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Replacing old receivers with new HR34

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by MrLatte, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Feb 2, 2012 #1 of 16

    MrLatte Legend

    Aug 18, 2007
    I think I know the answer to this but I just wanted to get it out because others might be contemplating the same thing. I have an HR20 and 5 HR22s with a SWM16 and DECA. I bought all the HR22s at Costco more than 2 years ago and I'd like to replace 2 of them with an HR34.

    I realize I will probably have to pay $399 for the HR34. If I deactivate 2 of the old HR22s will DirecTV require they be sent back to them? Seems a little strange to send them 2 receivers that I spent $169 each for. I know they are only leased units but is there a way for any kind of credit especially since I've had them over 2 years?

    I guess I would rather let them collect dust in the basement and keep them as spares instead of sending them back to DirecTV for nothing. Thoughts?

    P.S. Then again, I'll probably wait until the HR34 has the HDGUI.
  2. Feb 2, 2012 #2 of 16

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    To answer your questions NO!. Unless you want to pay more to own them they are still considered leased and will want them back at deactivation time. Also unless you are in a test market you will have to order the HR34's from someone else (Solid Signal ETC.). I do not think these are available to the general public from D* yet.
  3. Feb 2, 2012 #3 of 16

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    When you deactivate leased receivers, you need to send them back.
    You might want to wait a bit on the HR34 and see if DirecTV will have an upgrading "deal". There were some "rumors" that they might.
  4. Feb 3, 2012 #4 of 16

    tsailor1 New Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    I recently purchased an HR34 and deactivated two other units. The DTV rep just deactivated them and told me to keep them if there was a possibility in the future I would want to turn them back on.
  5. Feb 3, 2012 #5 of 16

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Depending on what your other units are (SD or HD, specific model numbers, etc.) you might be told this. Also depending on when you originally got them, they might be owned. If they are leased units, the general requirement is to return them, and anyone like tsailor1 should plan on having to return them (or face a stiff non-return fee).
  6. Feb 3, 2012 #6 of 16
    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz Save the Clock Tower!!

    Aug 21, 2006
    Fresno, CA
    If so, I hope the two HR20s I just deactivated will count for something.

    I was told that I would not receive a recovery kit for the HR20-700 I deactivated. However, a recovery kit did show up a few weeks later.
  7. Feb 3, 2012 #7 of 16

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Left hand versus right hand.
  8. Feb 3, 2012 #8 of 16

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    I deactivated two HR20s in November and they wanted them back, and sent a recovery kit which had a notice telling me it would cost $250 each if they didn't get returned.
  9. Feb 3, 2012 #9 of 16

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    I would hold on go those deactivated units for 2-3 billing cycles to make sure they don't want them back.
  10. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    I found out with my H21-100s, that it can take 'em two months to send out Recovery Kits. I'm presently in my second month waiting for a Recovery Kit for the HR21-100 the HMC replaced.
  11. jagrim

    jagrim Hall Of Fame

    Aug 25, 2006
    Same here- it's like they are not too swift at sending recovery boxes. My HR21-100 is sitting collecting dust.
  12. Kerry

    Kerry Mentor

    Jul 17, 2008
    Yep thats the way they do then all of a sudden big charge on cc they dont mention. Might want to keep on them to send out the rec kit,then follow up. happend to me
  13. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I currently have 2 HR24s in my preferred viewing location that are for my sole use. I would like to trade them in for a single HR34 because management of recordings is much easier that way. But the deal would have to be much, much better than $399 to make me do that. Convenience is only worth so much.

    OTOH, if D* would allow for:
    1. Unified todo lists
    2. Unified Series Management
    3. Set a recording to whichever HDDVR I wanted

    I wouldn't need to even consider it. Unfortunately I see nothing in the tea leaves that makes me think they will do even one of those things. :(
  14. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    When I cancelled DirecTV last October the recovery box for my two DVR's arrived in less than a week.
  15. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    They have been national to new customers for almost 2 months now so there are no test markets. I'm not sure why this keeps getting posted.

    The policy is you can only have 1 on your account and if you want more than you'll have to do it through a third party including the installation of it.

    Existing customers will be able to order them on Thursday 2/9.
  16. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    The confusion I think for most is that all new customers can get one, but existing customers can't get one from D* yet(next week).

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