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If drop HD service, must return HD receivers?


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#1 OFFLINE   tkrandall

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:41 AM

I thought at one time, DirecTV required you to keep the HD package in order to keep a HD receiver or DVR. Now I see in the latest software release notes:

"HD PPV no longer requires the HD Package"
http://www.dbstalk.c....64#post2556264


Which "confuses" me as in order to watch HD PPV, you would need an HD receiver, which I thought meant you had to maintain HD service.

Am I mistaken in understanding that if you drop the HD package you have to also return your HD capable <leased> receivers, or replace them with SD ones?

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#2 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:51 AM

I thought at one time, DirecTV required you to keep the HD package in order to keep a HD receiver or DVR. Now I see in the latest software release notes:

"HD PPV no longer requires the HD Package"
http://www.dbstalk.c....64#post2556264


Which "confuses" me as in order to watch HD PPV, you would need an HD receiver, which I thought meant you had to maintain HD service.

Am I mistaken in understanding that if you drop the HD package you have to also return your HD capable <leased> receivers, or replace them with SD ones?


There are markets where the locals are provided via MPEG4 and the KA satellites (mine included) requiring the use of an HR2x. The HD Access fee requirement is waived for them...

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#3 OFFLINE   CCarncross

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:16 AM

As Alan said, unless you live in an MPEG4 local market area, you should be required to keep HD service if you expect to be able to keep HD equipment. There should be no exceptions made.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:08 PM

You can deactivate HD service and keep the receivers however I'm pretty sure you get charged a penalty.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:37 PM

You can deactivate HD service and keep the receivers however I'm pretty sure you get charged a penalty.


... If you're in an MPEG4 market, then yes, HD service can be waived.. otherwise you cannot remove the HD access fee without disconnecting every HD receiver on the account. There are no other exceptions.. (I'm not talking about any free HD access discounts, just the service itself)
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#6 OFFLINE   tkrandall

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 01:46 PM

Ok, thanks. The software release notes had me perplexed. So I guess if you live in a MPEG4 locals market, then you can watch HD PPV without HD service....??

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:00 PM

... If you're in an MPEG4 market, then yes, HD service can be waived.. otherwise you cannot remove the HD access fee without disconnecting every HD receiver on the account. There are no other exceptions.. (I'm not talking about any free HD access discounts, just the service itself)


Well, the R22 is the anomaly. Is it an "HD Receiver". Nope says DirecTV. Does it receive HD? Yup. And now with the new software you don't even need HD on your account to get the priviledge of paying $5.99 for a PPV in HD (supposedly). I wonder if they are going to put one of the HD PPV channels on the 101, 119, or 110 for the many SD customers who got R22's but don't have Slimline dishes just to get that extra buck for a PPV movie!

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:33 PM

.. and it's nice to watch my HD locals in HD (with no HD service, MPEG 4 market) Before, the only output resolution on locals was 480i

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:24 PM

I do wonder if this dropping of the needed HD access fee for some HD content is the 1st technical step needed to drop the HD access fee for all... (Before, hardware was programmed to block or limit output of some HD channels (like my MPEG4 locals)

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 11:22 PM

There are markets where the locals are provided via MPEG4 and the KA satellites (mine included) requiring the use of an HR2x. The HD Access fee requirement is waived for them...

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Am in Macon and Directv wanted to spend out a H24 without HD activation.:)




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