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Adding used HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by roadrunner1782, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Rich

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    Yup. Kinda surprised me, but I caught some big charges on the bill and found out that my son had talked her into letting him get some wrestling matches that were very expensive on PPV and she wasn't in a position to argue about my spending. Just did it at the right moment. Blind luck is better than no luck. :lol:

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  2. Rich

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    When you call D* ask for the Access Card Team (ACT). They can positively tell you if the receiver is owned or leased. Don't take the word of the sellers on Craigslist or eBay. You will have to purchase an access card and the ACT can handle that too and I would strongly recommend contacting the ACT when you are ready to activate the receiver and let them activate it. That way, it will go on your account as owned or "additional receiver" which means owned. Make sure you keep checking your bill or account to ensure that the receiver remains "owned". If something changes, contact the ACT immediately.

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  3. PlainBill

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    Thanks for the information guys. As it stands I can continue to watch Craigslist / eBay in hopes of finding an owned HD DVR; order a new HD DVR through a DirecTV CSR for 'only' $220 + tax, order a new HD DVR from DirecTV online for $200 + tax, or buy a new HR23 from Costco for $170 + tax. Big decision. :D

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  4. CCarncross

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    Remember that all except the Craigslist/fleabay ones-if you can truly find an owned one there, will not be owned, but leased. There is almost no advantage to owning these new models of DVR's. There are plenty of disadvantages.
     
  5. Rich

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    If you can find a 23 at a Costco, buy it. You shouldn't be disappointed. The other best option is to find an "owned" one on eBay and pay for it with PayPal. That will give you protection in case the HR doesn't work. A lot of the people selling the 20-700s are either poorly informed, stupid or liars. Caveat emptor applies on eBay and Craigslist (I wouldn't buy on Craigslist unless I could see the HR work before purchasing it, or anything else, much safer on eBay, especially if you use PayPal to make the purchase).

    A functional 20-700 purchased on eBay is not to be ignored as a good choice. Almost all the eSATAs will work with a 20-700 and if it is "owned", you can drop a large internal into it.

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    I've got an "owned" 20-700 that I purchased on eBay. Cost about $200 and I'm delighted with it. And it does show up on my bill as "owned" and that allows me to make modifications such as a large internal drive.

    I haven't found any great problems with my new 23 yet. The RF sensor could be more sensitive, but the same can be said for the 21-700 and I like them. I have three of them. Aside from that one thing, the 23 seems like another winner from Pace.

    I got some PMs from members yesterday and today that were having problems getting 22s to recognize their eSATAs. Similar problems with Antec enclosures which I've no problem with at all. Seen enough similar posts to conclude that the 22 is the one thing that is constant in the problems. I'm hardly shocked. I'd avoid them.

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  7. roadrunner1782

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    +1 the HR20-700 is the one I bought on ebay. Still don't know how good the one I'm getting is though. I think the person that sold it used the super slow shipping through USPS. It apparently left Bell, CA on june 5th and hasn't arrived nowhere since! I used paypal so I'm not too concerned other than I would much rather have the receiver instead of the money!
     
  8. Ben_jd

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    I just "bought" an HR-21 from Craig's list. Owner gave me the option to take it home and try it before paying (I guess I seemed trustworthy?). Fired up the box tonight and the machine claimed that the card was bad/invalid (different error depending on which leg I was standing on when I RBR'd it). ACT is sending a new card, but the receiver was added to my account with no problem (though it doesn't accept broadcasts without a valid card).

    Tried a different card from a receiver of mine that works and the error code ("Wrong card") indicated to the CSR that the machine was likely working, it was just a bad card. So, we'll see what happens when the new card shows up.

    I know that my circumstance is "safer" than most as I was able to try it out before paying. I don't care if the machine shows as leased or owned, as the price was lower than if I had paid Best Buy or Costco for a leased machine.
     
  9. joshjr

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    I was told that channel 101 was a test channel and that even without a working card you could get to it. You might try it out.
     
  10. MartyS

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    First of all you can't use the card from one unit on another. The card ID and receiver ID are tied together.

    When you get a used unit, assuming it's not leased and you can activate it, you usually need to get a new card from DirecTV in order to activate it. I don't know if you can get to channel 100 (or the "test" channels) without a valid card in the unit.
     
  11. Rich

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    That's the only way to buy anything on Craigslist.

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  12. Ben_jd

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    I didn't use the extra card to get programming, but the CSR was able to deduce from the new error that appeared when the "functioning" card was installed (ie, the "wrong card" error) that the machine was likely functioning, it just needed a new card. Didn't try channel 101 and the unit is now packed in the corner awaiting the new card through the mail.
     
  13. Ben_jd

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    By the way, the new card worked fine. "New" receiver on my account and working fine.
     

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