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Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by matt, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. matt

    matt New Member

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    Firstly, hello, my name is Matt, and I am addicted to TV.

    I recently subscribed to the +DVR package on DTV.

    Well anyway I got a bunch of old stuff off of freecycle to have around as a spare instead of the protection plan (much much cheaper that way!), extra LNBs and a multiswitch and some people have even given me receivers. I have called about RID numbers on some of them and got to wondering:

    Will I get in trouble calling about a dozen different receivers and not activating them? I did actually activate a second DVR I received today on my account so I can record 4 channels at once now, but I want to call about 6 more receivers and I have already called about 5 of them. Should I hold off on calling the access card dept for a couple months?

    I was surprised about how much stuff I have found. Seems a lot of people figured out they like Dish better haha

    Thanks everyone
     
  2. HRJustin

    HRJustin Godfather

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    The only problem you would have is the receivers being leased. Most newer receivers are all leased. SD normal receivers D11 and D12, SD DVRs R15, R16 and R22 and HD DVRs HR20, HR21, HR22, HR23. These are all of the current receivers. Anything after around the first half of 2006 is leased equipment. It is possible some are owned but most of these will be leased. You shouldn't have a problem calling in and having the RID numbers checked. You could give them more then one RID at a time as far as I know. As long as you got all the receivers legally should be no problem. Alot of people dont understand the lease program so just be aware of that on the newer receivers.

    How many receivers do you need active? For the dish you will want to move towards the slimline as that will give you all the future channels.
     
  3. matt

    matt New Member

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    One of them is a D11, two are Samsung brand, and 3 are D12s.

    I actually got a D12 that was owned the other day. The card dept rep was quite surprised at this. Turns out it was an employee receiver, and I was able to activate it.

    I did acquire them legally, and I will probably end up with 4 of them hooked up.
     
  4. The Merg

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    There's no problem inquiring if a receiver can be activated by verifying its RID. For all they know, you are possibly going to purchase the receiver and are verifying its owned/leased status.

    As for getting a newer receiver that is owned, it is possible to do so. If someone had an older receiver that was replaced under the Protection Plan with a newer receiver, the replacement would be owned. If they decided to later sell/give away that receiver, you could then activate it.

    BTW, :welcome_s to DBSTalk!

    - Merg
     
  5. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    You cannot determine if a receiver is owned or leased (even the newest ones) unless you verify it's serial number and/or RID with DirecTV.

    For example, I OWN a D10 and a D11 obtained before the leasing program began. I also OWN one of my R15's and my R22.

    But you should consider a few things....

    With DirecTV's new policy, the only way you can get an OWNED receiver replaced/repaired is by subscribing to the protection plan. They no longer will send you out a leased replacement for $20 and a 2 year commitment reset!!

    Meanwhile, if a LEASED receiver breaks down, DirecTV will send you an equivalent replacement (SD DVR, HD DVR, SD receiver, HD receiver) for a S & H fee of $20 which includes a 90 day warranty on the replacement. This also does NOT add to your present commitment (if you have one).

    Since you obviously know how to obtain a new access card for your purchased receivers and also know how to connect them and service your own system, you may be money ahead by owning everything and keeping "spares" in stock. But you will pay $20 for a new access card every time you need to put one of these spares in service.....the same cost for getting a failed leased receiver replaced!
     
  6. matt

    matt New Member

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    I guess I should have gotten all 4 leased receivers when I got the system installed.

    I think I might get the plan, my DVR looks like it has had a rough life. You can't even see the circuit board under the dust.

    Will a owned receiver be replaced under the plan if that warranty sticker is gone?
     
  7. matt

    matt New Member

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    Well I just called in about the 3 D12 receivers. Leased. All three. Looks like I have 3 spare power supplies for my owned D12-500.....
     
  8. The Merg

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    I haven't heard of there being issues with that. Those stickers come off way too easily anyways. I know the one on my R15-300 ripped when I moved the last time.

    - Merg
     

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