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TexasRed
03-24-2007, 08:43 PM
I thought some of you who may be in the same boat as myself might be interested in my experience switching from cable to DTV. I have had the same cable company for about seven years and have all my services through them (cable with HD+DVR, phone, and internet). They are a smaller company and have always given me great customer service.... To say I was miffed at the new Extra Inning deal with DTV is an understatement. I really was not interested in satellite service, but living in Texas and living for Reds baseball meant I was going to have to make the deal with the devil or miss baseball......

Well, when all was said and done to get the same thing I have now with cable (two HD boxes w/DVR and HBO) is going to cost me $300 down for the boxes and about $10 bucks a month less after the first year. The first year I will get about $30 off per month..... So, I guess in the end it, it's pretty much a wash. Still, I can't help feeling a bit swindled over it all:thumbdown

JaxRed
03-24-2007, 09:56 PM
So they charged you $300, and are reducing your bill by $360 over the first year, and after that you'll only be paying $10 a month less than before?

Wow what a ripoff. :rolleyes:

Dracodave
03-24-2007, 10:08 PM
Really? Direct TV just cost me 65$ out of pocket the day of. That was it. They put the satelitte on my roof and voila! Three rooms..haha..GOt the EI package as well :thumbup: :thumbup:

All in all I am paying maybe 50$ a month..(90$ for four months when I get billed for the EI)

hebroncougar
03-24-2007, 10:22 PM
Well, with 2 HD/DVR's it's going to cost you out of pocket. The difference is with cable you returned the boxes, with directv, you own them.

TexasRed
03-24-2007, 10:51 PM
So they charged you $300, and are reducing your bill by $360 over the first year, and after that you'll only be paying $10 a month less than before?

Wow what a ripoff.
Today 06:43 PM

That's my point. It's not a ripoff if you're only looking at the money aspect of the deal. Like I said, it's pretty much a wash $$$ wise. My problem is; I don't have a choice if I want to watch the Reds more than the few times a year when they play the 'Stos...... Sorry, but I'm a guy who likes to have a choice.




Well, with 2 HD/DVR's it's going to cost you out of pocket. The difference is with cable you returned the boxes, with directv, you own them.


That's what I thought, but the guy informed me that I don't really own the boxes... It's a users fee (or some such nonsense).

Degenerate39
03-24-2007, 10:58 PM
I've got a question about DTV say the box is in one room and there aren't any other boxes in the house. So will the other rooms have to watch what's on the other room?

Dracodave
03-24-2007, 11:15 PM
I've got a question about DTV say the box is in one room and there aren't any other boxes in the house. So will the other rooms have to watch what's on the other room?

They give you a box for every room, all ya gotta do is ask. :p:

redram
03-24-2007, 11:52 PM
Well, with 2 HD/DVR's it's going to cost you out of pocket. The difference is with cable you returned the boxes, with directv, you own them.

OH No You don't Own them, you lease them. The per box charge after the first one is a bit less than cable, but if you leave DTV, you have to return them or be billed a rather hefty fee. You also are tied into a 2 year commitment with DTV. I have them only because of NFL and now MLB :-(. I did however also keep cable as a backup. When it rains hard you will lose your signal for a bit. Both have their advantages. DTV is less monthly but cable offers on-demand and more movie channels. DTV offers sports lovers what they MUST have. Football and Baseball, and you can bet they will go after The NBA and Hockey next.

SirFelixCat
03-25-2007, 12:05 AM
Well, after an ordeal with their customer service, I got the Premier package w/ HD channels, DVR service, the whole kit 'n kaboodle for $46 the first 3 months, $65 a month thru month 10, and $100 a month from there out, if I keep all the premier channels.

I did pay for the HDDVR upfront, but overall, I'm happy to be back w/ D*. Also, I still have my older 2 DirectTiVo's so I still get the Tivo Interface on those 2 as well.

This compared to the $190 a month I was shelling out for cable. Yeah, I'm happy.

Degenerate39
03-25-2007, 12:43 AM
They give you a box for every room, all ya gotta do is ask. :p:

Ahhh I'm getting it in a few days. Thanks for clearing it up.

TeamDunn
03-25-2007, 01:00 AM
From what I read on their site early last week you could lease or purchase the boxes for the other rooms...I assume for $300 TexasRed purchased them?

I'm still on the fence. I love my cable internet...Zoomtown sucks :thumbdown

I was hoping our cable company was going to be bought out and it would then carry the EI package. :rolleyes:

I could see how I do until the all star break...I think the EI package still gives a nice price slash in July! :)

RBA
03-25-2007, 01:12 AM
No, for a new HD DVR at $300, they are on a Lease.

Dracodave
03-25-2007, 03:01 AM
Ahhh I'm getting it in a few days. Thanks for clearing it up.

No biggie. It's what I'm here for :thumbup:

SirFelixCat
03-25-2007, 11:41 AM
Update:


Got this last weekend and the installer was awesome. He set up my dish on a non-ground penetrating stand in my backyard, held down by 4 cinder blocks. He then did a helluva great job running 4 new cables (following the existing cables under the overhang of the house) to the TV's and instead of doing a wall-fish, since the TV's are near the outer walls, just drilled holes near the existing cable came thru.

He did a GREAT job and also told me that the protection plan ($5.99 a month) is not worth it. If my DirectTivo (DVR40) that I'm using for my bedroom TV ever dies, or if I decide that I prefer the DirectTV interface vs Tivo, call and get the protection plan for one month, then give him a call (he left his cell #) and he'll come out and call DTV and let them know that my Tivo died and he'll replace it with a R15 (Direct TV DVR) free. He also told me about getting an OTA antenna and if I want, get all the parts and he'll come install it for free. Good stuff!

Overall, a great experience and I tipped him $50 for doing such a great job.

Not to mention that I got the Premier Package w/ HD's & DVR service for $46 the first 3 months, $65 thru month 10, then either $102/month from there out, or drop the package down to whatever I want.

Thanks for all the help and I'm a happy guy.


Oh, I should also add that we have had two BRUTAL hail storms this week and I lost DTV for about 1 min, once. All-in-all, rock solid and I'm thrilled :thumbup:

TexasRed
03-25-2007, 03:28 PM
From what I read on their site early last week you could lease or purchase the boxes for the other rooms...I assume for $300 TexasRed purchased them?

I'm still on the fence. I love my cable internet...Zoomtown sucks :thumbdown

I was hoping our cable company was going to be bought out and it would then carry the EI package. :rolleyes:

I could see how I do until the all star break...I think the EI package still gives a nice price slash in July! :)

No, it wasn't a puchase it is a lease:(

It sounds like there is some negotiating going on too. Some of the others who have replyed to this thread seem to have gotten a much better deal than I did...... I wish I would have known that earlier.:bang:

JaxRed
03-25-2007, 03:38 PM
The only guy that seemed to mention a better deal than you didn't appear to get the HD DVR.

You did fine. You got a leased HD DVR for -$40. The downside is you don't own it. The upside is if/when it breaks.... you don't own it.

Reds Fanatic
03-25-2007, 04:42 PM
I am thinking about making the switch but I have one question. According to Directv you need a phone line connected to your Directv receivers. Do you have to have a phone line connected to every receiver? The problem for me is I don't have phone lines near any of my televisions. I just was curious if anyone was able to order thing like Extra Innings or Sunday Ticket without having the receivers connected to a phone line.

TC81190
03-25-2007, 04:44 PM
From what I read on their site early last week you could lease or purchase the boxes for the other rooms...I assume for $300 TexasRed purchased them?

I'm still on the fence. I love my cable internet...Zoomtown sucks :thumbdown

I was hoping our cable company was going to be bought out and it would then carry the EI package. :rolleyes:

I could see how I do until the all star break...I think the EI package still gives a nice price slash in July! :)

Speak for yourself, I've never had better.

hebroncougar
03-25-2007, 08:15 PM
I am thinking about making the switch but I have one question. According to Directv you need a phone line connected to your Directv receivers. Do you have to have a phone line connected to every receiver? The problem for me is I don't have phone lines near any of my televisions. I just was curious if anyone was able to order thing like Extra Innings or Sunday Ticket without having the receivers connected to a phone line.

They say you do, but I've confirmed you really don't. Check out dbstalk.com for satellite info, it's a good board.

Hubba
03-25-2007, 08:55 PM
I am thinking about making the switch but I have one question. According to Directv you need a phone line connected to your Directv receivers. Do you have to have a phone line connected to every receiver? The problem for me is I don't have phone lines near any of my televisions. I just was curious if anyone was able to order thing like Extra Innings or Sunday Ticket without having the receivers connected to a phone line.

You do not have too have a phone line but you will have to make a phone call to order pay per views ect.

toledodan
03-25-2007, 10:58 PM
i've had directv for 5 years and never had a phone line hooked up. also you get one box with your service but every box after that is 4.99 per month. directv is a little expensive compared to other services but i wouldn't trade it for anything. being a reds, bengals and xavier fan here in the toledo area it was a must to have.

macro
03-25-2007, 11:32 PM
I've got a question about DTV say the box is in one room and there aren't any other boxes in the house. So will the other rooms have to watch what's on the other room?

As toledo just pointed out, each additional box is $4.99 a month. So, if you only have the one box, all you can do is split the signal coming out and let every TV watch the same satellite channel. There is an exception if you have an over-the-air antenna, though. One room can watch the antenna (CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, etc.) while the other room is watching whatever is being tuned on the satellite.

TeamDunn
03-26-2007, 12:37 AM
Speak for yourself, I've never had better.

I believe I was, but thanks for sharing. :rolleyes:

foxfire123
03-26-2007, 01:45 AM
You do not have too have a phone line but you will have to make a phone call to order pay per views ect.

Nope--you can order online too.

Trust me, you WILL like DTV better than cable! :)

And try living smack damn in the middle of Cardinal land--you think it's hard to get any Reds cames in Texas? Try getting ANY other MLB news from the TV or print media here! They can't say ANYTHING nice about any other team, all you get are slams and bad news about other teams, and you're lucky you *might* get the SCORES on the nightly news between all the Puhols and Cardinal gushing from the sportscasters....

Foxfire123

foxfire123
03-26-2007, 01:47 AM
They say you do, but I've confirmed you really don't. Check out dbstalk.com for satellite info, it's a good board.

We don't even have a land line--nothing but the cell phones and our DTV works fine. :) I order any PPV on-line.

TRF
03-26-2007, 10:43 AM
Oh, I should also add that we have had two BRUTAL hail storms this week and I lost DTV for about 1 min, once. All-in-all, rock solid and I'm thrilled :thumbup:

Brutal is right. This looks to be a very bad storm season in the panhandle. My Dish got knocked out for about 15 minutes.

WebScorpion
03-26-2007, 11:29 AM
The only guy that seemed to mention a better deal than you didn't appear to get the HD DVR.

You did fine. You got a leased HD DVR for -$40. The downside is you don't own it. The upside is if/when it breaks.... you don't own it.

Yea, mine broke 6 months after getting it and they took that opportunity to extend my obligation another 6 months. :rolleyes: They said they had no way of entering a 'new' DVR into their system without the mandatory 2-year obligation. After I made a fuss and had them get their 'supervisor', they agreed to give me free programming which exceeded the additional cost of the added 6 months.
On the whole, I would never have gotten DirecTV if it weren't for the 'NFL Sunday Ticket' and 'MLB Extra Innings' packages. But that is because my basic cable is free. (paid for by the HOA, which costs $60 per month) I still have basic cable as my backup on 2 TVs and have had to use it 2 or 3 times in the past 9 months. The sucky part is that when there is a bad storm, that's when I'm most likely to want to vegetate in front of the TV. :bang:
That said, I LOVE being able to watch the Bengals and Reds whenever they play... Now if I could just get someone to build a Gold Star or Skyline within a mile or two, life would be just about perfect. :thumbup:

Sea Ray
03-26-2007, 04:41 PM
How does the picture quality compare, cable to Directv? Anyone have HD?

Yachtzee
03-26-2007, 06:03 PM
How does the picture quality compare, cable to Directv? Anyone have HD?

On my TV, a Phillips that I bought in 1998, the picture on DirectTV is much better. I can't vouch for HD though.

WebScorpion
03-26-2007, 10:42 PM
I have 2 non-HD TVs and one HDTV. The picture quality on the regular sets is much better on DirecTV than it is/was on cable, but I suspect it's because I've gone from an analog signal to digital. I had digital cable w/HD on the HDTV before I switched to the DirecTV and there really is no discernable difference ... if there's a difference, I can't see it with MY eyes. :thumbup:

bengalsown
03-27-2007, 12:15 AM
I thought some of you who may be in the same boat as myself might be interested in my experience switching from cable to DTV. I have had the same cable company for about seven years and have all my services through them (cable with HD+DVR, phone, and internet). They are a smaller company and have always given me great customer service.... To say I was miffed at the new Extra Inning deal with DTV is an understatement. I really was not interested in satellite service, but living in Texas and living for Reds baseball meant I was going to have to make the deal with the devil or miss baseball......

Well, when all was said and done to get the same thing I have now with cable (two HD boxes w/DVR and HBO) is going to cost me $300 down for the boxes and about $10 bucks a month less after the first year. The first year I will get about $30 off per month..... So, I guess in the end it, it's pretty much a wash. Still, I can't help feeling a bit swindled over it all:thumbdown

I complained and got $100 credit on my account. Told them I couldn't afford the DTV HD DVR, but that I refused to let them mount a non HD satellite onto my brand new roof, and they gave me some money back.

bengalsown
03-27-2007, 12:18 AM
And I will admit, the HD picture quality from Time Warner Cable is better than the picture quality I am getting from DirecTV, but it's not too big of a deal...

TeamDunn
03-28-2007, 07:20 PM
If a current subscriber refers a new subscriber does the current sub. get something from Direct TV? I think Dish offers some kind of credit on the current's account.

Thanks!

Yachtzee
03-28-2007, 07:36 PM
If a current subscriber refers a new subscriber does the current sub. get something from Direct TV? I think Dish offers some kind of credit on the current's account.

Thanks!

Yes. The standard offer is a $50 credit for the current subscriber. I keep trying to encourage my friends and family to switch, but they keep going for the Dish Network because the local phone company offers a deal through them.

TeamDunn
03-29-2007, 10:36 PM
If I decide to make the switch I'll shoot you a PM or email and see what I have to do to put you as a referral.

I'm still thinking about it... :)