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HR21-700 dying, thinking of HR34+WH

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by J_BIRD_MEDIC, Sep 14, 2012.


    J_BIRD_MEDIC New Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Hard drive on HR21 going and getting worse by the day, have tried all options other than reformat. Off contract and its past due for upgrade.

    Interested in HR34 + MRV, but after I talked to retention, I was told I need:
    HR34 at retail $399.
    MRV install at retail $199.
    3 HD receivers to replace current SD at retail total $297.
    They want me to pay for $600 for HR34 and MRV and they will throw in the 3HD receivers at $297.

    At present I have no HDTV, would like HD capability of HR34 for living room only but not needed now, and if I do nothing in HD dont understand why I would need to replace my 3 current SD receivers that are working fine (1 is DVR).

    I had hoped I could work deal with new contract to get HR34 and MRV installed at no costs but got blindsided by the apparent need to replace all the receivers.
    The 1TB, 5 tuners and whole home are much more important than HD.
    If it wasnt this time of year when the HR21 is dying I wouldnt mind investing some cash into hardware but between birthdays and christmas around the corner I cant afford to dish out several hundred in cash at the moment, and the wife is driving me crazy to get HR21 replaced ASAP.

    Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, criticisms!?!

    (noob to the board, have used for reference many times but never registered or posted before)
  2. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    WHDVR only works among HD equipment. so while you can get the HR34 along with the SWM, DirecTV will only replace non-SWM receivers to SWM compatible models. like a D11 would be replaced with a D12 and a R15 would be replaced with an R16. and SD receivers are not compatible with WHDVR. my advice to you is to forget about WHDVR, for now. as upgrading to SWM requires SWM. so make a deal for the HR34 and the HD receivers, and once everything is installed add the WHDVR programming, this way you save a cool $199
  3. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    If it were me, I would upgrade my TVs to HD before I got into the HD receivers.
    Your eyes will thank you for the HD TV and then especially the HD receivers to make them do all they are capable of.

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