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Old customer who is dissatisfied with new policies

Michael950
03-23-2008, 05:10 PM
I've had DirecTV for several years now, and purchased a HD TV for Christmas. The current Tivo DVR I have were essentially free after mail in rebates and Best Buy gift cards.

I've been reluctant to upgrade to HD service primarily because of their new "lease" policy. I will not buy a receiver only to be required to return it to DirecTV after I cancel my service. If I were given the hardware, I would have no problem returning it. But for me to just fork over $200+ in hardware is ridiculous. I'm still using my old Sony SAT-A50 receiver because it has an RF antenna whose feed I distribute throughout the hose for guests and the garage/porch.

Additionally, I hear of problems with the current HD DVRs locking up and have numerous other problems.

Can someone inform me why I should continue my DTV service, and stay off of cable.

BTW, 95% of my TV viewing is on Spike, TNT, USA, Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, Fox news, and DIY.

gryphon75
03-23-2008, 05:45 PM
Maybe because you are going to end up leasing a receiver from the cable company and having to give it back in the end?

If it bothers you that much then stick with what you've got, or try cable.

djbamber
03-23-2008, 06:46 PM
I had to pay $100 to upgrade my old HD reciever, and dish. When I saw all of the new HD programming with the new dish, and receiver I bought an even bigger screen LCD, and added a DVR. I had to pay an additional $199 for the DVR, and $6 a month. I am quite happy paying the monthly fee to DTV when I compared the cost of the cable company's DVR monthly rental fees. I figure that in about 15 months I am ahead of the game with DTV, and I get a lot more programming in HD with DTV compared to my local cable company (like zero HD offered). So in my case it's a no brainer. BTW I still have not been asked to return any of the old equipment. I suspect that DTV only wants their product back if you cancel in a short period of time, and what you are leasing is still being used. Good Luck!