hd tivo MAJOR price drop today

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by suncom3, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Aug 28, 2005 #561 of 1232

    jap3 Member

    Jul 14, 2003
    Salem, NJ


    They told me $300 and it's pro-rated, so if you back out after only a month, it would be less $12.50.
  2. Aug 28, 2005 #562 of 1232

    Gator1 New Member

    Oct 20, 2000
    Todays ad in Circuit City has the H10 for $199. Does not say anything about a rebatge. Also has them on their web site, search H10.
  3. Aug 28, 2005 #563 of 1232

    Gator1 New Member

    Oct 20, 2000

    I was confused. I thought this was a DVR and I now see it is not so I guess this is no special deal.
  4. Aug 28, 2005 #564 of 1232

    bohlke New Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Lincoln, NE
    I just called, talked to a very nice CSR she immediatly offered the $299 with $100 MIR, I asked if she could get it closer to $100 and she offered to credit me $99 so:

    -$100 MIR
    -$99 DTV credit
    $100 :)

    They also offfered free install of a second cable, we will see how that goes. Anyway I probably could have asked for more (been with them for 10+years) but I figured $99 is a small price to pay. They come on Wednesday!
  5. Aug 28, 2005 #565 of 1232

    andbye New Member

    Feb 24, 2002


    When I first called on Mon. 8-15, I told the retention CSR that I was interested in the HD TiVo deal for $299 with the $100 MIR and a $200 credit that I had heard about for valued customers. First CSR was a little snippy, had not heard of any $299 deals and said D* was not about to give away HD Tivos. Calling later I got a nice CSR that said she could not help me but proceeded to tell me all the bad things about Comcast and Dish; then said the best she could do was $336 plus the $100 MIR and a $200 account credit. I told her I would agree to that and asked her to repeat it. I don't know where she got the odd $37 unless it was s/h. I also asked about programming credits and she gave Starz for 3 months. She did not know anything about the mpeg4 transition, but said the HD Tivo units were new; not re-furbished . I thanked her politely.
    Got a good install two days later which was just a swap out with an SD Tivo since I already had cables, OTA antenna and a previous HD Tivo. During activation call they gave me HD pkg for 3 months. When I checkes my account on the web; the $200 credit had not been listed so I called the D* installation number I had been given. They said the credit was noted and I would get it on the next bill. Later I called the installation number again to ask if the $200 credit could be put on the bill now so I would'nt take such a big credit card hit and they said the credit was noted but must transfer me to a dept that could do that for me. The person who came on the transferred number said I had no $200 credit and did not deserve one since I had had previous credits. I told her the credit must be noted since I had confirmed it twice. I did get the $99 deal on a non-Tivo HD unit but I did not get anything but some nominal programming credit when I got my first HD Tivo from BB for $900 over a year ago. She went on about previous credits and I told her I sub to Total Choice plus HD, HBO and Sunday NFL Ticket. Finally she agreed to a $100 credit which still is not appearing on my account. So my advice is to check your account to assure you get what was agreed to. My point is not whether I deserved the it, but that D* should make good on their deal
    Sorry for the rant. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
    On the plus side, the new unit is much faster than the old one and neither has HDMI/DVI problems
  6. Aug 28, 2005 #566 of 1232

    austinsho A repeated victim of Time Warner DBA Spectrum

    Oct 21, 2001
    Austin Texas
    Sure did...got the $299/$100 rebate deal Friday, got a $250 credit toward puchasing my first HDTivo (at $750) during March. I was really surprised that I got the deal, given that I'm only six months or less into a two year committment.
  7. Aug 28, 2005 #567 of 1232
    jim tressler

    jim tressler Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    I called for the heck of it today.. standard 299-100 offer and free superfan for the sunday ticket.. i will probably call back later in the week to see if I can get more

  8. Aug 28, 2005 #568 of 1232

    DVRaholic I love my Series 3

    Mar 28, 2004
    If I were you I would act before Aug 31st. Who knows when they will end this Deal. It has been rumored that it will end on the 31st. Just think how many Directv retailers like Value Electronics are losing out. It has to end sometime soon!!
  9. Aug 28, 2005 #569 of 1232

    TheRatPatrol Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    WOW, free superfan, did you take that deal? How much more do you think you can get? :D
  10. Aug 28, 2005 #570 of 1232

    SoonerBorn New Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Newbie here - I have previously received a $100 acct credit for an 80 Hr Tivo that I was able to buy at BB @ a year ago. After all the advice from this thread, here's what I came in with:

    1st call: $349(+S&H) for HD Tivo + OTA and install - $100 MIR & $5 off HD pkg/6mth; $5 off TC+/6mth; 2fer2 (HBO,Show $2)/6mth. Would not budge on Acct credit that they offered when price was $699.

    2nd call: same as first except after telling them that a new cable company had gotten into the neighborhood and were offering HD DVRs for lease with their service they relented and gave me the $200 credit that they had previously offered.

    I'm pretty stoked! Set to install Friday afternoon, just in time for the start of college football. Now, let's hope I don't get the postponed install call that others seem to be getting.

    Good luck to all-

  11. Aug 28, 2005 #571 of 1232

    tucsonbill Member formerly known as cranky

    Aug 11, 2004
    I think I'll agree that some one who claims to have been the subject of a personal attack when there was nothing personal in the post and then proceeds to call someone an ignorant idiot isn't someone that anyone is likely to listen to here.
  12. Aug 29, 2005 #572 of 1232

    Cwaters She's got the remote

    Aug 6, 2005
    Well I got my bill and the promised $200 credit was only $50. I called and pleaded my cast for about half an hour but, since I have no way to proove that that's what the retention CSR said, they didn't believe me. I got another programming credit to soften the blow but he was very adimate that $200 on too of the other stuff from my deal was not an option.
    Oh well. I felt like it was too good to be true anyway.
  13. Aug 29, 2005 #573 of 1232

    raaj New Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    South Florida
    Tried to get a better deal than the $299-$100 MIR, but was told to take it or leave it !! The CSR was polite, but tried to tell me that the news on them internets about $299 deal was "impossible", and that the deal I was offered was unheard of !! :eek:

    I would have taken the deal, if no one else was getting all those reidiculous credits and package bundles. With all the reported problems with the HDMI and the HDDs, I would have found this deal irresistable at $199. And that 13% surcharge on Satellite TV in godforsaken Florida doesn't help the overall price either. :rolleyes:
  14. Aug 30, 2005 #574 of 1232

    davemanley New Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I called Retention today and said I wanted to upgrade to HDTV, but loved having Tivo. The rep asked if mine was a stand-alone unit, I said yes.

    She offered a hi-def Tivo for $649 minus $100 MIR (the standard offer of the DirecTV web site). So I said a couple of friends had recently gotten the unit for $299, and the company had thrown in free HBO/SHO for 6 months, etc.

    The rep told me they had a $299 price available "by request only," but that there were no discounts on programming.

    I said okay and she scheduled an install for TOMORROW morning!

    I asked about the upcoming converstion to MPEG-4, and when Boston would receive local channels in hi-def. She replied, Boston will be able to receive hi-def locals by end-of-year 2005, and that DirecTV will offer a NO-COST equipment replacement when the MPEG-4 programming starts.

    I asked again, about the no-cost upgrade, to verify that she meant a new PVR (not Tivo). She said yes, new PVR, similar cababilities, but not from Tivo, because their relationship with Tivo was ending.
  15. Aug 30, 2005 #575 of 1232

    Dmtalon I love Tivo...

    Dec 27, 2003

    I've got DirecTV, and a SA Series2 Tivo. Also have an HDTV and OTA antenna. Last night ~8:45 we started watching Prison Break (aired on FOX) and saw the "Broadcast in HD" blob at the bottem and were like CRAP...

    Tried to catch up to live TV so we could finish watching it in HD, but didn't :-( So we were talking about how nice it would be to have one, but just couldn't justify the price listed at Best Buy and DirecTV.

    Well just for whatever reason I go into the HDTIVO forum here this morning instead of the HMO one and found this thread.

    Caled and talked to Marie at Customer Retension and at first she "couldn't find" the deal. I started the conversation telling her I'd seen it on TivoCommunity forums. She looked around and a few seconds later said... "Ah, here it is"

    So I ended up with:

    +$ 14.95

    And $5.99/mo for the first 6 months

    I can't thank you guys/gals enough!! The craziest part is it should be installed tomorrow morning!!!

    Yay!! Tivo :)

    Oh, she told me a phone line was/is REQUIRED for this unit. Is this true? I'll search around the forums but since i'm here posting I figured i'd ask
  16. Aug 30, 2005 #576 of 1232

    tBfree New Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Thanks everyone for alerting me to the HD10-250 price drop, I am now happily enjoying HD!

    The deal I got might help those that have bought or are about to buy a new hi def tv. I had bought a new Sony LCD last week at C*C. I then have been watching the prices in case it drops to get the difference within 30 days. This weekend I noticed B*Buy offering $200 dollars off an HD Tivo when purchased with an HDTV 30" or larger. I went back to C*C and they were cool about it and re-rang my purchase, included the HD DVR and matched the offer.

    I had already talked with D*tv Retention and had all the discounts set up. they honored them all, including the $250.00 credit towards the HD unit.

    Final cost to me: $599 - $200 (coupon match) - $250 (retention credit) - $100 (mail in rebate) = $49

    Coupled with the other discounts I'm very happy. and I have the option of returning it to a store if there is any issues in the first month. the thing I didn't get though is the OTA and I don't know if they will still install this for me if I need it for the $50 originally offered in the package. I'm trying my luck with doing the antenna myself.

    Anyways in case this helps any one in similar situation. Here is the link to the coupon -

    tBfree - now in HD
  17. Aug 30, 2005 #577 of 1232

    toneman This space for rent

    Oct 17, 2002
    FWIW--the installer wouldn't give me/install an external multiswitch as requested when he came out to install the HD10-250; I explained to him that I needed it, as I was gonna hook up an outdoor OTA antenna. As such, it was either give me a 5x8 (or 5 x whatever) external multiswitch or run a separate coax line from the OTA antenna to my HD10. Since the work order did not call for either--even though I had specifically requested for an external multiswitch for the reason just mentioned above--I was a bit unhappy about being told that one would not be provided.

    In any case, I called retention to voice my displeasure; the rep totally understood where I was coming from and scheduled to have an installer come out and rerun the cabling to the external multiswitch so that I could hook up an outdoor antenna. At that point, I pressed my luck a bit and asked him what else he could give me to compensate for the incovenience (no multiswitch in the first place plus now I needed to set aside time to wait the the installer to bring one out); he was willing to give me either free Showtime or $2 HBO for six months. I told him that that wasn't good enough, considering that I just bought the HD10, signed up for the HD package, and recommitted for 2 more years...could he give me both so that I could at least try out HBO and Showtime HD? No problem...so now, I got/will be getting:

    HD10-250 $299 - $100 MIR;
    Free Showtime for 6 months;
    $2 HBO for 6 months;
    Credit for shipping and handling for dish and DVR;
    $5 off HD programming for six months;
    Free 5x8 multiswitch (from what I hear, they won't necessarily just give it to you for free if it turns out the 4-way built-in multiswitch is adequate for your particular setup).

    Call me greedy, but I will be calling retention again--my HD10 just died yesterday. I will see if I can get some more credits--I mean, what good is paying for HD programming and receiving free HD premium channel programming if you can't watch/record any of it because your HD DVR is dead after just three days and you have to wait who knows how long before a replacement is shipped to you...and in the meantime, you can't watch any DTV programming in the family room (where the HD10 was located)?
  18. Aug 30, 2005 #578 of 1232
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    May 15, 2005
    Dawson, GA
    Well, my install was scheduled for Thursday afternoon (August 25) between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.. I went outside and opened the gate around 11:00 A.M., sat in the den with my cordless phone by my side playing Spider-Man 2 on my X-Box. About 12:15, the installer called asking for additional directions (he went right by me, but didn't understand how exact the directions are), and said that he'd see me in a minute (early, not too bad!). He came in, and I explained that I already had one line from the Phase III dish ran to where the HD-TiVo was going to be (from when I had my Hughes HTL-HD), and that I would run the second line myself later, but that I would need a multi-switch to do so, when he informed me that he didn't have one on him because the order form mentioned nothing about needing a multiswitch (even though I told the CSR that I WAS going to need a multiswitch), and proceeded to show me the order form (which listed the HD-TiVo, Phase III dish and basic install). He then asked to borrow my phone and walked outside to make the phone call. I then proceeded to to unpack the HD-TiVo, hook it up, and was finished by the time he walked back in. He then proceeded to tell me that he could bring me a powered multiswitch by later (I should have told him I needed it right then, but was stupid enough not to), and I started telling him how I told the CSR I needed the multiswitch, and she told me that the installer would have everything I needed. I mentioned about how the dish was nice since one of the outputs on my Phase III LNB had problems with a couple of transponders and he handed me a new LNB (I could have gotten the dish too, but I didn't care about the new dish, just the new LNB, so I didn't say anything about that, especially since it could be any day when DirecTV starts offering national HD channels on the SpaceWay satellites with the new dish). We then went inside, activated the new HD-TiVo, which took a little while, since even though the HD-TiVo was activated fairly quickly, the installer kept saying it would be another minute, and finally asked to speak to the installer again who had to inform her that LIL was not available in this DMA (I think she told him to change the channel to a LIL channel) and then asked him to turn to channel #370, during which time she mentioned some about an invalid card, before he told her that we had been watching DirecTV for several minutes.

    After that he had me sign papers, and talk to his employers (answering questions about whether or not he asked me for money, and things like that). He then began to tell me that me that he could probably get out here with the multiswitch later that day (since he didn't live that far from here, about 8 miles), and that it could be a couple of days, but it would probably be that day, or the next, but probably that day. I then told him that we might go to town that day, and he said that it would be no problem and that he'd sit it on the deck, when I told him that the gate would be closed. We then worked out a plan where he could sit it where nobody would see it. He then explained to me how to install the multiswitch, and then asked me if I had enough RG6 cable, I told him that I needed to go to Home Depot to get some, and he ended up handing me some 200-300 feet of RG6, which will allow me to not only run the second line to the HD-TiVo, but to power the multiswitch, and run lines from the multiswitch to the two receivers currently hooked up to a second 18-inch round dish currently up.

    However, we decided to stay home that day and go to town tomorrow, so I waited and the man never showed up, went to town the next day and I haven't seen a multiswitch yet. I might have been stupid to trust him, but I gave him til Monday, and then I called the local office of the installers and left a message for him with my name and number. That was yesterday, and I still haven't heard from him...

    Now I seem to be having some issues with the HD-TiVo (see this post for details).

  19. Aug 30, 2005 #579 of 1232

    tmdlkwd New Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    I have an old oval dish right now.
    When I call in do I need request the OTA + the 3 LNB Dish with the install?
    Do I need one

    Many here, I see are jsut getting the OTA installed for $50.00

    Not sure if they will just bring a 3 LNB Dish.

    Sorry, for the slightly off topic question.
  20. Aug 30, 2005 #580 of 1232

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    they (edit: are SUPPOSED to) bring everything necessary to make your new stuff work

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