Wow, just got off the phone with DirecTV. I just got an HDTV and wanted to upgrade to the new HDDVR. I currently have four direcTivos. I got them to agree to two new HDDVR's and the satellite upgrade for $100. A pretty good deal I thought until I asked him about MRV. MRV is a deal breaker for us. Anyway, he said that not only would MRV be an extra $99 install, but that all of my old DTivos would have to be replaced too at $100 a pop meaning my $100 upgrade price now goes to $400.
I just cannot believe that's true. I paid the $100 install for the MRV and the $3 per month, but why can't I just keep the DTivos in the bedrooms until I replace those TV's with HiDef sets? DTV has made a system where you have to replace all of your receivers at the same time just to get MRV? That is really short sighted. Anyway, what I really want to know is was the CSR correct? I know, in the past, they have been a pretty poorly trained group that only gives out semi correct info.
Help me out here, please tell me I can get MRV without having to upgrade everything in the house all at once?
I'd say the 4 DirecTivos are the big problem.
2 changed for $100 seems like a good deal.
MRV, or whole home DVR service and the connected home networking [MRV with DECA] is another $99 + the cost of a service call [$49]. For this price they upgrade you to a SWiM and DECA. Your Tivos won't work on a SWiM system, so they either get disconnected or need to get changed.
They offered you HD DVRs @ 50% off for both.
So they offered 2 @ 25% and another 2 @ 50%. That doesn't sound like a bad deal. You have four new type HD DVRs that get all the HD channels, which you don't get now, and each will be able to use MRV.
So if they didn't offer these deals, you'd pay $800 for the HD DVRs + $100 for MRV.
Now if you want to skip the $200 for the last two HD DVRs and don't mind SD DVRs that can't receiver MRV, then the first deal [$100] plus MRV [$100], then they'll swap the last two Tivos with R-16s as part of the upgrade price.