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Question For When Swapping To A New Hr-20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by JFHughes08088, May 13, 2007.

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  1. JFHughes08088

    JFHughes08088 Godfather

    Mar 24, 2007
    I received a replacement HR-20. If I swap the receivers and activate the card, will I still be able to view the programming saved on the first HR-20 hard drive. If yes, I will swap out the receivers and then record all my existing recording to a PVR. If not, I will do the recording first, then swap. Anyone know if I can watch recorded contect on a receiver that has a de-activated card?
  2. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    I don't think that you can transfer from one unit to another, and I'm pretty sure that you might have problems if the access card isn't in there.

    I'd either watch what you have, copy it to DVD, or whatever before you swap out the units.

    Just my uninformed opinion... or at least that's what I would do to be safe.
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    To be safe, keep the unit activated with one line connected to the dish until you are done watching anything on it that you want.

  4. JFHughes08088

    JFHughes08088 Godfather

    Mar 24, 2007
    I'm not looking to transfer from unit 1 to unit 2. I want to know if I swap the units, can unit 1 still output recorded convent to a PVR for recording before I sent it back
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    When you say "can unit 1 still output recorded content to a PVR for recording", do you mean copying its programs to a DVD Recorder or VCR?

    You can continue to use Unit 1 for viewing or copying its recordings as long as it's connected to a satellite cable and you keep it activated on your DirecTV account.
  6. gregory

    gregory Legend

    Jan 25, 2007
    You can't play any recorded programs unless the unit and access card is fully activated. When I got my replacement HR20 I activated my card for the new receiver to test it out. I still had programs to watch on my old unit and I thought I would be able to hook up the old one and put in my activated card to watch some recordings before sending it back but no dice. It said that I inserted the wrong card since the serial didn't match up.
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