.

    I also have an Tivo 10-250 that is hardly ever used - it's been regulated to the basement. The interface is so yesterday.
     
  12. scottjf8

    scottjf8 That A-hole

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    This.. I have very little interest in a TiVo (especially if it's like the old ones were.) I haven't seen one in a few years, but if the things that always bugged me are still there (no PIG, takes forever to rearrange season passes, etc) than no thanks.

    Plus the Whole Home thing is the greatest thing ever.
     
  13. fasTLane

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    When the new Tivo is out, I will get three of them.
     
  14. CatScratchFever

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    Why??
     
  15. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    I switched from DirecTV to WOW cable with a TiVo S3 four years ago and I can honestly say that I don't miss DirecTV at all.
     
  16. newsposter

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    wow you dont even have to talk to anyone to suspend, just tell the computer what day you wanna restart...ez as pie
     
  17. Raketemensch

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    I'm only a year into my DirecTV contract, but I can't wait for it to end.

    As a new customer (after a 4-year break), they gave me a DVR that was 3 models old. I believe it's the HR-22, when you click a button you could go out to the kitchen and get a cup of coffee before it responds. I don't understand why they would *ever* ship a product this slow, nevermind continue giving it to customers when 2 newer models have been released. Pretty much every time I use it I end up growling at it out of frustration.

    Now they're released a streaming iPad application, but it won't stream DVR content, only live TV. Why? Is it a technical limitation? No, it's so they can sell you their $150 Nomad box.

    I'm done. Thanks DirecTV, for reminding me how you treat your customers. Our user experience doesn't matter, as long as we're forking over the cash.
     
  18. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Pretty soon you will get an update for the HR22 that will make it much faster.

    As for the streaming, it is probably a licensing issue.
     
  19. Raketemensch

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    The licensing already exists, since the Nomad can do it already -- it's just a separate piece of hardware from the same company pushing the same content to the same devices.
     
  20. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I am 1 year into my D* contract. I find it just ok, but better than TWC with Navigator or Tivo/SDV/TA nightmare.

    My biggest gripe is the price. For my 2 DVR setup with whole home and Choice, I am paying $90 before rebates which will all expire rather soon.

    I ordered a leaf antenna to gauge reception at my house for OTA. If it works out well, I can get a couple of Tivos and AppleTVs for the price of a few months of D* service. I can get all OTA content for free (plus the Tivo service fees if I do not get lifetime) and buy the cable shows on iTunes or Amazon (which I can watch via my BD players) and still save over $500 a year. I just don't see the point of paying such a high price when other options exist.
     

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