DirecTV DirecTV Business Actions - HR34 Internet
*Consumer Comment: Directv
I signed up for DirecTV on February 11th and had it installed last Saturday February 25th. I am reading in the forums there are alot of unhappy people right now with the HR34 receiver system and I understand and found out first hand. With the HR34 in my family room I also got two other receivers that I had put in two different bedrooms.
The system has not worked correctly from the day it was installed.
Today is Friday March 2nd & I just called and cancelled my DirecTV service. The HR34 is loaded with issues. Here's a few I found in my five days of use:
1) The HR34 would not turn on unless you push the red reset button.
2) When programmed to record new current shows it records shows from the previous week or two weeks before.
3) The 30 second commerical skip & fast forward functions are very slow.
4) When programmed to record a 30 minute or one hour show it only records 7 or 8 minutes of the show and stops.
5) The recordings on the HR34 do not show up on the other HD boxes at times.
And I can go on with a number of other issues that are very small.
But I paid $120 up front when I purchased the system and in the five days I had it and I called DirecTV no less than four times trying to get help and get the system working correctly. All I was told is that these are all issues that are being addressed and should be corrected with upgrades soon. One phone service rep tried to tell me I wasn't working the system correctly. I can assure you I am smart enough to operate it.
So tonight I came home and climbed in bed to watch my recorded shows I enjoy and the entire list of recordings was gone. So I went down to the HR34 and as usual it would not turn on. So I pushed the red button and called DirecTV and asked them to cancel the service. The retention rep say I would have to pay a cancellation fee of $20 a month for 24 months which
equals $480. After I protested with the rep and he spoke to his manager they decided to forgo the $480 fee. When I asked for a refund of the $120 the rep said that all the issues of the HR34 are known at DirecTV and there would be no
refund. When I said DirectTV may know all the issues but how am I supposed to know them? The rep said it was my responsibilly as a consumer to do research before purchasing and not to purchase if there are such issues. He also went on
to say that I purchased thru an independent DirecTV Dealer and that I should not do that, I should only go thru DirecTV itself and they would tell me before purchasing that the HR34 has issues. RIGHT!!
I have been with DishNetworks for years and I never ever called them with a service issue.
Now I am out $120 and a weeks worth of missed shows I enjoy watching and I have to call DishNetworks and get it reinstalled in my home. I feel that it was a large waste of my time and a mistake to go to DirecTV. I will never use DirecTV again and I encourge anyone that is considering DirecTV to do your research first before selecting them.
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