Back after six month "vacation" hold, question on receiver return

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  1. mika911

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    I turned my DirecTV back on today, two days before the 6 month vacation hold was due to end. I wasn't on vacation, just saving money plus I have some bad RG6 runs and occasionally I lose signal (still need to fix that). But it works for now.

    Goodness it feels nice to be back! ha-ha. Just the fast channel changing, channel numbers, responsive dvr, etc.

    I've used several online services. YouTube TV is great, but no Dolby Digital, picture quality not as good as DirecTV. AT&T Now has as good picture quality as DirecTV (if not better) and Dolby Digital, but missing one local and inferior DVR obviously. Plus, losing TV when your internet is down sucks. Nice not to reply on your connection for everything.

    Anyway, to the point, to save some money, I want turn off my HR20 and HR22, have only the HR44 to get rid of those extra receiver fees. The bedroom TV can just use apps, not turned on much anyway.

    If I don't return the HR20 or HR22, will I be charged? Also could I turn them back on down the road?

    Thank you!
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    You need to call DIRECTV and have them remove the HR20 and the HR22 from your account. I doubt if they will want them back and most likely you will not be able to have them turned back on down the road.
     
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  3. mika911

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    Thanks, such a tough decision knowing I can't turn them back on if I ever wanted to or wanted to see the recordings on them. lol.
     
  4. peano

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    I just deactivated my R22. CSR asked if I will reactivate it again one day and I said I would. Then they don't ask for them back and you can still reactivate down the road.
     
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  5. TheRatPatrol

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    Take them to any local FedEx or UPS store and they will ship them back to AT&T for free. Make sure you get a receipt.
     
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  6. WestDC

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    Before you call to have them removed- Remove the RG6 from the rear of each receiver --and you can still view the recording (for awhile) as long as you have the same account & the receivers can be activated again.
     
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  7. trh

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    ^^^ Yes, what WestDC said before you call DIRECTV.
     
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  8. mccarthymac

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    So this doesn’t work if you’re canceling service altogether?
     
  9. Rich

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    If you cancel your subscription you can watch what's on your HR if you disconnect the coax to the HR before you do the actual cancellation. If you leave the coax on the barrel you will not be able to view that content. How long will you be able to watch down that HR that you just cancelled? Varies, but you will have a lot of time...months, perhaps years.

    Rich
     
  10. trh

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    As Rich said, it will work. But if you have a DVR they want back, you have a time period to return before they charge you. But if you have an older HR20/21 unit they don't want back, you can do this.
     
  11. Rich

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    Forgot about them wanting the HRs back. Yeah, then you have almost a month.

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  12. mccarthymac

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    Thanks guys. It’s an hr20 that my wife has a bunch of stuff on. I’ll be sending back an hr54 and 4K client and switching to YTTV.
     
  13. Rich

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    You should be able to keep the HR20. Can't imagine them wanting that back. Make sure you take the coax off before they deactivate it.

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  14. mika911

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    If I end up turning off just one of mine, you think I should turn off HR20 instead of HR23? They might want the HR23? The only thing is, the HR20 is so much faster than the HR23, ha.
     
  15. MysteryMan

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    I doubt DIRECTV will want the HR23 returned.
     
  16. Rich

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    That 23 is junk. The 20 is a good DVR (I have never had a 20-100 that worked, I have had many 20-700s that worked very well). I'd dump the 23. Best thing you can do is dump both and get 24s.

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