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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by tylorert, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Like it not, Directv has absolute control over whether a given box can ever be used again. Doesn't matter if you could wave a magic wand and make an HR24 act as though it was brand new out of the box. If they won't activate it, it is a doorstep. Now and forever.

    Directv has always worked on a five year depreciation schedule for their receivers, once it is over five years old they consider it "non-recoverable" which means not only that they won't refurbish it but even if YOU refurbish it they will never allow to be activated on an account by someone else.

    If you want to refurbish old stuff you need to focus on something where there's a market for that old stuff. There isn't one for Directv DVRs. What you're trying to do will work about as well as selling PB&J sandwiches to people with peanut allergies.
     
  2. Rich

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    That five year period doesn't make sense to me. I had to send back HRs that had to be older than that recently. I agree with the rest of this post.

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  3. slice1900

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    Directv has never been consistent about asking for receivers back. We've all heard the stories from people told they don't want a receiver back and then they get billed for not returning it, or they want a receiver back but don't send a kit and people sit on it for a few months but nothing is ever said. It seems like this should be one of the simplest things but Directv never got it right, even long before AT&T came along.

    I always thought they should ask for them all back, and route the ones that are too old or too broken to refurbish to recycling. Who knows if they ever got that smart (probably not) but just because they asked you to send them back doesn't mean they are actually refurbishing them and sending them out again.
     
  4. MysteryMan

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    I know it will never happen but why the Hell can't we just return a DIRECTV box at a AT&T outlet? That way you'd be given credit and a receipt for returning the box.
     
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    How do you think they decide on which HRs to refurbish? I think they turn them on and if they boot up they reformat them. I think that is the refurbishing process in a nutshell. There's not much wrong with most of the HRs aside from the old HDDs in them. Makes no sense to throw them away but D* is never gonna do the right thing and put new HDDs in the refurbs. In retrospect, D* did a lot better job than ATT will ever do.

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  6. Rich

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    Too rational. They seem to be constantly surprised by what their computer system can't do. Seems like they went into the merger with no plans at all.

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  7. slice1900

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    I doubt it, I'm pretty sure age is involved - the depreciable life is five years so they don't get tax deductions on older ones, so investing money in refurbishing them makes less sense. Maybe in specific cases like a shortage of a particular type like needing more H2x for some reason they might refurbish ones that are a bit older. On the other hand if they already have warehouses full of refurbished ones they might recycle ones that could be refurbished.
     
  8. trh

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    The same way they decide who gets a discount or free ST -- they throw at a dart board.
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  9. tylorert

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    I dont even think the merger was planned. Im sure some guy told the bosses "hey, we are going to buy directv" and the boss said "sound good to me, just get out of my office, fred."
     
  10. tylorert

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    See, that is what bothers me, the fact that they cant be used. If anything it would be cool to modify the firmware and turn it into a FTA DVR (if the tuners can handle it) or make the thing run linux. Im sure it has the guts for it. (No, Im not talking about steeling service)
     
  11. J Blow

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    This entire site is filled with weird threads, thoughts, plans, and ideas. This is the weirdest one, yet.
     
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  12. tylorert

    tylorert Active Member

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    Well, gotta have some ideas
     
  13. Phil T

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    I bet I was one of the first to recycle a HS 17 to Best Buy after AT&T didn’t want it back when I canceled. I held on to it for a year to make sure. They just wanted the sim/card sent back.
     
  14. tylorert

    tylorert Active Member

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    I'm waiting to find one of them at the recycle center :)

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    Reminds me of a line from Groucho Marx. "I'll tell you what. I'll ask my lawyer, and if he tells me to do it, I'll get a new lawyer."

    SMK
     
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  16. J Blow

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    Do what makes you happy. I was just having a hard time following...any of it. Good luck!
     
  17. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Well that's a perfect example of Directv's long time incompetence at managing what stuff they want back and what they don't want back. You can blame a lot of things on AT&T, but they never had their act together on this before AT&T came along.
     
  18. TheRatPatrol

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    Or Goodwill
     
  19. tylorert

    tylorert Active Member

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    Our Goodwill doesn't put out the good stuff :(

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  20. tylorert

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    Hehe. My ideas are all over the place. I like to think differently and make things work that really shouldn't work. Basically doing the impossible
     

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