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post #13981 of 14740
My experience a few years ago with TiVo and Cox Cable cards was horrid, never worked great and was just bad, not FIOS, but still I wouldn't go that way until they get that perfected...which could be never.
post #13982 of 14740
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Originally Posted by waltah View Post

sure, but thats an additional cost. tivos arent exactly cheap

Well D* will try to charge you $400 for a Genie, as well as additional monthly charges for the Whole Home DVR service.

And that's for leased equipment. At least you'd own the Tivo and would be able to recoup the costs by selling the equipment used.
post #13983 of 14740
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Well D* will try to charge you $400 for a Genie, as well as additional monthly charges for the Whole Home DVR service.

And that's for leased equipment. At least you'd own the Tivo and would be able to recoup the costs by selling the equipment used.

Well as a new customer I got my Genie free, first year of service is lower than my UVerse bill, and 2nd year goes up $20, but this is with all the premium movie channels, which I don't have on UVerse...

and I sold my Series 3 TiVo this past year for $50, didn't much recoup anything there.
post #13984 of 14740

That's because you didn't sell it bundled with the lifetime fee.

post #13985 of 14740
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

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Originally Posted by waltah View Post

sure, but thats an additional cost. tivos arent exactly cheap

Well D* will try to charge you $400 for a Genie, as well as additional monthly charges for the Whole Home DVR service.

And that's for leased equipment. At least you'd own the Tivo and would be able to recoup the costs by selling the equipment used.

Uh, I paid $0.00 for the genie hd34 + a client. I pay $0 monthly for both. The only additional charge is the protection plan for $6/mo that will cover me for the life of the equipment. Can't say that about TiVo...
post #13986 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

That's because you didn't sell it bundled with the lifetime fee.

Nope and I didn't buy one with a lifetime fee either, I would have had to get in a bit earlier than I did I guess, I don't remember the exact details but I don't think that was an option for me when I bought mine.
TiVo was ok, but again, the cable cards with our cable provider here in OKC was just sub par. No one could even install it right, I had a mess of service guys out who tried, oh well.
post #13987 of 14740
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

Nope and I didn't buy one with a lifetime fee either, I would have had to get in a bit earlier than I did I guess, I don't remember the exact details but I don't think that was an option for me when I bought mine.
TiVo was ok, but again, the cable cards with our cable provider here in OKC was just sub par. No one could even install it right, I had a mess of service guys out who tried, oh well.

I can relate. My TiVo HD was never able to get along with my cable company's CableCARDs like it should. It was extremely annoying.

I finally bit the bullet and moved to D* in October, and now my beloved TiVo has been relegated to a backup DVR I rarely touch. It has lifetime service on it; maybe I should sell it.

Along with a second HDTV, I have greatly improved my television viewing experience. A C31 made for the full retirement of an older SD-only Series 2 TiVo that is now unable to tune anything in my home because I have no cable television service and it can't do ATSC OTA.

I just wish I still had the cable price, as things will be much higher after the promo stuff expires.
post #13988 of 14740
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Originally Posted by ToddR View Post

I can relate. My TiVo HD was never able to get along with my cable company's CableCARDs like it should. It was extremely annoying.

I finally bit the bullet and moved to D* in October, and now my beloved TiVo has been relegated to a backup DVR I rarely touch. It has lifetime service on it; maybe I should sell it.

Along with a second HDTV, I have greatly improved my television viewing experience. A C31 made for the full retirement of an older SD-only Series 2 TiVo that is now unable to tune anything in my home because I have no cable television service and it can't do ATSC OTA.

I just wish I still had the cable price, as things will be much higher after the promo stuff expires.

I think I got in at a good deal with D*, $0 for first month, $63 for next 3 months after that, and $105 the rest of this year. I pay $108/month for UVerse TV no premium channels.
Then $124 for 2nd year, for the Premium package.

So I feel it will be the best move for me with all my options here in my town.
post #13989 of 14740
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

What they were saying the differences were over on dbstalk was this...
Also my take from being over on that forum for a few weeks was that the majority of people who know a lot seem to have and like DirecTV.
I posted questions in both the DirecTV an Dish sides, to get a feel from both, and it was very easy to tell that the Dish folks didn't have as much to brag about, feature and hardware wise. And when a Dish person tried to interject in the DirecTV side, they would shoot him down with facts that were not arguable.

So my feel was that DirecTV was/is the superior service based on my needs and likes. Sports, Movies, etc...they have just about every HD channel I watch so it was really pretty easy for me to pick them over Dish.

I sell tvs for a (partial) living. We have a Dish HD demo at work, I have DirecTV at home. I've had HD at home since 2001 with both DirecTV and OTA. On pq alone DirecTV is, imho, superior to Dish. The Dish pq at work is so mediocre that it actually inhibits sales of whatever set it's attached to--we have to switch whatever demo set it's feeding to the store feed to give customers a fair comparison to other sets. Dish just does too much compression.
post #13990 of 14740
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Originally Posted by waltah View Post

Uh, I paid $0.00 for the genie hd34 + a client. I pay $0 monthly for both. The only additional charge is the protection plan for $6/mo that will cover me for the life of the equipment. Can't say that about TiVo...

Were you a new customer? As an existing customer I got offered a $200 discount and installation.
post #13991 of 14740
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Originally Posted by cocoon View Post

Were you a new customer? As an existing customer I got offered a $200 discount and installation.

As an existing customer I got my Genie shipped to me and I installed it and had to call in for activation (online activation had some kind of glitch) anyway there was no charge other than an extra 3.00 per month.
post #13992 of 14740
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Originally Posted by wvasko View Post

As an existing customer I got my Genie shipped to me and I installed it and had to call in for activation (online activation had some kind of glitch) anyway there was no charge other than an extra 3.00 per month.

Ok. Keep calling until they offer me the deal you got smile.gif
post #13993 of 14740
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Originally Posted by cocoon View Post

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Originally Posted by wvasko View Post

As an existing customer I got my Genie shipped to me and I installed it and had to call in for activation (online activation had some kind of glitch) anyway there was no charge other than an extra 3.00 per month.

Ok. Keep calling until they offer me the deal you got smile.gif

Gotta tell 'em you're going to cut 'em off and get the retention specialist to offer the better deals smile.gif
post #13994 of 14740
Yes, but a 2 year sign up is involved. Not a bad deal overall if you don't mind the commitment.
post #13995 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Yes, but a 2 year sign up is involved. Not a bad deal overall if you don't mind the commitment.

Yes indeed, Sorry I did forget to mention the 2 yr commitment. Through the years since after it was cheaper to go the Dish route than keep up repairs etc on a C-Dish we have used Dish then DirecTV then back to Dish and last 3 years on DirecTV. Whew! did not mean to get into a personal history lesson. Point is we saw no problem recomitting to DirecTV. When you're in rural area it's just about only choice. We also had a 71 ft tower installed for OTA cause we like Chicago news and it gives us some backup. (90 miles from Chicago)

I also have the protection plan, do not do that with anything else but have had some receiver problems and it has paid off.
post #13996 of 14740
Three more HD channel went live this morning

LMN
ID
TV Land
post #13997 of 14740
Looks like I have to go in and update my custom guide to add the new HD channels...

With this latest round of additions, the only channel that I'm left wishing was HD is Chiller. Granted, they show a lot of older SD shows, but they would still look better with more bandwidth than they do now.
post #13998 of 14740
Yes, Chiller would be a great addition. I checked my guide and as of yet it does not say that TV land or LMN has switched over yet. They don't have the little HD icon.
post #13999 of 14740
What is LMN?

What about IFC or Sundance?
post #14000 of 14740
Lifetime Movie Network (I think)
post #14001 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Yes, but a 2 year sign up is involved. Not a bad deal overall if you don't mind the commitment.

Was not a problem as the only alternative is E*. Called retention and got the HR34 for $0 with very little trouble.
post #14002 of 14740
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Originally Posted by chrisjmccord View Post

I think I got in at a good deal with D*, $0 for first month, $63 for next 3 months after that, and $105 the rest of this year. I pay $108/month for UVerse TV no premium channels.
Then $124 for 2nd year, for the Premium package.

So I feel it will be the best move for me with all my options here in my town.

I used to pay $136 for cable television and internet.

When all the promo discounts expire, my DirecTV alone will probably hit $175. The first three bills were only $60. And now I have a separate internet bill (still with cable for that).

I have a big spreadsheet, but it's hard to predict everything. For example, it's unclear to me whether the $10 paperless/autopay discount is 24 months or indefinite, and there are annual price increases, too.

By the time year 3 rolls around and it's costing roughly $225 for what used to cost me $136, it'll be quite irritating. Yes, I've gained many channels (and I'm currently indulging in Premier, which obviously includes premiums I didn't subscribe to with cable) and much better multiroom DVR capability, etc., but still expensive.
post #14003 of 14740
Oh boy .... oh boy ... OH BOY!!! This must mean the "Nancy Grace" channel can't be far behind!!!! I'm soooooo excited!! biggrin.gif .... wink.gif .... eek.gif
post #14004 of 14740
So, which channels have been added as of today. Looked on their site and nothing.
post #14005 of 14740
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Originally Posted by trgraphics View Post

So, which channels have been added as of today. Looked on their site and nothing.

Few posts up you will find this:

Three more HD channel went live this morning

LMN
ID
TV Land
post #14006 of 14740
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Originally Posted by PAULSTORM View Post

Few posts up you will find this:

Three more HD channel went live this morning

LMN
ID
TV Land

Channels:
253 - LMN
285 - ID
304 - TV Land
post #14007 of 14740
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Originally Posted by ToddR View Post

I used to pay $136 for cable television and internet.

When all the promo discounts expire, my DirecTV alone will probably hit $175. The first three bills were only $60. And now I have a separate internet bill (still with cable for that).

I have a big spreadsheet, but it's hard to predict everything. For example, it's unclear to me whether the $10 paperless/autopay discount is 24 months or indefinite, and there are annual price increases, too.

By the time year 3 rolls around and it's costing roughly $225 for what used to cost me $136, it'll be quite irritating. Yes, I've gained many channels (and I'm currently indulging in Premier, which obviously includes premiums I didn't subscribe to with cable) and much better multiroom DVR capability, etc., but still expensive.

Well after your 2 year is up, you're supposed to re-negotiate you packages, costs, etc...threaten to leave for another service till they get you in a price you like. Isn't this right D* subscribers out there?
post #14008 of 14740
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Originally Posted by PiratesCove View Post

Channels:
253 - LMN
285 - ID
304 - TV Land

Well so far ID is only channel that is HD that I found. I checked DirecTV online and the TV Land is not listed as HD and there is no change in quality of picture.
post #14009 of 14740
Check the guide.
post #14010 of 14740
Well my guide I checked yesterday and this morning a few minutes ago and no HD quality or HD insignia on TVLD and LMN. ID is listed as IDHD. This is curious and curiouser.
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