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gtken23
06-29-2005, 11:02 AM
Hi I am pretty new here so figured this was as good a place as any to ask this question as everyone seems to know their schit when it comes to DTV. I currently have had dtv for 5 years and have Tivo. I recently bought a 46" samsung hd dlp tv. the cost of going hd tivo 799.00 with off air antenna is why I haven't done it yet. Hoping someone has had a similar situation. From what I have read seems customer retention is the way to go. has anyone gotten the upgrade for free or for a dramatic discount. thanks for you advice.

beatboy77
06-29-2005, 11:12 AM
I have a very similar situation. I have a 61' Samsung DLP and the HD-Tivo. When I wanted to upgrade to the HD-Tivo, I called DTV's retention department and threatened to cancel. They gave me a $250.00 credit to stay with them, which I accepted. So in reality I really only ended up paying $500.00 for the HD-Tivo upgrade. By the way, they set-up of the Samsung DLP and the HD-Tivo is simply breathtaking. To blow the socks off your friends, play the show, "Sunrise Earth," from Discovery HD. I like to Tivo it, then play it it night with no lights on for a more intense picture.

~Josh

ja2935
06-29-2005, 12:13 PM
Sunrise Earth is very good for HD demo but a bit like watching paint dry!

gtken23
06-30-2005, 06:11 AM
thanks for your help. I am going to actually check out dishnetwork too. from what I am reading they are offering the whole set up for FREE...........

gtken23
06-30-2005, 08:52 AM
thanks for your help. I am going to actually check out dishnetwork too. from what I am reading they are offering the whole set up for FREE...........
maybe I should have added if anyone has any info about what dish is actually offering?

oblioman
06-30-2005, 08:58 AM
Dish is offering free HD receivers but not HD DVR's. I'm trying to pin a price for the hd dvr's and will post it when I get an answer.

gtken23
06-30-2005, 10:03 AM
ok just got off the phone with dish and dtv retention. dish said they can do a 3 room set up with 1 hd and dvr that would work on 2 tv's(not sure how it would work) they said it would be 250 total install. dtv told me they can give me 200 bucks off of install but said where I have a tivo receiver I can get reg hd receiver and use both on same tv (is that so?) and I can get that with OTA for 200 bucks. please feedback??

RSawdey
06-30-2005, 05:36 PM
Neither of those convoluted offers will get you any HD-DVR. First is one SD-DVR shared between 2 TVs, plus HD box, Second is only the HD box & wants you to use your existing SD-DVR. His referance to 'with OTA' means an antenna would be included with your install... you'll need one with either company to get local HD.

DanP
06-30-2005, 08:11 PM
Sunrise Earth is very good for HD demo but a bit like watching paint dry!

Actually, some of the scenes are so beeeeuutifullll it occured to me the other day that they looked like paintings. I have to be in the right mood to watch a whole lot of Sunrise Earth.

Pakbackr
07-01-2005, 11:13 AM
Funny how people will drop $2,500+ on a TV, $500+ for a quality receiver, and $1,000s for great speakers, and yet want to gripe about Tivo's price. It is the brain of your entertainment center, the technology that allows you to gain maximum value with all your other peices. It is absolutely one of the greatest technology innovations of the last decade, and a deal at the current price. Heck I bought mine when they were $999 and I have never regreted it. Go ahead, take the Tivo HD plunge and you won't regret it either!

shellback
07-03-2005, 08:14 AM
If you are not going to wait on the MPEG-4 units, try getting equivilent cash credit to your bill provided you send them a purchase receipt. And then go buy it on EBAY for under $600.

chrpai
07-03-2005, 08:53 AM
Funny how people will drop $2,500+ on a TV, $500+ for a quality receiver, and $1,000s for great speakers, and yet want to gripe about Tivo's price. It is the brain of your entertainment center, the technology that allows you to gain maximum value with all your other peices. It is absolutely one of the greatest technology innovations of the last decade, and a deal at the current price. Heck I bought mine when they were $999 and I have never regreted it. Go ahead, take the Tivo HD plunge and you won't regret it either!

Several years ago I speant $1200 on an open box RCA F38310 with integrated D*/OTA HD tuner. $200 on an RCA DD5.1 kit with speakers and $100 on a progressive scan DVD player.

Total rig cost: $1500.

I'm not about to spend $1000 on a new Tivo HD tuner when my local cable company rents HD DVR's for $7 a month. ( Break even point 12 years )