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DarkTruths
Jesus was a liberal. Why do you hate Jesus?
08:25 AM on 04/10/2012
Soto's only paying $90 a month? He must only have 2 channels.
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BeasleysMom
Liberal Elitist
11:01 AM on 04/10/2012
I pay 80 and have at least 100 of totally worthless channels of cr^p. These companies make their money off those sports channels.
07:34 AM on 04/10/2012
Direct TV is one up on Wells Fargo as only the court would make Wells do the right thing. I personally like Direct TV and find their service and pricing way better than what I ever got for Fios. As far as I'm concerns, the FIOS customers are buying a false reputation. Also, the closed captioning on FIOS is nearly worthless.
Al Schrader
Don't limit your potential
07:07 AM on 04/10/2012
Direct TV ? Wow it's a nightmare . But, passive programming will be almost entirely gone in the next 3 years, anyhow. Nobody is even going to make tvs with remote controls. Why ? You wont have to wait for your favorite Star Wars: Empire Strikes it Rich movie to come on Tuesday night at 8:pm.
You are going to be able to "click" on it and watch it right away...Al-
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DarkTruths
Jesus was a liberal. Why do you hate Jesus?
08:25 AM on 04/10/2012
How can you "click" if you no longer have remote controls?
Al Schrader
Don't limit your potential
08:40 AM on 04/10/2012
You'll use your mouse and keyboard. It's all going online as you read this right now....Al-
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windy33
09:45 AM on 04/10/2012
you said there won't be any remote controls so how will you click on it if they are gone. do you use your finger. re- read what you wrote
01:47 PM on 04/10/2012
My God that's petty, get a life
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lendmeanear
06:48 AM on 04/10/2012
I have only heard bad things about Direct TV customer service. This is why I would never mess with them.
07:37 AM on 04/10/2012
I'm would like to let you know that I really like Direct TV. I've had it about 8 months and have never, ever, had a problem. And the cost is far lower than cable. As far as I can tell, the idea that cable is better is a false tale, spun by Verizon's money grubbers.
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09:01 AM on 04/10/2012
I have to say I have directv and I like it but their customer service is bad. If you owe anything on your bill they won't even let you talkt o a customer service person until the balance is paid off. You just keep getting the automated service.
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noaxe397
02:51 AM on 04/10/2012
That's why I like cable..........Something goes wrong, and unless it is a real doozie of an arcane or esoteric problem, it can be fixed over the phone or by simply bringing my cable box to the cable company's store for a simple, easy to install replacement box....................One tip: Anytime you call for service or installation, and this is VERY important, ALWAYS ask for a corporate employee to come to your home and NEVER a contract employee.  Even if it means you have to wait longer for an appointment, believe me, it is WELL worth it and you will probably not have nearly as many problems as described here.....
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BeasleysMom
Liberal Elitist
11:05 AM on 04/10/2012
I had 13 contacts with c omca st in a week--on the phone, exchanging equipment, service calls and there were STILL problems!!!!
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noaxe397
01:03 PM on 04/10/2012
Maybe you have one of those arcane or estoreic problems that doesn't allow for easy solution.
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dtallwalk
02:20 AM on 04/10/2012
ROKU get it at cosco for 80 bucks plug it in and an you will be vary happy and the best part it's free no bill at the end of the Mo other then your Internet bill and enjoy
My kids like it and so do we
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knightie2008
01:01 AM on 04/10/2012
Considering that all these satellite companies were suppose to work in the country, none of them really do. The object behind satellite tv is to have something to watch when the weather outside is nasty. But whenever it rains or snows the dish stops working, thus negating the whole reason to have satellite tv. We tried three different companies and the result were the same, and we live on a hill with a southern exposure (which are suppose to be the best, according to the satellite companies). We disconnected and have been fine with network tv ever since (if there's something I want to watch otherwise I can find it on the net).
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09:03 AM on 04/10/2012
Yeah my directv won't work when the weather is bad so on day's like that it's either dvd's or netflix for me lol.
12:39 AM on 04/10/2012
Hey Soto, Netflix and Hulu for 9 bucks a month each!

Most other stuff on cable/satellite (like Food Network shows, Discovery/History channel shows, etc.) can be directly downloaded from the internet either from the appropriate networks webpage or somewhere else.

But if you really really want to throw 90 bucks a month down the drain, pay 18 for Hulu/Netflix and you can send me the rest.
12:49 AM on 04/10/2012
I have Netflix, not really a fan of paying to watch movies and shows 2 years out dated. lol... Now Hulu is something I need to check out! -Soto
08:00 AM on 04/10/2012
So what are you watching on DTV? mostly old movies that you've seen 100 times as well. Why pay more than $9/month for that...

Playon=$9/month
Netflix=$9/month
Redbox for new movies...$2/night

Cheaper than even the cheapest satillite service.
03:39 PM on 04/11/2012
You can also go to Fox and CBS websites and download their shows the very next day that they air. I'm not sure about the other channels, I don't watch much tv. It's free and if you connect your computer to your tv.....
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lshaft
This We'll Defend
12:20 AM on 04/10/2012
Even though I get pizzed at you sometimes, thank you Infinity!!!
12:20 AM on 04/10/2012
A few years ago I "had direct TV" for a couple of months. I had ordered it, and right away when the service man came to install it he said there was a charge for a 2 yr. contract. I told him there was NO mention of a contract and I would not agree to such a thing. Well after going back and forth he said that they would refund the price of the contract BUT I had to pay it then (one mo) then and there to get the install. He had already cut the cable to m other co. I had before them. After he left I thought about it and called the co and I was told they weren't returning the money and the person who sold me the service should NOT have told me there wasn't a 2 yr. contract. The service was awful I really hated the service, the TV had really lousy quality pic. and when it rained, OMG you couldn't hardly see what you wanted to watch because of all of the little tiny squares messing up the screen. I called them to disconect it..and I was told I HAD TO DO THAT myself. After a few mos. of phone tag I finnaly got them to take the dame thing out and give me back my money..I will never deal with them again.
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Pavane
I pick my battles and walk from the rest.
12:17 AM on 04/10/2012
Years ago, I dropped my cable TV. It hurt for about a week but afterward, I never looked back. Suddenly, I had a lot more time to do the things I wanted. The sun started shineing and the flowers in my garden grew. Better yet, over the years, the money I WOULD have paid to my cable company, I saved. It grew to many thousands.

And, it was those thousands - all that saved money from no cable - that became the down deposit on the house I recently purchased.

So, here's my tip for you today: Invest in yourself, not expensive TV. Drop them!
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GoodDog0325
Eat, Stay, Love
02:18 AM on 04/10/2012
I agree with you! I would love to get rid of direct tv and these smart phones. Haven't reached any agreement with my partner, yet. Your screen name, is it for Gabriel Faure's composition? I just played it tonight, for an audience of two dogs, one cat.
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Pavane
I pick my battles and walk from the rest.
11:50 AM on 04/10/2012
Hi GoodDog! Tell your handsome partner that after 8 to 10 years of no TV, you guys will reap about $10,000 more in the bank. That's a powerful incentive, especially as the years go by so fast. (I actually saved much more over a longer period of time.)

As for my screen name, you are close! My granddad called me Pavane for Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte. But I equally love Faure's Pavane. Both are so lovely from two very great composers! And like you, I often perform my piano for my classical loving cats. :)
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rbspickles
08:53 AM on 04/10/2012
I agree! I've been without cable for years. I use aeriel antenna and I get movies from either red box or our library. Oh, and I actually read books, do crafts, take walks, go fishing...you know....LIVE!
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Pavane
I pick my battles and walk from the rest.
11:52 AM on 04/10/2012
Yes. Exactly!
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PrairieGayCompanion
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-na-na
12:00 AM on 04/10/2012
Our locally owned cable company, once one of the best in the country, sold to Knology less than two years ago and service plummeted and rates rose. Now they are trying to sell, possibly to WideOpenWest (WOW) which has positive reviews. Hope the price doesn't go up again.
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PrairieGayCompanion
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-na-na
11:50 PM on 04/09/2012
OK HP. You need to start a consumer advocacy page. If you can get results we can all use it.
11:49 PM on 04/09/2012
...and my 78-year-old father is being charged by DirecTV for an installation done in January 2012 as recommended to him by the apartment management that he'd just moved to. In February said apartment management advised my father that he'd have to vacate the premises due to his application not meeting their tenant criteria. This, after my Dad had moved in. Dad phoned DirecTV to let them know of the change and his new apartment complex does not allow DirecTV subscriptions. DirecTV tells my Dad that he's under a 2-year contract and is responsible, no matter that he gets no use of the service. Really Incompetent of you DirecTV!
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PrairieGayCompanion
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-na-na
12:03 AM on 04/10/2012
My dad was given the same line, told them he was 86 and would contact the city (senior services) and they backed off.
08:02 PM on 04/10/2012
Thanks for sharing PrairieGayCompanion
12:22 AM on 04/10/2012
Fight it...they are wrong and you could win.
08:05 PM on 04/10/2012
Thanks for the advice trishamine.
11:49 PM on 04/09/2012
I got rid of pay TV 15 years ago and have never missed it. When all you have is broadcast
TV over an antenna you find so many more important, fulfilling and interesting things to do
than sitting on a couch and being hypnotized by the mindless lights and sounds of TV land.
foubabou
Mean People Suck
12:15 AM on 04/10/2012
Smart move. I live in Europe and have 4 free stations over an antenna. I'm the only person I know that doesn't have cable/satellite TV.

Just afraid if I had 100+ stations I'd watch more than the couple of news programs and occasional movie.

Satellite TV? What a waste of money.
09:20 AM on 04/10/2012
Absolutely. I live in the US but I'm from Europe too. I can watch pretty much
any European program I want for free with streaming IP either direct or through
a proxy for free so why on earth would anyone pay for cable or satellite TV.
People spend hundreds of dollars a month for this crap?????
One of lifes biggest mysteries...