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Had to call for a dead DVR tonight

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JeffBowser, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Dec 5, 2012 #1 of 27

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    So I manage to go three years, almost to the exact date, without having to talk to these people. Tonight, right as the 8:00PM recording was to start, POP, black screen, dark DVR, bitter acrid smell in the room. The DVR is dead. Their automated system, carefully calibrated to pre-piss people off insists on responding to "dead DVR" with first a RBR, then a resend of my authorization. I'm steaming mad at this point. A couple dozen presses of 0 gets me a real person, a cheerful gal who understands what happened, and has a DVR shipping out to me with minimal fuss. Thank goodness for that. Meanwhile, company arriving in the AM, and no main TV for 2 days. That's not so good. Worse, just 4 days ago I killed the protection plan:lol: $20 for the lack of 4 days. Oh well.
  2. Dec 5, 2012 #2 of 27

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    It's funny - looking at my records, it was Dec 2009 in this same location where my venerable HR20-700 died, and was replaced with this HR23-700 that just went poof.
  3. Dec 5, 2012 #3 of 27

    TMarshall Cool Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Your mentioning that made me think that I have had an HR20 since December of 2006 that is still chugging along. I did have one year that it sat in a closet while doing the cable TV thing, but otherwise it has been in constant use and survived two moves. Amazed the hard drive hasn't crapped out yet. Of course now I just jinxed it and will get to call tech support soon.
  4. Dec 5, 2012 #4 of 27

    Podkayne Legend

    Nov 1, 2007
    My HR20, circa July 2007, has been semi-retired in the upstairs Rec Room. With my kids grown up and moved out, nobody watches that TV anymore, but there's 2TB of programs on the external drive that I can watch from my HR 34 downstairs. I'll swap the HR20 for an H25 or a C31 if/when it croaks, or when we're finished with its shows, whichever comes first. The HR20 was a superb DVR, meeting all of my needs easily, until they downloaded that redoubtable high def graphical user interface to it and slogged it to its knees.
  5. Dec 6, 2012 #5 of 27

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    I was thinking - this is a 2 day window to truly test out the OTA and NetFlix only combo I've been threatening to move to. Worked OK last night, after I remembered my NetFlix login :lol:
  6. Dec 6, 2012 #6 of 27

    TMan Legend

    Oct 30, 2007
    DirecTV Representative: Thank you for calling DirecTV today. How may we help you?

    JeffBowser: Well, earlier tonight, my DVR failed. There was a loud audible "POP" sound followed by a blank black screen, a puff of smoke, and an acrid odor in the room. Sure looks like a complete and total hardware failure.

    DirecTV Representative: Thank you for providing that information. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. Would you be interested in the NFL Sunday Ticket for a discounted price?

    JeffBowser: Uh, no. I want to get this failed DVR replaced.

    DirecTV Representative: Okay, thank you for providing that information. Alright, first, can you press the "menu" button on your remote?

    JeffBowser: The screen is black! The DVR has failed. It is not going to display anything or respond to menu commands.

    DirecTV Representative: If the screen is black, you might be having a problem with your television. I suggest you contact its manufacturer for technical assistance and troubleshooting. Thank you for calling Direc--

    JeffBowser: No, no! I told you! The DVR failed internally! I can literally smell a failed component inside! The TV works fine with other sources.

    DirecTV Representative: Do you have another HDMI cable you can try?

    JeffBowser: Why yes, yes I do! I tried three cables before calling you.

    DirecTV Representative: Hmm. It sounds like there may be a problem with your DVR. I would like for you to look for the red reset button behind a little door on the front of the unit. Go ahead and press tha--

    JeffBowser: Ma'am, that's not going to work. It blew up inside! Smoke! Odor!

    DirecTV Representative: Let me send a reauthorization signal to the unit. Sometimes that clears up these problems.

    JeffBowser: The unit is not powered as I didn't care to burn down my house. But go ahead and send that signal if you must.

    DirecTV Representative: Okay, I've sent the signal. Can you press the DASH key on your remote and tell me what it says on screen about your dish and switch configuration?

    JeffBowser: There is no video! The box is off! It is dead! Will you please make arrangements to send me a replacement? I have guests this week and I would really like to have service again in my living room.

    DirecTV Representative: I can get you a replacement. I can't guarantee what model you'll get. It might be new or it might be three years old. When you receive it, be sure to send the failed one back to us in the same box.

    JeffBowser: Thanks.

    DirecTV Representative: You're welcome. Thank you for calling DirecTV today. Is there anything else I can help you with?
  7. Dec 6, 2012 #7 of 27

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    Ha! I see you've been there done that. :lol::lol:
  8. Dec 6, 2012 #8 of 27

    bjdotson Legend

    Feb 20, 2007
    There's an old saying; it's not true unless it makes you laugh, but you don't really understand it until it makes you cry.
  9. Dec 6, 2012 #9 of 27

    PokerJoker Godfather

    Apr 12, 2008
    Las Vegas
    The geniuses at DirecTV that developed those scripts must have been watching Monty Python's Parrot sketch when they did so. :lol:
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    You should probably scribble up an end-of-life plan for the replacement in late 2015/early2016.
  11. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    Personally, I plan to buy my own DVR upgrade online eventually, but not until they design one that performs like a modern piece of hardware should.
  12. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    So much for "you'll have your receiver in 2 days". They didn't even ship it for 2 days. 5 days without my main TV is a bit much. I did, however, rediscover how much quicker the non-DVRs are when I stole my sons receiver to put in the main room.
  13. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    I called the other day as the "0" and "-" keys stopped working on my remote for the main TV...

    Directv Rep: Thank you for calling Directv, how may i help you?

    Me: I was just calling because the "0" and the "-" keys stopped working on my remote and i would like to have a replacement sent to me.

    Directv Rep: Ok sir, but first lets try a few things.... Is there batteries in your remote?

    Me: um yeah

    Directv Rep: ok good! now lets try to reprogram the remote, that may clear up all your issues.. hit menu and press code "0001".

    Me: umm that will not work as my "0" key is dead.

    Directv Rep: okay, what i can do for you is offer you a replacement remote.

    Me:"smacks head on wall" yes that is what i was calling for.
  14. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

    May 22, 2012
    I would rather spend $20 at Walmart or BestBuy than call those people... even if it leads to a free remote. I get they have to troubleshoot but some things are far too obvious.

    Word of advice if Directv is reading, don't hire ignorant people to work in a technical environment. Just seems... wrong!

    Note: "those people" was reference to tech agents who have no idea what you're referring to when you call in about a technical issue, please don't blast me :)
  15. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    At least you managed to get the CSR off his/her script rather quickly. I had a similar experience with a bad remote a couple years ago. It took less than two minutes for the call, including wait time. I was happy...:)

    My call about the Sonic Tap music channels was even shorter.

    Me: I cannot receive certain Sonic Tap channels on my DVR?
    Rep: What's Sonic Tap?
    Me: Never mind. Goodbye.
  16. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Icon

    Dec 28, 2005
    I just spent literally 30 minutes with the Technical Department regarding a remote that is old and a few of the keys require multiple presses before they eventually work. It's insane that DirecTV is paying a tech to spend 30 minutes on the phone with me, going through an endless checklist, before agreeing that "yes, the remote has a problem" and ordering a new one for me.

    It's also a serious PITA for the customer since, as I told him, I have the same problem using that remote on both of my tvs, so it's clearly a remote issue and has nothing to do with the receiver, as he's doing a remote RBR and we both get to wait 10 minutes for that to complete.

    This is 30 minutes of both our time (and his is expensive to DirecTV) for a $15 remote.
  17. celticpride

    celticpride Icon

    Sep 6, 2006
    I think every employee for directv should be given a free dvr when they get hired so they would at least use the product and know what people are talking about when they call in with a problem!
  18. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    TMan, you nailed it!!

    That is So Funny but True!!!
  19. kevinwmsn

    kevinwmsn Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    I think the major issue with D* is that they probably make their CSRs follow a script and not to think. I've been trying to get a defective DVR that has a bad tuner replaced for the past 3 years with the protection and they won't do it. They think because it works after a reboot it's fixed. I am stuck with the box till it burst up in flames.
  20. 242424

    242424 AllStar

    Mar 22, 2012
    Won't boot and smells like something is burned. Problem solved

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