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fearofpopvol1
12-09-2011, 01:18 AM
Since Time Warner is prevalent in Cincinnati, I'm hoping some of you may have opinions here. Time Warner (unfortunately) is prevalent in NYC and I'm just fed up with it. Fios would be an option too, but for some reason it's not wired to my building.

There are a couple of things I do like about Time Warner. I enjoy NY1 (which is a Time Warner only channel) and I do like the fact that Time Warner does not require any 2 year commitments unlike DirecTV. However, neither are significant enough to keep me with TWC.

The things I loathe about Time Warner include the following: No NFL network, bad service, bad customer service, Roadrunner internet service works awful (at least for me), DVR box memory space is small, charges for a box that has no DVR.

As for the internet, if I were to switch, I would likely go with Verizon High Speed, which charges about the same as Time Warner/Roadrunner.

So for those of you that have DirecTV and especially those who have DTV and have switched from Time Warner, what are your thoughts? Is the service better? What happens when there is heavy snow or rain? Is there any way around the 2 year deal that keeps the monthly price reasonable? How is the customer service? Do you find the pricing is a better deal? It looks like the first year is reasonable as they offer up a discount, but year 2 probably would be maybe more than what I pay now. It also appears that the price DirecTV puts up on their site is a lot more when you add in "hidden" fees that aren't really articulated clearly, which I despise. That's why I'm curious to hear what others experiences and opinions are. I also kind of feel like I'm getting ripped off since the pricing is the same now as it was a few months ago, except new subscribers received the NFL Sunday ticket with their package.

Thoughts?

Redsfaithful
12-09-2011, 01:40 AM
DirecTV is one of the best things I spend money on. It just works, it has everything. I don't really ever have to worry about carriage squabbles (I know they've had a couple of issues, but minor for me and less than others imo), and as a sports fan nothing else can touch it. I spend money on lots of things that make me less happy than NFL Sunday Ticket.

Check out FatWallet or somewhere similar to see if you can find people who are signing up and what kind of deals they are getting. A lot of that can be dependent on what customer service agent you pull and having full knowledge of what they are offering. The deal on the website isn't always the only thing they've got running. I got free NFL Sunday Ticket one year by calling and claiming I got a letter that a bunch of other subscribers got (read about it on FatWallet) so I know they don't treat every subscriber or new subscriber the same which is disappointing, but seems common with cable companies in general.

Rain interruption is an issue, but only comes up a few times a year for me. To me, it's worth it even with that small downside.

I have had ATT Uverse in the past few years, and might have stuck with that for awhile, but they didn't have MLB Network at the time and I just get tired of that kind of crap. With DirecTV I know they are going to carry everything I want, because that's their competitive advantage - offering everything.

GAC
12-09-2011, 04:51 AM
I've had TW, and really had no problems with it. It was certainly a step up from Charter Communications (who sold out to TW). They were terrible. I currently have Directv (almost 7 years now) and prefer it.

cumberlandreds
12-09-2011, 07:23 AM
I switched from DISH to DirecTV about 1 1/2 years ago and have never regretted it. They have met what I want in TV to this point. Just go to their website www.directv.com and look over what they have and see if it is what you want.
For me they been terrific. You can get discounts on a lot of their programming packages just by calling them up. DISH never did this. They offer all the sports packages and you can usually get discounts on them. I got $60 off the MLBEI package last season. The score guide application is an added bonus too. So far their customer service has been excellent. I had a problem with the initial DVR I got. They came out and checked it and replaced it that day. I had the warranty from them so I didn't have to pay a thing and it was a painless process. Everyone has different experiences but to this point mine has been very positive with them.

JaxRed
12-09-2011, 08:15 AM
I have DirecTV and am very happy, but at least in my area, the On-Demand from the cable company is far superior.

Sea Ray
12-09-2011, 10:02 AM
If you're not getting your phone bundled from TWC it's a no brainer. Switch

JaxRed
12-09-2011, 11:31 AM
And then get your phone service from Ooma

*BaseClogger*
12-09-2011, 11:44 AM
Time Warner is the worst! The cable/internet goes down multiple times per week here in Oxford and we as students have no choices because there are no competing cable companies and most of us cannot switch to DirecTV because we live in rental properties...

medford
12-09-2011, 12:24 PM
I have time warner, I've heard the customer service complaints, but personally, I rarely had an issue. Some on demand things havn't worked at times, but 1 call and they usually fix it right away, getting someone out to fix something has always been easy, they're generally there at the front of their window. I've never had a problem w/ customer service when calling in.

I know that doesn't help you, I've just never seen the issues that so many others seem to have w/ time warner.

reds1869
12-09-2011, 12:30 PM
I have time warner, I've heard the customer service complaints, but personally, I rarely had an issue. Some on demand things havn't worked at times, but 1 call and they usually fix it right away, getting someone out to fix something has always been easy, they're generally there at the front of their window. I've never had a problem w/ customer service when calling in.

I know that doesn't help you, I've just never seen the issues that so many others seem to have w/ time warner.

I'm the same way. I've always had tremendous customer service from Time Warner. Dish Network, on the other hand, was a nightmare. My parents had a pretty brutal experience with DirecTV but that was when it was a new service.

marcshoe
12-09-2011, 02:54 PM
I had DTV for years and loved it. The only problem I ever had with them was that they took my direct payment out of my checking account several days early, and before I realized what they were doing, it unbalanced my checkbook terribly.

I always had good customer service experiences with them. Very easy to deal with. It has been several years, though (I dropped them when I moved and haven't got around to going back), so who knows?

fwiw, even though I am the least handy person on Earth, I installed the dish and equipment myself.

Yachtzee
12-10-2011, 12:03 AM
I used to have DirectTV but now have TWC in Northeast Ohio. I liked DTV for the most part, but it got expensive once we were out of the promotional period. We have our phone, internet and cable bundled through TWC. They've gotten a lot better over the years, but customer service requiring service calls can still be a major pain.

I thought about switching back every once in a while, but now I think it may be a problem because of trees. When we first got DTV, we didn't have an HDTV. We have a pond and trees just beyond the property line on protected wetlands. At the time the installer set up the dish, he said we'll be fine for standard definition tv, but could have a problem down the road if we wanted to upgrade to HD because the trees on the wetlands property were getting close to interfering with the line-of-sight for the HD satellite. If we were to get it now, we'd probably have to put the dish way out in the backyard, right on the property line.

fearofpopvol1
12-10-2011, 03:31 AM
DirecTV is one of the best things I spend money on. It just works, it has everything. I don't really ever have to worry about carriage squabbles (I know they've had a couple of issues, but minor for me and less than others imo), and as a sports fan nothing else can touch it. I spend money on lots of things that make me less happy than NFL Sunday Ticket.

Check out FatWallet or somewhere similar to see if you can find people who are signing up and what kind of deals they are getting. A lot of that can be dependent on what customer service agent you pull and having full knowledge of what they are offering. The deal on the website isn't always the only thing they've got running. I got free NFL Sunday Ticket one year by calling and claiming I got a letter that a bunch of other subscribers got (read about it on FatWallet) so I know they don't treat every subscriber or new subscriber the same which is disappointing, but seems common with cable companies in general.

Rain interruption is an issue, but only comes up a few times a year for me. To me, it's worth it even with that small downside.

I have had ATT Uverse in the past few years, and might have stuck with that for awhile, but they didn't have MLB Network at the time and I just get tired of that kind of crap. With DirecTV I know they are going to carry everything I want, because that's their competitive advantage - offering everything.

Thanks for this, very good advice here. And thanks to everyone else who responded. I think I'm going to make the switch if I can call up and get something better than what is advertised on DirecTV's website.

GAC
12-10-2011, 04:45 AM
Thanks for this, very good advice here. And thanks to everyone else who responded. I think I'm going to make the switch if I can call up and get something better than what is advertised on DirecTV's website.

If you're going to go with Directv then take advantage of that $100 referral offer. If you know someone (family, friend, etc) who is currently a Directv customer, then get their account number when you call Directv to have it installed ad tell them they referred you. You'll both get $100 off ($10/month for 10 months). I did it this past Fall with a buddy who was switching to Directv. Nice way to save even some more money.

top6
12-10-2011, 04:50 PM
Thanks for this, very good advice here. And thanks to everyone else who responded. I think I'm going to make the switch if I can call up and get something better than what is advertised on DirecTV's website.

Make sure you can get Direct TV (living in NYC). When I lived in Chicago, I was always blocked by another building. It was frustrating. One apartment assured me that I had access when I rented, then when the Direct TV people came to install it I didn't.

redsfanmia
12-11-2011, 04:54 PM
I would recommend Dish Network every day of the week over Direct Tv . I had Direct tv for 2 years and went with Dish and find its way better for my needs.

fearofpopvol1
12-11-2011, 11:03 PM
If you're going to go with Directv then take advantage of that $100 referral offer. If you know someone (family, friend, etc) who is currently a Directv customer, then get their account number when you call Directv to have it installed ad tell them they referred you. You'll both get $100 off ($10/month for 10 months). I did it this past Fall with a buddy who was switching to Directv. Nice way to save even some more money.

Thanks, did not know that, but that is great advice.

fearofpopvol1
12-11-2011, 11:04 PM
Make sure you can get Direct TV (living in NYC). When I lived in Chicago, I was always blocked by another building. It was frustrating. One apartment assured me that I had access when I rented, then when the Direct TV people came to install it I didn't.

Yeah, DirecTV works here. Some of my neighbors have it.

medford
12-12-2011, 10:25 AM
Yeah, DirecTV works here. Some of my neighbors have it.

I don't have DirectTV as I mentioned earlier, so someone correct me if I'm wrong, but just because your neighbor's have it, doesn't mean you'll be able to get it.

If there are line of sight interferences (trees, tall buildings) on your property that your neighbot's don't experience, it could hinder your ability to get a satelite feed.

RonDunn95
12-12-2011, 07:25 PM
I am currently a Time Warner customer, but not for much longer. My 2 year price lock guarantee contract will expire next week.

fearofpopvol1
02-03-2012, 05:40 PM
Just thought I would chime in with an update. I made the move to DirecTV from Time Warner and I'm very very pleased thus far. Time Warner tried to entice me to stay by telling me I had the absolute best deal they could offer, but as you'll see from below, either they're lying or they're truly ripping people off. Not to mention, Time Warner refused to cancel my service until I returned the cable boxes to them, which I thought was a scam. Unfortunately, it looks like I'm stuck with Time Warner for internet as Verizon High Speed gets awful speeds in comparison. Hopefully FIOS will be here soon enough. Below is a breakdown...

Pros with DirecTV:

- I'm saving 60% off the cable portion of my bill in year 1 and 40% in year 2
- I get all of the premium channels free for the first 3 months
- Even after 3 months, all of the Encore, TMC and Sundance premium channels are included in my package
- I tried to get them to throw in the MLB Extra Innings package. They couldn't do it, but offered to take off $5 each month for 2 years, which ends up being worth $120 (this is included in my savings in point 1).
- I receive the whole home DVR, which I did not with Time Warner
- A much better On Demand Selection
- The picture is crisper and so far I've had far fewer DVR issues
- The customer service is SO much better. People are not only helpful, but they are pleasant and seem to enjoy their jobs and it makes a difference.
- Shorter wait times when I call in for an issue
- If you refer a friend, both you and the friend get $10 off your bill for 10 months each (something I'm taking advantage of currently)
- They have the NFL Network and MSG channel, which Time Warner currently carries neither
- They offer the NFL Prime Ticket as well, which Time Warner doesn't
- They came out the next day for installation. When I started my service with Time Warner, I had to wait 9 days for someone to come out (and it's usually 9 days if something is wrong with my cable)!

Cons:

- No NY1 (great channel) and they are missing a few other channels I like that Time Warner carried
- The 2 year agreement is unfortunate, especially because if you move, you're still going to be locked into that contract most likely. With that said, I don't see a reason to switch services anyhow
- Although it hasn't happened yet, I've heard that bad storms can be problematic with regard to the service
- Even though it's a catch-22, I don't love having to be enrolled in auto bill pay to receive free HD access. I understand it, but I wish I was at least able to have a say as to when funds are debited

Overall, there are far more pros than cons and if anyone has cable and they feel like they're getting shafted or the service sucks, there's a very good chance that DirecTV may be able to offer you a better deal. I would advise you to not use the website and to call the 800 number, as they have more leeway there to give you a better deal.

cinredsfan2000
02-03-2012, 11:06 PM
I don't have DirectTV as I mentioned earlier, so someone correct me if I'm wrong, but just because your neighbor's have it, doesn't mean you'll be able to get it.

If there are line of sight interferences (trees, tall buildings) on your property that your neighbot's don't experience, it could hinder your ability to get a satelite feed.

Everything stated above is spot on .I was a direcy Tv tech. For 3 years and told numerous people the above

GAC
02-04-2012, 04:27 AM
I have Directv, but get my HS internet (RR) from Time Warner. I've been having trouble these last couple weeks with my internet speed going all over the place which results in pages taking forever to load or not at all. Then one minute later it's flying. I check the speed and one can see, even TW sees it on their end, that it's fluctuating badly. It has to be in the coaxial lines, and probably cold weather related.

I had an appointment yesterday afternoon set up from 4-7PM. Guy never shows. I call. They say he cancelled the appointment, but doesn't give any reason. It then hits me. Friday afternoon/evening is probably a bad time to set up an appt,... end of week, people want to go home and go out.... but THEY were the ones who set it up. They apologize, knock $25 off my bill, and have set up a new appt. for tomorrow (Sunday) where the guy has to call me prior to coming.

I figure he'll be here late morning/early afternoon since the Super Bowl comes on around 6:30. LOL

Redsfaithful
02-04-2012, 09:35 AM
I just changed to Wow internet. I'd never considered them before, but they now have tiers that go all the way to 50mbps. Pretty solid in the week I've had it so far.

And of course still with DirecTV. Sunday Ticket was pretty fun this year with the Bengals and being able to watch Tebow every week in the 4th quarter.

muddie
02-04-2012, 04:22 PM
I'm the same way. I've always had tremendous customer service from Time Warner. Dish Network, on the other hand, was a nightmare. My parents had a pretty brutal experience with DirecTV but that was when it was a new service.

Exact opposite here. We had DISH for years and never had a bit of problem, none. The only reason I changed was to access the MLB Baseball package which DISH did not offer. TW was quick to respond to our calls but we were having to make too many service requests! We had the land line, internet, and television bundled. Last March the agreement expired. We kept the interent and canned the landline and cable. But for a few DVD's we haven't even had the TV on in nearly a year now and I don't miss it at all, smartest thing we ever did.

hebroncougar
02-04-2012, 05:32 PM
Just thought I would chime in with an update. I made the move to DirecTV from Time Warner and I'm very very pleased thus far. Time Warner tried to entice me to stay by telling me I had the absolute best deal they could offer, but as you'll see from below, either they're lying or they're truly ripping people off. Not to mention, Time Warner refused to cancel my service until I returned the cable boxes to them, which I thought was a scam. Unfortunately, it looks like I'm stuck with Time Warner for internet as Verizon High Speed gets awful speeds in comparison. Hopefully FIOS will be here soon enough. Below is a breakdown...

Pros with DirecTV:

- I'm saving 60% off the cable portion of my bill in year 1 and 40% in year 2
- I get all of the premium channels free for the first 3 months
- Even after 3 months, all of the Encore, TMC and Sundance premium channels are included in my package
- I tried to get them to throw in the MLB Extra Innings package. They couldn't do it, but offered to take off $5 each month for 2 years, which ends up being worth $120 (this is included in my savings in point 1).
- I receive the whole home DVR, which I did not with Time Warner
- A much better On Demand Selection
- The picture is crisper and so far I've had far fewer DVR issues
- The customer service is SO much better. People are not only helpful, but they are pleasant and seem to enjoy their jobs and it makes a difference.
- Shorter wait times when I call in for an issue
- If you refer a friend, both you and the friend get $10 off your bill for 10 months each (something I'm taking advantage of currently)
- They have the NFL Network and MSG channel, which Time Warner currently carries neither
- They offer the NFL Prime Ticket as well, which Time Warner doesn't
- They came out the next day for installation. When I started my service with Time Warner, I had to wait 9 days for someone to come out (and it's usually 9 days if something is wrong with my cable)!

Cons:

- No NY1 (great channel) and they are missing a few other channels I like that Time Warner carried
- The 2 year agreement is unfortunate, especially because if you move, you're still going to be locked into that contract most likely. With that said, I don't see a reason to switch services anyhow
- Although it hasn't happened yet, I've heard that bad storms can be problematic with regard to the service
- Even though it's a catch-22, I don't love having to be enrolled in auto bill pay to receive free HD access. I understand it, but I wish I was at least able to have a say as to when funds are debited

Overall, there are far more pros than cons and if anyone has cable and they feel like they're getting shafted or the service sucks, there's a very good chance that DirecTV may be able to offer you a better deal. I would advise you to not use the website and to call the 800 number, as they have more leeway there to give you a better deal.

If you move, they have the movers service. Just take your receivers, and they will come install for free. They did that for me.

cinredsfan2000
02-04-2012, 10:38 PM
Yes the 2 year contract is a negative to some people. but there're some instantsces that direct tv will let you out of your contract;)#1 If you move to a new location and the tech. Determines there is no line of sight or if your renting and the landlord doesn't allow dishes to be mounted on the building or property .

GAC
02-05-2012, 05:48 AM
We had Charter Communications in this area for years. They were terrible, especially their customer service, and the reason why I went to Directv about 8 years ago. Then TW took them over this past summer. I had TW for a short spell about 6 years ago when we were living in temporary housing while building our current home. They weren't bad, way better then Charter, but still not a level of Directv IMO.

The thing I have learned with Directv, even if you're still under contract, is that you can still "juke" them to get discounts. I do it every year. I play them against the competition because I'm always getting letters from them offering me some "phenomenal" deal to switch. Now of course I have no intention of doing so, but Directv doesn't know that. So I'll call them up and they'll always say to me "Lets see what we can do for you."

I don't like the fact that I live way closer to Columbus then I do Dayton, yet my local channels are out of Dayton. It only irritates me during football season because the Browns are usually on the Columbus station (10). I've gone round and round with them on this, but they say the regions are set by the government and there's nothing they can do about it. So this past August I contacted them and told them I was being offered a pretty sweet deal from TW, was tired of not being able to watch my team, and I'd also be getting Columbus stations. They knocked $20/month off my bill for a yr, and gave me the NFL ticket for $25/month. Afterwards I them went into my account on Directv's website and changed my package to knock off around $20 of options to compensate for the NFL Ticket cost.

So don't be afraid, even if you're under contract, to contact Directv and try to get discounts. One of their reps even told me you're allowed to have so many discounts per year. Of course they aren't going to advertise that.

Come next August I'm going to do the same thing again. ;)

cumberlandreds
02-06-2012, 09:24 AM
We had Charter Communications in this area for years. They were terrible, especially their customer service, and the reason why I went to Directv about 8 years ago. Then TW took them over this past summer. I had TW for a short spell about 6 years ago when we were living in temporary housing while building our current home. They weren't bad, way better then Charter, but still not a level of Directv IMO.

The thing I have learned with Directv, even if you're still under contract, is that you can still "juke" them to get discounts. I do it every year. I play them against the competition because I'm always getting letters from them offering me some "phenomenal" deal to switch. Now of course I have no intention of doing so, but Directv doesn't know that. So I'll call them up and they'll always say to me "Lets see what we can do for you."

I don't like the fact that I live way closer to Columbus then I do Dayton, yet my local channels are out of Dayton. It only irritates me during football season because the Browns are usually on the Columbus station (10). I've gone round and round with them on this, but they say the regions are set by the government and there's nothing they can do about it. So this past August I contacted them and told them I was being offered a pretty sweet deal from TW, was tired of not being able to watch my team, and I'd also be getting Columbus stations. They knocked $20/month off my bill for a yr, and gave me the NFL ticket for $25/month. Afterwards I them went into my account on Directv's website and changed my package to knock off around $20 of options to compensate for the NFL Ticket cost.

So don't be afraid, even if you're under contract, to contact Directv and try to get discounts. One of their reps even told me you're allowed to have so many discounts per year. Of course they aren't going to advertise that.

Come next August I'm going to do the same thing again. ;)

I concur with GAC about the discounts. Call them and say cancel whatever and you will go straight to their retention department. They can give more discounts than the regular CR person can. I got the premium movie packages free for a year when I signed up with DTV in June of 2009. When that time was up I called to dowgrade my package from premier to the next level. They gave me the same discount for six months to keep Premier. I did the same just recently when my six months was up and they gave me the same discount. I suspect I will continue to get it as long as I am good customer. I also got $60 off the MLBEI package last year when I called said it was going to be too much for me. I plan on doing the same this year and see if they give me a discount. Bottom line is call and see what they can do for you. DISH never did this with me, BTW, and I was with them for 9 years.

HotCorner
02-06-2012, 10:31 AM
I've had DirecTV since November of '99. They've always have had great customer service. I usually get offered some free channels or discount. This past fall I called to ask about NFL Sunday Ticket since they were promoting as "now included". A google search provided me with an expectation. Several DTV customers had stated they called and got NFL Sunday Ticket for free. I called and the "best" offer they gave me was $5 off a month. I felt insulted because I knew they were offering it for free and I had been with them for over 10 years. Two weeks later I called to cancel (and move to Dish - had install appointment scheduled) and the retention rep asked why I was leaving. My response was that DISH offered the RedZone channel free of charge plus they were lowering my bill for two years. The rep then offered NFL Sunday Ticket for free plus Showtime and HBO free for three months. I accepted the offer. :)

fearofpopvol1
02-06-2012, 02:55 PM
If you move, they have the movers service. Just take your receivers, and they will come install for free. They did that for me.

I know that, what I was saying was that it sucks if you want to move and cancel, you really can't! You're stuck with it no matter what.

fearofpopvol1
02-06-2012, 02:57 PM
One other note...the DVR with DirecTV is much better than the one with Time Warner. The recording space is MUCH bigger.

hebroncougar
02-06-2012, 09:08 PM
One other note...the DVR with DirecTV is much better than the one with Time Warner. The recording space is MUCH bigger.

From what I've seen, cable dvr's, and other boxes are light years behind directv. And that may be an understatement.

GAC
02-07-2012, 04:33 AM
That was another item that I got Directv to throw in when I was juking them last August - the whole house DVR capabilities. I'm really not that much of a TV watcher. I sleep in front of it more then I watch it any more. And I don't really watch series TV either, other then The Walking Dead (which premieres this Sunday); but I like that DVR option of seeing a movie or show coming on, and if you don't want to watch it right then, you can record/watch it at your convenience.

You can then also FF through all the commercials. ;)

fearofpopvol1
02-07-2012, 01:02 PM
As someone who used Comcast and Time Warner's boxes for a number of years, I think DTV is definitely ahead of the pack. As I said before, the memory is probably 75% larger and that is a huge difference. I also like after you watch something it shows that it's been watched in your menu. I also like that you can switch rooms and pick up where you left off with (if you have whole home). DTV, starting on 2/9, will also have standard HD DVRs that can record 5 shows at once instead of the standard 2. That's pretty big.

Maybe most importantly, DirecTV not only has a better DVR, but they don't charge ridiculous money for the service, unlike their greedy competitors.

Caveat Emperor
12-01-2012, 01:33 PM
Bumping this up -- I just moved into a new house and found out today that I cannot get a DirecTV signal (too many old trees all over the neighborhood).

I was looking at Time Warner now, and they want to charge me $31 per month just to have 1 DVR and 1 regular cable box for the 2 TVs in the house. DirecTV was going to give me whole-home HD-DVR + a 2nd box for a TOTAL of $10. My total bill with TW, for less services and channels than DTV would have provided, is nearly double what DirecTV would have been.

What a rip-off. I can't believe anyone willingly uses this service.

dougdirt
12-01-2012, 01:34 PM
Call them up and tell them you are going to go with Direct TV unless they can give you a better deal. They will hook you up.

reds1869
12-01-2012, 03:13 PM
Is Cincinnati Bell FiOptics available? We switched to them from TWC and saved $45 per month over our old cable bill. In the process we increased our internet speed from 7.5 Mbps to 30 Mbps and got a much better tv package. If you can get actual fiber like we do (they sometimes label copper lines as FiOptics for marketing purposes) it can't be topped.

Caveat Emperor
12-01-2012, 05:22 PM
Is Cincinnati Bell FiOptics available? We switched to them from TWC and saved $45 per month over our old cable bill. In the process we increased our internet speed from 7.5 Mbps to 30 Mbps and got a much better tv package. If you can get actual fiber like we do (they sometimes label copper lines as FiOptics for marketing purposes) it can't be topped.

I've heard good things (except one friend, who complains constantly that it takes too long to bring up the guide and change channels), but they don't have FiOptics available in my neighborhood yet.

As best I can tell, with DirecTV being blocked, my options are literally pay Time Warner or have no television service whatsoever.

cinredsfan2000
12-01-2012, 06:35 PM
As best I can tell, with DirecTV being blocked, my options are literally pay Time Warner or have no television service whatsoever.

You might try dish Network there H.D. dish settings are a little higher for Dish network compared to Direct tv . Where as Direct T.V techs set up there elv. on there H.D dishes at aprox. 34 or so degrees in elevation. where dish network's are somewhere around 45 degrees that 10 degrees is a huge difference sometimes . So that may be another option to look into .

Reds4Life
12-01-2012, 07:10 PM
Stay away from Time Warner, my bill just went up AGAIN. 5th time in 2 years, I am fed up with them.

hebroncougar
12-02-2012, 05:01 PM
My direct bill just went up to $97. I have 2 DVR's and no premium channels. So, I called Insight. They installed a whole home dvr, and I have all the channels except premiums (same I had with direct), and my bill is $65. I suspended my directv service. If all goes well, I'll cancel in about a month.

goreds2
12-04-2012, 11:54 AM
Call them up and tell them you are going to go with Direct TV unless they can give you a better deal. They will hook you up.
I called TW up about 2 months ago saying I keep getting these Direct TV and DISH TV flyers in the mail and asked if they had any discount promotions right now. They took 20 dollars off my monthly bill. :thumbup:

fearofpopvol1
05-14-2013, 12:28 PM
I've now had DirecTV for almost a year and a half and am still thrilled with them. As you may know, they do ask for a 2 year contract, and the contract is backloaded with extra costs (at least compared to year 1).

However, I just called up at around the year mark and said I was looking to cancel my service and pay the disconnect fee and they immediately took off around $35 a month off the bill for 6 months and $25 for the 6 months after if I was willing to stay. That has my bill at around $55-60 a month (including whole home DVR) and 2 boxes, which to me seems like a fair price.

I also called up last year before the NFL season started and asked if I could have the NFL Sunday Ticket since I was a relatively new customer, but not technically eligible for the package and they gave that to me as well.

The MLB Extra Innings package on DirecTV is SO much better than Time Warner it's not even close. You can pick whatever feed you want from whatever team (this especially helps out if the Reds aren't broadcasting a particular game) AND all of the games are in HD. I don't know if Time Warner has improved the number of HD games or if they allow you to pick whatever feed you want since I have not had their service for a while, but when I had the package with them, you definitely couldn't pick the feed and the vast majority of Reds games were not in HD (maybe 1 a week was if you were lucky). I do wish though that DirecTV allowed you to see the pre and post game shows, though.

The last thing I'll say, for now, is that I have really not experienced too many weather related issues either. That was a big concern of mine previously (mostly because I had DTV in the 90s and any amount of rain would doom the signal). I would say the service has gone out maybe 3 times in the last 18 months and each time, it was only out for maybe an hour or 2 tops. It does suck if you're trying to watch a live event of some kind or if your DVRing something that may not be repeated and it goes out, but I only ran into that problem once.

Overall, I'm very happy with DirecTV. And I'm still saving around $50-60 per month over when I was with Time Warner.