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Options for cutting the cord… the phone cord

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Tom Servo, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Man, I didn't have a phone line connected to my receivers since like 2002 or something. They do not need them unless you want PPV. And even then if you connect them via the Internet then you don't need a phone line at all, the Internet connection will take care of what the phone line was needed for.
     
  2. Mike Bertelson

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    IIRC, I did need a phone line to get updates on my TiVo. However, when we first got DirecTV in '02 I had standalone receivers, neither of which had a phone line.

    Mike
     
  3. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Yep, the Tivo's where the last units that truly required the phone cord. And I even got around that by plugging in the DirecTivo via serial connection to my PC and did the dial outs via the network. It only worked about 1 out of 10 times but I just kept trying. :)
     
  4. trh

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    What about premium Sports packages? DirecTv's website says a landline is mandatory for the auto renewal feature of the sports packages?
     
  5. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    As noted a few times in this thread, the Internet connection takes the place of the phone connection so you can use either. You make the "monthly call" via the Internet instead of the phone line if you have the Internet connected.

    Outside of that, it's been known for a decade that DirecTV rarely if ever actually enforced their phone line policy on sports packages. But so long as you connect it to the Internet it doesn't matter anyway since that takes care of it.
     
  6. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    So what happens if no phone line and no Internet connected to any of our DirecTv DVRs?

    I too would love to turnoff our landline. direcTV is the only reason we have it now. But none of our 5 DVRs are hooked up to the Internet either. One SD DVR could be easily connected; the others would require some sort of wireless/power line connection.
     
  7. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Call and have them upgrade you to the Whole Home DVR and all of your units will get connected to the Internet. You're SD DVR will also get upgraded to HD as well as any other unit that wouldn't work with the Whole Home DVR service. You'll get the Internet on each box AND be able to watch any recording on any DVR or receiver that you have.
     
  8. The Merg

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    The SD-DVR does not automatically get upgraded to HD. It will only be swapped out, if needed, to make it SWM compatible. It does not get swapped out for a MRV compatible unit unless you pay to have it upgraded as such.

    - Merg
     
  9. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Nothing. If you don't watch PPV movies, there is no need for it.
     
  10. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    I guess it's a YMMV situation then because my parents had their R15 swapped out for an HR24 at no charge when then upgraded to Whole Home.
     
  11. The Merg

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    They probably had a free upgrade for a HD-DVR on their account. In doing so though, they are now most likely committed for another 2 years though.

    - Merg
     
  12. Richierich

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    I sent one back a couple of months ago with a 1 TB Drive in it which I forgot to take out and they accepted it without question.

    Somebody now has a Refurbed DVR with a 1 TB Drive in it and are probably very surprised at how much Storage Capacity they have.

    Bottom Line is they really don't check them very carefully before sending them back out. Probably mimimal inspection to see if Power Supply Unit and Hard Drive are working.
     
  13. The Merg

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    Thanks! :lol:

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  14. BattleZone

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    Techs are required to have a minimum percentage of their receivers "phone home" within a week of being installed, or their pay IS docked $5/receiver for that period. That percentage is still 35% I believe.

    Of course, MRV with ICK means that all receivers on that system will be able to "phone home" via the Internet connection, so that helps keep the percentages up. Of course, DirecTV has talked about increasing that percentage due to SWM and MRV...
     
  15. Richierich

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    You're Welcome!!! Enjoy!!! :lol:
     
  16. Tom Servo

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    Well, poo.

    First, thanks to everyone who participated in this thread. It's been very educational.

    It may all be for naught, however. We couldn't find "the perfect house" on this house hunting expedition, but we got as close as possible. The house everyone liked most is surrounded by dense woods on the south, east and west sides. To the south there are several 50-75 foot tall pines in the yard and off the property. I really don't know if there's any practical way we'll be able to see the satellites. I'll go through the mover's connection but I'm not confident of it working out. :-(
     
  17. RunnerFL

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    Depending on how big your new property is you may be able to put the dish in the far north east corner and maybe clear those trees. I've got some 50 foot palm trees just to the south of me, property next door, but with my dish in the north east corner and off the ground about 4 feet I clear them.
     
  18. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    Same here, I have 50 foot trees in my front yard to the south. I have my dish on a fence post about 40 feet to the north in my backyard and I easily clear the trees. Funny thing is that the installers I think rarely actually check the real angle over trees, they see trees and get scared. The reason I know I easily clear is during the spring and fall solstice the sun will be in the same position as the sats. So I checked it out and the sats are well above the 50 foot trees. Trees could grow another 20 feet easily before I would ever have a problem.

    So yea, definitely check the backyard, I'll bet you can easily get over those trees.
     

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