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post #14101 of 14740
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Originally Posted by waltah View Post

i just dumped fios and would love to know what DVR model# you have, they dont have anything even remotely worth owning. let alone comparable to directvs hardware.
PQ was pretty even to me with an edge to directv

Had hr34 now have 7232.
post #14102 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Ken Ross View Post

"I can also add the fact that I'm not wild about their DVR."

Whose? D* or Fios?

Thx
post #14103 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Ken Ross View Post

I had D* several years ago, but it was before they switched to mpeg4. I suspect that it's possible that those channels that originate in mpeg4 might look better on D* since there's no transcoding necessary. OTOH, channels originating with mpeg2 might look better on FIOS since FIOS is still on mpeg2 and in that case no transcoding is necessary for those channels. I'm not speaking to compression here and of course that's the wild card in this PQ equation. FIOS either doesn't compress or compresses the least of the available providers.

I can also add the fact that I'm not wild about their DVR. Their whole house 'solution' is prone to issues such as lag.

I don't have their latest DVR, the Genie, mine are all older models but the whole home experience is smooth as silk. I wonder whether it could be poor installations that are responsible for some people seeing a lag or the 5 tuner Genie with "client" boxes?
post #14104 of 14740
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Originally Posted by waltah View Post

i just dumped fios and would love to know what DVR model# you have, they dont have anything even remotely worth owning. let alone comparable to directvs hardware.
PQ was pretty even to me with an edge to directv
Hmmm...that's a good point, now it gets interesting and yes inquiry minds wants to know. Can cowboy back up Fios advantage hardware DVR's.
post #14105 of 14740
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Originally Posted by zoey67 View Post

Hmmm...that's a good point, now it gets interesting and yes inquiry minds wants to know. Can cowboy back up Fios advantage hardware DVR's.

Problems i had were:
- shows scheduled to record that didnt record.
- slower remote response time which had gotten better but still wasnt as good.
- audio/video glitches.
post #14106 of 14740
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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

That has not been my experience at all. Every new customer deal has a very similar deal for existing customers.

I just re-upped with Directv for another year, getting a $200 VISA gift card and $20 off each monthly bill just by quoting and comparing Time Warner Cable prices to the nice Directv CSR.
post #14107 of 14740
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Originally Posted by hamstang View Post

I just re-upped with Directv for another year, getting a $200 VISA gift card and $20 off each monthly bill just by quoting and comparing Time Warner Cable prices to the nice Directv CSR.
Wheelin' and dealin'!
post #14108 of 14740
hamstang's re-up deal from DirecTV seems quite good. I'm less than three weeks from the end of my two-year commitment. It would be interesting to hear what other recent DirecTV re-uppers were able to get as concessions. I would be more than happy with what hamstang got, but is it better than the normal deal? Did you have to go through regular Customer Service to get to Retention, or did you ask to go directly to the Retention folks? Just wondering. Any info that any of you can provide would be helpful with my negotiations.
post #14109 of 14740
^^^
Just say "cancel" at the first phone prompt, that should get you to retention. How much you can save depends on how much you're spending. The lowest programming tier has almost no wiggle room, but you can still get things like free receiver fees or free HD. Premium channels also have discounts available. The full package has the most room for discounts, and sometimes it winds up costing very little to go with the big package, compared to a basic package.

Basic negotiation techniques apply. Never say what you want, make them keep offering more and keep repeating that it's costing too much and you'll have to cancel.
post #14110 of 14740
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Originally Posted by rdgrimes View Post

^^^
Just say "cancel" at the first phone prompt, that should get you to retention. How much you can save depends on how much you're spending. The lowest programming tier has almost no wiggle room, but you can still get things like free receiver fees or free HD. Premium channels also have discounts available. The full package has the most room for discounts, and sometimes it winds up costing very little to go with the big package, compared to a basic package.

Basic negotiation techniques apply. Never say what you want, make them keep offering more and keep repeating that it's costing too much and you'll have to cancel.

Exactly what I did. I had researched TWC prices, which BTW, the Directv CSR seemed to be familiar with. TWC has very good prices for their triple play for the first year anyway. I'm sure the second year price is way too scary to quote over the phone!
post #14111 of 14740
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Originally Posted by hamstang View Post

TWC has very good prices for their triple play for the first year anyway. I'm sure the second year price is way too scary to quote over the phone!

I signed up for double play, TV/Internet, w/ TWC in July of 2011. About a month prior to expiration TWC sent notice they would auto-renew for the second year. Canceled DirecTV two months later prior to coming out of six month suspension. I have a TiVo HD on a low cost monthly plan so I don't have to rely on TWC's equipment. If they don't auto-renew for a third year, I'll call to cancel armed with the offers DirecTV extends me to come back.
post #14112 of 14740
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Originally Posted by bidger View Post

I signed up for double play, TV/Internet, w/ TWC in July of 2011. About a month prior to expiration TWC sent notice they would auto-renew for the second year. Canceled DirecTV two months later prior to coming out of six month suspension. I have a TiVo HD on a low cost monthly plan so I don't have to rely on TWC's equipment. If they don't auto-renew for a third year, I'll call to cancel armed with the offers DirecTV extends me to come back.

I also had TWC with Tivo. Do you have any issues with the tuning adapter/Tivo having to get rebooted all the time? One of the reasons I spent $149.99 on a Tivo two yrs ago was so I wouldn't have to use TWC ****** equipment and look at their bland 4x3 guide but the Tuning Adapter gave me nothing but problems. Shows that i'd set up on a Season Pass would not record. It was nothing but a back and forth between Tivo and TWC. Tivo was awesome but couldn't take TWC anymore.
post #14113 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Justin Sullins View Post

I also had TWC with Tivo. Do you have any issues with the tuning adapter/Tivo having to get rebooted all the time?

I would guesstimate about every three months or so there is an issue, but not "all the time". I have the toll-free number @ TWC for CableCard support and I've gotten to where I'm pretty good @ handling it.
post #14114 of 14740
Frack.

Sinclair Group and Directv are going at it again. Sinclair claims we will lose coverage end of this month unless a deal is reached.
The Sinclair stations in my area are going in and out of HD as usual for situations like this.

List of Sinclair Group owned stations.
post #14115 of 14740
Can you pick up the affected stations OTA? I ask because I don't just assume it. There's a few networks I can't pick up via antenna here, in HD anyway.
post #14116 of 14740
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Originally Posted by bidger View Post

Can you pick up the affected stations OTA? I ask because I don't just assume it. There's a few networks I can't pick up via antenna here, in HD anyway.

I can pick some of the stations up OTA but it is not reliable. Some days it will work flawlessly other days a lot of drop outs.
post #14117 of 14740
Damn you D* and BBC! Stop putting the BBCUK air date as the BBCA air date. Top Gear didnt record because of yalls carelessness. Thankfully they reair it a few hours later.
post #14118 of 14740
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Originally Posted by BoogerBomb View Post

Damn you D* and BBC! Stop putting the BBCUK air date as the BBCA air date. Top Gear didnt record because of yalls carelessness. Thankfully they reair it a few hours later.

It's a Tribune issue.
post #14119 of 14740
Exactly, it's a BBCA/Tribune issue. They are the ones who make the guide data. DirecTV just takes what is given to them and sends it out. Just set your series to record both new and repeats. It really won't record all that many episodes that you don't want. It will only record a specific episode once if it is still on your DVR, and it will only record each episode once every 28 days if was already recorded and deleted. So even though BBCA plays the same episodes multiple times a week it will only record it once.
post #14120 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Beerstalker View Post

Exactly, it's a BBCA/Tribune issue. They are the ones who make the guide data. DirecTV just takes what is given to them and sends it out. Just set your series to record both new and repeats. It really won't record all that many episodes that you don't want. It will only record a specific episode once if it is still on your DVR, and it will only record each episode once every 28 days if was already recorded and deleted. So even though BBCA plays the same episodes multiple times a week it will only record it once.

Thanks for that info about repeats. The reason I tell it no reruns is because Uverse would record each and every one regardless of how many times its on your DVR and I hate having to sift through assloads of episodes I have already seen. I do wish that we had the option to tell it a specific channel and time.
post #14121 of 14740
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Originally Posted by BoogerBomb View Post

I do wish that we had the option to tell it a specific channel and time.

You DO; it's all under the "manual record" option under MANAGE RECORDINGS - I've used this option for a couple of instances exactly like this one... wink.gif
post #14122 of 14740
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Originally Posted by dishrich View Post

You DO; it's all under the "manual record" option under MANAGE RECORDINGS - I've used this option for a couple of instances exactly like this one... wink.gif

Will check it out. Thanks for the info.
post #14123 of 14740
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Originally Posted by BoogerBomb View Post

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Originally Posted by Beerstalker View Post

Exactly, it's a BBCA/Tribune issue. They are the ones who make the guide data. DirecTV just takes what is given to them and sends it out. Just set your series to record both new and repeats. It really won't record all that many episodes that you don't want. It will only record a specific episode once if it is still on your DVR, and it will only record each episode once every 28 days if was already recorded and deleted. So even though BBCA plays the same episodes multiple times a week it will only record it once.

Thanks for that info about repeats. The reason I tell it no reruns is because Uverse would record each and every one regardless of how many times its on your DVR and I hate having to sift through assloads of episodes I have already seen. I do wish that we had the option to tell it a specific channel and time.

I set mine by channel easily enough, you can't? If you want specific episodes at specific times you can do that by using the guide and selecting each showing you want as a record once deal....lot of work, easier to delete superfluous. It's even easier by just using a streaming service like Netflix and playing the episodes you want when you want smile.gif
post #14124 of 14740
I hope Sinclair goes black. I seem to recall them trying to pull something 4 or 5 years ago, just don't recall what it was. While I know D is not on our side, if they push back and don't cave our bill might not go up as much. One can only hope.
post #14125 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

I hope Sinclair goes black. I seem to recall them trying to pull something 4 or 5 years ago, just don't recall what it was. While I know D is not on our side, if they push back and don't cave our bill might not go up as much. One can only hope.

Ha ... looks like that TiVo Premier purchase a few months ago was a wise choice. Let the ******** eat cake.
post #14126 of 14740
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

I hope Sinclair goes black. I seem to recall them trying to pull something 4 or 5 years ago, just don't recall what it was. While I know D is not on our side, if they push back and don't cave our bill might not go up as much. One can only hope.
Me too.

As much as I hate for anyone to lose channels they watch, Sinclair, LIN and Clear Channel are the worst things to ever happen to local TV and radio stations.
post #14127 of 14740
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

Ha ... looks like that TiVo Premier purchase a few months ago was a wise choice. Let the ******** eat cake.

Until the cable provider your TiVo uses has a carriage dispute of its own.
post #14128 of 14740
Just give me Pac-12 Network and Military Channel in HD and I'll be happy. Also, I have more trouble with this editor. First I can't get a cursor, then I can't move it around.
post #14129 of 14740
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Originally Posted by ToddR View Post

Until the cable provider your TiVo uses has a carriage dispute of its own.

Except I'm only using OTA (terrestrial antenna) with it, so unless they're going to shutdown their transmitter I'm OK.

For that matter, I would assume that the AM21's will still function even if the LiL feed goes dark, otherwise I'm thinking there's probably a legal issue ...
post #14130 of 14740
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

For that matter, I would assume that the AM21's will still function even if the LiL feed goes dark, otherwise I'm thinking there's probably a legal issue ...

If D* ALSO removes the OTA guide data for the (same) affected station on satellite, then you're SOL...at least as far as doing normal "prog by event" timers; you might have to resort to doing manual timer recordings.

AND...since D*'s AM21 ONLY allows OTA scanning on the Genie DVR's - if you have one of the H2x or HR2x series receivers/DVR's, & they COMPLETELY remove the OTA channel out of their database entirely, then you won't get that OTA station, AT ALL, thru those said receivers...

And yes, one or the other of these have & DO happen...
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