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(Advertising Age)   When you realize DirecTV has too many channels you don't watch, you get mad. When you get mad, you call DirecTV to cancel. Over 55,000 subscribers got rid of DirecTV this past quarter   (adage.com) divider line 121
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2012-08-03 08:47:05 AM
Too many channels is way down the list. All you have to do is Google DirectTV problems to see the biggest problems are dubious billing practices and bad customer service.

Link
 
2012-08-03 09:19:34 AM
This headline has potential, subs.

Keep on working it, you'll get it
 
2012-08-03 09:20:09 AM

cman: This headline has potential, subs.

Keep on working it, you'll get it


Of course the farking thing goes green right as I am posting about how his headline needs some work
 
2012-08-03 09:25:25 AM

cman: Of course the farking thing goes green right as I am posting about how his headline needs some work


You can't give the modmins an opening like that, man. They'll slap you down every time.
 
2012-08-03 09:25:59 AM
I've had DirecTV for two years, and the only problem I've ever had is with HD reception during thunderstorms. So I switch to SD until it blows over. Problem solved.
 
2012-08-03 09:30:39 AM
Maybe all those people canceling had more to do with the Viacom flap than random chance. Just a thought.
 
2012-08-03 09:33:47 AM

Howie Spankowitz: Maybe all those people canceling had more to do with the Viacom flap than random chance. Just a thought.


Unlikely

Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web
 
2012-08-03 09:52:13 AM

cman: Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web


Which will be GREAAATTT from a schadenfreude standpoint, until cable companies lose TOO much money and jack the prices of the internet access 4-5x and use contracts to force Netflix to charge $70-mo.
 
2012-08-03 09:54:58 AM

kingoomieiii: cman: Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web

Which will be GREAAATTT from a schadenfreude standpoint, until cable companies lose TOO much money and jack the prices of the internet access 4-5x and use contracts to force Netflix to charge $70-mo.


Not exactly. This is where piracy comes in handy. That will force content providers to keep prices low. No one is gonna buy a $50 movie when they can get one for free on certain sites. By keeping the price low, they incentivize people to abandon piracy and pay for the content.
 
2012-08-03 09:59:52 AM
Maybe I'm just lucking out, but I've had DTV for nearly three years with no customer service/billing issues, and very few outages outside of extremely bad weather.

Sure, I only use a fraction of the channels, but I'm saving over $25/month compared to Charter's scamtastic billing.


/anyone need a DTV referral?
//worth a shot
 
2012-08-03 10:02:17 AM

cman: Not exactly. This is where piracy comes in handy. That will force content providers to keep prices low. No one is gonna buy a $50 movie when they can get one for free on certain sites. By keeping the price low, they incentivize people to abandon piracy and pay for the content.


You're living in the internet echo chamber. The number of people who use bittorrent, Pirate Bay, etc is a tiny portion of the consumer base.
 
2012-08-03 10:04:47 AM

kronicfeld: cman: Not exactly. This is where piracy comes in handy. That will force content providers to keep prices low. No one is gonna buy a $50 movie when they can get one for free on certain sites. By keeping the price low, they incentivize people to abandon piracy and pay for the content.

You're living in the internet echo chamber. The number of people who use bittorrent, Pirate Bay, etc is a tiny portion of the consumer base.


You would be surprised. I dunno what the numbers are, and I won't speculate because I have nothing to base it upon, but people are not as technologically stupid as many think. They can use The Google to find free movies, which many link to BT sites.
 
2012-08-03 10:05:24 AM

kronicfeld: You're living in the internet echo chamber. The number of people who use bittorrent, Pirate Bay, etc is a tiny portion of the consumer base.


Yeah. People have been pirating TV (easily) for a decade. Cable prices are only going up.
 
2012-08-03 10:05:50 AM
I got approached by a DirecTV sales rep at Sam's Club yesterday. I was waiting for them to replace a tire on my car and he asked for just "30 seconds" so I said okay, I'll listen. They quoted me $30 for the first 6 months with free DVR, $40 the the rest of the first year and I kind of forget how much the last year of the contract was (maybe $50, but maybe a little more). There was also a $20 installation fee.

Not really a bad price, but I'm not doing the whole 2-year contract thing. That's a deal-killer for me. If their service were really good they wouldn't need to lock people into contracts like that.

I also gotta wonder how fun it must be in the winter when we get a foot of snow and you have to climb up on your roof (only place I can put one) to clean it off just so i can watch a bunch of TV that is 98% total crap anyway.

I'm sure whatever package they were offering me was also the most basic of things. I'd find myself in the same cycle I did with cable which was to upgrade to another "tier" of a dozen channels just so I could watch BBC America and NatGeo only to find out NatGeo has really gone downhill and I've already seen every episode of Top Gear anyway.
 
2012-08-03 10:13:56 AM
I ditched DirecTV years ago after they sent some yahoo in an old pick up truck to install the hardware. He had his kids with him in the truck. It took him 3 days.

I have Dish now, but I'm real close to cancelling. I rarely watch it anymore and I'm sick of all the insurance and prescription commercials.
 
2012-08-03 11:07:13 AM

kingoomieiii: Which will be GREAAATTT from a schadenfreude standpoint, until cable companies lose TOO much money and jack the prices of the internet access 4-5x and use contracts to force Netflix to charge $70-mo.


The cable companies will have a serious problem raising prices ad infinitum. Currently, most places have only one franchised cable company and one franchised 'phone' company competing on broadband (with little bailing-wire-and-duct-tape 'wireless last mile' providers in some areas, especially rural). The city commissions get money on the franchise fee, and get their back scratched by the cable companies to keep it that way.

But at some point, the hew and cry will get loud enough that the commissions have to allow fiber overbuilders. At some point, the cable companies will be charging enough $$ for dumb internet pipes that it will make financial sense to overbuild. This is what Google is doing in Kansas City. Trying to get people in Chicago or Orlando or wherever angry enough to force the political will to break the franchise monopolies.
 
2012-08-03 11:12:28 AM

Happy Hours: Not really a bad price, but I'm not doing the whole 2-year contract thing. That's a deal-killer for me. If their service were really good they wouldn't need to lock people into contracts like that.


Which is why FIOS is month to month with 2 year price incentives rather than lock in
 
2012-08-03 11:14:36 AM
Comcast digital 2012 is DirecTV 2002.

/Only reason we have any teevee cable at all is because it comes with the internet service.
 
2012-08-03 11:17:07 AM

Happy Hours: I got approached by a DirecTV sales rep at Sam's Club yesterday. I was waiting for them to replace a tire on my car and he asked for just "30 seconds" so I said okay, I'll listen. They quoted me $30 for the first 6 months with free DVR, $40 the the rest of the first year and I kind of forget how much the last year of the contract was (maybe $50, but maybe a little more). There was also a $20 installation fee.

Not really a bad price, but I'm not doing the whole 2-year contract thing. That's a deal-killer for me. If their service were really good they wouldn't need to lock people into contracts like that.

I also gotta wonder how fun it must be in the winter when we get a foot of snow and you have to climb up on your roof (only place I can put one) to clean it off just so i can watch a bunch of TV that is 98% total crap anyway.

I'm sure whatever package they were offering me was also the most basic of things. I'd find myself in the same cycle I did with cable which was to upgrade to another "tier" of a dozen channels just so I could watch BBC America and NatGeo only to find out NatGeo has really gone downhill and I've already seen every episode of Top Gear anyway.


I had DTV for 10 years before going to Verizon FiOS without any problems, not even billing. Got the same DTV pitch at Best Buy 2 weeks ago and decided to go back. It's actually $35.99 (+ tax) a month (Choice package) for the first 12 months and then bumps up to $71. Way I figure it that's about $54 a month averaged for 2 years which is WAY cheaper than FiOS TV, so I'll be keeping the FiOS internet and dumping the TV & Phone for a savings of about $80 a month. Get the movie channels for 3 months, too.

FiOS had tonnes of channels, but many were very extraneous. They only thing I'll be losing are the local sub-channels and a couple of news channels, but I can get those over-the-air anyway.
 
2012-08-03 11:18:51 AM
I just switched back to DTV after U-Verse took their sweet time (a week) to fix their outage. HD channels are a lot sharper than U-Verse's were and the DVR's themselves scroll through the channels a shiatload faster. I WISH I could get rid of any provider entirely, but I can't convince the wife to go with an all-streamed setup...yet.

Happy Hours: I also gotta wonder how fun it must be in the winter when we get a foot of snow and you have to climb up on your roof (only place I can put one) to clean it off just so i can watch a bunch of TV that is 98% total crap anyway.


I've lived in many a cold, snowy climate (Northern IL, Michigan, New Hampshire to name a few) with DTV and never once did I have to clear snow off of the dish. About the only thing that knocks it out is extremely heavy cloud cover, which doesn't happen too often (1-2x/yr maybe) if the installer set the thing up correctly in the first place.
 
2012-08-03 11:18:58 AM
I pay for 200-300 channels to only consistently watch 4. I feel like I'm doing it wrong.
 
2012-08-03 11:23:09 AM

Lawnchair: Trying to get people in Chicago or Orlando or wherever angry enough to force the political will to break the franchise monopolies.


Business solution: spend millions lobbying congress and buying republicans to fight against Net Neutrality so they can block Netflix and rope in their customers to their own overpriced service. Because, you know, it's against their free speech to be "forced to provide a platform" for their competitors.
 
2012-08-03 11:23:25 AM

Happy Hours: I also gotta wonder how fun it must be in the winter when we get a foot of snow and you have to climb up on your roof (only place I can put one) to clean it off just so i can watch a bunch of TV that is 98% total crap anyway.


Unless the dish is facing the upslope of your roof it would take more than a foot of snow to cover the LNBs. If you mount it to the side of the roof you would not have a problem unless we enter an ice age or you live in Buffalo.

/not a DirecTV customer
 
2012-08-03 11:26:21 AM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Maybe I'm just lucking out, but I've had DTV for nearly three years with no customer service/billing issues, and very few outages outside of extremely bad weather.

Sure, I only use a fraction of the channels, but I'm saving over $25/month compared to Charter's scamtastic billing.


/anyone need a DTV referral?
//worth a shot



You must be lucky. When I finally dumped them (after repeated "mistakes" in billing over the years) they sent me boxes for my receivers, saying that I was leasing them (part of the mistaken billings). We bought all three of our receivers and had the receipts. Fax to DTV (after 3 hours getting a name and number to send to) - nope, fark you, you didn't send the receivers back - you owe us 1100.00 - ELEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS, for 400.00 worth of receivers we paid for in a brick and mortar store. They turned it over to collection agency, who cares even less and offered to settle with us - for 470.00!

I farking hate them, they are scammers and scum.
 
2012-08-03 11:41:10 AM
Don't worry Direc TV Comcast and TWC is right along with ya
Link
 
2012-08-03 11:49:51 AM

cman: kronicfeld: cman: Not exactly. This is where piracy comes in handy. That will force content providers to keep prices low. No one is gonna buy a $50 movie when they can get one for free on certain sites. By keeping the price low, they incentivize people to abandon piracy and pay for the content.

You're living in the internet echo chamber. The number of people who use bittorrent, Pirate Bay, etc is a tiny portion of the consumer base.

You would be surprised. I dunno what the numbers are, and I won't speculate because I have nothing to base it upon, but people are not as technologically stupid as many think. They can use The Google to find free movies, which many link to BT sites.


ehh I think the people you're thinking of are the folks who'll pay the shareware fee for kazaa, download things, and when they get their ISP's notice complain they paid for it.
 
2012-08-03 11:53:55 AM

Happy Hours: I got approached by a DirecTV sales rep at Sam's Club yesterday. I was waiting for them to replace a tire on my car and he asked for just "30 seconds" so I said okay, I'll listen. They quoted me $30 for the first 6 months with free DVR, $40 the the rest of the first year and I kind of forget how much the last year of the contract was (maybe $50, but maybe a little more). There was also a $20 installation fee.

Not really a bad price, but I'm not doing the whole 2-year contract thing. That's a deal-killer for me. If their service were really good they wouldn't need to lock people into contracts like that.

I also gotta wonder how fun it must be in the winter when we get a foot of snow and you have to climb up on your roof (only place I can put one) to clean it off just so i can watch a bunch of TV that is 98% total crap anyway.

I'm sure whatever package they were offering me was also the most basic of things. I'd find myself in the same cycle I did with cable which was to upgrade to another "tier" of a dozen channels just so I could watch BBC America and NatGeo only to find out NatGeo has really gone downhill and I've already seen every episode of Top Gear anyway.


Contracts? I'm sure you don't just happen to have a pay-as-u-go cell do ya?

/directv for over 10 years
// no billing issues that I recall, I'd guess those people are trying to work the system or don't read the small print
 
2012-08-03 12:02:58 PM

cman: Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web


Yup...even old farts like me. Last year about this time my wife told me one day that the only program we watched on DirecTV that wasn't offered for free on the web or wasn't covered on our Amazon Prime account was the Formula One races, and asked if I considered watching 1 or 2 races a month worth the $70/mo we were paying?

Nope, says I...and we cancelled.

Yo, land line...I'm looking at you and that $51/mo next.
 
2012-08-03 12:07:39 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: I've lived in many a cold, snowy climate (Northern IL, Michigan, New Hampshire to name a few) with DTV and never once did I have to clear snow off of the dish. About the only thing that knocks it out is extremely heavy cloud cover, which doesn't happen too often (1-2x/yr maybe) if the installer set the thing up correctly in the first place.


Maybe so, but I can't imagine a little snow doesn't collect on the dish itself. That really doesn't matter?

I can't remember if it was Dish or Direct, but their delivery method is the same and I do remember stopping in at a bar during a snowstorm and every TV in the place had a message saying whichever service it was couldn't provide service. Granted, it was a pretty good storm so I'm sure cloud cover was heavy, but it was a horrible marketing move to display their brand on 20 TVs. Good thing we didn't stop at the bar for TV. It didn't affect the flow of beer.
 
2012-08-03 12:10:16 PM

StoneColdAtheist: cman: Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web

Yup...even old farts like me. Last year about this time my wife told me one day that the only program we watched on DirecTV that wasn't offered for free on the web or wasn't covered on our Amazon Prime account was the Formula One races, and asked if I considered watching 1 or 2 races a month worth the $70/mo we were paying?

Nope, says I...and we cancelled.

Yo, land line...I'm looking at you and that $51/mo next.


Pretty much this, except no landline, and replace F1 with baseball/hockey. Haven't even hooked up a TV service in the new place yet, and we've been here almost a year now.
 
2012-08-03 12:14:40 PM
When I bought my new TV a few months ago, I got hit up by one of these DTV salesmen (in the TV section of Best Buy. Yes, Best Buy. DON'T JUDGE ME! They had the best price.) Anyway, he walks up and starts his spiel about the price and this and that. I just cut him off and said, "No thanks. We've got the internet." He tried to counter with information about all the channels they have, the DVR, the local channels, etc. I just told him that I can get it all online for cheap or free, when I want to watch it, no strings attached. Then I walked away from him because he's a salesman and wont quit.
 
2012-08-03 12:18:15 PM

StoneColdAtheist: Yo, land line...I'm looking at you and that $51/mo next.


You're paying FIFTY ONE DOLLARS a month for a land line?! Do you live in the middle of the pacific ocean? Glob, man.... Run, don't walk, to your nearest phone and cancel that crap. The last time I paid for a land line it cost us >$5 a month and we only signed up for it because it lowered the price of our bundled services.

/You are being raped, sir. Raped. For your money.
//Raped.
 
2012-08-03 12:19:19 PM

Happy Hours:
Maybe so, but I can't imagine a little snow doesn't collect on the dish itself. That really doesn't matter?


Not in my experience.
 
2012-08-03 12:21:59 PM
DirectTV is the only company to offer the full NFL season package in this country. I'm tempted... though my current cable operator is the only decent one in town.

Nah, not worth it.
 
2012-08-03 12:24:08 PM

cman: Howie Spankowitz: Maybe all those people canceling had more to do with the Viacom flap than random chance. Just a thought.

Unlikely

Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web


THIS is why I will be canceling. I discovered I can get the Sunday ticket on a PS3, so long DirecTV.
 
2012-08-03 12:28:53 PM

Honest Bender: When I bought my new TV a few months ago, I got hit up by one of these DTV salesmen (in the TV section of Best Buy. Yes, Best Buy. DON'T JUDGE ME! They had the best price.) Anyway, he walks up and starts his spiel about the price and this and that. I just cut him off and said, "No thanks. We've got the internet." He tried to counter with information about all the channels they have, the DVR, the local channels, etc. I just told him that I can get it all online for cheap or free, when I want to watch it, no strings attached. Then I walked away from him because he's a salesman and wont quit.


Whenever I get approached by one of those guys, I just say I'm from out of town. That usually makes them shut up and go away real quick.
 
2012-08-03 12:29:48 PM

St_Francis_P: Too many channels is way down the list. All you have to do is Google DirectTV problems to see the biggest problems are dubious billing practices and bad customer service.

Link


Yeah, I had them for Internet access and on several occasions they started billing me for TV as well.
 
2012-08-03 12:47:39 PM

Happy Hours: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: I've lived in many a cold, snowy climate (Northern IL, Michigan, New Hampshire to name a few) with DTV and never once did I have to clear snow off of the dish. About the only thing that knocks it out is extremely heavy cloud cover, which doesn't happen too often (1-2x/yr maybe) if the installer set the thing up correctly in the first place.

Maybe so, but I can't imagine a little snow doesn't collect on the dish itself. That really doesn't matter?

I can't remember if it was Dish or Direct, but their delivery method is the same and I do remember stopping in at a bar during a snowstorm and every TV in the place had a message saying whichever service it was couldn't provide service. Granted, it was a pretty good storm so I'm sure cloud cover was heavy, but it was a horrible marketing move to display their brand on 20 TVs. Good thing we didn't stop at the bar for TV. It didn't affect the flow of beer.


My parents live pretty far out in the woods here in Alaska - where we just had the heaviest snowfall ever recorded for this area - and not once did they have to clear snow from the dish. They do lose reception when it is snowing hard though.

Side note - When they cancelled Dish and moved to Direct they were told to just keep the old receiving equipment. Do NOT shoot expensive graphite arrows at a satellite dish! Really farks them up.

/bullets work just fine, though.
 
2012-08-03 12:48:24 PM

Vanquish: Honest Bender: When I bought my new TV a few months ago, I got hit up by one of these DTV salesmen (in the TV section of Best Buy. Yes, Best Buy. DON'T JUDGE ME! They had the best price.) Anyway, he walks up and starts his spiel about the price and this and that. I just cut him off and said, "No thanks. We've got the internet." He tried to counter with information about all the channels they have, the DVR, the local channels, etc. I just told him that I can get it all online for cheap or free, when I want to watch it, no strings attached. Then I walked away from him because he's a salesman and wont quit.

Whenever I get approached by one of those guys, I just say I'm from out of town. That usually makes them shut up and go away real quick.


Clever. I usually try and use a story like that to completely diffuse these people. Asking for my signature on something? Pestering me to register to vote? "I'm a felon." Problem solved.
 
2012-08-03 01:17:31 PM

ihatedumbpeople: Contracts? I'm sure you don't just happen to have a pay-as-u-go cell do ya?


I'm not happy about that either, but I'm free from my Verizon contract.

There are a couple of differences though. For one thing, no cable company I ever heard of required a contract while unless you get a pay-as-u-go phone every mobile carrier requires a contract. The reason Verizon/AT&T/Sprint did that is because they were constantly stealing customers from each other They also probably subsidized your phone and while you do overpay for it by the time your contract is over that doesn't happen with satellite service. So they put a dish on your roof. That cost them a few dollars but they also get their dish back if you cancel (or am I wrong about that?)
 
2012-08-03 01:27:08 PM
Glad they are finally realizing they need to keep their good customers instead of giving everything to their new, unproven customers. They are always offering great deals to NEW customers, but not for an existing customer of 10+ years.

For example, a few years, they offered free HD for life to new customers. Existing customers pay $10 an extra for HD service. These days, that would sort of be like charging extra for color. Anyway, after enough haggling and jumping through hoops, like using paperless billing and automatic bill payments with a credit card, they would give you a $10 a month credit for HD for 24 months. At the time, they explained that this would be the same as the "for life" since they would not be charging anyone extra for HD within 24 months. Guess what, the 24 months are up and they are now charging the $10 a month for HD again. BTW, I heard they are also now also charging those formerly "new" customers claiming that the "for life" referred to the "life" of their 2 year contract, not the "life" of their service. With games like that, I will certainly be looking at my options when my contract ends in a few months.
 
2012-08-03 01:28:23 PM

jst3p: I discovered I can get the Sunday ticket on a PS3, so long DirecTV.


This is relevant to my interests. Tell me MOAR
 
2012-08-03 01:32:55 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: jst3p: I discovered I can get the Sunday ticket on a PS3, so long DirecTV.

This is relevant to my interests. Tell me MOAR


Link
 
2012-08-03 01:33:46 PM
When DirecTV gives you too many channels, don't watch The Church Channel. Make DirecTV take the channels back! Get mad! I don't want your damn channels, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see DirecTV's CEO! Make DirecTV rue the day it thought it could give Hagbardr too many channels! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the converter box! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible converter box that burns your house down!
 
2012-08-03 01:37:29 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Lt. Cheese Weasel: jst3p: I discovered I can get the Sunday ticket on a PS3, so long DirecTV.

This is relevant to my interests. Tell me MOAR

Link


Hmmmm, $340.00? Tempting....
 
2012-08-03 01:40:25 PM
I switched to Comcast (insert Side-Show Bob groan of disgust) because I needed their Internet. AT&T couldn't get to a 5th of their speed in my far-suburban, maybe even rural area. Apparently the AT&T lines hadn't been upgraded. They didn't tell me that when I called and asked to upgrade my speed. They had no problem changing my bill to the quicker speed and charging me $5 a month more, until I called back the next month saying my speed hadn't improved.

/I never had a problem with DTV; I sort of miss my channel options.
/I haven't had any issues with Comcast, except that cable prices are so high. We opted for the cheapest, which is basically OTA channels.
/I've had plenty of problems with AT&T. I'll never go back to them for TV or Internet, and may switch cell carriers when my contract is up.
 
2012-08-03 01:43:29 PM

jst3p: cman: Howie Spankowitz: Maybe all those people canceling had more to do with the Viacom flap than random chance. Just a thought.

Unlikely

Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web

THIS is why I will be canceling. I discovered I can get the Sunday ticket on a PS3, so long DirecTV.


It's this, but your missing an angle, DirecTV doesn't do internet, cable companies do.
 
2012-08-03 01:44:22 PM

slykens1: Happy Hours: I also gotta wonder how fun it must be in the winter when we get a foot of snow and you have to climb up on your roof (only place I can put one) to clean it off just so i can watch a bunch of TV that is 98% total crap anyway.

Unless the dish is facing the upslope of your roof it would take more than a foot of snow to cover the LNBs. If you mount it to the side of the roof you would not have a problem unless we enter an ice age or you live in Buffalo.

/not a DirecTV customer


I live in Buffalo.

My parents house is in cow country and they have tv and internet through DirecTV (internet is called HughesNet now but I think they still own it). I wouldn't say the signal went out frequently, but any outage is unacceptable if I pay more than $10/month for service. Internet was slow/went out all the time. Utter shiat service. Signal drops and you call tech support and they want $200 to have someone come look at it. I simply got them to "walk me through" enough to figure out how to crack into the thing. I could adjust all the settings and would play with it to tweak performance up.

It is so bad my parents were considering switching to AOL dialup.

Let me repeat that. In 2012, my parents are considering AOL dialup because DirecTV has such shiatty internet service.


/My house has FIOS and a 25/25 connection.
 
2012-08-03 01:45:44 PM

cman: kingoomieiii: cman: Trend is going that more people are canceling television services as more content moves to the web

Which will be GREAAATTT from a schadenfreude standpoint, until cable companies lose TOO much money and jack the prices of the internet access 4-5x and use contracts to force Netflix to charge $70-mo.

Not exactly. This is where piracy comes in handy. That will force content providers to keep prices low. No one is gonna buy a $50 movie when they can get one for free on certain sites. By keeping the price low, they incentivize people to abandon piracy and pay for the content.


But how do you pirate broadband connection in order to pirate content over that pirated connection?

/pirate
 
2012-08-03 01:52:10 PM

Honest Bender: When I bought my new TV a few months ago, I got hit up by one of these DTV salesmen (in the TV section of Best Buy. Yes, Best Buy. DON'T JUDGE ME! They had the best price.) Anyway, he walks up and starts his spiel about the price and this and that. I just cut him off and said, "No thanks. We've got the internet." He tried to counter with information about all the channels they have, the DVR, the local channels, etc. I just told him that I can get it all online for cheap or free, when I want to watch it, no strings attached. Then I walked away from him because he's a salesman and wont quit.


Best Buy price matches. The people who wait 2 days for shipping from Amazon instead of buying at Best Buy for the same price are morons.
 
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