Directv wants like 70 bucks to come out and install HD service.. They actually said they'd give me the receiver free and I'd just be paying for the installation.. But since I have the standard receiver hooked up now I wonder if I could just pick up the receiver from them and hook it up myself. Since with a regular package and Center Ice I'm paying $90/month I can't justify paying 70 upfront to pay 10 more a month for HD. That said I really do want it.. Saturday flipping between the Mizzou game in HD and the Blues game in regular quality.. It was quite the contrast and part of me wanted to watch the Tigers get killed just b/c it looked prettier.
I'd imagine all you'd have to do is voice how unhappy you are and just flat out insist that they waive the fee, or else you'll switch to Charter or Dish, where they don't charge an installation fee.
They tend to waive crap like that if you threaten to drop their service.
I once got DishNetwork to give me a refund on half of the Center Ice Package once because we were switching to Charter in the middle of the season. I told them it was their fault I was switching because they couldn't fix a signal problem I was having and they didn't offer an HD DVR like Charter did. They didn't want to refund half of the season, but I was persistent and kept asking to speak to "a manager"...and I got what I wanted.