Just Ordered the New DirecTV TiVo from DirecTV

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Captain Spaulding, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Jebberwocky!

    Jebberwocky! Guest

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    Thanks, I tried 3x and got the same response. Not trying to prove anything, I already knew I was stubborn :)

    I actually feel good about ditching them and going old school (well not all the way).

    I bought a Tivo Premier to record OTA along with an upgraded 2TB HD (which will pay for itself in 2.5 months of what I was paying to DirecTV)

    I already have a large antenna to get OTA and between that and streaming over my wired network I think I'll be set. What ever I miss I'm pretty sure I can find and DL to watch through my existing media extender.

    I figure my monthly TV expense will drop at least $80/month after figuring in the cost of the Tivo and maybe Hulu +, it's like I gave myself a raise. I already had netflix and amazon prime streaming,
     
  2. Segwin

    Segwin New Member

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    Amen!
     
  3. Captain Spaulding

    Captain Spaulding Member

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    I ordered my TiVo online from DirecTV Thursday morning and it arrived Friday via FedEx overnight shipping. Very nice! Thanks, DirecTV.
     
  4. spiffy

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    Do you guys think D* will give me an estimate before I start asking about discounts? I'd like to replace all three outlets with THR-22; but that would require rewiring on two of the outlets plus other hardware change if necessary (though I already have an oval dish because of international programming.) I really would like to know how all these changes will affect my bottom line before I pull the trigger.

    (And why are they charging for install now? Hasn't it always been free?)
     
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Typically they only charge ~$50 for any additional cables or rewiring needed when you add new equipment. That includes a new dish if you don't already have a Slimline HD dish.
     
  6. dirk1843

    dirk1843 I'm your huckleberry

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    I have always found it very hard to swallow the sky high acquisition costs that so many companies give.

    I guess they could shuffle the numbers to make it look like that, but if they really have to spend 800 + to GET a customer, would it not be easier to just lower their prices by 400 dollars a year?? This would do the same as locking in a customer for 2 years.

    Give people a lower price and keep them with great service......who would have thought??
     
  7. EmilyEmily

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    Yes, the $19 install fee in my case was because I needed a new HD dish put in place of the old SD one. They also ran a new inside coax cable, which wasn't entirely necessary but which I was glad of, because one of the existing ones was ancient and had multiple connectors in it.
     
  8. rayik

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    We "cut the cord" a year ago. Entire family is happy with OTA and streaming.

    For streaming I'd recommend you get a dedicated streaming box such as a Roku. HD streams are a maximum of 4 Mb (adaptive bit rate used). We are able to simultaneously stream HD to 2 TVs and 2 tablets no problem with 12 / 2 internet service.

    The Tivo works great for OTA. It will take a while (probably 3 - 4 weeks), but it will fill up with recordings. OTA puts a lot of older shows (such as Everybody Loves Raymond) on at odd times. Initially it may take a while but the TIVO will fill up with shows.

    With TIVO and Roku we found we can continue to watch 35 of the 40 shows we had regularly watched with D*. We added $8 / month Netflix and $8 / month Hulu Plus subcriptions. TV now costs $16 / month instead of the $81 we had been paying. For the rare occasions the family wants to see something that is a current Satellite / Cable release not available on our sources, we can rent or buy it from Amazon. (For example, we bought the current season of 19 Kids and Counting for $25 on amazon. Even with that cost that month - $8 + $8 + $25 - it was still a lot cheaper than the $81 / month we paid wtih D*.

    Lastly, if you have an XBOX 360 and gold membership, ESPN 3 is available. They have a lot of live sports (and replays) all in HD.

    Good luck
     
  9. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

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    Make sure you look at the sub channels from your local stations. Local PBS stations can have 4-5 such channels of interesting stuff. Network affiliates sometimes add on services like RetroTV, Antenna TV, This, etc. with some good old stuff. I recently rediscovered the original Outer Limits; the Alfred Hitchcock shows are excellent and timeless, etc.

    The big decision is on the un-sanctioned downloading. What is the law, really, about legitimate timeshifting in terms of downloads? Once broadcast over public airwaves and other public rights of way, what are the public domain issues, ultimately? In term of older stuff, once distributed with a 27 year copyright, can the clock really be re-started, over (and over) again? You have to make some judgements.
     
  10. falstaffpac

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    The cable competitor in my area is Charter Communications (which I loathe). I did a quick Google search on Charter and Tivo and learned a new Tivo Premiere with Charter is in the works: http://www.charter.com/tivo

    I called DTV and requested Retention. I informed Retention that I am partial to Tivo and wanted to know the cost of receiving 2 new HDTivos. I also informed them of this new Charter/Tivo option to be available in my area "soon". 2 new HDTivos are being shipped to me at no charge, no installation fee. I currently have 3 televisions connected but will be increasing this to 4 televisions (additional $6/month) and an additional Tivo charge of $5/month. I added auto bill pay to waive the HD charge ($10/month). The charge for my upgrade of 2 new HDtivos will result in a new 2 year contract and a bump of $1/month to my bill. I'm pretty happy with the result.

    Loyal customer since 2003, and have been out of contract since last April.
     
  11. Gasturbine

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    Ive been a customer since early 2010, and just ordered mine for $149 shipped. However, I was a DirecTV customer from like 2000-2007, but I dont know if they count that.

    I havent got it yet, but rep on the phone said no install/tech needed...just hook it up, and call for activation.

    Also got hit with the extra $5 per month charge for the TiVo service, and had to renew another 2 years.
     
  12. Captain Spaulding

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    I hope this posting isn't taken as criticism of the THR22-100. I don't mean for it to be. I just wanted to pass along my thoughts after using it for a couple of weeks. I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything. I understand that everyone's likes and needs are different. I'm just passing along my particular experiences.

    I really missed my old DirecTiVo, or at least I thought I did. As I stated in an earlier posting, I ordered a THR22-100 just as soon as I could. It does do exactly what it is supposed to do, and it does it perfectly, but, with time, I found that I really liked my HR24-500 much better.

    For example, and perhaps because I'm a little older now, I find that I have to strain my eyes a bit to read the text on the TiVo guide. The guide on the HR24-500 is brighter and easier to see. I also missed things such as Quicktune, easier 'one button' recording, quick access to the "View Upcoming" information, which I use quite often, and other "minor" features which quickly added up to convince me to go back to my HR24-500.

    I suppose its a bit like having fond memories of a girlfriend from the distant past whom I meet again for a date. I still see those things in her that initially enchanted me, but I (and technology) have moved on and she has remained the same. I wish her, and TiVo, the very best.
     

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