Didn't need the R16 to be able to MRV. It was just to replace the R15. I burst the SD box to 5 rooms (same signal through a Leviton panel) that have no need for HD (a few kids rooms, guest room, workout room, loft, etc).
When I call, am I just called the main number and then asking for retention. It's been forever since I have had the need to call D* so I have no idea the process.
Sigma.....you're a man of many words
Toss the R and go HD DVR.. more recording space, feature set will be identical to other HRs, and does more than just hd over your r models. And it will still work with all your sd stuff just fine. And it will cost the same monthly, where as if you ever upgrade to another hd tv, then you may have additional upgrade costs involved.
Also, do you watch most your tv in one place? If so, just get one HR24, put it there, and let them supply whatever they want for the other one, cause the hr24's speed isn't really affected when remote viewing from a non hr24 from what i have seen. Actually, I think it lets me watch HR21 shows faster than that machine would as a stand alone