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thinking of switching from dish - questions about recorded shows on my dish receiver

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by traderumors, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. traderumors

    traderumors New Member

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    I'm thinking of making the switch from Dish to DirecTV due to the great deal they have running right now. However, I have about 30 hours of recorded TV on the Dish receiver right now. If I disconnect Dish, will I be able to watch those shows since they are stored on the DVR, or will that basically shut down the DVR entirely? If I keep the service active for a month but physically disconnect the satellite feed, can I watch the shows? Just not sure how to deal with the transition, so any advice is appreciated!
     
  2. jimmie57

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    No, you can not them after you cancel. They send a signal to the receiver that disables it.

    Since DTV will not use your dish or mount you might consider keeping Dish live until you watch the shows and then cancel it.
     
  3. jclangston

    jclangston Cool Member

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    Since you live in WI, its too cold to do anything outside anyway. Stay in and watch all your recorded stuff on Dish this weekend, then cancel.
     
  4. traderumors

    traderumors New Member

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    lolz. I chatted with the dish tech support and they told me I could continue to watch the dvr even after cancelling, but I don't really trust them. So I'll probably just pay for a month of overlap. Cuts into the savings a bit but oh well.

    Since I've never cancelled service like this, I know I have to return equipment. I assume that means the DVR only, not the actual dish, right?
     
  5. jclangston

    jclangston Cool Member

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    Correct, they don't want the dish back. Sometimes they will ask for the LNB, but I have never wanted to climb on the roof to retrieve it. I have switched 3 or 4 times over the years as new equipment is released, I have never been charged for not returning the LNB even if they asked for it. If I remember correct the paperwork states "if you can safely retrieve the LNB".
     
  6. VDP07

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    I've got a 508 DVR in a spare room that has been deactivated for several years. It is loaded with programming, all of it watchable today. It can be done.:)
     
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Yeah, for 504/508/510 it's true... but OP didn't reveal his model.
     
  8. traderumors

    traderumors New Member

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    sorry, I have a VIP722K.
     
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    well, that's different, BUT my 622 after switching to H/J still play James Bond's movies ... ummm, I need to recheck it to be sure I'm not mistaken ...
     
  10. powerhouse1960

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    I can say for a fact no you can't watch them.
    switch from dish to directv on the 21 unhook all the cables to two 722s then called and canceled the next day hooked up the tv out only and all shows where locked except what was recorded over ota .
    But I love the dtv stuff we did not know shows had the ending they where always cut of on the dish.
     
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I'm saying for a fact: deactivated 922/S1.19 and 622/L7.10 still play old recordings. Did the check today when each one been connected to a dish.
     
  12. JoeTheDragon

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    I think they can going longer then 1 day of no signal maybe it needs a LNB but when Directv is installed have then take the dish dish down and you can hook the old LNB inside to the dish box and then call them to cancel
     

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