hd tivo MAJOR price drop today

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

  1. Sep 27, 2005 #901 of 1232

    sbessel Reformed Geek

    Dec 10, 2001


    I received the same response as well. Although they were willing to offer me the rebate on this unit as this would be my second HD unit, the first arrived a few weeks back.
  2. Sep 27, 2005 #902 of 1232

    apoptosis New Member

    Jun 22, 2002
    Is there much difference in quality between the new square wineguard OTA antenna and the older propeller style antenna? Also, since having my HD tivo installed, my signal strenth on the 110 sat has dropped to around 60-65 on a calm, clear day, with the other two staying around 85. The tech told me that the low signal strenth on sat 110 was something I would have to deal with, seeing that all three sats are tuned in at the same time and can not be individually tuned in. Any input would be appreciated.


  3. Sep 27, 2005 #903 of 1232

    veganfred New Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    You will get DTV's HD's for ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX, without the need for an antenna. As for the other channels, it could be a few weeks or months before they are offered. As for the HD's OTA, I live in the valley and cannot get 2, 7, or 13 at all, and many UHF's come and go as they please. Please save your money on their antenna, as it blows, and buy a real one. I got a refund for it, because it received less channels than my other antenna did, and it was even weak on regular channels.

    I was about to cancel it, until I got it included for free for 3 mos., and I got another 3 tacked on @ 5 bucks. After that, if it hasn't improved much, I'll probably dump it. Get them to replace the antenna discount with the HD package. How long have you been a customer? Seems like you could do much better than that deal. Are you asking for what you want, or just taking what they offer? The latter doesn't work too hot. If you're not doing the asking, I suggest you read through previous deals here, and take notes of everything, then go down the list one by one with the CSR, with a smile in your voice. Ask and you shall receive. If not, call someone else.

    P.S. If you have to convince the fiance on this one, you may already be in trouble in that dept., and might want to consider trading her in for the Tivo - as at least it lets you be the boss, and entertains you. :D
  4. Sep 27, 2005 #904 of 1232

    veganfred New Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    I was not subscribed to either and got both. So it apparently doesn't matter.
  5. Sep 27, 2005 #905 of 1232

    kalphoto New Member

    Jul 6, 2005


    Thanks for the info. Seeing as this is the 4th time I have tried for the deal, I was pretty happy to get it. Unfortuntately, I'm now in a challenging position to convince my fiance. I love her to death... she loves football as much as I do but alas, it seems that "honeymoon" is on the mind and an extra $300 right now is a tough sell. Hoping to find some money to get this...
  6. Sep 27, 2005 #906 of 1232

    Dssturbo1 New Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    i would call and complain to dtv. sounds like the installer does not quite have the dish tuned as best as possible, (are there any trees or obstacles in the line of sight to sky/sats?). Most good installers can get the dish tuned to the low 90s-high 80's on all 3 sats. It's not that he can tune one better but if he takes his time and knows what he's doing he should be able to get all three better.
    What part of the country are you in? of course sat c 110 has the fewest channels but if it is at 60-65 it is easy to get reception or rain fade problems. usually it's the sat b 119 that is off when the dish is not tuned best it can be.
  7. Sep 27, 2005 #907 of 1232

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    this idea is so preposterous ..and simple...it must be true: If you don't want certain people to not get the deal TRAIN your CSR's, especially in retention, about it!!!! Don't blame the customer for the mgmt problem. If they are giving out too many deals, that means they weren't monitoring the deals very well and holding them back. After all, let's not forget DTV holds all the cards here. Most people genuinely won't leave.

    This is no way is our problem, if the reports are true. Also maybe they have run out of boxes and that's why they are trying to slow the bleeding. ? nah that doesn't make sense.
  8. Sep 27, 2005 #908 of 1232

    apoptosis New Member

    Jun 22, 2002
    I live in Minnesota and have a clear line of sight to the southwest. Looks like I'll put a call in to directv and see if they can send another insatller out. Any feedback on the square wineguard OTA vs the propeller type. I am only about 12-15 miles from the HD tower.


  9. Sep 28, 2005 #909 of 1232

    tetfsu New Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    I just called them (800-824-9081) and said I was going to cancel my service because I was unhappy with the ability to get Network HD channels, as my requests for waivers had been denied. The very nice rep offered to have make a deal on an installer to come and put an HD Antenna up for me in an effort to keep my business.

    I worked in TiVo into the conversation some place and that I was disappointed about not being able to use my TiVo for HD and record local stations, she said that they have a very special deal right now for a new TiVo receiver that they have that will record HD Programming from both the satellite and OTA programming. I said that was awesome and if they really had that I would consider staying, she said that including the HD Antenna the special price including installation was $349.00.

    I told her that I would give it a try but what if the local HD stations didn't come in. She said she would specially note my account and do something that they don't normally do and let me see what happened when the installer came out and set things up. If the signal quality wasn't up to the standards I had in mind, I could just send the HD TiVo back for a full refund and she would waive the 2 yr service commitment.

    So here's the deal that I end up with.

    HD TiVo $499.00 = $499.00
    HD OTA Antenna + $50.00 = $549.00
    Special Rebate - $200.00 = $349.00
    Mail in Rebate - $100.00 = $249.00
    Half off HD Package for 6 mo -$30.00 = $219.00
    Showtime and HBO for 6 mo @ $2 each +$24.00 = $233.00
    Free installation +$0.00 = $233.00

    SWEET! Give it a shot and work your best deal :up: :up:
  10. Sep 28, 2005 #910 of 1232
    jim tressler

    jim tressler Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Check out the local ota section on avs forum - the propeller type is probably the sensar - I use it without problems in Cincinnati where I am about 23 miles out. ITs not the greatest and for $50 you can get a good channel master - but if thats what they bring then as long as you have decent line of site the sensar should work at 15 miles out.



  11. Sep 28, 2005 #911 of 1232

    Villanman New Member

    Sep 5, 2004
    I saw on Ebay that people are actually selling the Info on how to get the $299 deal and people are actually buying it!
  12. Sep 28, 2005 #912 of 1232

    belsokar New Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    sorry to ask this, I'm sure it's listed elsewhere,...but where can I find rebate forms for the directv deals? Do I have to call in about them? Or download them somewhere?

  13. Sep 28, 2005 #913 of 1232

    Kardinal New Member

    Jan 27, 2003
    Tetfsu, I called the same number you did and gave them a story about how a friend was very pleased with the Cox HD service around here and I wanted to see if they could do HD for me. I played ignorant and dropped the "Cox" name a lot, but despite whining about the $400 price tag on the HR10-250 they wouldn't budge on the price.

    Glad you got yours, I may try again to get the deal, but I don't have much hope. Good job, man.
  14. Sep 28, 2005 #914 of 1232

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    they send it to you in the mail about a week after activation...
  15. Sep 28, 2005 #915 of 1232

    vwinterr New Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    spoke with a rep moments ago... she said there was a meeting this morning regarding the hr10250 and people not following the policies...

    after a good 40min conversation she said she'd talk with a supervisor to see what she could do since just yesterday she would have been able to give $299 + mir... very polite, very cordial, but said the best she could do was $399, and that she'd note the account

    so apparently they're cracking down... i'm sure it's not too much news, but just wanted to add my story... not sure how true the meeting today was, but she seemed sincere
  16. Sep 28, 2005 #916 of 1232

    toneman This space for rent

    Oct 17, 2002
    Nope--I wasn't subscribed to any of the premium channels...but due to a combination of "asking" and screwups on DTV's part regarding installation appointments, I was able to get DTV to give me 6 months free Showtime, 3 months free Starz, and $2/month HBO (which technically shows up as a $10 credit on the DTV bill) for 6 months (they originally set me up with HBO/Cinemax for the price of HBO but I decided the $2 HBO deal was more worth it to me than the 2 for 1 deal).

    But...you don't necessarily have to not be subscribed to the premiums in order to receive (if retention gives it to you) the premium discounts mentioned in this forum.
  17. Sep 28, 2005 #917 of 1232
    Mr Pieces

    Mr Pieces TiVo Junkie

    Mar 26, 2001
    Figures they would start cracking down on the day I was going to call and get a second unit. (Just got a new 26" Sharp LCD TV for the bedroom and need HD TiVo for it) I'll call and give it a try but from what I have seen looks like no HD TiVo at a steal.

  18. Sep 28, 2005 #918 of 1232

    Townie33 New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    First off, I greatly appreciate the input I've picked up from this forum. Here is my experience from about 30 minutes ago. I hope it helps. Called 800-824-9081 and got through immediately. I was excited about that. I explained I was a DirecTV cust. looking to replace my old HD receiver with newer technology (DVR). What could they do for me? Rep said prices "had just changed." I'm thinking, "OH NO!" I ask, "In my favor I hope." He replies, "I would say so." Anyway, he explains the much in demand TiVo DVR is now $499. He can get me that price with a $100 rebate. I wasn't too excited about this "deal" and explained that a friend got the same "deal" for $200 less 2 days prior. He said he'd check to see what he could do and offered me the NFL Super package for free, half off the HD package for 6 mos., and some HBO and Showtime deal. I hemmed and hawed a bit more and he said he'd see what else he could do. Next thing you know he offers me a $200 credit along with the $100 rebate. Wow! But then I wouldn't be able to get any of the other offers. I said that would be fine (since that's what my buddy had gotten anyway). I did then mention my friend still had gotten half off his HD package for 6 mos. He said he shouldn't, but he'd give that to me too. So I ended up getting the HD TiVo DVR for $499. Then a $200 credit, and a $100 rebate, and half off my HD for 6 months. I also picked up the HD OTA attenna for $50. I figured since they were gonna do the installation for FREE....why not? By the way, he also asked that I not tell anyone about the deal I had gotten. Things are getting tight guys!
  19. Sep 28, 2005 #919 of 1232

    ginhead New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    just to add a data point:

    I was kind of bummed after reading this recent news because I called monday, got offered $299-$100 rebate but was holding out for more (programming credit).

    anyway,the csr that I spoke with about an hour ago said the $299 deal had been discontinued on the 26th and the base price is now $499. after some discussion I go this:

    tivo: $499
    mail in rebate: - $100
    programming credit: - $200
    net tivo cost: $199 + tax + handling/delivery fee

    it took the CSR about 15 minutes to get her story straight about the tivo cost - originally she said that the cost was $699 with a $100 rebate. I explained that 'my friend' got it last week for $299. It also took a little negotiating to get the $200 programming credit - I explained that Comcast would give me the box for free and that $400 is at more than $10/month. She offered a $150 credit, I asked for $200 and got it.

    good luck.
  20. Sep 28, 2005 #920 of 1232

    Sir_winealot Seenyer Member

    Nov 18, 2000
    So now, seems that rather than it being $299 w/a $100 rebate....it's a higher price minus 'account credit' ...minus rebate....which still works out to the same thing?

    And usually to receive such a credit, you'd need to be an exsisting customer that's been around for a while, and kept up w timely payments. This seems to be what this discount was intended for initially ....not meant for everybody, but to reward loyal customers....and perhaps some of the CSR's began giving it to everyone which got outta hand a little.

    Dunno for sure....but if I had to guess....

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