Because you are simply UPGRADING your current DVR to a much better massive DVR.. Maybe if you just get a new DVR just like the one you have now then there would be no 2 year agreement.. You cant expect to get the newest thing out, the best of the best and get a really good price on it and NOT sign another 2 year contract.Kerry said:
This question has been asked since they moved to the lease model coming up on five years ago.HoTat2 said:Though I have to say it is all a bit much to ask;
The HR34's additional capabilities notwithstanding, $399.00 just to lease the unit, plus possible installation costs, plus a new two year commitment on top of that.
And since you don't even really own it, mind you that like the others you have to send the HR34 back whenever you cancel service plus a possible ETF if you do not honor the two year commitment.
Yes, I'd say its all a bit much.
Does DIRECTV really need all this to recoup the cost of producing the receiver at a fair profit?
"Yes & no"m4p said:Interesting. I thought any time you got new equipment it was a new 2 year contract obligation. So if my HR20-700 dies and it is replaced, then I wouldn't be under a new 2 year contract? Also, would I need to have their maintenance plan for this?
Thanks, VOS, good to know. I got my HR20-700 when they first came out and it's been chugging along ok so far but you never know.veryoldschool said:"Yes & no"
a replacement doesn't extent the contract, or their crappy refurbs would keep us under contract forever. :lol:
Without the plan, you pay for shipping [$20] or the service call.
I had two from back then and were working fine too. One got retired [returned] when I moved and the other got swapped for a HR24, during my mover's connection move. Tech was already here so I asked for a 3D DVR swap [after checking he had HR24s]. :lol:m4p said:Thanks, VOS, good to know. I got my HR20-700 when they first came out and it's been chugging along ok so far but you never know.
At that time, the manufacturing cost was well upwards of $400. With the removal of the OTA tuners and going to a less fancy chipset, the cost was greatly reduced.NR4P said:I also recall the HR20 at Best Buy and Circuit City was originally $299.
You can't go from an HR2x model to the HMC dvr as a replacement...They will replace your HR2x model with an HR2x model for as little as $20 with no contract extension. I'm sorry, but your expectations are just plain out of whack with reality.Kerry said: