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Ya... At least in my local market DTV has added those models to the scrap list, no longer recoverable or shipped out to others as refurbished products... Thank goodness!
 

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The Hx-20 boxes are about 6 years old at this point. Most of them are probably past their mean time between failure rating.
 

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Titan25 said:
The Hx-20 boxes are about 6 years old at this point. Most of them are probably past their mean time between failure rating.
I know I got mine 5 1/2 years ago. What a horse it has been. It'll be a sad day when it finally goes.
 

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Davenlr said:
My parents just had a HR21 go south, and D* said they dont want it back either.
I would recommend holding on to that HR21
 

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Xsabresx said:
I know I got mine 5 1/2 years ago. What a horse it has been. It'll be a sad day when it finally goes.
This.

I didn't even get HD until July 2007, and that's when I get my HR20-100. Added a 2TB external and both have been chugging for more than 5 years. I get a persistent "signal on tuner 2" issue that cleans up after a hard boot, but comes back in a few weeks. I also get a "failed external hard drive" every time I do a test, but it keeps on working.

Having been with DTV since Sept 1994 I prefer a stable system. However this one is showing some signs of instability. I've never called DTV and asked for anything for free, but I may try it just to see what my account is worth to them.
 

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Titan25 said:
The Hx-20 boxes are about 6 years old at this point. Most of them are probably past their mean time between failure rating.
Does this have anything to do with depreciation? I know, in industry, most equipment can be depreciated for fifteen years. I have no idea how long that would be for a DVR.

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Xsabresx said:
I know I got mine 5 1/2 years ago. What a horse it has been. It'll be a sad day when it finally goes.
Saddens me every time I lose one. I've got one that's rebooting a lot and I have a lot of recordings on it and hate to lose it. I've shut down 3 of them in the last month. Still nothing wrong, just had a chance to upgrade them to 24s.

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CCarncross said:
Electronics and pc type devices are 3-5 years depending on the company
Ah, that makes more sense now. If they can't depreciate the leased receivers there's not much point in servicing them. My wife explained how depreciation works when they came out with the leasing plan and she thought it was a wise decision, at the time. I think I got my first 21-700 (which was a fine DVR, just not as quick as the 20-700s, but very dependable) in 2008, I guess they might be on track to be "unwanted" pretty soon.

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Our HR20-500's external hard drive crashed last week. Since we lost all the recordings, we took the opportunity to replace it with a HR24. Looking at the internal drive, the oldest recording is from 2/2007, so it was at least 5 1/2 years old. DirecTv doesn't want it back, so we'll keep it around as a backup.
 

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Rich said:
Does this have anything to do with depreciation? I know, in industry, most equipment can be depreciated for fifteen years. I have no idea how long that would be for a DVR.

Rich
Yes, I made this point as well back when DirecTV initially switched to a leased model. A sold receiver is a sunk cost, a leased receiver is a depreciable asset.
 

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Titan25 said:
Our HR20-500's external hard drive crashed last week. Since we lost all the recordings, we took the opportunity to replace it with a HR24. Looking at the internal drive, the oldest recording is from 2/2007, so it was at least 5 1/2 years old. DirecTv doesn't want it back, so we'll keep it around as a backup.
20-700?

Are you sure the external device wasn't bad and not the HDD?

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Titan25 said:
Yes, I made this point as well back when DirecTV initially switched to a leased model. A sold receiver is a sunk cost, a leased receiver is a depreciable asset.
Yup, the wife thought that was a great move. She's done a lot of work with depreciable assets for large corporations.

My spell checker doesn't recognize depreciable as a word, why is that? Just Googled it and it is a word. Dumb spell checker.... :lol:

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