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Recently suspended my service... no access to my List to watch pre-recorded programs


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#21 OFFLINE   joshjr

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:09 PM

Remember joshjr, its intellectual property, so not all the normal "its in my possession so its mine stuff", applies.  Owned or not, those dvr's arent good for much of anything without an active Directv subscription, nor should they be.  Yes, people have found ways to make them work at least temporarily, but truthfully thats an unintentional loophole, and of course people are going to exploit it if they can.  Like people buying R22's, getting them activated with their other HD equipment, then when they break, demanding HR2x replacements, and just saved themselves about $100.

 

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#22 OFFLINE   inf0z

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:42 AM

I only partially agree with that.  Why shouldnt you be able to watch old stuff sitting on the box?  The idea in my opinion would be that you are not able to record anything new, pause live tv,etc but in alot of ways the DVR is a VCR. In some ways, we own the content on the boxes and should have some rights to that.

The easy explanation for this is legally you don't own it because you did not pay to own each show that comes on DIRECTV you paid for a DIRECTV subscription to view.  DIRECTV would have to pay through the nose to get the rights to give you an owned copy of every show you recorded.  Think of how much you would pay for a box set of a long running TV series.  Sienfield DVD box sets  start at like $100+



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 07:55 PM

The only times I've ever seen a DVR still let you watch recorded content while the account was suspended or even interrupted was with the old TiVo receivers, like a R10, but i could be wrong. 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:35 PM

Based on the number of times people come to the forum for clarification on issues that didn't turn out the way the CSR assured.

When it comes to customer comments, I think most forums regarding service from some company, be it DirecTV, cable, the phone company or whatever, tend to skew towards negative comments. People who are happy with their service rarely bother write to a forum and say how good it is, while those who either  have a legitimate complaint or just an ax to grind will write in, often several times.



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:05 PM

Im still wondering why one would care about watching their recordings while under a suspended account.?

Most people suspend accounts because they are leaving the area and will not be able to watch or access directv.

This just sounds like someone just didnt want to pay their bill and now still wants the benifits.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:35 PM


This just sounds like someone just didnt want to pay their bill and now still wants the benifits.


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It seems that these are the same folks that feels they are entitled to discounts just because 


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:45 PM

I have two owned R22's that haven't been activated since July of 2012, I can still watch all programs on them today.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:22 AM

The easy explanation for this is legally you don't own it because you did not pay to own each show that comes on DIRECTV you paid for a DIRECTV subscription to view.  DIRECTV would have to pay through the nose to get the rights to give you an owned copy of every show you recorded.  Think of how much you would pay for a box set of a long running TV series.  Sienfield DVD box sets  start at like $100+

Suggest you re-read the SCOTUS Betamax decision, as you never "own it", regardless. Without that decision, you could not record ANYTHING on a DVR, whether a sub or not.

 

However, as you are not paying to use DirecTV DVR, i am surprised those would operate so long without a "hit". Clearly they must operate for a short time due to rainfade issues.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 11:04 AM

Im still wondering why one would care about watching their recordings while under a suspended account.?

Most people suspend accounts because they are leaving the area and will not be able to watch or access directv.

This just sounds like someone just didnt want to pay their bill and now still wants the benifits.


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I can't speak to the question of doing this under a completely suspended account.  But if it is simply 1-n suspended DVRs that are part of an otherwise active account...

 

It could be someone who has more total DVRs than they need, some of which are owned.  That someone chooses to deactivate n owned DVRs but would like access to the already recorded content.  Not "need", but "like" or "appreciate".  At one point I had 5 DVRs, 3 of which were owned.  I'm now down to 2 leased.  I've appreciated the ability to view recorded content on the owned DVRs after they were deactivated.  At least as long as it remained available (which can be months if the cables and internet are disconnected prior to deactivation and the system stays powered on).


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:11 PM

I still think it's funny how D* has exploited the DVRs. There is no such thing as "DVR service". They just don't want to call it a fee, which is all it is.



#31 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:21 PM

You think DIRECTV is all who does this? Every DVR manufacturer I've seen except maybe one has changed for DVR service. TiVo. Every cable provider. Even my replaytv. Just the way it is.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:13 AM

You think DIRECTV is all who does this? Every DVR manufacturer I've seen except maybe one has changed for DVR service. TiVo. Every cable provider. Even my replaytv. Just the way it is.

Tivo charges a pretty steep monthly fee for Tivo service....isnt it something like $12-$15/month now?



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 06:22 AM

Tivo charges a pretty steep monthly fee for Tivo service....isnt it something like $12-$15/month now?

Its $14.99 for the Roamios and $5.99 for the minis.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:13 PM

Yep. Everyone is pretty similar for the first box. DIRECTV is one of the few that don't charge the same rate for every box if you have multiple.




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