hd tivo MAJOR price drop today

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

  1. Sep 4, 2005 #621 of 1232
    sgnow1

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    I have an old Sony Sat-T60 that I got years ago with Lifetime. If I were able to get this deal and switch to a HD-Tivo, would my lifetime be transferred to the HD Tivo? Or would I need to keep my old unit active as well (i.e. pay to have a second receiver added to subscription)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sep 4, 2005 #622 of 1232
    newsposter

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    lifetime is tied to account...a search will confirm this
     
  3. Sep 4, 2005 #623 of 1232
    rickmccamy

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    walnut...
    Dssturbo1, you were correct. Run through all the setup from my house, connected to the dish, to the point that the call is required, disconnect, and take it to my neighbor's. The screen prompts for the set up call are on the hard drive, so you do not need a sat signal for that part.
    Unit up and running, now, do I buy a HDTV for the bedroom, or sell the RCA DTC 210?
     
  4. Sep 4, 2005 #624 of 1232
    carstud

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    Well I called this morning and ordered mine today also had them order 1 for my mom. Got each for 299.00 minus the 100 rebate. I will call back later today to see if I can get them to give me a little more discount on my services. Thanks for all that posted this info as it helped me get my hd-tivo. I just called and asked for it and they gave it to me, no threating to leave needed. Had very polite retention agent from Idaho.
     
  5. Sep 4, 2005 #625 of 1232
    hearth

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    Has anyone received a rebate form? How exactly do you go about claiming the rebate? I just realized that the retention person did not tell me how to claim the rabate!?!?

    Thanks for any help...
    Don
     
  6. Sep 4, 2005 #626 of 1232
    kr8z1

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    I talked to Heather in retention today (very nice girl, very helpful) and here is what she was willing to do for me. I have been a cust since 9/02 with only TC and HBO.

    HR10-250 $299 - $100 rebate with 2yr contract
    OTA antenna Free ($50 - $50 credit to bill)
    HD Pak $5.99 6 months
    HBO $2 for 6 months
    SHO Free 6 months
    Cinemax Free 3 months
    Starz Free 3 months

    They could have installed Tues for me (2 days from now) but I'm having them come out this Sat instead.

    I was very nice and asked about the special on the HD TiVo and she told me about the $299 - $100 rebate (which she also said was available until 12/5/05 and that when Mpeg-4 is needed I'll either get a software update or a new unit free of charge). I had previously negotiated about a month ago when I was going to jump on the BB deal (which I decided to wait, glad I did) for these discounts: HD Pak for $5.99/6 months, HBO $2/6months, SHO free/3 months. I had also been offered $200 credit back then too, but she told me that was only available if I paid full price, which would end up more than the $299 deal.

    I asked her about making SHO free for 6 months - no problem. I asked her about the OTA antenna and she said it was $50. After talking a bit about it, she offered to give me a $50 credit to make it free. I then asked her if there were any other package discounts available and she said she would check. She then came back with Cinemax free/3 months. I said "Great! I really wish that could be Starz." and she said let her check to see what she could do. She then came back with Starz free/3 months. I agreed to everything and she then told me there was a 2yr agreement. I told her I would rather a 1yr agreement, she put me on hold to check on that, then came back on and told me it had to be 2yrs.

    Needless to say, I am very happy with both the offer and the way she dealt with me. In the past I've talked to reps who made it difficult to deal with, but this time I guess I dialed at the right time. :D
     
  7. Sep 4, 2005 #627 of 1232
    kr8z1

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    I was told that I would receive the rebate form in the mail with a confirmation letter. I then would need to send that in with a copy of my bill.
     
  8. Sep 4, 2005 #628 of 1232
    JimSpence

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    Has anyone gotten this and been able to do their own install? I have everything in place and don't need an ignorant installer to do anything. I will admit, that the installer who did my HTL-HD did a very good job. But I had the unit up and activated before he came to run the cables. I also had the Ph III dish mounted where I wanted it.

    I know, I should just call DirecTV :) I'm thinking I should wait for MPEG4, but I'm in DMA 154 and won't get HD locals for a loooong time. This price is right. :D
     
  9. Sep 4, 2005 #629 of 1232
    newsposter

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    From everything I've read on here (and it's been a lot the past 2 weeks) you would have to let him come to your house and then at least sign. Or if he's insistant I'm sure he would be happy to just hook it up to your existing lines to prevent DOA problems. I know others have tried and dtv said it must be installed. We try to save them money and look what we get.

    Now if you need help with any of the following, let me know:

    1. splitting lines to run to either side of a room
    2. choosing the right splitter with either powered legs or non powered
    3. arranging 8pm installs and reschedules (as well as burning your salary from missed 1/2 day work needlessly)
    4. trying to get a new line of sight through trees
    5. doing the opposite of a rain dance hoping he comes before it rains (it started at 8pm that night he did show up)
    6. choosing the right ota antenna
    7. putting bandaids on your lip from biting so hard because you are so pissed you had to wait an additional week for your new install
    8. being very angry yet controlled while bitching out dtv and trying to get more credit

    any of those, let me know and I shall oblige :)
     
  10. Sep 4, 2005 #630 of 1232
    sjberra

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    Mine showed up in the mail about 10 days after the installation. Now just waiting for my bill to send in for the rebate.
     
  11. Sep 4, 2005 #631 of 1232
    rickmccamy

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    walnut...
    Basically, yes. They bring it out, but you tell them you'll handle it, and sign the paperwork. Nobody minds getting a couple hours of free time, especially on Saturday.
    My installer was from a subcontracting firm, that had been bought out by a South Carolina firm, that was in the process of trying to bring SC wages to California. Yikes. A year ago he would get $65 per install. The South Carolina owners immediately dropped that to $45 per install, and then told all their installers they had to paint their trucks white. The Company would put up $300 towards the paint job. Well, around here a decent paint job on a large van will run $3000 to $5000. "If you don't want to paint your truck, you'll have to drive one of ours." Now because you are saving so much on wear and tear, we'll knock you back another $10 per install, to $35.
    You know every so often the IRS goes into an industry and makes it clear who is a contractor and who is a employee. 'Bout time for some of that here.
     
  12. Sep 5, 2005 #632 of 1232
    alexcue

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    Jim, i needed the Dish put up so i let them handle it. He gave me the receiver box, and i had it connected and waiting for the new dish to be up. He had no problem at all with it, but wanted to check only that it connected with Dtv (phone line) and he loved my setup, At the moment, i have in the living room the HR10, R10 and DSR6000. (btw, the DSR6000 has no sat in at the moment, just waiting for wife to clear off her stuff and it will be retired to backup status)
     
  13. Sep 5, 2005 #633 of 1232
    JimSpence

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    Thanks for your insight, newsposter. I know you've had a few problems with your install.

    Does you head feel better now, that you've stopped hitting it against the wall? :)

    I'll probably wait until after a few tax bills are paid before I jump on the HDTiVo.
    I'll just swap out the HTL-HD and the Dish 301 receiver to get the HDTiVo operational.

    On top of my RPTV I have a DVD recorder, DVD player, T60, HTL-HD, Sony AV receiver, and a Dish 301 receiver. The TV is also fed a signal from a DSR6000 which is in the basement.
     
  14. Sep 5, 2005 #634 of 1232
    newsposter

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    NO! Install cancel again today!!! Long story, if you are interested I can PM you, rather not say publicly. It's a nightmare. I wanted to save them some work and the local installers are having a fit about it. Totally unreasonable. Yes, even in writing they wouldn't do the time saving thing i wanted :(

    My net cost would be under 100 if i bought everything retail (if i can find a local multiswitch for 60 bucks..but doubt it) and i'm darn temped to right now. they would give me 250 for self install.

    I'm so stressed there's no pill or hot tub that could soothe me right now.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2005 #635 of 1232
    tractorboy

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    Ask and you shall receive. Thanks to this forum I also received the upgrade deal for an HD Tivo. I can't imagine any current subsriber not getting this, although I was out of contract. I first was alerted to it by a guy on ebay who is selling the INFORMATION on how to get this deal for $24.95. Seriously, check it out. Rather than buy his "information" I went to this forum, which has helped me in the past, and did a search. Voila, I got this thread and had the "information" for free! Yep, call customer retention, politely tell them that are considering a change in service, but wanted to check what Directv had going in terms of offers for current subscribers and you'll get the $299-$100 MIR. Ask for any deals on the programming and if you're TC Premier you'll get offered -$20/month for 6months. I didn't get the -$5/mo. for the HD package, but frankly I forgot to ask about it. She also offered to give me a $49 credit for a unit relocation install, but I'm just going to swap the existing box so I passed. New box is scheduled to arrive on 9/28.

    I feel like going on ebay and undercutting the guy who's ripping everybody off. Maybe charge $0.25 and then point them to this forum. I can't believe folks would actually buy information from ebay before doing at least a google search first to find out if it is already out there.
     
  16. Sep 5, 2005 #636 of 1232
    lman12

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    I have two questions.
    1) Will Directv allow you to do a self-install?

    2) If not, will directv allow the HD TIVO receiver to be delivered to your billing address instead of your service address?

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  17. Sep 5, 2005 #637 of 1232
    newsposter

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    1. NO way. Don't even try. IF you are lucky, you can tell the installer at your house to leave. However mine won't do that.

    2. there's another topic about this but i forget where. sorry
     
  18. Sep 5, 2005 #638 of 1232
    jim tressler

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    for those that have recieved the unit - does the hdmi port work?
     
  19. Sep 5, 2005 #639 of 1232
    Ein

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    Yes.
     
  20. Sep 5, 2005 #640 of 1232
    AbMagFab

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    Yes, perfectly. Since it seems many of the "HDMI" problems are TV related, and this is my second HD Tivo, it's not surprising.

    Note how, if someone has an HDMI problem, they seem to have multiple HDMI problems. And the rest of us are fine.

    This isn't to say there wasn't an initial hardware problem, but that really only applies to the small percentage of people that had real HDMI failures. The rest have older TV's, or just incompatibility issues.
     

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