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What to do with recordings on soon-to-be-deactivated HD DVRs

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Lord Vader, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Rich

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    I'll make this simpler: Yes.

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  2. Rich

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    I've tried turning on a couple HRs that I deactivated over 6 months ago and I can still play the content. But they were owned or ignored by D* at the time. Obviously, if a leased receiver is deactivated it must be returned unless it's a 20, but D* had ignored some of the leased HRs I have tried to return and they still played.

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  3. Rich

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    How can I make it simpler? If you own it or if they don't want it back...ahh, I'm not gonna keep repeating myself.

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  4. Lord Vader

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    Please do so, because it's fun to watch. :D
     
  5. Rich

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    I don't see why it needs to see a sat sig, but 6 months should be long enough for anyone to clean off an HDD. They will work for at least six months. I've got a 20-700 with a 2TB drive in it that I deactivated last December and I'll try it later.

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  6. Rich

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    Thank you!

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  7. Rich

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    Thank you, too!

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  8. Beerstalker

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    Correct on all accounts.

    The important part is to make sure that the coax and ethernet cables are unhooked from the HR20 BEFORE you call to deactivate it, and make sure they stay unhooked after it is deactivated.

    If either of those connections are still active when you deactivate the box, or get hooked up after you deactivate the box it will get a signal from DirecTV telling it to shut down completely and you will not be able to watch your recordings after that. Once it is deactivated the only cables you ever want to hook up to it are the power cable and the HDMI/Component/S-video/Composite cables.
     
  9. Rich

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    Yes.

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    I think you've got it! Have fun.
     
  11. Lord Vader

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    This is important to understand, because it means such deactivated receivers will no longer work with MRV because their ethernet cables will have been disconnected.
     
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    Thanks to all three of you for confirming.
     
  13. Rich

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    I sincerely hope no one else on this forum thinks a deactivated HR will work on MRV, but it's nice of you to point that out.

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  14. Lord Vader

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    I didn't assume it did, but as you said, I just pointed out. It's easy to overlook this, I'd bet.
     
  15. Laxguy

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    I wonder who's tried that? You'd have to disconnect the satellite feed from all the receivers- a bit impractical but doable- to not be connected and hence really deactivated, but with DECA connected receivers, who knows?
    This is more an academic question/exercise..... I'm not sure I'm curious enough to try it, but someone has or will, I bet.
     
  16. The Merg

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    The easy way to test that would be to disconnect the cable from the dish at the first splitter (or cables from the dish at the SWM16) and then disconnect the CCK (or the Ethernet cable from the Genie). It should work for a bit until the authorization request from the receiver fails. Once that happens, I assume that the Whole Home capability will fail as the receiver will revert to deauthorized for Whole Home. It appears that would be a separate authorization from the receiver authorization. I guess the question is how quickly the Whole Home authorization would fail.

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    Wouldn't the authorization be part of the deactivation process? I don't even want to try and see if it would work, but I'd expect to be told that it wasn't authorized for MRV. If you could even get that far.

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  18. Laxguy

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    As I mentioned, it's largely academic, though I am sure someone's done it.
     
  19. Rich

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    Sounds like a job for P Smith, doesn't it? Pete, where are ya when we need you?

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  20. The Merg

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    Wouldn't the authorization be part of the deactivation process? I don't even want to try and see if it would work, but I'd expect to be told that it wasn't authorized for MRV. If you could even get that far.

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    The deactivation process wouldn't matter as the receivers are completely disconnected when you perform that process. Since we know that a deactivated receiver that hasn't received the deactivation signal can still work for a year, the question is how often does the Whole Home Authorization signal need to be received by the receiver for it to stay authorized. If it keeps working until is receives a kill signal, then Whole Home might work for as long as the receiver still thinks the receiver is authorized.

    Think about if the satellite signal goes out due to weather. The receivers are not going to be getting an authorization signal during that time, but they still work.


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