I would advise caution in asking DirecTV about any 'previously enjoyed' receiver anyone might be looking at to add to their account. Had a CSR tell me a particular H20 was fine for activating, but after wasting a heap of time finalizing a deal and setting up installation appt, the card department would under no conditions send a new card for the H20. Tough situation, and I would not wish it on someone else. Recounted story to an 'official' D* tech and he claimed he would be able to get it working on another account. Might see him on a big install Friday, I'll have H20 in the truck and ask again. Having recounted that for a residential situation, conversely, on the business install side, I've had several units from upgraded (residential) installs I wound up with, that D* happily activated on a nursing home head end system, and they even reactivated the access cards that were in the boxes. None of those have be HD boxes, they were SD non DVR units. Got the feeling D* realizes uprating commercial accounts is, as Martha says, a good thing. As for the OP, pretty safe recycling an HR20, but I sure hate seeing D* units with OTA capability chucked. Argh!