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DirecTV Fined For Do-Not-Call Violations (About Time)
MSNBC/AP ^ | 12/13/2005 | AP

Posted on 12/13/2005 9:53:55 AM PST by TCats

Firm to pay $5.35 million in FTC's largest civil penalty protecting consumers. Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET Dec. 13, 2005

WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday.

The proposed settlement, if approved by a federal judge in Los Angeles, would be the FTC’s largest civil penalty in a consumer protection case.

The DirecTV complaint, filed by the Department of Justice at the FTC’s request, named the company and five telemarketing firms it hired, as well as six principals of those firms.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: donotcall; harassment; pests; scams; telemarketers; telemarketing
I've been getting at least two per day from these twits. Each time it is an Indian who greets me by name - And is obviously reading from a structured script. Hope this fine hurts enough to put a dent in this invasion of privacy.
1 posted on 12/13/2005 9:53:57 AM PST by TCats
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To: TCats

I no longer speak to anyone on the phone with an Indian accent. I just hang up.............


2 posted on 12/13/2005 9:56:37 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: TCats

I had my caller-ID tell me it was "TEXAS" calling last night. I picked up for shi'ites and giggles...and it was the same Indian dude that's calling you.


3 posted on 12/13/2005 9:57:10 AM PST by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment...cut in half during the Clinton years....Nec Aspera Terrent!!!)
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To: Red Badger

I agree, hope you never have tech. problems with most isps.


4 posted on 12/13/2005 9:59:17 AM PST by buck61 (luv6060)
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To: buck61

I have a problem only once............


5 posted on 12/13/2005 10:01:52 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: TCats

"Each time it is an Indian who greets me by name..."

Wasn't me....honestly :)


6 posted on 12/13/2005 10:03:03 AM PST by indcons (indcons on Rush Limbaugh's show (transcript): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1535861/posts)
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To: TCats

Okay, big question.....to whom is the settlement to be paid? Unless this money goes back to the consumers it is just another "tax". That is my problem with all these fines, etc. The government is the one who keeps getting the monies.


7 posted on 12/13/2005 10:04:15 AM PST by sheana
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To: TCats

Are you trying to tell me the government actually did something right..... Damn, never thought I'd see that day!


8 posted on 12/13/2005 10:05:53 AM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: TCats

Have they gotten DISH Network yet? I hate thos b*star*s! But at least they stopped calling me after the Do Not Call list took effect. (thank GOD for the National Do Not Call list!!!)


9 posted on 12/13/2005 10:07:15 AM PST by MarineBrat (Islam/Borg - The only difference is the stolen technology level.)
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To: ElectricStrawberry

Whoa, I get 2-4 of those "Texas" calls a night. I never, ever pick them up.

I'm on the Do Not Call Registry, BTW.


10 posted on 12/13/2005 10:09:56 AM PST by jboot (Faith is not a work)
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To: sheana
The government is the one who keeps getting the monies.

I personally don't care if it goes into Ted Kennedy's loose women and booze fund, so long as it hurts the telemarketers and convinces them to STOP BOTHERING ME!

12 posted on 12/13/2005 10:12:53 AM PST by jboot (Faith is not a work)
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It's about time. The SatTV creeps are more annoying than the Cable creeps. The development I live in only recently (Past 3 yrs) was wired for cable TV, and prior to that DirecTV had some sort of agreement with the developer to put a dish on all of the houses built between certain years. Well, after moving in the DirecTV van started making weekly visits, and the phone calls started. They couldn't believe that anyone wouldn't want to get slow speed satellite internet, snowy TV reception and wouldn't want to pay extra for each TV with service. I'll keep my Road Runner internet and Time Warner/Brighthouse cable. Oh, and the DirecTV dish ended up in the neighbors yard after the hurricane. :D


13 posted on 12/13/2005 10:15:28 AM PST by BritExPatInFla
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To: BritExPatInFla
I'm not sure but I think these are the same A$$hats that have the 'Sucks' commercials on TV. If they are it would be in keeping with their brain-dead marketing strategies. Based on the calls and those commercials I don't even consider a switch.
14 posted on 12/13/2005 10:51:52 AM PST by TCats
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To: TCats

It kills me when somebody with a strong Indian accent introduces themselves with a very Anglo name. I had one call a few weeks ago and she couldn't pronounce my very common, never have to spell it last name and then said her name was "Michelle Miller". Right, and I'm Indira Gandhi.


15 posted on 12/13/2005 10:54:38 AM PST by JustRight
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To: Red Badger
"I no longer speak to anyone on the phone with an Indian accent. I just hang up............."

Racist bigot. (Just kidding) :-)

16 posted on 12/13/2005 10:55:15 AM PST by TCats
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To: BritExPatInFla

We had the Dish Networks guys come out and they discovered they could not get the angle they needed. After that, they called us every week offering to come out again and tell us the same thing. Getting a refund on our deposit was next to impossible.


17 posted on 12/13/2005 10:59:14 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: TCats

I mean, really, I've put my name on that "Do Not Call List", and still they call. Just the other night I got 4 calls from some Indian or Pakistani souding people who wanted to re-finance my mortgage...............


18 posted on 12/13/2005 11:02:58 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Red Badger
I've been getting those calls as well.

What I cannot seem to get rid of are E-Mails that my ISP seems to let get through despite the fact that they aren't really addressed to my E-Mail ID. Four or five Viagra, four or five Rolex watch replica pitches and a couple of 'Refinancing' schemes each day.

I suspect there is money changing hands between these spammers and my ISP (Comcast)

19 posted on 12/13/2005 11:08:52 AM PST by TCats
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To: TCats

My e-mails have those, too. But by a wide margin there seems to be a lot of people out there that are worried about the size of my manhood...........


20 posted on 12/13/2005 11:11:40 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: jboot

Everyone I know is on the DNC registry, yet they all still receive calls every night.


21 posted on 12/13/2005 11:20:03 AM PST by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment...cut in half during the Clinton years....Nec Aspera Terrent!!!)
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To: BritExPatInFla
snowy TV reception

Sounds like a poor installation likely from bad connectors or a broken coax shield. I live in a rural area. Although I was 20 miles from all tv stations reception due to terrain was impossible. So I bought the 12 footer and all was well. I could pick up distant cities networks most services were free.

Along comes the local stations which even though it was impossible for me to receive their broadcast had laws passed to where distant cities were also prohibited as well. The ratings company Nielsen was supposed to determine what was a local viewing area. This was done simply by getting a map and drawing a 50 mile circle.

To get distant city stations I had to obtain written permission from each local station manager. In the mean time the newer receivers designed by the founder of DISHNET came on the market. If you ever owned a 12 foot system and dealt with the problems you would appreciate the newer ones. Still though all local networks were blocked. That is something you can thank the Cable TV companies and local stations for getting passed.

The two small dish companies finally had enough customers to raise a voice in congress to stop the unfair laws prohibiting distant city viewing. I have used both Dish Net and Direct TV and I have to say I was not dis satisfied with either ones service. If installed correctly it is far more reliable and clear than cable can ever be unless the cable is fiber optic. I have not been bombarded by callers from either one and I am in the phone book and on the Do Not Call list. I have however been hounded by COMCAST who uses subcontractor telemarketers to make fraudulent sales pitches and yes the calls originate off shore.

I would not use Direct TV's Internet because of speed and cost issues. COMCAST in my area missed out on many customers because it refused to run cable in our area. When almost all houses had made the dish purchases up rolls the cable installation trucks and tighter control over local viewing.

I would only buy cable for Internet service and nothing more. I get 150 plus channels and some fantastic music choices. In the mean time the cable industry has stagnated in providing meaningfully upgrades to their systems. Satellite will be the future and within a decade the major cable tv companies will be providing it as well. For that matter MA Bell will likely have to do the same as her systems are not being maintained for long term usage any more.

22 posted on 12/13/2005 11:59:13 AM PST by cva66snipe
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To: MarineBrat
(thank GOD for the National Do Not Call list!!!)

I am on it as well and it has really helped get rid of the unsolicited business calls.

But now I have a different problem.

I gave to a good charity (Disabled Vets or something) and they sold my name and number to every charity in the world. I get 3 to 5 calls every night and am completely sick of it.

Anyone know how to get off such a “suckers” list?

23 posted on 12/13/2005 12:00:36 PM PST by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: TCats

Oops, "Somebody up there doesn't love you," DirectTV...


24 posted on 12/13/2005 12:02:12 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: BritExPatInFla

Well the satellite internet I can do without, but I actually think that DirecTV and DISH are superior to cable, at least the cable we get here.

Between the two, DirecTV has the better product IMHO.


25 posted on 12/18/2005 10:14:56 AM PST by RockinRight (Itís likely for a Conservative to be a Republican, but not always the other way around)
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