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Any advantage keeping my Sony A4?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by wall-e, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. wall-e

    wall-e AllStar

    Jul 19, 2009
    I have a Sony A4 (SD, single tuner, non-dvr, no apg) I use in a back bedroom on occasion. Also have a HR22, R22, and HR10-250 that are used a majority of the time.

    I know it is only $5/month to keep the Sony A4 active, but is there any advantage to keeping it around? It no longer gets NFL Sunday Ticket which is no big deal since I have the other units.

    The only advantage I see is that it takes about 30 seconds to restart after a power cycle.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
  2. Yoda-DBSguy

    Yoda-DBSguy Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2006
    A Galaxy...
    There's no advantage at this point to keep it active. You could pretty much get DirecTV to replace the unit for free at this point. Actually most long time customers could get a free SD, HD or even possibly an HD dvr as a free upgrade with a new 2 year commitment which would run you ZERO more per month in terms of your monthly billing then you are paying now.
  3. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    I would bet it is an owned receiver. Why not shut it off and hang onto it? A quick phone call turns it back on when you are ready to use it, and another quick call shuts it off and saves you $ until you want to use it again.
  4. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    I still have my ORIGINAL Hughes receiver active on my account (installed in December 2000!). It is used in my computer room hooked up to a small stereo system for the sole purpose of enjoying Sonic Tap. The new SD receivers do not continuously display the title/artist info which makes this receiver perfect for what I am using it for. You can't even get an extra XM receiver for $5 a month anymore (which is why I am disconnecting that service when my current sub runs out).

    With all the discussion lately of DirecTV not activating legacy receivers that weren't previously on your account, it stands to reason that one of these days they are going to introduce a program to get these old receivers off the network entirely. That's fine with me but I'm not going to let them "upgrade" my Hughes and stick me with a new 2 year commitment when I can switch to that "other" satellite service and upgrade to FREE HD, new equipment, and a great rate for the first year.... ;)

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