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Old 03-21-2007, 02:44 PM   #1  
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I read that HDTV homes are going to triple by 2011. Is that really true? I hope the prices come down because as it stands now the equipment for Directv is too expensive!!! I read a couple articles here http://www.highdefforums.net about HDTV but I am still hesitant to splurge for HDTV ready set. Anyone think that it is worth the money or no? Just curious.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:18 PM   #2  
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Buy an HDTV, just do it.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:21 PM   #3  
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DirecTV gives away HD receivers for free after instant rebate and the HD-DVR is $199 after rebate. This includes the dish and basic installation costs.

Is that too much money for you?

Also HDTV's don't have to be expensive. My Panasonic 26" Widescreen HD-Monitor was only $400 at Circuit City over a year ago.

They only tend to get expensive when you want them flat and/or huge.

And IMHO... it's worth it.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:55 PM   #4  
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DirecTV gives away HD receivers for free after instant rebate and the HD-DVR is $199 after rebate. This includes the dish and basic installation costs.

Is that too much money for you?
it is when u can get free HD dvrs from dishnetwork or cable.
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:13 PM   #5  
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I read that HDTV homes are going to triple by 2011. Is that really true? I hope the prices come down because as it stands now the equipment for Directv is too expensive!!! I read a couple articles here http://www.highdefforums.net about HDTV but I am still hesitant to splurge for HDTV ready set. Anyone think that it is worth the money or no? Just curious.
I think a better forum for discussion is here:

http://www./avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=6

Get an hdtv and hook up cable (D*has a 2 year contract). With cable - no upfront costs, easy set-up, much better pq / content and easy to cancel.

When D* adds those 100 hd channels - switch to them (maybe). For now enjoy hdtv - it's definitely worth it! BTW, if you do get it - spend the extra $5- $10per month and get the hd dvr. Good luck.
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Call Directv and negotiate...you can get the HD dvr for less than $199 and often with a reduction of your programming.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:03 PM   #7  
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it is when u can get free HD dvrs from dishnetwork or cable.
those HD DVRS from cable are not free, you may not have to pay $199 up front like you do with DTV but you have to rent the HDDVR box for $8 a month & the remote for $2 a month, so in the long run you do pay more for cable HD DVR boxes. This was one of many factors in me changing to DTV last week. Plus i got $250 in rebates coming so it really wont cost me anything. Good Luck wichever you choose!
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:16 PM   #8  
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it is when u can get free HD dvrs from dishnetwork or cable.
The local Cable company here doesn't charge any upfront cost for HD DVR's but you pay 15 p/m to rent plus, I think it was $12.99 for the HD package.

I would much rather pay $ 199 up front than pay an extra addl. $10 a month to RENT the cable box at $ 15 p/m.

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Old 03-22-2007, 09:47 AM   #9  
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it is when u can get free HD dvrs from dishnetwork or cable.
Cable charges a montly fee. They do not give them away. What is it, 10 bucks a month for a DVR, and that's EACH DVR for TW in cbus. They get you monthly, not up front, thats the only difference.

Dish is only giving away the VIP622 because they don't make them anymore, they are coming out with a new one that they will charge plenty for if its not out already.

DTV gave away the HR10-250 when similar happened with the hr20.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:56 AM   #10  
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Like someone said earlier...Talk to them..let them know you are coming from TWC..I got my HDDVR for FREE b/c I told them I was leaving them for TWC.
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:46 AM   #11  
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DirecTV gives away HD receivers for free after instant rebate and the HD-DVR is $199 after rebate. This includes the dish and basic installation costs.

Is that too much money for you?

Also HDTV's don't have to be expensive. My Panasonic 26" Widescreen HD-Monitor was only $400 at Circuit City over a year ago.

They only tend to get expensive when you want them flat and/or huge.

And IMHO... it's worth it.
But do you OWN the DVR/receiver? I've read plenty of reports that DirecTV is not only charging an up front fee for each HD DVD/receiver (SOMETIMES not if you threaten cancellation to retention), the DVR/receivers are ONLY available as leased equipment, subscribers who don't pay for a maintenance plan have to pay to replace malfunctioning receivers AND there are substantial financial penalties if service is canceled before you have had the DVR/receiver for less than two years.

In other words:
You are renting a box anyway.
Satellite has early cancellation fees.
Satellite service contracts renew when you upgrade the DVR/receiver.
Cable doesn't charge to replace malfunctioning or obsolete DVR/converters.
Cable has VOD (Video On Demand) which includes programming from any premium channels you subscribe to for no per program/movie charge.
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:49 AM   #12  
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In Tampa, both Brighthouse and Verizon (Ficos) are offering TV W/200 channels, high speed DSL internet, and phone service W/ unlimited long distance for $99.00 per month and furnish all equipment free. I pay more than that for D* with HBO, HD locals, and the few HD channels offered. I imagine sat dishes will become rare except for a few well-healed football fans as cable spreads.
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Old 03-22-2007, 02:41 PM   #13  
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In Tampa, both Brighthouse and Verizon (Ficos) are offering TV W/200 channels, high speed DSL internet, and phone service W/ unlimited long distance for $99.00 per month and furnish all equipment free. I pay more than that for D* with HBO, HD locals, and the few HD channels offered. I imagine sat dishes will become rare except for a few well-healed football fans as cable spreads.
1) if you paid more than 99 bucks for dtv having hbo and hd, you were in some package in your mind. Thats like a 60 dollar a month package.

2) Sat dishes will actually INCREASE with NFL and MLB now exclusive to DTV. For someone who doesn't care about sports, then another service is for them.

PS: Your verizon fios rate raises after 12 months. Read your bill.

A few well healed football fans... thats funny.
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:15 PM   #14  
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Cable charges a montly fee. They do not give them away. What is it, 10 bucks a month for a DVR, and that's EACH DVR for TW in cbus. They get you monthly, not up front, thats the only difference.
Directv charges you 5 dollar lease fee plus 9.99 a month for HD. Id know, i just dumped them awhile back. thats more expensive a month than my cable. My hd and dvr is 11.99 a month. so say i add another one, thats 3 bucks a month more than you would be paying them for 2 hd dvrs. it would take me 66 months to pay them the 199 you paid up front. In 66 months, i will be on my what, 3rd, 4th new dvr? Ill add with no cost besides the gas to drive down and pick one up. How is cable getting over on me again? hehe.

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Old 03-23-2007, 07:47 AM   #15  
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I imagine sat dishes will become rare except for a few well-healed football fans as cable spreads.
That's funny there are many remote areas in this country that will never ever see cable let alone DSL. So our only choice is a Dish and I do not have a problem with that.
Each has there advantage and disadvantage and both will be around for along time.
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