No DirecTV NASCAR Hot Pass in 2009

Discussion in 'NASCAR' started by dpkimmel2001, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Well-Known Member

    Does this affect you? Do any of you subscribe to this service?

    I tried it the first year and didn't like it. It had so many bugs and did not function properly. I fought to get rid of it to no avail. I had already paid for it and could not get my money refunded. The next year they automatically renewed it and charged me again. I say Bye Bye Hot Pass! :hw:
     
  2. SubmarineMike

    SubmarineMike Member

    I loved it not sure what bugs you talked about never had an issue with the service itself or picture or audio. Did have issue when thye started censoring the cuss words out just because the way the did it they would cut out 5 seconds of conversation not just bleep out the cuss word.
     
  3. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Well-Known Member

    I was excited about this package when it was first mentioned 2+ years ago. I jumped on it right away and was able to get in on the discounted price that they offered at the time. I ordered it before the beginning of the season. Basically, they said that it was going to be completely interactive channels. You'd be able to pull up the running order at any point, listen to the driver & so on & so on. While the channel did allow for this later in the season, it did not work from the very beginning. I placed a call to them after the first Daytona race and was told that they were experiencing problems. I was told that they'd be resolved before the next race. The same issues occurred through the next two races before I called again. I tried to cancel because the package was not working as advertised but had no success. I was told that since the season had already started, it could not be canceled. Even later in the year when they got it working I found myself watching the network feed in HD. The first year, Hot Pass was not offered in HD.

    These days, I subscribe to NASCAR.com's Race View. I'm very happy with that package. For about the price of a single Martinsville ticket, I get the package for the entire year. I receive unedited and uncensored audio from any/all of the drivers/crews/officials. I receive real-time stats and can follow any drivers info. From my laptop I have the audio fed into my surround sound system in my basement. I can watch an animated view of the action during the network commercials. I love it and would recommend it to everyone. :yesshake:
     
  4. KSfarmgirl

    KSfarmgirl New Member

    I have the service and it was okay. I didn't appreciate the censoring because I paid for the service. I do have trackpass and its pretty good too. I liked HP for the most part, but I also like to know what else is going on around the track. I appreciate the one driver approach, but it would get a little boring.

    It was kind of expensive, worth it in the long run though. It'll be interesting to see what they come up with next.
     
  5. Andrew8468

    Andrew8468 Plans on freezing in the dark

    NASCAR mouthpiece said there will be some kind of content on DirecTV that will be free for all subscribers.
     
  6. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Well-Known Member

    I imagine that it would be something like their interactive leader-board. They'll probably make that available on the network feed.
     
  7. antsie

    antsie Well-Known Member

    I have dish Network but was thinking about switching to Direct TV for the Hot Pass feature and Direct TV has Speed Channel in HD, dish Network doesn't. Glad I didn't now, but I still wish dish Network would get with it and start broadcasting Speed in HD, when I called them to ask when/if they would show it in HD, of course you get someone on the phone that doens't understand what you are saying, and you can't understand what they are saying!!! I told them, your company even sponsored a car in NASCAR, show it in HD!!! Needless to say that got me no where but hopefully by the end of 2008 they will add it to the HD line up.

    I'm wondering how many people did sign up for Direct TV for the above reasons, signed a two year contract with them (that's what they offered me, 2 years, not less) and now, no more Hot Pass. I'd be ticked :)
     
  8. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Well-Known Member

    I could never understand why they wouldn't have offered Speed Channel. :scratch:
     
  9. Easy Money

    Easy Money Active Member

    I just cancelled my HD channels, I couldnt see the difference between those and the non HD channels.
     
  10. snakester

    snakester Member

    That's why I loved iN Demand's NASCAR IN CAR back when the cable companies had the rights. It could have used a bit of work (for example there was no way to tell what was going on in the race, it was just your driver and it was only one in car camera, the one the network feeds used) but there was absolutely (and it was painfully obvious sometimes) that there was NO censorship going on.
     
  11. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Well-Known Member

    Easy, please have someone check you setup. I'm not flaming you or anything. You should see a huge difference between HD and non-HD. Use an HDMI cable for the best picture quality. While they're rather expensive at the local stores, they're 'dirt cheap' on EBay.

    We bought or first HD TV going on around four years ago now. Back then, there were very few programs in HD. Some events were displayed in Wide Screen format but were non HD. NASCAR was notorious for this. Half the time we had to call the local TV station in Pittsburgh, PA to have them flip the switch. We now have two HD TV's using DirecTV. Next week we will have two more smaller HD models that Santa is bringing for each of the kids.
     
  12. Pink Willie

    Pink Willie Member

  13. SubmarineMike

    SubmarineMike Member

    EM,

    Yes DON'T cancel your HD channels dpkimmel is right check your setup. the difference is AMAZING. Movies and sports especially.
     
  14. Jager

    Jager Member

    With no DirecTV Hot Pass, I wonder what kind of effect it will have on the Sprint Fan View? I just bought my Fan view, this past Richmond race ($565). And one of the features that I liked was being able to concentrate on my Driver (3 Time Sprint Cup Champ :clap: )
     
  15. Andrew8468

    Andrew8468 Plans on freezing in the dark

    Cale Yarborough is still racing? :rofl:
     
  16. Jager

    Jager Member

    Who'd you think I was talking about, Jimmie Johnson? :egypt:
     

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