Why buy a DirecTV receiver?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by c_l_phillips72, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. c_l_phillips72

    c_l_phillips72 Member

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    All of my D* equipment that I've had for the past 10 years have been leased directly through D*. Prior to that is when I BOUGHT my D* receivers from either Best Buy or Circuit City. Honestly I don't remember which one, but someone previously said BB hasn't ever sold D* equipment, so it must have been CC where I bought it.

    Regardless, I was just trying to understand what the benefits are of owning your own D* box because in my experience they wouldn't let me reactivate any of my purchased boxes when I returned to D* a couple of years after I cancelled my service.

    Now I know some of those benefits. Thanks for sharing.


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  2. trh

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    There is an RID 'office' you can call to find out the status of your boxes. If you're interested, just ask and I'm sure someone will provide the number (I don't have it).
     
  3. studechip

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    It could have been an owned box. When they first sold them there was no lease program.
     
  4. studechip

    studechip Godfather

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    You should have gone back and read my update. You can use an owned box on your account that you got from someone else, but not a leased one.
     
  5. studechip

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    Not true, I got my HR20-700 from BB. It was a lease.
     
  6. c_l_phillips72

    c_l_phillips72 Member

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    The person who said that was saying BB only leased and didn't sell D* equipment.



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  7. studechip

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    They did sell it, as a lease. They used to sell them as owned before that.
     
  8. Rich

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    Well, I'll find out soon. I've got at least four HRs that we don't use and there's the HR44 that I don't use to consider too. They all have large internal drives. I would hope to get $1000 or more for the five of them.

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  9. Rich

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    Now I understand. When I first got D* in 2002 I found D* DVRs in our local CC. I had no idea what a DVR was and I was delighted when I figured out how to use them. Just what I was looking for. Don't remember what they were, Replay DVRs? I dunno. They were owned. I think the TiVos were initially owned too, I know I put large HDD setups in mine. Once 2006 came, all the DVRs D* sold were leased.

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  10. Rich

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    I haven't called that number in ages. I do remember reading that the number was no longer active.

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  11. Challenger R/T

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    I have several owned and several "Leased" receivers... The owned ones get turned on during Football season, When I throw up another dish. (My SWiM 16 is near full). But yes the nice thing is you do not need to return them when the NFLST is up. But I do not think that I would have to return a leased "Spare" receiver either as long as I still had their service. (At least that is my experience with DirecTv). I have been with them since 2000....
     
  12. APB101

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    This has been a topic on my mind because I have two HD DVRs that are the low-20s series and should get replaced. (I have had one since 2009. I think the other one was from 2008. I'm not sure. I held them because of keeping particular recordings. And they have since become a problem.)

    I do not have the protection plan. I would have to buy outright. I'm not under contract.
     
  13. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member

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    You do not need the protection plan to get receivers replaced. All the protection plan gets you is no $19.95 shipping and if the failed receiver is owned the replacement will be flagged as owned, Without the PP they will still replace an owned receiver but the replacement will be leased
     
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  14. carl6

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    While I suppose it is possible you actually purchased a box, it is very unlikely (regardless of the price you paid). You can call DirecTV with the RID number and check on the status (owned or leased). $500+ sounds a bit steep, but $200 to $300 very typical for a leased unit.
     
  15. c_l_phillips72

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    I am 100% confident that I purchased the boxes and did not do a lease. It wasn't until I returned from my overseas job that I even knew that D* was leasing their equipment. It was also at that time when I found out that they wouldn't reactivate my old boxes on a new D* account. Besides, I never was charged for not returning any equipment which would have happened if I did lease it. Furthermore I bought (not leased) another set of boxes for my parents within a week or so of when I bought mine and got them signed up with DirecTv.

    So to be clear, there's absolutely zero percent chance that they were leased.


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  16. codespy

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    As an FYI- AT&T changed everything...and it sucks. I experienced this when I got a truly got an owned HR54 last January (from ex-DirecTV employee). I activated it as owned at the time confirmed by that specific CSR, but found out a week later that is was activated as a LEASED reciever. I called several times following that transaction, and this is what I learned over the next several weeks.

    The old Access Card Department and Retention Department cannot change a receiver to OWNED status as in the past. I ended up going on CHAT support, under 'equipment' tab. I indicated it was an OWNED receiver and they will set up a phone call with the 'AQ' Department. This is the Assistance Queue department with a special phone number to call and is made up of Supervisors, but as I found out, they CANNOT change the status of Owned receivers. They take all of your information and then have to email another department to do so, and only Email. They were not able to call or transfer my call directly to their department. This process they said takes at least a week to get a response. This actually took a week to occur. I did get a confirmation email once this was taken care of. My HR54 then actually showed owned after the process.

    Thanks again Deathstar!
     
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  17. Rich

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    He bought the boxes before the HRs came out. I think all the boxes were "owned" at the time. I bought my first DVRs from CC and I put bigger HDDs in all of them, don't think there was any restrictions at the time.

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  18. Rich

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    Ahh, that's just wonderful. Can't help but wonder what I'll have to go thru when I finally drop D* and try to sell all my owned HRs (I have no idea how many I have at least 10).

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  19. paulman182

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    Not a surprise that everything is more complicated under AT&T. It's often a nightmare trying to make changes involving their phone/cell service.
     
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  20. joshjr

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    I had a HR24 come back recently because the access card he ordered was stopped from shipping 4 times. Sounded like he had a bunch of owned equipment though and I know they cap how many cards you can order in a year because I had it happen to me. Also when I had one listed on eBay, some would get told it was owned and others would get told it was leased. Everytime I would call and clarify and it was fine. Either way, its a pain in the ass now that the access card team is gone. What a mistake. I guess they dont like us owning them anyways. I still have reps tell me from time to time that Genie's cant be owned. Then they look on my account and say oh, looks like you own yours lol.
     

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