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#26 ONLINE   Rich

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:29 AM

The Pace is a better box than the Humax?

 

Depends on the specs they get from D*.  The 20-700, the first of the HD HRs, was and is a superb DVR, the 21-700 was probably the best of the 21 Series DVRs but the 23-700 (another of the 21 Series) was a poor DVR.  I think the 24-500s are a very good DVR, but they have a habit of doing some really strange things.  When they work correctly, and most of them do, they are a superb DVR.  But when they go berserk...well, you'd really have to experience it to appreciate what I mean.

 

Can't comment on the 44-500, haven't seen the need for one yet.

 

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:36 AM

I'm not sure how it is possible to tell by looking whether a product is new or refurbished. Sure, it is obvious if there is damage like some scratches or something, but if it was well taken care of there wouldn't be any way to know the difference if the refurbishment involved cleaning it and resetting it to factory defaults.

 

This is true with any CE product you buy, and while legally a company can't sell you a refurbished product without stating that, when you get a replacement under warranty or you're leasing as you do from Directv, they have no obligation to tell the customer. If your three month old laptop breaks and you get sent a replacement, it might be new, it might be refurbished, and there's often no way you could tell the difference. The fine print in most warranties states that they can send you a refurbished replacement without having to tell you.

 

Perhaps the installers know of a way to tell with Directv, some code on the box or a sticker that is always added to a receiver when it is refurbished?

 

The Access Card Team can tell you if it's ever been activated.  Just call their direct line and they'll tell you very quickly if it's ever been activated.  I can't imagine that there's very many HRs that have been refurbed that haven't been activated.  That number for the ACT is 877-887-7994.  Usually no waiting and no blathering with an automated voice.

 

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:49 AM

What is the site address? Dishbuys.com will not open

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:00 PM

What is the site address? Dishbuys.com will not open

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I did a search in Bing. Got a link that said "dishbuys.myshopify.com".

After I clicked on it it took me to "http://www.tommybuys.com/"


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:00 PM

got to say surprised everything went good. got my new hr44-500 in an unmarked box. pack perfectly so no damage could get done. brand spanking new. this unit was manufactured in 4/2014. so happy with it and only cost me 159.99

also got 500.00 total credits from DTV because I was out of contract and asked for it. includes NFL package too.  installer came yesterday. 2 hour job and everything is perfect. paired up with my other dvr which is a hr24-500 ( love those pace products) hooked up threw wifi on hr44 have internet access and whole home access. I know things don't happen like this all the times but I guess I got lucky. if anyone is looking for an hr44 and want to make sure they get one this web site   dishbuys.myshopify.com   has them for 159.00 no one else sells them at that price and brand new. they are also a DTV authorized dealer.

Thanks for the post - I just ordered HR44 for $159 - I currently have the HR34-700 but had previously received an HR44 as replacement for defective HR34. Now I just have to scramble to finish watching everything on the HR34 before I call to activate the HR44 How soon did it arrive? 


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:13 AM

Placed my order at Dishbuys on Sunday. Got email on Monday that unit shipped. Received new HR44-500 via Fedex on Tuesday.

Called Directv to activate today (and deactivate the HR21 this is replacing). No problems with activating/deactivating.

Only weird thing was that while activating with Directv today, the CSR doing the activation asked me if this new unit is owned or leased. I didn't lie.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:31 AM

Placed my order at Dishbuys on Sunday. Got email on Monday that unit shipped. Received new HR44-500 via Fedex on Tuesday.

Called Directv to activate today (and deactivate the HR21 this is replacing). No problems with activating/deactivating.

Only weird thing was that while activating with Directv today, the CSR doing the activation asked me if this new unit is owned or leased. I didn't lie.

They are fast - I ordered my receiver on Thursday evening got email on Friday that it shipped via Fedex from Bloomington, CA and I will receive it on Monday. The most annoying part is I have to wait to activate it because I have tons of recordings I need to clear on an HR34-700. How easy is it to activate the receiver - I assume I give customer service a call and give them RID & Access Card numbers? 



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:03 AM

They are fast - I ordered my receiver on Thursday evening got email on Friday that it shipped via Fedex from Bloomington, CA and I will receive it on Monday. The most annoying part is I have to wait to activate it because I have tons of recordings I need to clear on an HR34-700. How easy is it to activate the receiver - I assume I give customer service a call and give them RID & Access Card numbers? 

Obviously the HR44 have to be plugged and cable connected first,  then after it reboots they'll help you with satellite setup, Type of Dish etc,  then you just give Access Card # and RID,  then making sure all your subscribed channels are working including locals.  Pretty easy stuff


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:48 AM

How easy is it to activate the receiver - I assume I give customer service a call and give them RID & Access Card numbers? 

 

Activation is easy: insert the access card that came in the shipping box into the HR44. Connect the coax and TV output cables into the unit, then plug it in to the outlet.

A phone number will appear to the activation department at Directv. I was hoping to avoid a call and activate using www.directv.com/activate but that only works for Directv shipped receivers.

The activation CSR will ask for the receiver ID and the access card number of the HR44 (these numbers will be on your TV screen), as well as the access card number of the unit being deactivated. The CSR will tell you that this will trigger a new two year commitment. Done.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:48 AM

They are fast - I ordered my receiver on Thursday evening got email on Friday that it shipped via Fedex from Bloomington, CA and I will receive it on Monday. The most annoying part is I have to wait to activate it because I have tons of recordings I need to clear on an HR34-700. How easy is it to activate the receiver - I assume I give customer service a call and give them RID & Access Card numbers? 

Just be aware that you have a limit on how long you have the new receiver before you activate it . IIRC is 30 days.  More than 30 days and you will get charge an a hefty fee


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:33 AM

Placed my order at Dishbuys on Sunday. Got email on Monday that unit shipped. Received new HR44-500 via Fedex on Tuesday.

Called Directv to activate today (and deactivate the HR21 this is replacing). No problems with activating/deactivating.

Only weird thing was that while activating with Directv today, the CSR doing the activation asked me if this new unit is owned or leased. I didn't lie.

 

They never cease to amaze me.  I probably would have said owned just to see what happened.  I'm pretty sure they would have caught that rather quickly.  Utterly amazing.  

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:56 AM

They never cease to amaze me.  I probably would have said owned just to see what happened.  I'm pretty sure they would have caught that rather quickly.  Utterly amazing.  

 

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Because all DIRECTV STBs are leased, regardless of how they're acquired? 



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 12:32 PM

Because all DIRECTV STBs are leased, regardless of how they're acquired? 

 

I own ten HRs.  I bought them deliberately so I could put 2TB drives in them.  Bought them on eBay and CL, mostly from MDU folks who were forced to pay the full price for the HRs because they lived in apartment buildings and apartment complexes.  It's pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.  I think the HRs run better with a big HD internally and I've had no experience that would change that opinion.

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:27 PM

I own ten HRs.  I bought them deliberately so I could put 2TB drives in them.  Bought them on eBay and CL, mostly from MDU folks who were forced to pay the full price for the HRs because they lived in apartment buildings and apartment complexes.  It's pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.  I think the HRs run better with a big HD internally and I've had no experience that would change that opinion.

 

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Okay, so were I to leave DIRECTV I would retain the HR44?

 

Does the purchased unit trigger another 2 year commitment upon activation?

 

And even though a Humax model(HR24) in the past gave some users color space problems there has been no negative aspects reported regarding the HR44-500, so far anyway?

 

I like the idea of increasing storage space, is there a tutorial posted somewhere that explains how to do? I upgraded several TiVos(cable) in the past so I can't imagine it would be that much different.

 

How can this site sell these at the price they list? If anyone has any ideas of course.

 

Thanks in advance!



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:55 PM

Okay, so were I to leave DIRECTV I would retain the HR44? Absolutely NO

 

Does the purchased unit trigger another 2 year commitment upon activation? But of course!

 

 

I like the idea of increasing storage space, is there a tutorial posted somewhere that explains how to do? I upgraded several TiVos(cable) in the past so I can't imagine it would be that much different. Is very easy process most of the time, PnP

 

 


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:55 PM



Okay, so were I to leave DIRECTV I would retain the HR44?

Does the purchased unit trigger another 2 year commitment upon activation?



Thanks in advance!


Not if your paying $159 for it.
And yes as soon as you activate is 24 month commitment.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:52 PM

Not if your paying $159 for it.
And yes as soon as you activate is 24 month commitment.

Okay, that's as I expected.

 

So basically, by "purchasing" the HR44-500 from the aforementioned website you insure that you'll have a HR44 versus a HR34 which you may end up with by going with the free upgrade that DIRECTV has been spamming my  DVR message box with.

 

All other considerations would be the same as going with the upgrade via DIRECTV instead of Tommys(or what ever it's called).

 

It's $160 "insurance" on getting the better model DVR.

 

Does that about sum it up?

 

Thanks!


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:15 PM


 

It's $160 "insurance" on getting the better model DVR.

 

Does that about sum it up?

 

 

I guess so....

 

If I could order a Genie at the Directv website (which I couldn't), and guarantee the HR44 model (which I couldn't), and guarantee a brand new model, non previously returned unit (which I couldn't) I would obviously gone that route.

 

Dishbuys did all that, but it cost me $160.00. And I didn't have to take off work and wait for an installer.  Was it worth it?  To me, yes.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:22 AM

Okay, that's as I expected.

So basically, by "purchasing" the HR44-500 from the aforementioned website you insure that you'll have a HR44 versus a HR34 which you may end up with by going with the free upgrade that DIRECTV has been spamming my DVR message box with.

All other considerations would be the same as going with the upgrade via DIRECTV instead of Tommys(or what ever it's called).

It's $160 "insurance" on getting the better model DVR.

Does that about sum it up?

Thanks!

Yes.
This is the only way to guarantee you will get HR44 going the "leased" route.

You can only buy "owned receivers used from ebay, "maybe sometimes brand new but rare"
And Directv , and last I talked to them HR44 were not for sale.

And HR24 was $450 to own it.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

Okay, so were I to leave DIRECTV I would retain the HR44?

 

Does the purchased unit trigger another 2 year commitment upon activation?

 

And even though a Humax model(HR24) in the past gave some users color space problems there has been no negative aspects reported regarding the HR44-500, so far anyway?

 

I like the idea of increasing storage space, is there a tutorial posted somewhere that explains how to do? I upgraded several TiVos(cable) in the past so I can't imagine it would be that much different.

 

How can this site sell these at the price they list? If anyone has any ideas of course.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

With any DVR D* uses you have to find out if it is truly owned or leased.  You can do this by calling the Access Card Team at 877-887-7994.  Have the RID # or the serial number ready when you make the call and they'll be able to tell you if you truly own it. Putting a large internal drive in a leased HR violates the TOS.  Nobody on the forum will recommend that you do that.  

 

I've upgraded the HDDs in lots of TiVos too and it's not as easy to do with some of the HRs.  First step is to find out the status of the HR you want to upgrade.  

 

I have no idea how they can sell them at that price.  If it is truly a leased unit, you will face a recommittment.  No getting away from that.  

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:21 PM

Just be aware that you have a limit on how long you have the new receiver before you activate it . IIRC is 30 days.  More than 30 days and you will get charge an a hefty fee

There was a sticker on the box that stated the receiver has to be activated by 10/10/14. I did receive an HR44-500 manufactured in April 2014. Is there a way to activate the HR44-500 and keep the HR34-700 just to watch recordings from it? I assume once I activate the HR44 DirecTV will send me a recovery kit to send the HR34 back? I got to hurry up to watch the recorded shows :(



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:47 PM

Yes.
This is the only way to guarantee you will get HR44 going the "leased" route.

You can only buy "owned receivers used from ebay, "maybe sometimes brand new but rare"
And Directv , and last I talked to them HR44 were not for sale.

And HR24 was $450 to own it.

 

Owned recievers have also been sold here, including HR44 (though only once or twice).


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:02 PM

Owned recievers have also been sold here, including HR44 (though only once or twice).

Yes , I bought a C31 from the same guy who was selling HR44.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:37 PM

Is there a way to activate the HR44-500 and keep the HR34-700 just to watch recordings from it? 

You can only have One Genie active on your account, once you activate the HR44, DirecTV® will send a recovery kit, from there on (assuming DirecTV® actually ships the kit) you have 21 days before you get charge a non-retune fee.  Even if you get charge a non-return fee, it is reversible once DirecTV® receives the equipment 


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:01 PM

Yes.
This is the only way to guarantee you will get HR44 going the "leased" route.

You can only buy "owned receivers used from ebay, "maybe sometimes brand new but rare"
And Directv , and last I talked to them HR44 were not for sale.

And HR24 was $450 to own it.

Thanks!






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