Save money on your satellite TV bill

Disclaimer: If you choose to follow this tip and end up getting your DirecTV service turned off, don’t blame me. I’m just sharing my experience.

A few months ago we decided to cancel our satellite service and go with a basic cable package to save some cash. Well, DirecTV instead put my account on hold in case I changed my mind down the road. This weekend I decided that I wanted the service canceled for good.

I called the customer service number found on the statement and told the first person I wanted to close the account. He asked why, and I told him because I moved to a cheaper service. He said, Ok, and that he was going to transfer me to a disconnect service specialist(at this point I was thinking I was in for some AOL retention techniques, but that never happened). The next rep to answer asked me the same question, why do I want to cancel. I told him, because I moved to a cheaper service. He said Ok, but would we be able to keep you as a customer if we lowered your base package price from $49/month to $39/month? I wasn’t expecting that, and I was initially tempted to say ‘heck yeah’, but it is still more than we are paying for our basic cable package and declined. At that point he said, Ok and closed my account per my request.

Anyone out there want to try this and see what happens for them?

Saving money on the cable/satellite bill

Freemoneyfinance had this entry on the their blog today, and I found it interesting, because this is exactly what we did about 3 months ago. We were paying approx $58/month for DirecTV service and we decided that it just didn’t make much sense, since we mostly watched network stations and the kids mostly watch DVD’s. Plus TechTV was no more. TechTV was the whole reason I got the dish many years ago. Fortunately there are a quite a few IP TV shows that fill the void.

We went from $58/month to $11/month for basic cable which saves us over $550 a year. Not bad. There have been a few downsides though. We had become a timeshifted family as we had 2 DirecTivos in the house. Those are now all gone and we miss a quite a few shows because of they’re gone. It’s not so bad anymore as we’ve gotten used to other ways to see our favorite shows. The other downside for me, as a Nascar fan, is that some races are shown on channels I now longer get, but if I really want to watch a race that I can’t at my house, I can always head over to the parents house.

All in all, I’m really happy we made this decision.