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Need to order additional DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Casey21, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Casey21

    Casey21 Legend

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    We bought a new plasma so the tv merry-go-round has started. Bottom line we're moving a HD tv into our bedroom where we previously had a sd receiver. Do I call directv to get a hd receiver or just order thru my account online? Would be nice if they sent me a newer one which I would then swap out and use the newer one with our home theater and new tv. Any suggestions on getting newer equipment or is it a waste of time to try and resolve myself with I get what I get? Thanks.
     
  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I would call and try to get the newer HR34 Genie. Replace the DVR-40 with it (actually, put the HR34 where you do the most viewing and move that unit to the bedroom).

    You'll probably need an installer to come out, as the newer receivers and DVRs are SWM only (a dish/LNB technology) that you don't have (DVR-40 won't work with it).

    Call and see what they will do for you. Some polite haggling should get you a decent price.
     
  3. Casey21

    Casey21 Legend

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    I may need to update my signature. I do have a old sd tivo in the bedroom. I have a HR-20/700 in great room and a HR-23/700 in the home theater room.
     
  4. WestDC

    WestDC DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Because you have the old SDTvio - Call and see what upgrade offer's you may get.
     
  5. Athenian

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    Call DirecTV and press the option to cancel. When the rep comes on line, ask how much it would cost to get out of your current contract -- explain that you just got a new TV and it seems to expensive to add another HD station. If you are out of contract, you can get a new HDVR at no charge If you are in contract, you can get it for just the shipping charge if you wait until your anniversary date.

    Or if you would prefer, you might be able to get Whole Home service at no charge with just an HD receiver. Whatever you choose, DirecTV will send someone out to install the appropriate equipment to support it.

    Unless you specifically ask for a TiVo (THD22) (which cannot share recordings with other DVRs) you don't get to specify the model.
     
  6. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

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    That's not true at all. Just because you are in or out of contract doesn't that mean you will or will not get a free receiver or DVR. The only true way to know what options you have is to call up and speak to a CSR (and it does not need to be with someone from retention).

    - Merg
     
  7. Athenian

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    You may have had a different experience but I've found a) if you are still in contract and have passed your anniversary date, you will get a better offer from retention than with a random CSR and b) you will get a better offer if you are out of contract.

    It also helps to know what competitors in your area are offering -- which is why I make a point of saving the ads when our anniversary date is approaching.
     
  8. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

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    Maybe in the past but not so much now - you just might get what you threaten - canceled.

    Seems to go more on the numer of times you successfully call in and get credits or discounts now, you use up your allotment you get nothing
     
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    It is relative peanuts to get a lease box. Do you really think they'd fall for that?

    DIRECTV has stated in the last couple of earnings calls that they're keenly watching promotions and how they impact the bottom line.
     
  10. jimmie57

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    If you are happy with the 3 HDDVRs, you could just buy one from Solid Signal and get the HR24.
     
  11. goinsleeper

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    Whatever happened to politely asking what you could get? Why threaten to cancel if you have no intentions to do so? They offer upgrades to existing customers. All that's needed is to call and ask(sometimes it will show you offers online as well).
     
  12. ThomasM

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    Before you call DirecTV why don't you explore the options of using one of your existing HD boxes to feed the TV in your bedroom?

    There are RF remotes to control the receiver that's in another room and all kinds of HDMI switches you only have to pay for once. You can get long HDMI cables to connect everything up.

    If you aren't handy at running cables there are numerous Home Theater companies that will appear at your home and do the work.

    This way you do not get stuck with a new 2 year contract with DirecTV and you also save $6 a month!
     
  13. Casey21

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    I went to solidsignal.com and found the hr-24 receiver. Called them up and the guy said they don't sell that. They sell antenna's even though the equipment is listed on their website. Is there anywhere I can buy a new receiver without going thru DTV? DTV told me yesterday they'd send a "new" one to me at a 100 bucks off but couldn't even tell me what model they would send me. WTF i'm supposedly buying a new one from them but they can't tell me the model??? So frustrating.
     
  14. dpeters11

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    I don't know what the guy was thinking, but they absolutely do have receivers. Technically I guess it's not a sale as its a lease, but they do have them. They will guarantee a 24, but not manufacturer.
     
  15. jimmie57

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    It clearly shows the item in stock at Solid Signal. As previously posted it is still a lease but you get exactly what you want.
    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...4-DVR-Receiver-(HR24)-HD-DVR&sku=085463000521

    They also have them on Ebay and Amazon dot com. Just be sure it is a new one and not used if you go to either of those for the receiver.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Satellite-T..._nkw=hr24&LH_PrefLoc=1&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=115
     
  16. Casey21

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    Thanks, guys! Clearly the guy didn't know what he was talking about. He even said he gets a bunch of calls and knows the equipment is on the site but he just deals with antennaes so I don't know who they had answering the phone yesterday? :nono2:
    At any rate, I've definitely seen these on Amazon as well.

    One question, the HR-24 says that if you don't have SWM you'll need a B-band converter. We don't have SWM but I believe when we upgraded to the HR23-700 we didn't have to use the B-band anymore. Maybe it's just a mistake that it was listed on the HR-24 description on Solid Signal but do you happen to know if I will need the B-band again?
     
  17. dpeters11

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    Without SWM, you will need B Band converters. The 23 did not need them, but the 24 does.
     
  18. Casey21

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    Ok - thanks. BTW, cute dog!
     

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