Deactivating an old HDDVR: Can its recordings still be viewed?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Lord Vader, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

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    Well, I tried and failed to get MRV working with the disconnected HR44.

    Turns out I was at least partly right about Whole-home not being authorized on a disconnected receiver. (This was on an H25.)

    Rebooted the 25 to sat authorize connected, then tried to connect to the 44, but 25 wouldn't "see" anything.

    I thought I'd read that MRV works directly through the splitter and doesn't need a SWiM switch, so I used no SWiM, but maybe that was the problem.

    I've got a few other ways (and other units) to try it with, but probably won't be for a while.

    Not giving up yet.
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    There were these in the beginning.

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  3. codespy

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    Yes, it was the first time I had to get a Band Stop filter to get my HR20-100 to network with the others. Never needed a BSF for any other receiver. Yes, the 20-100 was special! :)
     
  4. P Smith

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    you don't know FW well to make your blind statements
     
  5. Rich

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    Yeah, Band Stop Filter. Now I remember. Glad I never got a 20-100 working.

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  6. Rich

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    A few questions I have: Never had a 24? How could you do that? You put up with a 21 for all those years? You are a lot more patient than I am.

    You could do this: D* isn't gonna want that 21 back, tell them it's dead and get a replacement 24. When you deactivate the 21 disconnect the coax before the deactivation process and you should be able to watch down the content on the 21. The replacement 24 is gonna be a refurb and it's gonna have an old HDD in it. As soon as you get thru with the 21's content switch the SSD to the 24 and you'll have a fast 24. That's what I'd do. Won't cost you a cent.

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  7. Rich

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    My HR44-700 is the best DVR I have ever had. Hardware-wise. For an all-around great DVR...I'll agree, the 20-700s and the 24s are the best choice. The software on the Genies sucks, I think. The more I use the 44 the more I think I'm right about the software. That GUI...

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  8. Lord Vader

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    I agree with you on the Genies. I actually prefer the GUI of the HR24 than the one on my Genie.
     
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  9. Delroy E Walleye

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    Never thought I'd ever need one because I got an HR44! (How wrong that turned out to be.)

    Now if it were still the old D* with its easy-to-reach domestic card-access department I would've simply obtained a unit and activated it.

    But this is T we're talking about now.

    No thanks. I don't feel like wasting more time than an old 21 trying to get a unit activated.

    (I seem to recall your last activation not going so well. What did you have to wait, a week or more was it?)

    Good advice otherwise. Thanks.
     
  10. Rich

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    Which brings me to this question: Does anybody not agree with this? I don't see how even the most fanatic D* fanboy can disagree. Again, my 44 is, by far, the best DVR I have ever used and it is burdened by that awful GUI. And it the least used. That's sad.

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  11. Rich

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    Ahh, you are so right. I have two 24s that have issues and I just can't make the call. Just the thought of calling upsets me...but, I should and will make that call one of these days and so should you. We gotta man up.

    Rich
     
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  12. Lord Vader

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    It is very bizarre, indeed, Rich that a DVR can be at the same time absolutely wonderful and horribly pathetic. I love my HR44, but I hate its GUI! The GUI of the HR2X series is far more user friendly, that's for sure.
     
  13. Rich

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    Makes you wonder what the hell they were thinking when they designed the new GUI, doesn't it?

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  14. b4pjoe

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    Well I did not like the new GUI when it first hit but I have got used to it and don't "hate" it. It is faster than the HR24 GUI but that is probably due to newer hardware.
     
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    I'm down to only having an HS17, and to be honest the GUI is just there. It does not bother me. Could it be different, or "better" (better is of course a very personal perspective), sure. Could it be "worse" (same consideration), sure. It is what it is.
     
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  16. slice1900

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    They gave in to all the idiots who claimed the GUI was "out of date", when others were updating theirs with a more "modern" look. Remember all the people who were talking about how Directv's GUI was "old and tired" and were putting up comparisons to Comcast's X1 or whatever to show what they thought Directv should be? I'll bet there are some in Comcast's forums who are starting to think X1 is getting long in the tooth now, and are antsy for change.
     
  17. texasbrit

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    I agree, the GUI is just "there". But I have an HR24 as well, and to be honest I prefer the new GUI. That's probably because I don't use some of the funcionality.
     
  18. Lord Vader

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    That's just it, Rich. They WEREN'T thinking!
     
  19. TheRatPatrol

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    I like the speed of the HR44, and the play list section of the new GUI. The guide is not that bad. The menu section sucks though. And I still would like to have a PIP toggle, but that ship sailed years ago......
     
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  20. Delroy E Walleye

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    I was at last and at least ok with 1037 on the HR44. Not enamored of it, but ok with it. Then IIRC was 1106 and errors which I'm not sure were ever fixed (playlist, CC etc).

    To the best of my memory, the ONLY thing wrong with 1037 was the "all channels" bug, which wasn't a problem for me since my SMs were all set with old UI.

    (Did they ever fix that all channels thing anyway?)

    At any rate, I decided the HR44 pretty much next to useless beyond 1037 and unplugged it.

    Fortunately it still has the rolled-back 1037 firmware and I can navigate the playlist where it's supposed to be, not popped-out somewhere else & the CC still works.

    (Eventually I'll probably re-connect it to sat after I get that too-long of 3TB playlist watched-down, which I've been poking away at slowly, on and off over the months...)
     
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