R-22 Discontinued?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by cdc101, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. cdc101

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    Looked at Solid Signal and they say it's discontinued. Anyone know if they are still available anywhere else?

    Was hoping to pick up a $99 new HD DVR...should have jumped on it sooner I guess. :(

    http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...R22%29&c=DIRECTV%20Receivers&sku=185463000375
     
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset DBSTalk Club

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    Last time I was at Best Buy in my area, they had eight of them on the display shelf.
     
  3. cdc101

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    Looks like I'll be heading to Best Buy at lunch today!
     
  4. ThomasM

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    WOW! Their salespeople sure don't push DirecTV.

    Right after the R22 had HD "unlocked" I visited my Best Buy and discovered that they had only new R16's (and HR22's) in stock.
     
  5. CCarncross

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    Just a friendly reminder: If it fails it could be replaced with a SD DVR since it is considered an SD DVR even though it has HD capabilities on an HD acct. I dont even think the protection plan can save you in a replacement situation for one of those.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

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    R22s are sort of in a middle region. I'm not sure if they're making any more of them, but they are still providing them to markets with MPEG4 locals for SD packages, the last time I heard.
     
  7. cdc101

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    Thanks for the reminder. I'm willing to gamble to 100 bux though...if one can be found that is.
     
  8. ThomasM

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    The last time I checked, I could get an HD upgrade with an HD DVR for $99 but I'm sure it depends on your account status/payment history. You might want to check with DirecTV to see if you are eligible. Then you don't have to worry about an R22 breaking down and not being able to get another one.

    Either choice resets/adds a 2 year commitment, of course.

    In my case, I decided to wait and see if the new DirecTiVo is worth a commitment extension/HD upgrade fee or not.
     
  9. cdc101

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    Really nothing to upgrade. I'm looking for a 3rd HD DVR to accompany my living room HR20-700.
     
  10. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    With HD already on your account, an R22 would function as an HD unit, but as others have noted it is officially considered an SD product so would be replaced with another SD DVR if that should become necessary in the future.

    I don't think any more R22's are being provided to the retail market. What is out there is what is available (if anything).
     
  11. cdc101

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    Yeah...I was looking to save the $50 or so with a R22...worse comes to worst (not finding a R22 that's floating around), I'll just pick up another HR2x.
     
  12. dishrich

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    Stuart, they have not been doing this for several months now:
    (see links to D*'s own tech site)

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2231458#post2231458

    For that matter, they are not even providing them as replacements in most cases; you'll get an HR2x instead...

    For all practical purposes, the R22's don't exist anymore, thank goodness!
    They were a giant PAIN in the a$$ for SD only folks in MPEG4 markets, due to NOT being able to change crop/zoom settings on locals, so that they looked like a postage stamp on SD sets. The HR2x receivers work MUCH better in that respect!

    And for you guys that are in MPEG4 local markets - if you really want an R22 for HD, but do NOT want to spend the extra $$$ on an HR2x box, just call up D* & ask them what they would charge you for a new SD DVR. (assuming you can't get a comp deal) they'll tell you the standard price is $99 - go ahead & have them do it, but you'll STILL wind up with an HR2x - GUARANTEE YOU!
     
  13. cdc101

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    So you're saying that if I called D* and asked them for a $99.00 SD DVR, they would send me a HR2x and not another R16 (which I also currently have on a non HD TV) for $99.00?

    Is this a 'call D*' only thing or would that work ordering it from D*.com as well?
     
  14. The Merg

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    In order for that to happen you need to be in an MPEG-4 market. In those markets, the standard MPEG-2 receivers (R15/R16, D1x) will not work for people whose local channels are now MPEG-4. They are automatically upgraded to MPEG-4 receivers, which in essence are the H2x and HR2x receivers (and the R22). These subscribers are allowed to continue with SD service even though they now have HD receivers, if they so desire.

    So, if you are in one of these areas and ask for a SD-DVR upgrade, you will get an HR2x since the SD-DVRs will not work for you.

    As for upgrading, adding on an additional receiver is the same as upgrading. DirecTV does not distinguish between the two as they see it as adding a new receiver and then deactivating an old one. If you do not have an old to deactivate it makes no difference to them.

    - Merg
     
  15. cdc101

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    Thanks for the clarification, Merg...I am in the Houston, Texas area and I am assuming (yeah...I know, lol) that since I can pick up local stations currently on my R16-300, then I am NOT in an MPEG4 market?
     
  16. The Merg

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    The markets in TX that I see listed are:
    - Waco–Temple–Bryan, TX
    - Beaumont, TX
    - Odessa, TX

    So if you are not in one of those, then your market is not switching to MPEG-4.

    - Merg
     
  17. Athlon646464

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    Merg - do you have a link to that info? (MPEG-4 Markets)
     
  18. The Merg

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  19. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Thanks, so being in the Boston market, if I were to try and upgrade my D12 to a SD DVR, then I would not be automatically upgraded to an HR2x..... :nono:
     
  20. RobertE

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    No.
     

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