Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Muy Bueno, DIRECTV

Dear Bonnie,

Great news!  DIRECTV understands that now more than ever, every penny counts.  That’s why we’re stretching your dollar further with special, low-priced Spanish and English-channel packages.  Call now and lock in your savings for one full year!

Los canales de alcalde sintonia párrafo toda la familia jen ingles y español!
With DIRECTV packages starting at just $24.99 a month for 12 months, only DIRECTV gives you access to over 60 Spanish-language channels with the best programming from 19 Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and Spain, and over 235 English channels.  You’ll get more number one shows, more movies and novelas, and late-breaking news from your home country.  You’ll also get the most international fútbol from around the world and the local leagues of Central and South America.  DISH Network and cable can’t give you that.

Receta en paquetes de programación Inglés y ahorrar hasta $ 31 al mes!
For those who prefer all English-language channels, our CHOICETM package is for you!  Enjoy OVER 150 of the most popular channels and tons of exciting sports and family movies, all for just $29.99 a month for 12 months!  Plus, ask how to get FREE HD.

DIRECTV hace que cambiarse sea GRATIS y FACIL!
Don’t wait!  Find out why DIRECTV is the fastest-growing TV service.  Just choose your package and we’ll handle the rest for FREE—NO start-up costs and NO equipment to buy.  Call our bilingual customer service team now and make the FREE and EASY switch to DIRECTV!

When I first saw that I thought it was hysterical.  For my mother-in-law was married to a Filipino for short time, and she kept the name after divorcing him around 20 years ago.

No, she does not speak Spanish.  Never has.  Never will.

However, the more I thought about it, the madder I got.  For I have no problem with those who have Spanish as their native language being in this country, but I want them to want to be Americans.

Yes, I understand that it is actually a brilliant marketing tool.  For there are millions of Spanish-speakers from sea to shining sea, but it really rubs me the wrong way when so many absolutely refuse to integrate into our society.

Perhaps I am over-reacting (again), but I look providing strictly Spanish-language channels as being a step in the wrong direction.  Bilingual would be different.  For they could be very helpful with teaching English as a second-language, pero ¿qué sé yo?

P.S.: FOX changed channels locally, and DIRECTV still doesn’t have the new one available—EVEN AFTER OVER 8 MONTHS OF KNOWING ABOUT IT!  Yes, it may not be their fault, but all of my sister-in-law’s inquiries about the problem have been ignored.

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Lavender Darwin said...

Expect more and more of this. Anglos have 1-2 kids and then self-sterilize. Hispanics tend to favor much larger family sizes. Demographic changes are just the reality.

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lavender!!! What does it matter how many kids someone has in this country as long as they understand English?

Anonymous said...

You can’t really blame a company for advertising their options to new and existing customers. The fact that they chose to do so in bilingual fashion only reflects the socitity in which we live. They are just looking to capitalize on the customer base that’s already there. If a person speaks Spanish or any other language in their home, they should have TV in that same language if they want it. When it comes to that local FOX issue, you might want to check out my TV provider/employer DISH Network. They have recently added FOX stations in a few areas. I am not sure where your local is coming out of but DISH may have it.

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by, my dear Anonymous!!! I understand your point, but it really rubs me the wrong way when people come here to live and refuse to actually become Americans, which should include learning the language. Other than that, I do not have a problem with immigrants of any kind.

As in regards to the FOX problem, DIRECTV finally added the new local affiliate here a couple of weeks ago, which came to affect us, as well. For after our cable bill went up dramatically last month, we signed-up for DIRECTV, and then we found out that our trees are too tall and numerous to get a signal. Since it would probably be about the same thing with the Dish Network, we are now exploring the possibility of watching TV over the internet, which I will tell all about when I can.

connan said...

DirecTV is really making me mad and millions of other customer mad because DIRECTV customers as of November 1st are considering Dropping FOX channels from their line up and I mean all of them from there sports channels to their local channels. This would not be a good time to be a DIRECTV customers right about now. DISH (my employer and provider) carries all the FOX channels and it’s available on our online video portal to view new and previous episodes of your favorite show on Dish online.

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by, my dear Connan!!! Thanks for the information. I will be checking out Dish Network's online offerings, for sure.

In regards to satellite access, there is an opening on our property that would allow for picking up the signals from all three satellites, but the installer said that the dish would be too far away to guarantee a good signal under even ideal conditions. When I asked him if there was any sort of signal-amplifier/booster available, he said that there wasn't, but there appears to be several especially for DIRECTV installations. I would think that they would be well aware of such since it would increase customer satisfaction. So, those signal amplifiers/boosters don't really work--right?