Lowest negotiated DirecTV price?

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I cancelled DirecTV a few weeks ago. The box arrived to return my DVR, and they had a flyer with some retention rates. Curious, I called the number. Because I still had my equipment, I was told the cost would be $58+tax for the "Choice" channel lineup (all the basic channels plus regional sports - important for baseball and college football), and $40 for "Select" (the basic channel package without regional sports). Both prices included keeping my Genie HD-DVR. 12-month price commitment but no contract.

It's a tempting offer - even though I don't watch much TV, it'd be nice to have the DVR for occasional games and other shows. I'm wondering if I can get them down lower. Anybody else swung a better deal once their contract was up?

And just a word of advice, DirecTV doesn't really start haggling until you actually cancel the service. But once you return the equipment, they're going to expect a new 24-month contract.

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Are you sure that $40 includes all DVR rental and Remote fees? They have something called Family which is $19/month but you still owe for the remote / dvr / receiver fees.

edit : Ugh, its $29, not $19

forbin4040 said:    They have something called Family which is $19/month but you still owe for the remote / dvr / receiver fees.
  
wow!
what is total w/o dvr?

I recently went out of contract and called them up. I managed to get a similar offer of $52/year for Choice plus one DVR. This required a one-year commitment, but the price was also good for one year. This brought me down from almost $100 a month to only $52. Very happy.

needhelpplease said:   
forbin4040 said:    They have something called Family which is $19/month but you still owe for the remote / dvr / receiver fees.
  
wow!
what is total w/o dvr?

  Sorry I was wrong, 
It's
$29 for Family 
$10 for Receiver
~$1 in tax
 

Well I hesitated - I hate contractual commitments - but I finally decided to re-up for 1 year. For the Choice package and one HD-DVR, the price I got was $46.96 + tax for the first two months, $56.96 for the next 10 months, and he threw in a $200 Visa GC to sweeten the deal. $460 ain't too shabby to get all my regional sports and other channels plus a great DVR for a year!

Oh, plus the 3 free months of the premiums. Too bad Game of Thrones is off-season but I guess I can binge watch the past seasons.

I previously had Directv up until about a year and a half ago since 2003. The whole time I had it I don't think there was ever a month where I didn't get a 20-30 percent discount. I even remember a few years I only got 2 or three bills for the entire year. Even with how little I was paying for it I finally realized I was only really watching CNN and when I did watch something else I was picking up the dam remote every 6 minutes to click out the commercials.

Most streaming services are commercial free. Its much less exhausting watching anything anymore . And a bit cheaper too. If your a sports porn addict though your pretty screwed still. The days of everybody else subsidizing the ESPN crazies are over.

Best offers are after cancellation or at least after you scheduled it. But you can't keep no longer offered packages though.

KSUemaw said:   Well I hesitated - I hate contractual commitments - but I finally decided to re-up for 1 year. For the Choice package and one HD-DVR, the price I got was $46.96 + tax for the first two months, $56.96 for the next 10 months, and he threw in a $200 Visa GC to sweeten the deal. $460 ain't too shabby to get all my regional sports and other channels plus a great DVR for a year!

Oh, plus the 3 free months of the premiums. Too bad Game of Thrones is off-season but I guess I can binge watch the past seasons.

  I hope that includes upgrading your DVR to Genie

Yeah I already had the Genie WH DVR. The HR44? I don't use the WH functionality because I don't have any minis for the other TVs, but it's still a very nice DVR.

Unfortunately, regardless of whether you buy a mini yourself on eBay, DirecTV will still bill an extra $6/mo if I activate it. I'm too cheap to pay for minis for TVs I rarely use.

They told me the only reason I got the rate I did was because I was keeping all my old equipment. Any sort of equipment upgrade would require a 2yr commitment.

Can you post back here when you get your first bill? DTV is notorious for hidden gotchas

We have been with Directv for 12 years now. I've gotten lots of equipment upgrades, incentives, etc. over the year. So I called today since we are not under contract once again.

I got offered $40 a month discount with a 12-month contract. That was perfect! The guy tried to get me interested in a bundle, but one won't work for us because of DH's medical equipment/almost non-existent cell phone usage. I think we average less than 10 minutes a month because we HAVE to have a landline for the medical equipment to call "home." Our cell phone is Consumer Cellular through AARP. We simply aren't their Target audience.

I was really happy. They did try to get me an upgrade on equipment, but we have the monthly service plan. They have to upgrade our equipment if it fails. Meanwhile DH has so much recorded that he loves on the two DVRs that he would be sad if we had to replace either because ::poof:: his recorded movies would be GONE.

Do you have a phone number that was on that flyer? I just canceled my service and I am curious to see what deals I could get. Thanks!

Paying $109 for DirecTv now. Choice is $75, Equipment charges (Genie, 4 DVRs, HD, protection plan) is $52, plus misc fees - $25 discount equal the $109.

I just went off contract and they are currently offering me $40 discount to replace my $25 discount for one year. Total price is around $95. Still pricey but wife really likes DirecTv. Will have to call back to cancel and see where we go from there. Would also like to upgrade to 4K also. Going 4K will require Ultimate programming ($92) but my equipment charges stays the same as I get all free equipment due to having paid Directv's $7.99 Protection plan for past two years.
 



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