Hello, All. I've been learning here for several years, and now I have something to share.
One of my old R15-300's failed. After years of service, it went completely dead. Received as a protection-plan replacement for a failed Tivo, it was a dusty "refurbished" veteran when I got it. The failure mode suggests a power supply problem, but the solution was to call the protection plan folks. They promised a replacement and did not want the dead R-15 in exchange.
The replacement arrived promptly. I was hoping for an R-22. I was expecting a dusty R-16... but what I got was a perfectly remanufactured R-15. When I say "REMANUFACTURED", I mean disassembled, washed, and reassembled with new fastners and new cables, new hard drive, painted steel cover, and new or repainted front. The degree of care given this old 2006-vintage box was shocking enough, but there were two significant upgrades that I share for your information and discussion:
1.) The old 160GB Seagate Barracuda is replaced with a new 250GB Seagate Pipeline. There is an IDE to SATA converter attached to the drive.
2.) The dish selection menu includes SWM options. I am not using this box on a SWM system, but the presence of the option in the firmware suggests that this old box, which originally did not support SWM, has been upgraded to add SWM functionality. Right?
I believe this observation provides insight into how DTV is managing their stock of equipment during the sunset of SD. It is curious to me that (if I am right about SWM) an obsolete receiver has been essentially converted into the newer model. The cost of this reman is probably less that a new unit, but MUCH higher than simply testing/reboxing a used unit and labeling it "refurbished".
Has production of R-16's ceased? Is this expensive R-15 reman driven by a shortage of good reclaimed R-16 and R-15 boxes?
BTW, a DTV tech told me that refurbed R-22's have been sent out as SD-DVR replacements in recent months.
If DTV is scraping the bottom of the barrel for SD-DVR's (maybe I should say "when", not "if"), does anyone expect HD-DVR's to become the default replacement for SD-DVR's?
Edited by Telecom Techie, 09 October 2013 - 07:04 AM.