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Purchased 3 Receivers and Had System Installed by 3rd Party
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Rating: 1/51

FOUCHON, LOUISIANA -- I purchased 3 receivers from 3rd party installers as DirecTV installers did not have federal security clearance to get on site. 6 months later the Company I worked for opened a company account with DirecTV and sent 3 receivers to replace the 3 I purchased. I called DirecTV that I needed to deactivate my receivers and turn on the company receivers. DirecTV said that I was under Contract for 2 years and I informed them that I was not - that I had purchased my receivers.

They said that they did not sell receivers and I informed them that I had a receipt. The turned it over to 3 different collection agencies and when I emailed a copy of the receipt the agencies dropped the case. They change the complaint to failure to pay for service and hired a 4th agency, for the same amount as the receivers. Don't do business with DirecTV, you will regret it!!!

Arbitrary charges after Directv leased equipment breakdown
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Rating: 1/51

TAHOE VISTA, CALIFORNIA -- One of my two DVRs failed (crashed hard drive). DirecTV agreed to fix it or replace it at no cost. After replacement they increased my monthly bill for a "Home" service that I did not request. The Home feature enables me to access recordings made by a DVR on the TV of the other DVR. It is just a nuisance for me because I record the same programs on both DVRs and now they appear as duplicates in the lists of recordings.

I contacted DirecTV that I had for over 15 years. After being at the phone for 1 hour and 20 minutes, I gave up. They kept on putting me on long holds while they were "reaching for a supervisor", an old trick to wear you out. DirecTV used to provide honest service and good customer support. Not anymore.

Poor Service in Resolving Network Issues
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Rating: 1/51

MIAMI, FLORIDA -- More than a year ago, I added a Genie DVR and at that time, was sold by the installers, a "Cinema Connection Kit" so that the original DVR would connect to my network. Turns out this is not needed when you have a Genie DVR. Interesting, looks like someone made some extra money. Regardless, I never used the on-demand or any other internet feature. Recently when trying to use some of these features, I found several problems; "Cinema Connect kit" was not working, neither DVR would stay connected to my network and could not watch DirecTV on my Mac Book.

DirecTV scheduled a service call but no one showed up. When I questioned this, a customer service agent and a supervisor, implied that I was telling the truth (lied). Wrote to upper management and did hear from someone (after working with several different agents) but that did not go well. They did offer a service call (and would waive the fee) but would not answer why I was charged for equipment that was not needed or why I was questioned about the previously scheduled service call.

In my letter I asked to be let out of the contract and when I asked this of the person from the corporate office about this she said that I would have to pay the remainder of the contract. DirecTV has problems with their features not working (according to corporate, these are free benefits) but I would have to pay to cancel service or pay for a service call to fix their problems. Sound like a company you would want to do business with? I have kept paper copies of all correspondence and phone records to validate my complaint.

DirecTV, No Playlist, No DVR, No Fix!!!
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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA -- It all started in August! Hubby LOVES football, we were tired of crappy Verizon, so we made the leap and signed up with DirecTV! Installed without programming the remotes but that's OK. Day 2 of having service… no playlist on other TV's??? We have 4 kids and like to record their shows for "TV time".

I call about the DVR... no fix. Now, we see that the playlist will disappear all together, or if it is there, it will be from last week (shows we've already deleted will show up and new shows from that day are MIA?) I have reset the box, had DirecTV to my house MANY times and even had a case manager (had a code 47 and 48… had these codes this morning!) STILL NO FIX.

November, when DirecTV is tired of us calling, assign us a case manager, who should not work in customer service… ever, told me "In 3 weeks OR SO, our new SOFTWARE will fix ALL your problems. No, you cannot get out of your contract unless you pay $450." So, now it's January. :) December 4th, my TV showed new software BUT I found out this morning that wasn't "THE" software, so my problems are still ongoing!

So, NOW, January 8th, I still have DirecTV and it still doesn't work BUT I'M STILL PAYING BECAUSE IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT, IT'S THE SOFTWARE!!! Isn't that your fault? I feel like I should get an hourly pay because I'm always resetting, unhooking or speaking to DIRECTV. TV is such a small thing in life and shouldn't be this difficult. I pay you for a service, you provide me that service… right? Not at DirecTV. You pay them and you kind of get service BUT they are working on it. So as a paying customer, I WAIT, wait until the engineers release "THE" software. Well, I've been patient since AUGUST and I'VE HAD IT.

The manager this morning tried to comfort me in telling me "This is an ongoing problem, you are not 1st person I've talked to today who has the same issue.” That's sad! It sure didn't make me feel better, it made me come online and WARN others. If you want to pay for a service and not receive it, pick DirecTV. If you want a constant headache and always be "on hold", pick DirecTV. If you don't want your kids watching that much TV, pick DirecTV. If you like a big blue box informing you "your playlist is disconnected" every 2 minutes, pick DirecTV. If you want to be in the boat of people with the "same" problem for 6 months with no fix in sight, pick DirecTV.

The promise on their website is a script, not a "promise". If that were true, I would be out the contract, like requested, without paying you $450 or any dvr related fees! I feel DirecTV breached the contract and have not fulfilled your end… not even close. But, the little people pay and the suits win! I cannot believe a "new" customer has had such a horrible experience with your company AND is still on the hook for the cancellation fee.

DirecTV should pay me the fee and do me a favor for once! I thought it was cheaper to keep an "old" customer than to advertise for a "new" customer??? I hope, if you have a similar problem, you TELL THE WORLD. Warn people not to get involved until this magic software is released! Good luck to all who are new in my shoes, and to those who are "old" customer who cannot get out without paying the cancellation fee.

DirecTV Customer Service Are Arrogant Jerks
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I had DirecTV for almost 8 years and I was very happy with their service and it was a good alternative to Comcast with a full digital lineup for several years. My issues started when they decided not to partner with TV anymore and push their piece of junk DVR on everyone. I got their first generation non-HD DVR, and soon after, started getting skips, having to reset it constantly, etc. Had it swapped out a couple of times. Now this one won't rewind live TV unless I completely low level format it for 3 hours and then it will work again for about three days. Their HD DVR was a little better, but sure enough, after less than a year, similar issues and this one had to be replaced too.

When it got replaced the last time, they took away the ability so I could get off-the-air HD from my local stations unless I bought this new box from them that costed another hundred bucks, and they wouldn't give me the old model as a replacement. I finally completed my contract and scheduled to have it removed on Feb. 11th. They screwed up and disconnected me a month early.

Then, when I called them to restore my service for the last month I planned on using them, they treated me like crap, never apologized for their error disconnecting me a month early, and had the nerve to tell me how their crappy DVR is better than TiVo, and they couldn't give me my old service plan back. I was persistent, and after getting hung up two times by their supervisors, they finally gave in and restored all of my programming which the first two said was impossible.

Before this experience, I would have considered them in the future.Now, I will never do business with them again. So long jerks at DirecTV, you really need to learn something about customer service and trying to make things right. BTW DirecTV, I have a first generation TV that is now over ten years old and it has never skipped a beat (lifetime subscription baby) and yours is not better!

Worst Customer Service of Any Company I've Ever Dealt With
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Rating: 1/51

The DVR receiver stopped working, at time over several months. Each time customer service called they make excuses, had to threaten to drop service before I finally got new receiver. Now several months later this receiver is acting up and again DirecTV customer service is no help. I will be cancelling once I can get a human to answer the phone. I'd rather go without service than have a terrible service.

Worst Customer Service. No Pic in Rain. Unlawful Charges. HORRIBLE
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BRACEY, NORTH CAROLINA -- After 6 years are trying to bill me for 3 mini boxes that were returned 15 months ago.

Overcharges, broken equipment
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I do NOT recommend DirecTV. If I had it to do over again, I would not sign a contract with these people. List of problems:

  1. Overcharges -- double charges for Showtime & HBO when I hadn't signed up for either services. They were only going to remove charges for the last 60 days because it was my responsibility to check monthly and make sure they were charging the agreed to amount.

  2. 2 broken receivers, which means no cable. Here's the kicker - if though it is their product that breaks down, no fault of you, customer pays shipping. First time I paid for service for the days I didn't have cable, this time I got them to credit my account for lost time. The first time it broke, they assumed it was the remote. So first, they tried replacing the remote… about a month into service, I finally got cable.

  3. Watcha the promises they make when trying to get you to sign a contract. They will say whatever it takes and then not follow through. I told them no HBO or Showtime and I did not want to have to call & cancel after three months, I was told no problem, only to find out they added it and started charging my account.

  4. Not if you Google DirecTV, call the number so sign up, it might be a 3rd party. So DirecTV will take no responsibility for the false promises.

  5. The dish does not work during big snowstorms & blizzards. So those days you get off work because of a blizzard, your cable won't work. Nobody tells you this.

Note: By many people I've been told I have infinite patience, but really DirecTV has worn my last nerve. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THEIR SERVICES!

Rude CSRs, Poor DVR Service Inflexible Long Contract
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- I have been a DirecTV subscriber since June of 2012. I have had problems with service from both the satellite and ^their employees from the beginning. Shortly after I signed on with them, I found that I needed additional equipment for another TV in my house. I received an additional box after a week, which I self installed only to find that it was defective and I had to order another one for 200.00 out of pocket.

I found that I was unable to watch DVR'd programs on any of my other TV's if someone in the house was already watching a DRV'd program. In order to ^do this, I would need an additional DVR and I would have to sign a new 2 year contract. I decided to leave it as it was. It still bugs me but, whatever. A few months ago, we lost service to the DVR and it had to be reset, losing all recording including some family appearances. Sad to see those go but hard drives ^do that sometimes.

I called customer service and they offered no recompense, not even a credit for the outage. Customer service was continually rude, and at times, I felt that they egged me on and ^were trying to make me more angry so they could have an excuse to hang up on me. I decided I needed to reduce my bill because the service isn't worth $100+ especially if it doesn't work as I expected. After several hours of rude customer service and hard sell, I was finally able to get my bill down to about $80.

The final straw came last week when I decided to drop down to bare minimum because I don't want to pay them a penny more ^than I have to. After canceling my last 2 premium channels, I found that my previously DVR'd programs ^were all erased again even though when I cancelled my other premium channels, those programs had remained on the DVR.

After speaking to 3 different CSR's, the message was essentially "too bad, so sad" and I asked to have a supervisor contact me and was ^told I would be contacted within 72 hours. Still nothing from these deadbeats. I still have 16 months on my contract, but as soon as my taxes come in, I will be happy to buy out my contract and I will never ^do business with these creeps again. ^DO NOT USE DIRECTV!

Customer No-Service
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On 1 July, I scheduled an installation appointment for a DVR upgrade for 4-8 pm on 20 July. When no one had called by 7:30 pm today (20 July), I called the DirecTV number I had been given (888-355-7530) and talked to an agent. She reported the installer had tried to call around 1 pm because he couldn't find the house and no one had answered.

I had specifically noted that the home phone number is a DSL line which isn't monitored and provided an alternate cell number. I had received no call. The agent said the installer would call us within 20 minutes. He did and said his work order only stated "pm," that he'd never seen a 4-8 pm schedule and had only been given the home phone number. He was 2 hours away and had already turned the work order in, so it would have to be rescheduled.

I called the DirecTV again and an agent and a supervisor said sorry, but… earliest installation available was 6 Aug. I indicated that we would terminate our service if the installation wasn't completed tomorrow. "The system" couldn't accomplish that. At 8:18 pm, a phone message was left on my cell phone by a woman who identified herself as ** from?? Mastech?? -- she was hard to understand -- who said she was with the DirecTV contract installer and would I please call back as soon as possible to 800-531-5000… which is the DirecTV number. I called and the agent with whom I spoke knew nothing about why she called.

So, we're canceling our service tomorrow, 21 July. Ironically, we received a THANKS card today from Eileen Hanson, VP of Customer Communications, for 5 years of customer loyalty, giving us 3 months of free GSN Game Lounge access. Too bad, DirecTV wasn't as loyal in meeting its service commitment.

As a college professor with 200 students/semester and a consultant who wrote the book on Value-Based Marketing for Bottom Line Success (Amazon), DirecTV has provided a perfect anecdote of a company on which customers CAN'T rely to meet needs effectively or professionally. Dish has been pursuing us for 5 years. DirecTV has earned Dish a new account.

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