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Only one HMC?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by nelsonrl, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

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    If you got a second one it would be from a third party retailer...the DTV systems dont even allow it....so in that case you would have to hit up the person that sold it to you
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    Wow so no discount and only one HMC per account. D* needs to rethink this.
     
  3. dsw2112

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    As with most of these types of things, I think it a YMMV situation. I just called a week ago to check my contract end date, and was immediately transferred to retention. My only question was regarding my contract status, but I ended the call with an HR34 for $100 :) I've also heard of new customers paying the same for an HR34, so I'm surprised that the local retailer isn't able to do the same.
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Probably because his subscription is comped
     
  5. TheRatPatrol

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    So it sounds like those who sign up with him don't get a discount but if they go through D* they will?
     
  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    That is what it sounded like to me. Dont know why D* wouldnt allow him to make the same offers they are though.
     
  7. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    That's weird, because I've had 3 friends sign up in the last couple months...2 got the 34 and HR24 for $99 total and the other got a 34 with 3 H25 all free. All 3 received the usual new subscribers programming discounts.

    You never see posts about new subs paying $399.
     
  8. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Not DirecTv installs, but I dont know how that works with independent dealers. I didnt go into all those details with him.
     
  9. employee3

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    Ever think of turning off sharing?

     
  10. The Merg

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    Depending on how the DVRs are connected back to the SWM unit or splitter, you could use a BSF to separate out different legs of Whole Home. It's not a perfect solution, but it does get the job done.

    - Merg
     
  11. raott

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    The buck stops with D* if they are knowingly dealing with distributors who are selling or not making customers aware of this dopey policy.

    Nice idea to cut off and anger high dollar customers (anyone with multiple HR34's is likely a very high dollar customer) over a policy like this. A policy the customer would have no idea of. The stupidity is comical at times.
     
  12. racermd

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    I wouldn't consider myself to be a high-dollar customer to D* but I am seriously considering an upgrade from our (then-new) HR20-700 boxes to a pair of HR34 (or whatever the current HMC model is at the time) and either some H25s or RVU boxes. We have 3x "full-time" TVs in our home and an occasional 4th (Slingbox on the LAN). Our current setup allows my wife and I to each have our own dual-tuner DVR and share the 3rd. We are (okay, mostly she is) finding tuner limits for our respective programming. We rarely conflict on the shared DVR but it has happened. All 3 of the HR20s are configured for unsupported Ethernet whole-home. The dish is currently a SWMLine-5.

    Having a pair of HR34 boxes - one for each of us at our primary viewing locations - and an H25 or RVU client at the shared viewing locations would give us plenty of "elbow room" with respect to each others recording. Yes, I know this would mean plenty of infrastructure upgrades (SWM16, LNB swap to a non-SWM unit, etc), as well. I know what kind of equipment and work that would entail and can source and do it all myself.

    I'm curious, though, what the benefits of using an RVU box vs., say, an H25 in such a setup and vice-versa. I know the H25 has its own tuner and won't take one from the HR34 to view live content where the RVU would. The H25 can also manage recordings on both HR34 boxes (as well as the HR2xs) while the RVU is connected directly to one HR34 and cannot record to alternate DVRs. Additionally, however, the RVU can utilize trickplay functions directly while the H25 would need to trigger recording on a DVR before being able to do so. Am I missing anything else? Any unexpected behaviors - good or bad - that anyone has run across?

    If anyone knows for sure, please let me know. I'll need to sell my wife on this (once D* starts allowing multiple HR34s on a single account again, anyway).
     
  13. dpeters11

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    I think you've basically got it. Some people want to be able to use trickplay (especially pause) on a TV that is not on the DVR. There's no difference in monthly fees etc.

    I wonder if the C31 is leased?
     
  14. gio12

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    Well I am sure at some point or if you pushed hard enough, you could get 2 HR34s.

    Look at some big time posters here in there set-ups. They have 2 HR34s. Maybe you have to be a cutting edge tester or DIRECTV tester or a SBS talk fav?
     
  15. Jacob Braun

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    Apparently I can't delete from the app!
     
  16. dpeters11

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    Some got them before that rule was at least enforced, there was a period of flux for a bit. The most rabid fans put down that much money at the beginning.
     
  17. kevinturcotte

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    And they're getting the 2nd one turned off and have to ship it to Directv, apparently without a refund of their lease fee!
     
  18. dpeters11

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    I was under the impression that wasn't happening with those, but ones that were able to get it activated later.
     
  19. TheRatPatrol

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    They're not grandfathered in? Can Sixto or anyone else who has two confirm this?
     
  20. RAD

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    That does seem a but suspect that they would rquire it to be shipped back and not refund any upfront costs spent to get it.
     

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