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Newbie Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by OMal, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. OMal

    OMal New Member

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    I currently have Direct TV with an HR-21 HDDVR. My hard drive is approximately 80% full right now. I am going to be switching over to FIOS, but don't want to lose what I have recorded. I know I can copy the programs do disk, but my device died earlier today. My question is....is there any way in which I can watch what is already recorded after my service is canceled?

    I apologize if this has been asked before, I've looked and can't seem to find it. Also, I'm pretty much a tech idiot, so simple answers will be most appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  2. bnwrx

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    You should be able to view your recorded programs on the Directv DVR. You will probably get an annoying "Searching for Satellite" or "Dish not found" pop-up while viewing, which you can remove by hitting "Exit". I watched several recorded programs on a "Disconnected" HR21 during a house remodel last year.
     
  3. Yoda-DBSguy

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    Once deactivated you can not use the receiver to watch previously recorded programs. You can remove the incomming satellite line prior to cancelling service; however this will only buy upto a few days before it will be tuned off by non authorization default.

    You also mentioned your "device died"? what exactly stopped working?
     
  4. bnwrx

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    This may be true. I can't remember how long mine was not connected to the dish.....
     
  5. carl6

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    Also, your HR21 is almost certainly leased, which means you will have to return it to DirecTV following deactivation. So even if your recordings are viewable for a few days, possibly a week or so, when the recovery box shows up you need to ship it back.

    Best is to plan to keep the unit active until you have either watched the recordings you are interested in, or are able to record them elsewhere.
     
  6. OMal

    OMal New Member

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    Thank you all for your responses.


    Sorry I was unclear. I meant that my DVR, which I was using to transfer some programs to disk, pooped out this morning. I think the cosmos are trying to tell me something about watching too much TV.:lol:
     
  7. CCarncross

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    Since the dvr is now dead, you're out of luck. Currently the only way to view those recordings is on the device that recorded them, or via MRV but the playback is still originating on the original device that recorded it.
     

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