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Free HD DVR on DTV website?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doublee, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Apr 5, 2012 #1 of 13
    Doublee

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    Looking at the receivers page on DTV today and it says the HD DVR is free. Add it to the cart and it says "special offer for valued customers" - just a $19.95 shipping fee. I already have a HR22-100. Wondering what I would get for free and if it would be worth it?

    Anyone done this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Apr 5, 2012 #2 of 13
    CCarncross

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    You could get anything from an HR20-HR24....and an additional receiver charge per month...there is no guarantee what you would get.
     
  3. Apr 5, 2012 #3 of 13
    joshjr

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    Usually its listed for free because you are out of contract and this is a way for them to get you back under contract. Depending on what you are looking for you could get them to take $200-$399 off a HR34 if you wanted. Then you would have a 5 tuner HD DVR.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2012 #4 of 13
    kocuba

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    Shows $199 for me. And I'm not even under contract. Been out for over 2 years.
     
  5. Apr 5, 2012 #5 of 13
    dpeters11

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    It would only be potentially worth it if you were to get an HR24.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2012 #6 of 13
    joshjr

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    So a HR34 wouldnt be worth it?
     
  7. Apr 5, 2012 #7 of 13
    Jerry_K

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    HR34 is not an HD DVR in the DTV context. They named it a Home Media Center. Really all it is is a DVR. A fairly nice one. But really a DVR.
     
  8. Apr 5, 2012 #8 of 13
    dpeters11

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    Right, I'm going by DirecTV terminology. We do not want them to ever refer to the HR34 as an HD DVR. That would be very bad.
     
  9. Apr 5, 2012 #9 of 13
    peds48

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    IMHO, a free HDDVR is worth it regardless of any model that one might get. if the OP wants an HR24, they would have to lease it from an independent dealer like solid signal.com and pay the FULL lease price.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Guess it depends on if they were wanting to add or replace. It seems many people get DirecTV reps offering to give them a "free upgrade" which may be the same thing or downgrade.

    And I know in my setup, a free DVR would not be worth it as the only box I could replace is my H25. Not doing that.
     
  11. peds48

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    that's a good point. but bear in mind that DirecTV currently has no path to "upgrade" an HDDVR to a newer model. an "upgrade" usually means adding another HDDVR or replacing and another receiver with an HDDVR that is not an HDDVR.
     
  12. ThomasM

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    For a clunker "reconditioned" HD DVR and a new 2 year commitment?

    I think not considering what the competition is offering...
     
  13. TomCat

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    Not me, at least not recently, but I'm sure many have. If I were considering adding another DVR I would jump on it; you don't have much to lose. I doubt you will see a better deal from DTV. That is also the historical pattern.

    You kind of have to be a non-customer to get a smokin' deal, although I have not had issues with DTV when adding DVRs. DTV has what they refer to as "valued customers", but that is sort of a bad inside joke; the only customers they really value are people who aren't customers just yet.

    I think a couple of years ago when I went from 3 to 4 I got this same deal, so it comes and goes; I wouldn't jump on it specifically due to the possibility it might come off the table unless I really knew I wanted to add a DVR right now. This offer may expire, but another one just like it will come along eventually.

    My mother had a receiver replaced with a DVR last week, and she had to part with something on the order of $263 (and also was thrust into an installer nightmare). Personally, I would have told them to "go fish" and waited a month and called back. They are pretty fickle and will give you a deal one day and screw you blind the next. The trick is to not capitulate or cave to the bad deals and to wait for the good deals. Sounds like today might be the day.
     

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