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Watch recordings before sending DVR back?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by grecorj, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Feb 3, 2013 #1 of 39
    grecorj

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    We're upgrading 1 DVR to a Genie this week (yeh!).

    Before I send the old DVR back to Directv can I still use it to watch what was already recorded? In other words, have old DVR hooked to TV but not to satellite and watch recordings?
     
  2. Feb 3, 2013 #2 of 39
    hilmar2k

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    You have some time, but do not power it off. If you power it off, when you power it back on it won't work without a sat signal.
     
  3. Feb 3, 2013 #3 of 39
    The Merg

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    Also, if you are deactivating that DVR, disconnect it from the satellite before you deactivate it. You want to avoid having the deactivate signal being sent to the DVR. You also have the option of just keeping the receiver active on your account until you finish watching your recordings.

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  4. Feb 3, 2013 #4 of 39
    netraa

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    Keep in mind if your having a technician install the genie, he's not supposed to leave without the other DVR.
     
  5. Feb 3, 2013 #5 of 39
    carl6

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    If it is really important to be able to watch those recordings, keep that DVR active on your account until you are done watching them.

    If you disconnect it from the dish before deactivating it, and are allowed to keep it by the installer, you may be able to watch recordings for a while. But eventually that ability will go away, and "eventually" could be anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks based on reports from many different users in these forums.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2013 #6 of 39
    grecorj

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    Genie is being shipped to me.

    My problem is that if I keep the DVR that I'm swapping out active and attached to sat signal I will be over 8 tuner limit. (I have another DVR I am keeping and a regular receiver). Which box would lose 1 tuner in that battle?
     
  7. Feb 3, 2013 #7 of 39
    chevyguy559

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    You can go into the satellite settings on the DVR you want to watch the recordings off of and change it to a single tuner DVR and you'll be fine :D
     
  8. Feb 3, 2013 #8 of 39
    Rich

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    Not sure about what happens when you deactivate an HR, but I take an HR with me when I go on vacation (also bring a 1080p TV with me) and the HR has no power to it while I'm on the road. Always works as far as playing content when I get to the vacation spot. Naturally, I get the 771s, but I just hit the Playlist button and all the content is there to watch.

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  9. Feb 3, 2013 #9 of 39
    Rich

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    Unless your old HR is a 20 series.

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  10. Rich

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    Carl, I really don't know how long you can play the content, but I get a week out of them at the beach. Every time.

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  11. grecorj

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    So repeat satellite setup?
     
  12. grecorj

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    Thanks Rich; this is the way it always worked with TiVo units but wasn't sure about the HR24 units.
     
  13. Rich

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    Just remember, I haven't tried them for more than a week. A week I'm sure of, anything past that, I dunno.

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  14. carl6

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    The suggestion of reconfiguring it for 1 tuner and keeping it active while you watch the recordings on it is probably the best approach. When you are done with it, call and deactivate it. Then they will send you out a recover box to return it.
     
  15. rcork

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    I'm having a Genie installed tomorrow and i was told by the CSR that if i keep the old DVR's active on the account, i can keep them and watch the recorded shows and the installer wouldn't take them with him.
     
  16. The Merg

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    Exactly. And if with the Genie you will be over 8 tuners, you will be upgraded to a SWM16.

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    I'm having a Genie installed tomorrow and i was told by the CSR that if i keep the old DVR's active on the account, i can keep them and watch the recorded shows and the installer wouldn't take them with him.

    Exactly. And if with the Genie you will be over 8 tuners, you will be upgraded to a SWM16.

    Just make sure the installer knows before hand. If the swm16 isn't on the work order, he may not have an extra one on the truck.
     
  18. rcork

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    Installer showed up this morning and his work order had to swap and replace the existing DVRs so he had to call DTV and have the work order updated to say Install New. I had already moved all the old DVRs to a central location and connected to my network via Ethernet but not coax so I was still under the 8 tuner limit (no need to install a swm16). He hooked up the new HR34 and two C31s and everything is working as expected. I can still stream the recordings for the old DVRs to any of the new clients.
     
  19. west99999

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    If a tech swaps a box they are supposed to get the old box in all cases it doesnt matter if it is an HR20 or an old Sony Sat-B1.
     
  20. rcork

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    Well he didn't. He just had to call DTV to have the work order updated to reflect the fact I was keeping the old boxes and that I understood I would be charged $6 for each of the DVRs until I deactivated them.
     

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