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For Engineering Only

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by duck33, Aug 31, 2007.

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  1. duck33

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    Could someone please tell me what "For Engineering Only" charge is I have on DirecTV account? I just logged into my account and found on my "recent activity" the engineering only description.
     
  2. mexican-bum

    mexican-bum "Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some"

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    it basically means that you are a ce'r and have access to VOD
     
  3. packfan909

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    At a more technical level. You have connected your HR20 to an ethernet cable on your home network. DirecTV has received packets of data from your receiver when it has phoned home via the internet. You may have also downloaded a CE version of the firmware as well. If you have downloaded the latest CE update from last weekend, you can activate DirecTV on Demand using the instructions in the Cutting Edge Forum.

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  4. duck33

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    I have never connected either of my 2 HR20's to a network, I have thought about it but have not done so as of yet. As for downloading the lastest CE update, I have always let my receivers update themself, the only reason why I started checking into the VOD was someone on another site I visit said he had his up and running so I thought I would get it a shot.
     
  5. Doug Brott

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    duck33, you can check out the DIRECTV Cutting Edge forum for lots of details.

    In particular, the For Engineering Only charge is authorizing your account for DIRECTV on Demand (or VOD - Video on Demand). That's only a portion of the puzzle, though. Currently only the HR20-700 receivers running 0x190 software can be enabled to see VOD. It is unlikely that you meet this criteria.

    Check out the Cutting Edge forum for more information.
     
  6. duck33

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    Doug,

    If I'm correct from reading the cutting edge, If i would have download 0x190 software last weekend I would be able to enable VOD? I have 2 HR20-700
     
  7. Doug Brott

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    Correct .. Since this is discussion about the CE, you should move to one of the threads in the Cutting Edge forum .. probably this one makes the most sense.
     
  8. gulfwarvet

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    yes, if you downloaded 0x190 you would have had VOD and and the activation password to activate VOD.

    but, depending on when you had you HR20 hook up on the network, you still might not have had the engineering placed on your account. because it wasn't hook-up during that 8 week period D* was collecting the data.

    Edit: sorry Doug i didn't see your post in time
     
  9. Stuart Sweet

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    Bottom line, the charge is purely administrative, nothing to worry about.
     
  10. pete4192

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    Why would I have that line item on my account when I have an HR20-100, just hooked up to internet last night (which, btw, was a breeze using a Buffalo wireless adapter) and have never downloaded a CE?
     
  11. kenpac89

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    After reading the thread about getting charged for SuperFan, even though it should be free, I logged into my account to make sure nothing was added to my account.

    Well, when I looked on the 'View Activity' page, the following appears at the top. What does it mean?

    08/30/2007 xxxxxxxx7679 For Engineering Only - Charge $0.00 $0.00
     
  12. Doug Brott

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    pete4192, your guess is as good as mine. At least you know you'll be VOD ready when the time comes :)
     
  13. kenpac89

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    Sorry, I didn't notice the other thread on this.
     
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  15. kenpac89

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    I had this appear on my statement as well, but my receiver is not hooked up to the Internet. In fact, I don't even know how to do that. I have a wireless network in my house and a USB wireless adapter, but I read that those don't work, so I haven't even tried.

    Where can I find out how to hook my box up to the Internet to see if I can get VOD?
     
  16. pete4192

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    Buy one of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BNDEZY/104-0810139-0976725


    Within 5 minutes of opening the box, I had my HR20 connected to the internet. Almost too easy.
     
  17. kenpac89

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    Is this different than the Netgear Wireless Router that I currently use? Or does this thing plug directly into the DirecTV DVR?
     
  18. pete4192

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    It has 4 ethernet ports, so you can plug your HR20 directly into it. It will then connect to your wireless network. The setup was a breeze, you just have to first connect it to a PC on your network, have it search for available wireless networks, choose the network you want to connect to, save the settings. Then disconnect it from the PC and connect it to your HR20. Instructions included are detailed and easy to read.

    I just setup the adapter behind my television and ran the included CAT5 cable from the HR20 to the adapter.
     
  19. kenpac89

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    I see...thanks. I will look into it....especially if I will need something like this to get VOD when it becomes available. Now, if only I can figure out why I got this engineering message and what exactly I should be doing with it. Not sure if I have time to figure it out this weekend....maybe I will just wait for the public roll-out of this feature.
     
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