Direct tv customers......

Jack Straw Posted By Jack Straw, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

  1. Jack Straw

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    We just received our bill, the monthly fee increased by $3 and there is a $2 monthly regional sports fee now. I called Direct tv and said I would pay the $3 increase, but there was no way I would pay the $2 sports fee. After I threatened to switch to Dish Network they finally agreed to drop the $2 fee for the next 12 months.......I know what I will be doing a year from now.
     
  2. Jack Fate

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    Put up an antenna !

    Watch out when you cancel they will make every attempt to hose you out of every last dime they can!

    Carefully read your contract about canceling

    Good luck

    10 yrs free of pay tv =$5000. ( that's a lot of really nice saws )
     
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  3. muncybob

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    It use to be if you called to say you were switching to another source they would bend over backwards to keep you. Last time I called saying this they abruptly asked what date do you want to terminate....end of conversation. I am going to seriously look into a tall mast and antenna and use hulu, netflix or amazon to fill the void since imho most of network tv sux and that's about all I can get with an antenna.
     
  4. Woody Stover

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  5. bmblank

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    I'm not interested in the honey boo boos and duck dynasties of the world. OTA is good enough for me.
     
  6. BrotherBart

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    We are stuck wit DirecTv. OTA is non-existent out here and my wife, being an invalid, needs the thing. The exact same thing that is $67 after this increase started as $29.
     
  7. nate379

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    I didn't notice it going up. Was $55 last bill I paid anyhow.

    Don't have OTA here either. They ran cable lines out here last year but cable costs more with less channels.
     
  8. MasterMech

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    Really gets me that they give away all the little services you pay extra for to the new subscribers.

    75% of what we watch isn't available OTA (especially true for me) and I gotta admit, for someone working my schedule (11pm to 7am) DVR is a godsend. Plus it automatically records shows for me, only 1st run episodes, and and I can leave 'em on there until the busy times of my life pass and I have a few minutes to watch TV. :p

    Best part of Satellite over Cable? When the power goes out, so does the cable, generally. Satellite (and OTA) works as long as the genny does. >>
     
  9. bmblank

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    You have access to cable but not OTA? if i wanted cable (mostly for internet) if have to pay them to run it another 2.5 miles or so. Ota should be available everywhere. You may need to spend $150 on an antenna and preamp, but that's a drop in the bucket compared to the monthly for dish or cable.
    Just as a note, my dad is in Manistee, MI and can pick up channels from milwaukee, WI most days. Its a rare occurrence that OTA is just plain unavailable.
     
  10. nate379

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    Never turned on the TV while on gen power. I wouldn't consider it on my $$$ living room TV, though the small one in the bedroom, I wouldn't cry if it kicked the bucket.

     
  11. MasterMech

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    Yeah, no high-dollar sets here. And if I had a nice one, you can bet there would be some power conditioning equipment to go with it. Seems that the built in power supplies are the weak points on today's TV's.
     
  12. BrotherBart

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    There is $300 worth of stuff up there with amp and everything. Zip reception. Hard to get above or through 100 foot trees.
     
  13. MasterMech

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    That's what the saw is for. ;)

    DirectTV installer said we wouldn't get a satisfactory signal because of trees blocking LOS to the bird. I pulled out the saw, and said, "Which ones?" I think he damn near wet himself. ;lol
     
  14. BrotherBart

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    The sat is fine. It is his suggestion that OTA is so easy that isn't true here. I ain't cutting a 45 mile hole through the woods between here and the towers.
     
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  15. Hogwildz

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    My Direct TV bill is about $75.00 a month now. Not going to air, to hell with that. I need my FX shows
     
  16. Jack Fate

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    I get NBC,CBS,ABC ,FOX x2 and 3 PBS CHANNELS total of 38 channels not including all the religious stations.

    I also have a couple DVR 's & twin tuner in CPU so I can record & time shift with the best of them . And NO monthly fees

    If I had a rotor I could get about 18 more ( rotor failure rate too hi & so is where it is ! )

    You may find you can get a lot more than you think. I live50+ mi from closest city

    Check out that TV fool link
     
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  18. CodyWayne718

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    What is OTA?
     
  19. MasterMech

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    Over The Air (Old School TV broadcast signals)
     
  20. Jags

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    Over The Air (antenna reception)
     
  21. Jags

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    'Cept digitally.
     
  22. MasterMech

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    True. Amazed at my gradfather in-law's OTA reception. He lives in the Boston metro area and his picture is razor sharp, zero fuzz, and he doesn't have to speak Korean to understand the dialog.
     
  23. BrotherBart

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    All I would watch is news and the weather. Ain't building a 40' tower for that. All available on the Internet.
     
  24. nate379

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    I checked the TV fool link and 2 channels.

    I watch Discovery, History, USA, Spike, Nat Geo... bout it.
     
  25. BrotherBart

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    Get an antenna and watch Russian TV. >>
     
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