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I Finely Made The Jump...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by badhabit2112, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. badhabit2112

    badhabit2112 AllStar

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    After months of reading these forums and contemplating my upgrade options, I called DTV today and ordered my HR34 to replace my broken and battered HR20. Thanks to DBSTalk I was able to ask for and get a great deal on this box and the Cinema Connection Kit. Install will be Friday morning. :)

    I wanted to thank the moderators and active members of this INCREDIBLE resource of information. I very much appreciate the opportunity to learn and apply this knowledge to get the best equipment at the best possible prices.

    Sincerely,

    A grateful reader. :)

    Jim in Cincinnati
     
  2. ejjames

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    Congratulations! I had a similar situation, an HR34 replacing an HR20-100. A truck roll couldn't be scheduled until Sep. 20. Since I already had swim, wireless CCK installed, I ordered from a third party and will swap it out myself. Directv will credit my account once the new box is activated.
     
  3. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

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    sept 20th??? wow thats a long freakin time
     
  4. ejjames

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    Minot, ND is still recovering from last summer's flood, thousands of homes were damaged and hundreds destroyed. That, along with all the oil wells being drilled, are keeping the techs busy.

    One question. I think I only have the SWM lnb. I currently have one wire to each of 2 dvrs. I'll replace the HR20 with the HR34. (No rvus). Even though I have 5 tuners, I shouldn't need to expand my swm, correct?
     
  5. NR4P

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    If its just 5 tuners total, your LNB is fine.
    But you stated one wire each to 2 DVRs.

    So one HR34 is 5 tuners, another DVR adds two more. If you have 7 total, still good with the SWM-LNB.
     
  6. jdskycaster

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    Finally made the jump?
     
  7. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

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    Congrats on the good deal!
    I like the old HR20s. One of mine is still chugging faithfully along, been a good old box. Wish I could give the second one away to a good home as DirecTV didn't want it back, but sadly don't think that it could be activated.

    Being a former Grand Forks resident I thought that I would have noticed your being in Minot but don't recall seeing that as your location until now. So do I have a faulty memory or has something changed?

    Sure hope that Minot is recovering well from the flood. Luckily I missed out on the bad one in The Forks.
     
  8. ejjames

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    I lived in the Twin Cities for 15 years, but moved back to Minot (my hometown) in June 2011. One week before the flood.
     
  9. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

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    Damn, what timing! Hope that you were far away from the Souris River.
     
  10. ejjames

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    I was high & dry, but my uncle and my in-laws both lived within 200' of the river. They each had 7' of water on the main floor. My uncle is a carpenter. He stripped everything down to the studs and rebuilt.

    A picture of my flooded church.


    (please excuse the off-topic reply)
     

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  11. TomCat

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    No, he made a fine jump. Probably learned a lot from watching the Olympics.

    BTW, I was told by DTV that this sort of swapout would be considered an upgrade and meant it would start a brand-new clock on a 2-year contract, even though mine originally ran out in 2009, and have been a loyal customer since 2004. Since I had just lived through a HR20 and its HR21 replacement both dying inside of 3 weeks, that was the last thing I wanted to do. I have fingers crossed on the second HR21 replacement which has made it a whole two weeks now.
     

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