True but big problems always start as little problems. All I'm saying is if I was DTV, I would be having my engineers looking into this. I was in product development for years. If we learned of failures like this, we would get our hands on the failed units and investigate. I just don't like the units frying in people's house. Catastrophic failures are one thing but not with smoking components with no evidence of large transients (e.g. lightning).
The HR23 is over four years old and there are already three different manufacturers making the HR24 as well has the HR34-700.
DIRECTV already knows how many of each model has failed so yes, they could easily be doing just as you would have done. Further, if it hasn’t been discontinued it’s likely to be soon.
I’m guessing if it ever became a problem they’ll phase them all out and be done with them. Just a guess but it makes sense to me.
Since it costs 2.4¢ to produce a penny, my 2¢ worth is really 4.8¢ worth. That 4.8¢ is my own and not the 4.8¢ of DIRECTV, Dish, or anyone else for that matter.