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I just had my HR34 installed about a month ago and it works great. I then went out and purchased a new Samsung TV (which apparently can pull directv content from the HR34). I have a total of 5 tvs in my house. I've always been charged $6 x 5 and a $6 credit for the primary receiver. All of a sudden my Samsung TV is listed as hardware on my account and I'm being billed the same $6 x 5 with a $6 credit AND and additional $6 for "Home Media Center Monthly for 1 Client". I'm assuming the "1 Client" is the Samsung TV but my HR34 is connected directly to it so I'm feeling like I'm getting double billed for the TV. I know it's only $6 and I'm definitely not a cheapskate but it's the point of it. I called them and asked what the charge is for and they said that there will always be a "Home Media Center" monthly fee but I'm not so sure due to the "for 1 Client" in the description.

So...... is there anyone out there that has the HR34 without a Samsung TV that also has an additional $6 for "Home Media Center Monthly for 1 Client"?
 

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RVU clients, whether the C31 or an RVU capable television, are billed at $6 per month. Even though you don't have a physical box at the TV, DirecTV is providing programming to that TV, so they bill you for it.

If the RVU TV is connected directly to the HR34, then you should not be charged a client fee for it. If it is a second TV location, then it is charged.
 

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That's what I thought. I would have no problem with the fee if I was actually using the TV as an RVU client but I'm not and the TV doesn't even have DIRECTV in the list of inputs like I've seen in the Samsung RVU setup guide. The Samsung TV is hooked directly to the HR34 via HDMI but I have an additional piece of hardware (“Non-DIRECTV Client-TV”) listed in the My Equipment section. I called and it seems that the reps (and a manager) don't fully understand what a "Client" is and refuse to remove the charge.
 

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tomski35 said:
Why wouldn't every one say their client was connected to the same TV as the physical box? Seems like an easy way to save six bucks. DTV has no way of knowing if it's true or not.
Because the Tv is actually activated as a client. Right now, he could move the HR34 to another room and use the Tv as an RVU client. If/when they turn it off, this won't work.
 

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Just call them an tell them you have no home media client and you have no idea why you have the extra charge. Don't mention Samsung TV, or better yet tell them it's a Panasonic :). Just tell them to remove it. A number of people have reported that issue due to lack of knowledge on the part of some CSR who think every HR34 has to be charged a fee for a HMC client. You should have no other charges other than all your receivers minus 1 that is included.

If that fails write to whatshername as other have suggested. Sometimes we provide them with too much information which only serves to confuse THEM.
 

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TBlazer07 said:
Just call them an tell them you have no home media client and you have no idea why you have the extra charge. Don't mention Samsung TV, or better yet tell them it's a Panasonic :). Just tell them to remove it. A number of people have reported that issue due to lack of knowledge on the part of some CSR who think every HR34 has to be charged a fee for a HMC client. You should have no other charges other than all your receivers minus 1 that is included.

If that fails write to whatshername as other have suggested. Sometimes we provide them with too much information which only serves to confuse THEM.
Very true. I RARELY call in, so forget that sometimes we have to "Play Stupid" with the CSRs lol
 

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Joe Spears said:
There is an option to activate a receiver online under "My Equipment"> it says Just ordered a receiver? "Activate Online" above the list of your current equipment. It then takes you to this page https://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/mydirectv/mysystem/mySystemActivateReceivers.jsp where it asks for the RID...
This works only if you ordered it from, and had it shipped from, DirecTV. If you are trying to reactivate an older inactive owned receiver, or trying to activate a receiver obtained anywhere else, you have to speak with a CSR. There is no way to do it on-line or via automated phone system.
 

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kevinturcotte said:
Email [email protected] That goes to the President's office. Give them your account number, and explain the situation. They should be able to fix it for you. I can't imagine they can't remove a client from the account, but I don't work there either.
Kevin, I did email [email protected] yesterday and received a call last night from their tech support after they successfully removed the TV from my listed hardware and also noticed a small credit on my account. It's unfortunate that the CSR managers don't understand how their systems work but at least Ellen's office was responsive. Thanks for the info!!!!
 

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kevinturcotte said:
Yes, the only way to activate ANY receiver by yourself is by talking to a CSR. You USED to be able to do it online years ago, but they removed that for some reason.
I prefer the Access Card department. They seem to be the best at activations getting done the correct way (especially for owned equipment).
 

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mikkeee said:
Kevin, I did email [email protected] yesterday and received a call last night from their tech support after they successfully removed the TV from my listed hardware and also noticed a small credit on my account. It's unfortunate that the CSR managers don't understand how their systems work but at least Ellen's office was responsive. Thanks for the info!!!!
Awesome. Glad it worked out for you.
 

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Do you have any tips on how to reach this department directly?
Why yes I do. Their direct number is 877-887-7994.
 
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