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Have had an R10 for 4 years, what's next?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by SCDishMan2006, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. SCDishMan2006

    SCDishMan2006 AllStar

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    So I've had an R10 for 4 years and I'm ready for something else. I'm interested in the Directv on Demand service, remote scheduling (I don't have the 6.4a update or a phone line) and I don't need HD. I don't see getting an HDTV for probably another year.

    What should I do?
     
  2. Blurayfan

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    Upgrading to a HD-DVR now will give you the features your interested in and extras. Bigger hard drive than what's available in a SD-DvR, access to the HD channels which have better picture quality than the Standard def version. These channels are viewable because the DVR will downconvert the signal for your TV. This way when you do get a HDTV your already able to receive the HD no need to upgrade again.
     
  3. SCDishMan2006

    SCDishMan2006 AllStar

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    Thanks for responding to my post. A couple questions:

    1.) Would a new HD-DVR require a phone line for anything? I don't have one, and constantly have to delete the daily, nagging message from my R10.

    2.) Would I be able to activate the HD-DVR without adding a monthly fee for HD?

    3.) How much would the HD-DVR cost? I only need one, and am out of contract in about a month.

    4.) What's the current model? Would I be better off waiting for the Tivo HD HDVR?

    Thanks for any help you're able to provide.
     
  4. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

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    1) no
    2) no
    3) call D* for uprade deals
    4) HR22/23 most likely (I wouldn't hold my breath for a Tivo as yet)
     
  5. Blurayfan

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    1. A phone line isn't required and no nags are displayed. HD-DVRs HR2x can connect by internet, but also not required.

    2. Depends on your location, in some areas the HR2x are being activated without the HD Access fee since these areas need MPEG-4 boxes for locals. Otherwise there would be a $10/month HD fee.

    3. The HD-DVRs go for about $199, however DirecTV does sometimes offer them at discounted prices. Need to call and ask.

    4. The current released models are HR22/HR23. The TiVo model is due before the end of the year.

    Keep in mind any new receiver regular or HD receiver will come with a two-year commitment.
     
  6. SCDishMan2006

    SCDishMan2006 AllStar

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    What would my options be to avoid the contract? Could I buy an R22 off eBay and activate it?

    If I were to wait until the R10 finally died, then have it replaced under the protection plan, would that cause a contract extension?

    Thanks for all your help. This is a fantastic online community you have here.
     
  7. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    If you can find a previously OWNED HD DVR, then you can activate on it on your account as "owned", not "leased". But be very careful buying used DirecTV Receivers/DVRs that way. Too many sellers misrepresent stolen or leased items. Always get the "Receiver ID Number" from the seller and verify its subscription status by calling DirecTV yourself. And you'll still need to buy a new Access Card from DirecTV for $20.

    Replacement of an OWNED Tivo DVR with a newer non-Tivo SD DVR should not trigger a contract extension. Only upgrades do that. But realize that you probably won't get an R22 that way. More likely an R15 or R16 SD DVR.
     
  8. Blurayfan

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    Buying a receiver off Ebay is risky and DirecTV may still require a contract. If you replaced the R10 under the protection plan there should not be a contract extension. However you get whatever they send no chance to pick the model you prefer.
     
  9. The Merg

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    If you buy a receiver off of ebay and it is an owned receiver, there will be no contract extension. If it is a leased receiver, DirecTV will not even let you activate it.

    And a replacement under the PP DOES NOT extend your commitment.

    As for getting an HD-DVR without and HDTV, it has been stated that sometimes DirecTV/installers will not let you do this. This is due to the fact that they want to be able to test that the HD service is working correctly so they don't have to come back out at a later time.

    - Merg
     
  10. CCarncross

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    SOme may not like this but does anyone blame them for not wanting to do it if they have the potential to get charged back for something they have no way to test or any control over? I for one dont.
     
  11. The Merg

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    I completely understand it. I wasn't criticizing it at all, just informing the OP that they might not be able to get an HD receiver with a SDTV.

    - Merg
     
  12. SCDishMan2006

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    I hooked up my R10 to a neighbor's phone line and forced a call at least 10 times...and one time, it was downloading for a very long time, perhaps 30 minutes...but then subsequent calls were short and sweet.

    Bottom line: I am still stuck on software version 6.3e-01-2-521. I've rebooted the receiver multiple times.

    Anyone know what gives?
     
  13. Shades228

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    I read somewhere that once a receiver has been flagged as downloading the new software there is nothing that can be done to get it again. It's possible this happened. I believe weaknees was selling HD's with the new OS preloaded but those were mainly for people wanting to upgrade their drive. At this point I would say unless you cannot in no way shape or form go away from TiVo going to a new DVR would be better.
     
  14. SCDishMan2006

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    Thanks for replying. I'm going to give up. It works and is functional, I'm not going to care about remote scheduling. Perhaps the "coming soon" DirecTivo will finally arrive.

    Shame on Directv for ever selling DVRs that absolutely required a phone in the first place. Landlines have been dying for 10 years. There's no reason this box shouldn't have a functioning ethernet port that connects to the Internet.

    But that's another argument. If I want MLB Network, I have to bow to the mighty blue tornado and accept what they give me.
     
  15. litzdog911

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    You can thank Tivo for that. It's part of the original Tivo design.
     
  16. whitepelican

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    All of the original non-DVR DirecTV boxes required phone connections as well, so I don't see how Tivo had anything to do with that requirement.
     
  17. carl6

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    Those are two separate requirements. One (Tivo) was (and still is) a Tivo requirement. Tivo DVRs were required to call "home" for various reasons, including authorization for new software.

    DirecTV policy did (and still does) require a phone line connection to every receiver. That is for two purposes. First, it is how the receiver reports pay per view purchases via the remote and second, it is one way of verifying that all receivers on an account are at the same location.

    Recently, DirecTV has not enforced the phone line policy because of the transition in personal telecommunications (a combination of more cellular use and VOIP - neither of which works with analog modem connections). But it is still policy.

    DirecTV had nothing to do with the requirement for Tivo DVRs to call Tivo.
     
  18. litzdog911

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    Only required to report PPV purchases, and that's still true. But the Tivos can't even be initially setup without an initial "phone home".
     
  19. bidger

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    Actually I believe the bigger goal is to confirm "Account Status". If you watch on the screen when the TiVo connects it's one of the first steps, along with setting the clock.
     
  20. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    That is certainly part of "various" reasons. And to clarify, we are talking about account status at Tivo, not at DirecTV. Both must be valid/current.

    The real point Litzdog911 and I are both trying to make is that the telephone requirement for the DirecTivo products (including the R10) is a Tivo requirement. Don't blame DirecTV for that requirement (even though they also have a phone line requirement).
     

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