DIRECTV Retention Deals vs. DISH Network’s Everyday Low Prices
High definition television is here to stay! If you have the HDTV and don’t have HD service, you’re missing the point. It’s like buying top of the line cookware and using low quality ingredients. If you want the full impact, you want to choose a package with HDTV channels from the start or upgrade the system you have now.
The question of HDTV cable or satellite is a fairly easy one as cable, by its nature, simply doesn’t reach everyone the way an HDTV satellite dish can. Another factor when choosing between HDTV cable or satellite is the progressively rising cost of cable. With an HDTV satellite dish, you can have more channels in HD and at a better price. Read more about the HDTV cable or satellite comparison.
If you come out of the HDTV cable or satellite question leaning toward satellite, you just have to figure out if it’s better to research DIRECTV® upgrade deals or switch to DISH Network®. Check with other DISH Network providers like Allsat DISH Network or DishPronto, but know that at Internetlion.com, the HDTV satellite dish is part of the package, no HDTV antenna coupon needed. There’s a lot to consider with DIRECTV upgrade deals.
If you want HD and you signed up with them before October of 2005, then you have to get their new HDTV satellite dish, the Slimline antenna. Plus, there are other upgrade costs because the new HDTV satellite dish needs to be partnered up with an HD receiver. The DIRECTV site lists upgrade costs of $99 for a new HD compatible receiver or $199 for an HD DVR not including taxes, shipping and handling. Additionally, there may be an installation charge of $49. You can spend some time on the phone trying to wrangle DIRECTV upgrade deals with and HDTV antenna coupon or you can see what you’re getting up front and in plain view on Internetlion.com or with Allsat DISH Network or other DISH Network providers.
DIRECTV Retention Deals
There are posts on the internet dedicated to people’s chatter about whether or not anyone has any advice on DIRECTV retention deals. Some say they lucked out and were satisfied with the counter offers made to them as they threatened to drop the service. Others thought being verbally combative and pointing out DIRECTV’s weaknesses or price points yielded little result.
The thing is that unlike DISH Network deals, DIRECTV retention deals are unpredictable because they are generally handled on the phone by operators who handle each case based on things like, how long the customer’s history is with the company or what facts customers throw at them about the competition’s strengths. You could win the phone lottery and get a representative who is feeling generous and knocks out some fees. You could have someone who throws an HDTV antenna coupon your way. Either way, you don’t know what you’re getting and you can’t be sure you got the best deal.
DISH Network Deals
DISH Network’s best deal is out in the open on the sites of their providers like Internetlion.com or Allsat DISH Network or any of the other authorized retailers. They prove they understand that value matters to customers by clearly emphasizing the prices that go with the offers so you can make informed decisions. As a new customer, you can have 120+ all digital channels for $24.99 per month. You want HD TV, simply add $10 a month and you’ve got it - or qualify for HD Free for Life (with 24 Mo. Agreement and AutoPay with Paperless Billing).
You can try to see what kind of a deal DIRECTV will offer you to stay. Chances are, you won’t even be able to leave if you still have a few months on your contract. They may have you whether you like it or not. Or, you can order DISH Network and, instead of fighting for an HDTV antenna coupon only to end up paying for each extra receiver, you can have your HDTV satellite dish, 3 free HD receivers, a free upgrade to a DVR unit with multi-room view, and free standard installation all within 24 hours of placing your order. This offer is open to all new customers. No luck necessary. Just call the number on your screen or click here to learn more about getting started with DISH Network.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 02/22/2010.