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Only one HMC?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by nelsonrl, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. nelsonrl

    nelsonrl AllStar

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    I just tried to order a second Hmc receiver. my plan was to replace 2 receivers with the second Hmc receiver. I directv told me only one per home? Do I just need to keep calling until I find someone willing to sell me another one? I see no technical reason for two HMC's not working, but could be wrong.

    Any thoughts? I paid 199 for the first so was hoping to get the second one for the same.
     
  2. studechip

    studechip Godfather

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    I think they are only allowing one per account for now. As an aside, you would need a swm16 switch to use two HR34s.
     
  3. moghedien

    moghedien Legend

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    Do you have the SWM-16 installed? Because the SWM-line LNB and the SWM-8 only support 8 tuners. That might be why you were refused.

    Can you go into more detail about your setup?
     
  4. Sixto

    Sixto DIRECTV A-Team

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    There is currently a restriction to 1. Some were lucky to have added prior. Not sure why the restriction for now.
     
  5. raromr

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    I tried and for a time had two. D found out and deactivated one of the 34s and made me send back. I have tried often to order another and was rejected. I got a call from D and was told they scan accounts and if they see 2 34s they deactivate one. Not sure if it is true but may not be worth the risk. No technical reason to not allow two. They claim it is because the 34 is so new it has handshake issues when paired with other 34s.
     
  6. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte New Member

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    They better fix this! I have plans to add an additional HR34 once I can afford it. Did they at least refund the lease fee you paid for it? In THAT instance, I would think they should!
     
  7. nelsonrl

    nelsonrl AllStar

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    I have a HR34 and two HR24-700's. The problem I have is one of my TV's went out and I don't want to replace it right now. So end result is I have one HR 24 that I cannot completely control. Can do a little through the Ipad app, but not everything. What i am trying to do is replace both of my HR24's with the second HR34 so would end up with the ability to,record the same number of programs as 8 can today, just have one less TV and DVR.

    Guess I will just move one of the HR24's downstairs and have two Dvr's on one TV.
     
  8. texasbrit

    texasbrit DIRECTV A-Team

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    Not sure this is the case. As I remember, there's more to the story than this. You got two HR34s because of an error by direcTV. They won't allow you to order a second one.
    But I believe there is nothing to stop you having two HR34s, but you would need to get the second from another source (web supplier for example).
     
  9. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    Solid Signal web site says "DIRECTV Only authorizes one HR34 per account."

    Solid Signal Link
     
  10. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    It's very possible they won't allow you to activate it.
     
  11. nelsonrl

    nelsonrl AllStar

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    Thanks. i will wait until they officially allow two..
     
  12. texasbrit

    texasbrit DIRECTV A-Team

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    We do however know that several people do have two HR34s and they were activated OK....
     
  13. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    I believe they were all activated before the "only one" policy took effect.
     
  14. wahooq

    wahooq DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    They are being audited and disconnected for whatever reason...
     
  15. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte New Member

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    They need to fix this. There are families (Mine included) that do not want one consolidated playlist. It's not even adult things I'm talking about. My uncle and his wife watch COMPLETELY different programs than I do. When I want to watch something, I don't want to wade through all of their programs to find something I want to watch. They don't want to wade through all of my programs either.
     
  16. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Are you saying they are disconnecting the second boxes the customer bought (and in many cases had installed) by private satellite dealers? If so, they would be in for a world of hurt if I was one of the customers they disconnected. Unfortunately I could only afford one.
     
  17. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte New Member

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    That's what I'm wondering-did they at least refund the lease fee? Nobody has said either way yet. And I'm not talking in $5 monthly credits. If Directv allowed it to be activated in the first place, and then decided after hand that they won't allow it, they SHOULD be refunding the lease fee all at once, in one lump sum, preferably with the customer's choice of a check or account credit.
    I did just check soldsignal.com and they have stated that Directv only allows one HR34 per account, so at THIS point, if you try and order one, I can see it as being the customer's fault for not reading, but the $399 should still be returned.
     
  18. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I went to get some green label splitters at the local custom satellite installation dealer in town, and we got to talking. He said he is selling Hopper/Joey systems at a 10:1 ratio to the HR34/H25 systems. I asked him why, and he said it was the fact DirecTv in most cases wont come off the $399 lease fee, even for new customers going through his business, and only allow one per account, whereas Dish allows multiple Hoppers and will give the first one to new customers free. Given the choice of Free vs $399, 9 out of 10 customers are signing up with Dish.

    He said they wont even discount one for HIM, but that he thought the HR34 was a more versatile box, and thought DirecTv was the better service...so he wasnt a D* hater.
     
  19. wahooq

    wahooq DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Yes....it has been a known fact for employees and distributers since the inception of the 34 that only one would allowed per household....of course you have some people that like money and sell regardless..that combined with hapless CSR's = loss of $399.....and no it's not refunded
     
  20. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte New Member

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    If I purchased a 2nd HR34 and was not specifically told at the time of purchase I was not allowed to have 2 on my account, I would be getting a refund from SOMEBODY. I would be talking to the company I bought it from, talking to Directv retention, and that IS something I would leave over, ETF or not. And I would NOT pay the ETF.
     

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