Through February 8th, DirecTV is offering packages starting at $30 per month for 12 months. Includes 150+ channels, 3 Months free HD Access, free DVR or HD Receiver Upgrade, local channels. $100 Visa Prepaid Card included with order.

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    JakeBlade Ben's cred: 65
    Posted 5:34 pm PST 02/5/10

    If you want HD DVR plus the required services, you're looking at a minimum $49.99/month for months 1-3, then $74.99/month for months 4-12, then it goes up to $99.99/month for months 13-24. And the $100 back requires you sign up for Auto Pay.

    After 24 months you come up with $2024.76. That's over $80/month average.

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    Zephyr2 Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 5:35 pm PST 02/5/10

    Ben forgot to mention about all the shady business practices DirecTV enagaes in. Hopefully you'll remember to call to cancel before the 1 year contract ends or else they'll automagically renew you for another 1 yr contract. Or maybe you want another receiver and go to best buy or costco and buy a 2nd receiver for another room. Oh $180 for that plus 5-10 per month and guess what... You still don't own it! hah are you kidding me? Seriously... google the horror stories yourself or sign up and get own3d by them yourselves...

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    baltimoron Ben's cred: 62
    Posted 5:47 pm PST 02/5/10

    #2 You are right on the money. There are pages of horror storys on Google. DirecTV is being sued by the Attorney Generals of something like 36 states for deceptive business practices and fraud. I know that the AGs of California and Washington have them in their sights.

    Here are some links:

    http://redtape.msnbc.com/2009/12/a-lawsuit-filed-this-week-by-washington-state-against-directv-could-have-a-secondary-purpose-it-could-serve-as-a-textbook-fo.html


    http://www.tvpredictions.com/dbbb011210.htm

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    whatatay Ben's cred: 192
    Posted 7:04 pm PST 02/5/10

    #2, the only thing you are wrong about is canceling. You can't cancel because they won't answer the phone. This is part of their shady business practice. Once you are a customer you are stuck getting automatically renewed. There are hidden fees too, but as long as people take it in the ass, it keeps them in business.

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    botte1 Ben's cred: 133
    Posted 12:08 am PST 02/6/10

    icky poo

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    navut Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 7:48 am PST 02/6/10

    I'm a D*'s customer. To be honest, I'm not a happy customer, but I don't want to disconnect because Dish is the same while cables offer not as many HD channels as their satellite counterparts. D* offers some good promotions for the new customers, but you will pay it back over the time. It usually increases the rate every 7-8 months by $3-$4.

    D* has a bad habit that always extends your agreement to another 24 month when you're making any change, such as adding one room, upgrade from SD to HD, moving... And remember this: although you pay $99 for an HD receiver or $199 for a DVR, you're actually leasing it. When you cancel, D* may want you to return it. If your receiver broke, D* will replace it for free (because you're leasing it) but if anything else broke like the dish, cable, connector... you have to pay unless you purchase the "Protection package." In reality, when you see no picture, you don't know which thing broke. So you will end up with paying for a technician to come and investigate it.

    Somebody above recommended that you should buy the receiver from another retailer or eBay. This is NOT working. When you activate that receiver, D* considers you're leasing it and you still have to return it at the time you cancel the service. Frustrated, huh? You buy it but you can't own it. The early termination fee is $20 per month that you have not completed.

    However, there's an un-documented way to overcome the charge while you're upgrading the system like adding another room or upgrading to HD. Just call D* and say that you want to cancel. Of course, D* doesn't want this. It will likely offer you some free stuffs like free professional installation, free equipment or $10 off each month for the next 12 months...

    Before signing up, consider the real cost after the promotion ends Don't just look at the promotion price. For example, for Choice xTra:

    $60.99 + $10 for HD + $5 for each additional room + tax = about $82.

    Dish is the same.…

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    vulcanman Ben's cred: -7
    Posted 8:16 am PST 02/6/10

    I have been with Comcast Cable for over five years. Every now and then I peep across the fence to see what the competition offers. To me, Comcast cable when taken as a package with HSI and Voice offers the best deal.

    With Comcast, I am on a promotion that lasts for another eight months. At the end of the eight months, I tell them I am thinking about satellite ... and they put me on another 1yr promotion.

    Here is what I am getting from Comcast.

    Comcast HSI - 18Mb/s download
    Comcast Voice (free LD, free voice-mail)
    Comcast Cable + includes HD-DVR + HBO-HD + Show-HD + All non-premium HD channels.

    The HBO + Show package they offered when I started with them five yrs ago. That portion of the service is just $8 per month and is for the lifetime of service.

    Comcast has significantly increased their HD-On-Demand programming. Their HSI service is incredibly fast. FIOS is faster but you pay a lot more. In the past five years, we have had numerous hurricanes and thunderstorms ... and the cable has gone out a total of about three or four times.

    I pay $120 (including tax). Without the promotion its about $165 per month. I usually put a Google calender reminder to call them at the end of the promotion.

    The CONS ? The HD-DVR interface sucks. But it consistently works and has never given any problems (I upgraded to 500MB storage). Their Voicemail service at times goes down (its been better the last few weeks).

    For those who can get a good cable connection ... I recommend you check it out.

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    eoryd Ben's cred: 37
    Posted 8:41 am PST 02/6/10

    I have Direct TV and they did not automatically renew my contract. I'm not ecstatic about what I have but it is still $20 less a month than the same service with cable. We only have charter in our area so that's probably why the price is that much higher. I do have charter for internet at $20 a month but I still get basic cable channels with it. The shitty thing about the service I have is that I can only record one channel at a time. I'd like to go to cable but the price is not worth it now. I'm less than satisfied with DirectTV but i was even less satisfied with cable. I am on the verge of eliminating television altogether.

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    tokesan Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 10:26 am PST 02/6/10

    Good thing I am reading these post on DTV. I just order a brand new service yesterday no HD, just the choice plan for 35/ 1st year and 55/2nd year. Never had sattelite before but I thought I spread the wealth after being with Comcast. Main reason for picking DTV is because I will get 10,000 American Airlines mileage (it ends on Monday the 8th), that's like round trip from here to Germany! I will go sen my Gmail calendar to remind me to cancel before 24 months elapsed.

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    loadednightrain1 Ben's cred: 32
    Posted 2:05 pm PST 02/6/10

    Hey #3: #2 is way off

    They don't 'auto renew' you after 12 months... You agree to 24 months when you sign up... So don't be mad at D*, be mad at yourself because you dont know what you're getting yourself into


    You may have been renewed because you added a receiver for $5/month (not $10)... Why the hell would you want to own it.... When it shits the bed D* will replace it

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