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post #14821 of 14829 Old 07-17-2014, 09:17 AM
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Don't get me wrong, I love my DVR and use it to record a lot of programs, especially those which air while I am watching something else "live" or when I'm not home, etc. However, I'm not one of those fanatics who record everything just to avoid commercials. If I'm watching a DVR'd program, I do tend to skip the commercials. On the other hand, if I'm watching something "live," the commercials don't bother me much. The one thing I will agree with is that there are too damned many of them.
I'm the same way, though I've stopped watching most things live just because skipping the ads allows me to watch more shows in less time so I can get to bed earlier.

On the other hand, if I'm cooking or doing other things while playing a show back, I just let it run. I use the commercial time to run the blender or check on the grilling...
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Don't get me wrong, I love my DVR and use it to record a lot of programs, especially those which air while I am watching something else "live" or when I'm not home, etc. However, I'm not one of those fanatics who record everything just to avoid commercials. If I'm watching a DVR'd program, I do tend to skip the commercials. On the other hand, if I'm watching something "live," the commercials don't bother me much. The one thing I will agree with is that there are too damned many of them.

Yeah, way too many. Just watch the nbc nightly news. They go the first 15min commercial free, go to commercial. Then come back for a 2-3min story, go to commercial, repeat until the 30min is up. Then you have movies that will show the same commercials over and over every commercial break.

This is why we don't watch ANYHING live.


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Then you have movies that will show the same commercials over and over every commercial break.
NFL games are notorious for that. Sometimes going so far as to play the same commercial back-to-back. I can't recall, but some of those may be local spots. In any case, they are a turn-off. But nothing beats the redundancy of political ads, which will be gracing TV screens this fall. No wonder the country is half crazy. I can't imagine being without a DVR.
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OK, what I hate is when they show a commercial for a show I'm watching...while I'm watching that show. I get a case of fast forwardus interruptus and my wife looks at me like I don't know what I'm doing. I really do sweetie, they just tricked me into thinking it was back on...

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OK, what I hate is when they show a commercial for a show I'm watching...while I'm watching that show. I get a case of fast forwardus interruptus and my wife looks at me like I don't know what I'm doing. I really do sweetie, they just tricked me into thinking it was back on...
Yes, I've done the same thing numerous times, it's a little trick to get you to at least watch that last ad before the show itself returns.
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i'm canceling my d* the instant any level of service/package/hardware/etc
change.

Have had d* for 17 years
This is more or less how I feel about D* and our near $150/month payment with 4 DVR's & Family pack.

I have ATT for cell phone with 2yr contract + DSL. So I'm hoping soon ATT will offer a bundle to add D*as TV to our cell phone & DSL then we're talking some serious savings.

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This is more or less how I feel about D* and our near $150/month payment with 4 DVR's & Family pack.

I have ATT for cell phone with 2yr contract + DSL. So I'm hoping soon ATT will offer a bundle to add D*as TV to our cell phone & DSL then we're talking some serious savings.

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This is more or less how I feel about D* and our near $150/month payment with 4 DVR's & Family pack.

I have ATT for cell phone with 2yr contract + DSL. So I'm hoping soon ATT will offer a bundle to add D*as TV to our cell phone & DSL then we're talking some serious savings.
My bill with two DVRs, a third receiver, and HD package with HBO (but not many of the other movie channels) had crept to over $170 a month. I really don't watch much in the summer so I decided to cut the cord.

I had been paying for the service plan with D*, so last summer I was "eligible" to upgrade on of my old laggy DVRs to a newer model, which I did. Unfortunately that meant by cancelling now I had a nice $300 early termination fee. They used that fee when I called as a threat to stay on but somehow it worked the other way and strengthened my resolve to cancel. They also told me if I decided to return to D* I would not be offered any incentives for two years.

At the end of the day I did enjoy D* for many years, but the world is moving on. I could not justify the price for the small amount of content I was consuming, plus much of what I watched was available OTA. I'm excited about a lot of the great streaming options now available. I already pay for Prime, have a huge Bluray back log, and last weekend subscribed to UFC Fight Pass and watched the Dublin event live in HD.

It's going to be interesting moving forward but I feel great having made the leap.
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I felt the same way. So I switched to cable, used my own DVR, and now have a 5 TV whole home system for $60/month (no equipment or DVR service fees except one $2 cable card) and get far more HD and HBO/MAX/SHO. Cable card, Ceton and WMC is a wonderful thing. DirecTV can suck it.
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