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Directv hdtv upgrade

09-02-2004, 07:10 PM
Called DTV today. Told them I didn`t want to pay the $349.00
Upgrade fee for HDTV.After talking with the people Iwas transfered
to which are those who take care of terminating service they offered
me the receiver+dish+ install for $150.00. I`ve been with DTV for
a few years but I Would give it a try no matter what. Just be honest
and tell the people in the department which terminates service that
you just don`t want to pay that much when you have other choices.
Dish/Voom.It worked for me. Good Luck.

09-20-2004, 09:37 AM
I called DTV last week to set up HDTV service. Talked to a retention rep who gave me the following deal:
HDTV Receiver
OTA Antenna
Move existing receiver to a new location
6 months free HDTV programming
6 months $5 credit to bill
Installation included

$149 + tax. :D

I thought it was a pretty good deal considering where we started ($399+ tax etc.)

Thanks to all the posts for info that saved me about $280 ($250 discount + 6mo. $5 credit against monthly programming fees) ...

09-21-2004, 05:54 PM

I called Directv and told them i was cancelling my subscription and going w/ TWC and they gave me the same deal...The tech is supposed to be here tomorrow to do the installation....I also thought it was a pretty good deal.

09-28-2004, 02:20 PM
I've got a question for you guys. When they gave you the "HDTV Retention Deal" for lack of a better term, did they make you commit to one of their Premium Service Packages?


09-28-2004, 05:09 PM
No, I didn't have to. Just 1 year of total choice

09-30-2004, 02:58 PM
Early this week I got a due from Direct TV 's retention deptartment. It s a $250.00 installed with OTA 6 months free for the HD package and $2.00 HBO and Showtime for 6 months. And she said I will get a samsung reciever.

Not as promised. The installer came today at 2:00p.m not 8:00am-1200pm. Show me a RCA hd box instead of Samsung TS360. And he told me I have to pay for OTA and I got no way to get signal from NYC which is 40 miles away. If I want to try, he has to put it very high, he also warned me it will looked very ugly, and he will not take it back no matter what. The case is he didn't even bring the antnnea with him. So, I sent him home.

I have some questions, is RCA hd receiver good or not compare to Samsung ST360? Any one lives in Freehold New Jersey has good reception for local channel, if yes what kind of Antenna you guys use? I have trees about 300 feet aways from my house. But the installer said I have no eye of site of the tower, no one will get signal 35 miles away from the tower, no one? If the earth is not in round shape. I think I can see Forida in my living room :mad:

09-30-2004, 05:27 PM
I live about 30 miles from the transmitters here in Houston and with a ChannelMaster 3010 Stealth antenna I get all of the locals. The antenna has a built in preamplifier and I ran a separate RG6 cable so as not to use diplexers.

What happens frequently is the installers do not want to get involved with antenna installations for locals. The reason is because it can be a hit or miss situation. There seem to be a lot of "holes" in just about any reception area where a good signal can not be had for various reasons. We use a set top antenna to test a given installation to give us some idea of success before we climb up on a roof.

What happens is an installer installs an antenna that to the best of his knowledge will work and it does not work. From this point until the installation is a success, it is costing him money. If a larger antenna is needed many customers will not want to pay the additional moneys, never mind the installation fee for the second antenna. Local antennas become a big can of worms, so sometimes customers are told what you were told.

10-01-2004, 11:49 AM
Just got off the phone with DTV, the best I could get is the reciever for $200 + $15 S&H, 6 months free HD package, $2 for HBO & Showtime, free installation and a required 1 yr committment to the HD package. The rep did say that DTV was launching new sats in the 1st quarter of '05 and planned to greatly expand (up to 1500 possible) HD offerings in summer of 05. Ive been a good customer for 2 years, how come I get stiffed for an extra 50 bucks?

10-03-2004, 06:10 PM
You got me. I was upgraded last Friday and received the same deal that bill0798 outlined.


10-05-2004, 01:33 PM
Called for the second time last night.

They're first offer (Sunday evening) was $249.

Last night I got the same $150 offer noted above.

The guy was a supervisor, so be patient and ask for a supervisor and they should help you out.

10-28-2004, 03:42 PM
Well. Thanks for the info. I got a $235 offer first off. I told them to note this offer and I would be calling back after I price to other services. Will update in the next couple of days.

11-01-2004, 01:22 PM
willie0708, I lived in Brooklyn, and I am about 35 miles from the transmitter (Empire State Building). I purchased at OTA from some internet site for 60 bux and it works fine. I get awesome picture and sounds for cbs/ nbc/ fox/ abc, and a host of other channels I didn't know I have.. I just need to tweek it a little to get WB. Good luck..

11-01-2004, 01:27 PM
ps.. go to antennaweb.org to check which direction you need to point your antenna.. should work fine..