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Can I watch recorded TV after suspending service

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by shumiron, Jun 25, 2013.

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  1. shumiron

    shumiron New Member

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    I have suspended my D-TV service for 6 months to determine if I can go without the service permanently in the future. D-TV has not actually stopped my service yet even though my online account indicates service has been suspended. My question is if when service finally is stopped will I be able to use the set top box to watch all the recorded shows I have on it? Anybody had experience with this?
     
  2. MarkG21

    MarkG21 AllStar

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    Unplug the coaxial cable before the service is officially suspended.
     
  3. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

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    once the receiver gets the "deactivate" signal, the DVR becomes a boat anchor.
     
  4. peds48

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    Unplug the coaxial cable before the service is officially suspended.


    see number #3
     
  5. shumiron

    shumiron New Member

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    Thank you for the heads up. I had a premonition that they might send a deactivate over the satellite so I did disconnect the coaxes from my receivers earlier today while I still had service. Now I see if OTA Win Media Center, Roku, and HTPC network video will take care of mine and wife's TV needs.
     
  6. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Last fall, when my roof was replaced, I could only watch recordings for about 12 hours until my receiver yelled at me for not having the dish connected.
     
  7. peds48

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    Since the DVR wont get the "deactivate" signal from DirecTV, they have a "fail safe" built in. which is that they must get an "authorization" from the satellite "every now and then" this is an unknown and it ranges from a couple of days to a couple of months according to some folks. upon not getting the "authorization" from the mothership, the receiver will self deactivate
     
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    Sorry to resurrect an ancient thread, but I thought I would see if anyone had new info on this question.
    I'm planning to suspend for a month or so while my family tries out YouTubeTV. It would be really nice to still be able to access previously-recorded contact.
     
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    Not sure if ATT will even allow suspension at this point. If they allow it just take the coax off the HR before they go thru the suspension rigamarole. Then you can watch the recordings on that HR.

    Rich
     
  10. PHL

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    Just reporting back with some details.
    Suspended D* service just a few minutes ago. ATT charges a $7 per month fee for suspended accounts, but it is still allowed. They specifically call it "Vacation Hold".

    Yesterday, I disconnected both my receivers from the coax line, so I'll try to report back here in a few days/weeks if the recordings continue to be playable or not.
     
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    Good to know.

    Rich
     
  12. ericknolls

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    I would say yes with one stipulation. If DIRECTV didn't shut you off from the office electronically. Or you removed the smart card from the inside the receiver before it was zapped. One of those events would have to occur. I don't think those recordings just stay in memory. There has to be some function that can block or prevent you from seeing those recordings. I would say remove the smart card and see what happens and let us know.
     
  13. PHL

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    So I unplugged the coax cable that connects the receiver to the dish. The receivers are Also disconnected from my router. The recordings are on the HDD so they should still play, but it's not a huge deal if they don't.
     
  14. jimmie57

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    Once you turn it back on, it will go thru several minutes trying to start up and get a signal.
    At some point you can press the List button on your remote and the programs will come up. I have an HR24 that has been off the coax for almost a year. The deactivated receiver has 23 movies on it. Only a couple of them on there that I have not been able to replace on the replacement receiver.
     

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