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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by dorfd1, Apr 13, 2009.
What does the DVR service fee pay for?
The $5.99 DVR fee covers the DVR service for all DVR's on your account.
It allows you to record and to play back recordings. If you cancel the DVR service, the DVR will still buffer live TV, but you won't be able to do anything with recordings.
what does directv use that money for?
Software development, hardware development, etc. It is not a specific fee like Tivo. Just a fee for added features over a non DVR box. Same as with the HD fee.
Also the fee is now $6.00 vs $5.99.
I would believe part of it would go for copyright fees.
Its better than other companies which charge you per DVR on the account.
would directv get mad if you use your computer as the dvr instead of lease their's
they wouldn't know, but the effort might not be worth the $6 a month savings.
Capture cards, running the computer 24/7, ...
I use a D10 to feed my Vista Media Center. There's no good way to get HD video into VMC other than OTA, which I also use via a Hauppauge PVR-2250 card. For standard-def, it works great, though.
I feed my d11 into windows media center 2005. the nice thing is that i can burn recordings to dvd or convet them to mobile format. recordings from free previews do not expire either. I could record pay per view and get around the 24 hour limit.
I used a panasonic EH75 with its TV guide for years as my DVR for both cable and DirecTV. Worked beautifully. I did all my scheduling from the guide on the panasonic which worked a lot like the one on the HR2x. It would even change the channel on my DirecTV box. Unfortunately those types of subscription-free DVRs are long gone, and the few old ones you can still find are extremely expensive, and their guides may quit working after the analog shutdown in June. In fact, they got so expensive that when I sold mine, I figured the profit would pay for 7 years of DVR fees, and I was able to justify getting an HR20.