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post #1 of 126
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Scott at S A T E L L I T E G U Y S has posted a fax to dealers that they require a 2 year commitment as of August 1, for all future advanced hardware.http://www.*************.us/attachm...tachmentid=4908
post #2 of 126
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Originally Posted by vurbano
Scott at S A T E L L I T E G U Y S has posted a fax to dealers that they require a 2 year commitment for all future advanced hardware.

there's another rumor bouncing around that says HD DVR's are free come august with a commitment. (which presonally i think is a little bold of a prediction...)

I'll suck up a 2 year agreement for a free HD DVR.

up until this point Directv seems to never really beat on people with their commitments. THere are tons of story's of people telling them they are moving and cant get a signal and D* waving the fee. But mostly at least until now- they would prorate the fee so if you were disgusted with them after 5 or 6 months bailing wasnt so painful as paying the full $150 fee.

I guess we'll see if things are a changing....
post #3 of 126
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They are revising the cancallation fee according to the fax. I suspect it will double.
post #4 of 126
Two years is a very long time. I'm still in a 2yr commitment for a 510 DVR from Dish from back in Nov of 2003. I'd like to retire the box, but its required for another half year.
post #5 of 126
Of course the lead sentence in Scott's posting was that he had heard from two sources that DirecTV was planning on making the new MPEG4 HD DVR free to all subs with that two-year committment.
post #6 of 126
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Originally Posted by fredfa
Of course the lead sentence in Scott's posting was that he had heard from two sources that DirecTV was planning on making the new MPEG4 HD DVR free to all subs with that two-year committment.
Lets discuss what he has on paper. The Fax which are the only facts. The rest is propoganda and conjecture until its in writing.
post #7 of 126
Hence why I labeled it a RUMOR.
post #8 of 126
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Originally Posted by Scott Greczkowski
Hence why I labeled it a RUMOR.
Hence why the title of the thread is only about the 2 year commitment. Thats in writing on the fax. The june 15 announcement threads were bad enough.
post #9 of 126
This thread title is mis-leading as the 2 year commitment is tied with something else, obviously.

I don't believe for 1 second this guy(vurbano) even has D*. I wouldn't even stay with a woman that I bitched about that much!
post #10 of 126
Whos bitching?

Something interesting is going to be happening soon. :)

It's going to be interesting to watch. :D
post #11 of 126
Soon with D* could be another 18 months
post #12 of 126
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Originally Posted by Scott Greczkowski
Whos bitching?

Something interesting is going to be happening soon. :)

It's going to be interesting to watch. :D

No not you, I was talking about Vurblabo
post #13 of 126
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Originally Posted by Hart5150
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I don't believe for 1 second this guy(vurbano) even has D*.
I even doubt he has a TV, the guy is always here :D
post #14 of 126
I also would have no problem with a 2 year commitment for a free HD DVR. I'm one of those "locked in because of Sunday Ticket guys" so I'm not going anywhere. (and I didn't say that to start anything about the ST price increase....)
post #15 of 126
If this is true (I'm still seeing the word "rumor" here) then I wouldn't personally have a problem with it - my cell phone company made me sign a 2 year commitment and all I got was a discount on a crappy phone (they didn't even give it to me for free!). An HD DVR would be much more valuable than a crappy cellphone
post #16 of 126
If I read Scott's fax correctly, the 2 yr commit was only for purchases. If certain individuals don't like the 2yr commit for free or highly subsidized purchases of hd and/or DVR equipment, hasn't the leadership of D* made references to leasing options? Would that not take care of those that don't like to commit?

Tom
post #17 of 126
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hart5150
This thread title is mis-leading as the 2 year commitment is tied with something else, obviously.

I don't believe for 1 second this guy(vurbano) even has D*. I wouldn't even stay with a woman that I bitched about that much!
go to Scotts website and read the fax. All dealers have to sell a 2 year commitment with all new advanced technology items. HD recievers, HD DVRs etc. And yes I have D*. And no I dont care what you think.
post #18 of 126
I've already posted over there, so I'm not gonna post it again here.

But, is it against the rules to type that website in it's entirety here? No spaces or ****'s?
post #19 of 126
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Originally Posted by mx6bfast
I've already posted over there, so I'm not gonna post it again here.

But, is it against the rules to type that website in it's entirety here? No spaces or ****'s?
They have censored the name *************.us for some reason
post #20 of 126
I would sign up for a 10 year commitment to get a $500-$1000 piece of equipment free if the cancellation fee was only $300 and the other terms were good.

--Darin
post #21 of 126
It appears that this is getting a bit off-the-topic. If you read the fax and the first post, it says nothing about free equipment. What it says is, in my view, most concerning. It says that PURCHASES of advanced equipment require a 2 year agreement. So I pay full price for an HD-DVR and and have to agree to service for 2 years? I don't think that's in our best interest. I guess they could say we're paying say, $800 for a $1600 device so that's why we need to agree to the terms but that's a big bogus if it's accurate.
post #22 of 126
What's the big deal?

I spent $700 on my SAT-HD300 and another $1000 on my HD-TiVo. I'm not planning on going anywhere for a while...

—Dan
post #23 of 126
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Originally Posted by danco
What's the big deal?

I spent $700 on my SAT-HD300 and another $1000 on my HD-TiVo. I'm not planning on going anywhere for a while...

—Dan
It's not a big deal. Thread was started to get a reaction on a slow Friday.
post #24 of 126
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Originally Posted by dm145
It's not a big deal. Thread was started to get a reaction on a slow Friday.
vurbano needling D* users? I'm shocked! :D
post #25 of 126
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Originally Posted by darinp2
I would sign up for a 10 year commitment to get a $500-$1000 piece of equipment free if the cancellation fee was only $300 and the other terms were good.

--Darin
To compete with cable, they will have to come up with some type of "free" HD DVR scheme, and a two-year contract seems a logical trade off. I doubt you will get to own the equipment though, it may just be a lease deal similar to E* and cable. Otherwise like you said who would mind paying a $300 early cancellation fee if he can keep the $1,000 equipment.

If this turns out the way I hoped for, I will seriously look at D* again.
post #26 of 126
If it came from Scott, you might as well belive what a pengiun tells you. His track record on d* is dubious at best.
post #27 of 126
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Originally Posted by CheckRaise
vurbano needling D* users? I'm shocked! :D
so you would rather be uninformed or ignorant of what is to take place on August 1, 2005? All Ive done is post facts. Point out anything Ive said that is untrue.
post #28 of 126
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Originally Posted by dm145
"They are revising the cancallation fee according to the fax. I suspect it will double."
do you know what the word suspect means?
post #29 of 126
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Originally Posted by Agrajag
It says that PURCHASES of advanced equipment require a 2 year agreement. So I pay full price for an HD-DVR and and have to agree to service for 2 years? I don't think that's in our best interest.

It also says,"Directv is planning agressive offers for the third quarter of 2005". I don't know whether that means free or highly subsidized, but I don't believe that it means full price or something rediculous.

Let's consider the facts. Directv has and will be devoting hundreds of millions of dollars to build and launch satellites specifically for high definition programming. They need subs watching programming from these sats to make money. For this to occur, they must be competitive with other providers concerning set top box costs, content, and quality. D* has openly stated that they have not been agressive with HD and they plan to in the future.

So, considering those facts, do your really think D* is going to require a 2-yr commit and some rediculous price for an HD and/or DVR box? It doesn't seem likely to me.
post #30 of 126
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Originally Posted by vurbano
so you would rather be uninformed? All Ive done is post facts. Point out anything Ive said that is untrue.
"They are revising the cancallation fee according to the fax. I suspect it will double."
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