A few directv questions (hidden fees, programming, etc)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Tim_Stonesifer, Sep 10, 2002.

  1. Tim_Stonesifer

    Tim_Stonesifer Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm looking into getting a directv system, but I was just curious if there are any hidden fees. Any startup/cancellation fees? Also, do you actually pay $32/month or are there additional charges such as taxes and what not?
    Finally, I'm just curious about NFL programming. The NFL sunday ticket is a little too pricey for me, so I'm curious how directv does normal programming for football games. Thanks.
     
  2. Todd Henry

    Todd Henry Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2002
    Messages:
    324
    Likes Received:
    0
    There is sales tax included, I believe. You will also want to pay for local channels which increases the cost a bit. With local channels you can watch NFL games, just as if you had cable only get local teams and national broadcasts. Blackout rules still apply.

    Todd
     
  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    DirectTV does market their packages fairly heavily. This can’t really be construed as ‘hidden’, but $5 here for local channels and $12 there for HBO and pretty soon you are talking about real money.

    There are a lot of people who hit $75/mth (I’m not one).
     
  4. Tim_Stonesifer

    Tim_Stonesifer Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2002
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  5. Howard Williams

    Howard Williams Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2001
    Messages:
    521
    Likes Received:
    0
    ....and don't forget the extra charge ($4.99) for each additional reciever if you want to be able to watch different channels on different televisions.
     
  6. Brian Lawrence

    Brian Lawrence Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 1998
    Messages:
    3,634
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Brian
     
  7. Pete M

    Pete M Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2000
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    1
     
  8. Peter M Fitzgerald

    Peter M Fitzgerald Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 1999
    Messages:
    1,856
    Likes Received:
    451
    Real Name:
    Peter Fitzgerald
    Also, several channels one would consider as "basic" type channels, such as BOOMERANG, BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL, and spin-offs of the DISCOVERY CHANNEL (DISCOVERY-SCIENCE, etc), are in an exclusive "Family Pack" that you have to pay a bit extra for.
     
  9. ollie_k

    ollie_k Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2002
    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    0
    Im happy with my directv service, I just have the basic package and 2 recievers. I get great antenna reception so no need to pay for locals. Comes out to $36 a month, which is less than basic cable where I live
     
  10. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2001
    Messages:
    3,208
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you decide to get a Tivo (and they are truly wonderful things), the DirecTivo service is $9.95.
     
  11. Eric Typpo

    Eric Typpo Auditioning

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    The only gotcha for me was that all the national channels come on at the east coast time, which means everything is on 3 hours early if you're on the west coast. If you're on the east coast, everything comes on at the "normal" time.
     
  12. Tim Markley

    Tim Markley Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 1999
    Messages:
    1,279
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  13. Howard Williams

    Howard Williams Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2001
    Messages:
    521
    Likes Received:
    0
    Tivo: I'm sorry, but I refuse to buy a Tivo as long as there's a $10 monthly fee. That is 45% of my DTV bill.
     
  14. Mike Monti

    Mike Monti Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2001
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    0
    Love Directtv, Have subscribed and Unsubscribed to HBO and Showtime numerous times in the past and have never been charged a fee. I especially love the fact that I can change my subscription over the internet and I have access to the channel within thirty seconds (or so it seems, I have the channel in less time than it takes to walk from the computer room to the tv room.
    Directtivo's price will drop between now and Oct 1st to five dollars a month. See www.tivocommunity.com for more info.
    I get local channels (free trial for 3 months) plus Distant Network feeds (ABC,NBC,CBS,and FOX both East and West coast feeds so if I miss anything I can pick it up three hours later ie. West Wing is on at both 9pm and 12am) for 5 dollars a month.
    My only issues
    Rain Fade - not a problem now but when I first got my unit I would lose half my channels whenever really thick clouds would roll in, it turns out I had a faulty LNB (doohicky that sits infront of the dish and receives the signal) I called Directtv and complained and they sent me a new one free of charge (no shipping either). Haven't had a problem since.
    No WB - not carried in my area. UPN is a local channel but WB isn't. Luckily, a team of horses couldn't force me to watch either one of those channels (tho Enterprise almost convinced me to get UPN). Don't want the channels so not a problem there.
    No second line in- Right now my house is set up for only one line in which is fine for now. But I'm going to get the Directtivo series 2 when that comes out (supposed msrp $199) and I want to be able to use both of the outputs from my dish so I may watch one channel and record another. This means I have to run another wire through my house since I don't want it run outside. It's not a big hassle but I'm not fond of fiberglass insulation and I'll have to wade through it, not to mention that I know very little about how to run a wire through a wall, through an insulation filled crawlspace, and down another wall. Literally this one is my only issue of import and probably won't even effect me much as I will probably just hire a guy to do it.
    All in all, my system has proved to be a worthwhile investment - I've never had a customer service issue, billing has never thrown an item at me that wasn't understandable, and the picture and sound are great.
    I realize I went over the topic a little but It all kinda fits in.
    Mike
     
  15. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2001
    Messages:
    3,208
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  16. Vlad D

    Vlad D Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2001
    Messages:
    1,076
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Vladimir Derenoncourt
     
  17. Mike Monti

    Mike Monti Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2001
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    0
    It was my tremendous good luck to get an operator on the phone with a bleh attitude. I just asked for them and he said ok, no forms or waivers needed. Of course I;ve had Distant feeds for two years, well before Local channels were carried. Listen for apathetic employees they're your ticket to free stuff. I know I worked in billing for Cablevision of New York, all you have to do is ask for a free month and they'll give it to you.
     
  18. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2001
    Messages:
    1,578
    Likes Received:
    1
    Tim, I would HIGHLY recomend getting the NFL Sunday Ticket if you are a first time Direct TV subscriber, it's about $160 or about $40 a month for 4 months but the great thing is you get the premium package for FREE during the duration of NFLST; that means you get HBO/Cinemax/Showtime/Encore/Starz/TMC, you get basically everything, and that is definantly worth $40 a month and probably free instalation. It's a must IMO.

    Also I would HIGHLY recomend getting the DirectTV TiVo combo reciever from Sony, for first time Direct TV buyers you can get it for like $200 bucks; my dad has it a loves it. I am going to buy TiVo like yesterday until I found out I have to shell out about $300-$400 b/c I am already a DTV subscriber(talk about being pissed.). I will still get it this week anyway though.

    Mike is right about TiVo going down to only 5 bucks a month, that is great value, add another 5 for local channels, 35 for basic cable channels, another 15 for HBO and Cinemax and it comes to $60 bucks a month(if you do not get the NFLST deal), I was paying $55 a month for basic cable.
     
  19. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 13, 2001
    Messages:
    8,172
    Likes Received:
    1
    We live in eastern Kentucky, a relatively secluded area (until I-66 comes by that is) and things like DirectTV are a blessing.
     
  20. Dave E H

    Dave E H Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2002
    Messages:
    829
    Likes Received:
    0
     

Share This Page