hd tivo MAJOR price drop today

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

  1. Sep 24, 2005 #881 of 1232
    johnny dollar

    johnny dollar New Member

    Dec 21, 2001


    Some years ago I first learned of the existence of SD DirecTivo units checking out the Tivo Community Forum. I was interested in Tivo but didn't realize they had a unit that integrated with DirecTV. That turned out to be one of the best electronics buying decisions I've ever made.

    I've had an HD-ready Pioneer RP for several years but never had any HD programming. I wasn't interested if I couldn't tivo it. Over the weekend I noticed you had an HDTV Tivo forum and learned of the HD DirecTivo offer. It was too good to refuse.

    I made the call on Monday and just for asking got pretty much the same deal as described: $299, $100 rebate, free install, 5x8 multiswitch, discounted HD package (I already receive HBO and Showtime). They told me they could install it on Thursday. So I spent three days worrying what could go wrong: could they see all the satellites, would the receiver malfunction, would the installers have to cancel, or worse, screw things up?

    Come Thursday, two installers showed up with the equipment and a ton of supplies. It took several hours but they did all that had to be done, and their outside work certainly looked professional. I didn't need to install an OTA antenna as I have a big ol' roof antenna (with rotor that still works, after a fashion). Long story short, everything came up roses. My signal strength on satellite is, if anything, a tad higher than it had been. The OTA NBC station didn't appear at first, but after making a few adjustments with the rotor, it snapped into place. And OTA HD looks stunning.

    So thanks for twice giving me a much-needed heads up on things I didn't know I needed! By the way, michiganmicrotech did my install. They did a great job, exactly the opposite of the installer horror stories you sometimes read.
  2. Sep 25, 2005 #882 of 1232

    cheezheads New Member

    Aug 3, 2005
    Just called the 1-800-824-9081 and told them I would like to upgrade to the HDTV with TIVO and the lady could not have been nicer. She said that they indeed do have a special deal for existing costomers, 299.00 less 100.00 rebate plus shipping, handling and tax. They will be out Saturday to install, very easy. Did'nt bother to try to get any other deals I was happy enough with this seeing that we just bought one for 499.00 at C.C.
  3. Sep 25, 2005 #883 of 1232

    veganfred New Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    Why not get as much as you can? If they're offering, I'm taking. I've supported them long enough, so now it's time I get something back. Why should new customers get all the incentives? It's about time we do. My only regret is that I didn't get more. :rolleyes:

    I'd tell you exactly what I got, but everytime I try, I get this goofy message for being a newbie here:
    "Your Post contains one or more URLs or image calls, please remove them before submitting your message again. To prevent the abuse of spam, we have set this restriction in place until after you make 5 posts."
    But all I have is prices, so I don't get it.

    Bottom line, I got the rebate, HBO, Showtime, HD package, and five bucks off per month, all for six months, plus free shipping, and the guy added an extra (free) install for my bedroom for a box I already had, so it cost me a whole buck. Rats! :rolleyes:
  4. Sep 26, 2005 #884 of 1232

    DaveNinja New Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Thank you, Cody!
    I have no idea who Cody is but he helped me get an awesome deal on the HD box. My UTV box crashed and now cant be trusted (after years of trust). I also just got a HDTV so naturally want to be able to record HD. I read the threads on here about the deals and thought i'd give it a shot. Called one of the numbers listed here on saturday and asked what kind of deals they had on the HD tivo box. She said 299 with a 100 dollar rebate. I said "cool. a friend told me that you can sometimes make the deal better". At this she started laughing and said "Are you Toby's friend?" I guess a guy named Toby in texas called right before me and talked her into giving him an deal. She thought it was funny that i called right after him so she gave me the same deal:

    $299 - $100 rebate, and then a $100 credit to the account (making the box 99 bucks after rebate, sweet!), also Hbo for 2 bucks a month for 6 month, showtime free for 6 months and 5 bucks off HD package when i start it. Pretty good, eh?

    All thanks to this board! hoepfully i can get it all installed soon and be recording HD (which looks amazing on the tv (sony 50A10) with just the OTA).

    -dave ninja (new guy to tivo)
  5. Sep 26, 2005 #885 of 1232

    kalphoto New Member

    Jul 6, 2005


    Well all be damned. I think this is the 4th or 5th call I've made trying to get "the deal" and was offered the following right off the bat:

    $299 HD Tivo - $100 Rebate = $199
    $50 OTA antenna (optional)
    $49 Superfan (even though it is after 8/31 she said she would offer a $50 credit)

    She wouldn't offer much else but it seems like the normal deal at least. She noted my account as I am going to have to convince my fiance on this one.

    Question: she couldn't see to answer if I needed the OTA. I am in Los Angeles and am already a subscriber to my local channels. Do I need the OTA? or will I get HD locals?

    Also, she said that I had to subscribe to the $10.99 / month HD package (which I really do not want to do). Has anyone had success cancelling the HD package after getting this deal and everything installed? (if I have to pay one month that's fine).

    Thanks in advance!
  6. Sep 26, 2005 #886 of 1232

    lord-dogbert New Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Fontana, Ca
  7. Sep 26, 2005 #887 of 1232

    blossej New Member

    Sep 22, 2005
    I just got my HD system installed today. Got my Season passes into the system (25 hehe) and I must say, the HD is AWESOME!!! I was watching Arrested Development and had my Tivo on 28-1 and put the other tuner on 28 just to see the difference and it's amazing. It's like looking through a friggin window!
  8. Sep 27, 2005 #888 of 1232

    STPETER New Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    :) Thank you all for helping me get a great deal on my HR10-250 from direct tv. I got the $299. deal with the 100.00 rebate. I also go my Untimate tv unit replaced with a new 99.00 unit with a bigger tivo drive 80 gig instead of the ultimates 40 gig for free for my sons room. I got $5.00 off my current package total choice for the next year. 5.00 off the HDpkg for 6 months...and finally free install of a new oval dish and new lines to both rooms.

    this forum rocks. thanks again everyone
  9. Sep 27, 2005 #889 of 1232

    finaldiet New Member

    May 10, 2004
    Oak forest, Il.
    I bought mine when it was $799-$250 on May 1. Called the other day and they gave me another $100 credit towards it. Can't complain since the HD viewing has been fantastic since then. Enjoy your new unit!
  10. Sep 27, 2005 #890 of 1232

    peterbilt New Member

    May 28, 2003
    That it is to say, that they each are included with their respective premium packages. If you get HBO, you get HBOHD, and likewise for the other premium channels.

    The channels included in the HD package are only available as part of that package.
  11. Sep 27, 2005 #891 of 1232

    peterbilt New Member

    May 28, 2003
    For those of you receiving discounts on HBO and Showtime, are you currently subscribed to those channels? Or are those offers only for people who don't already get those channels?
  12. Sep 27, 2005 #892 of 1232

    bma New Member

    May 30, 2003
    I tried twice this morning and both reps told me that the promotion ended yesterday and that their best deal is $499-$100 MIR. Anyone else getting this story? They weren't pleading ignorance or saying I didn't qualify for it, just sounded like the party was over.
  13. Sep 27, 2005 #893 of 1232

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    I was already subscribed to them...
  14. Sep 27, 2005 #894 of 1232

    keefer37 Active Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Durham, NC
    We were not subscribed to Showtime, nor HBO.

    We just had Total Choice, HD Package and NFL ST w/ Superfan. Oh yeah, and the DVR charge and mirroring fees.
  15. Sep 27, 2005 #895 of 1232

    lansman New Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I got the exact same problem when I called just now - I was told that the "promotion ended this morning" and that DirecTV does not give discounts on programming, especially after they were willing to give me the HD DVR for $499 - $200 credit on upcoming bills - $100 mail in rebate.

    The guy I talked to said that the people saying they got programming deals were providing 'misinformation' and were wrong. What a load of crap. Anyone else get the new 'company line' this morning?
  16. Sep 27, 2005 #896 of 1232

    tazzman69 New Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    called dtv for special offer and was told the same 499 with mir, i told them that i wanted to disconnect and ended up asking for a supervisor.
    the supervisor confirmed that the 299 was no longer an offer due to being abused by customers who didn't deserve it. Not only that dtv removed the 800-600-8977 # because web sites were posting it to call for the offer and now they have found that the 800-824-9081 # was being giving and are now removing it as well.
    i told the sup he needs to aunor the old offer due to it being advertised or i would disconnect and he said dtv does not support or condone the price listing on any website except for dtv's and he disconnected my service right there on the spot! amazing considering my customer status for 2 years with no interuptions.
    I ended up calling right back reconnecting my account and ordered it for the 499. I will bow down to this offer still cause if you compare it to dish hd dvr or cable it still is worth gold. good luck all on getting the best price but be carefull. they are going to play hard ball now
  17. Sep 27, 2005 #897 of 1232

    mczolton New Member

    Aug 6, 2003
    I can't believe you went so far as to cancel your service because they wouldn't honor an unadvertised sale price. Like it or not, D* has the right to cancel the offer at any time.

  18. Sep 27, 2005 #898 of 1232
    jim tressler

    jim tressler Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    i agree.. when they are offering a deal, you gotta jump on it or risk losing it..
  19. Sep 27, 2005 #899 of 1232

    riekl New Member

    Jan 29, 2001
    What address have you given them ? If you are in the NY,NY DMA you get both locals and HD locals . there are no waivers as you are only getting your local broadcast.

    You are the first person i have ever heard of having difficulty getting them. The ONLY situation i can think of where you are entiled to the SD and not the HD is if you are outside the NY,NY dma and obtained waivers to get the SD channels.
  20. Sep 27, 2005 #900 of 1232

    sphinxatl New Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    After initially seing this over at DBSTalk today I called the retention department and after some haggling and mentioning Comcast several times the CSR went from 649 then to 499, and finally after some extended hold time 299 plus the rebate.

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