I just signed up for the 'Choice' package for Directv's promo of 29.99 w/ a 2 year contract. I got my 1st bill and its $43.
They charged $10 extra for a 'HD' receiver and $3 for a sports channel. These extra charges were not on my contract, and the channel line-up for the 'Choice' package clearly says 'HD' on some of the channels. It didn't say I had to pay extra $10 to get the HD programming. I clearly stated that I wanted HD programming when I signed up but customer service never mentioned I had to pay extra $$, nor is it in their promo materials.
I think that Directv puts out shady promo schemes to get you on a long-term contract, being that Dish has lower prices. But isn't this a plain "Bait & Switch", not just shady but illegal?
Product or Service Mentioned: Directv Receiver.