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Since Directv is trying to get everyone to convert to the new digital receivers, what are they going to do with all the old ones? Maybe the better question is what are we as consumers going to do with all of our old Directv receivers?

Does Directv have a recycling program in place? Any ideas where we might be able to take our old receivers for recycling?
 

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Your receivers may die of old age before you need to replace them YOUR receivers are already digital and always have been. Maybe you are confused about an eventual upgrade to MPEG4, I'm sure it will be a planned upgrade.
 

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corinthbandit said:
Since Directv is trying to get everyone to convert to the new digital receivers, what are they going to do with all the old ones? Maybe the better question is what are we as consumers going to do with all of our old Directv receivers?

Does Directv have a recycling program in place? Any ideas where we might be able to take our old receivers for recycling?
I dont know about a recycling program but I would look in the phone book and see if you can find a place that recycles old electronics.

Before recycling any receivers I would.....

1) verify with directv that the receiver in question is owned by you. makes sure you document everything ie time and date of call, csr you spoke with

2) send back the access card for that receiver. you may own the receiver but directv still owns the access card.
 

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While we're talking about old receivers ....

I have a Sony A3, with remote and RF remote antenna. It's worthless to me. If you want it, send me a PM or it goes to the county electronics recycling on October 4.
 

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well if I "upgrade " to a new receiver, will I have to upgrade my dish and my plan as well? and if that's the case then I lose my grandfather status on DNS and total choice plus.

so I will pay more and get less,

Now why would I want to do that? How does that make sense?
 

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If you live in California you are responsible for disposing of them properly, or selling/donating them to someone else who will. Throwing them away is not allowed.
 

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well if I "upgrade " to a new receiver, will I have to upgrade my dish and my plan as well? and if that's the case then I lose my grandfather status on DNS and total choice plus.

so I will pay more and get less,

Now why would I want to do that? How does that make sense?
I didn't think you lose your grandfather status on DNS, just because you change your plan or add new equipment. That is a key question I have asked several times, and I have always been told grandfather status is kept. The only questionable instance of keeping grandfather DNS is when you change primary receiver or you are late on paying your bill.

Help, clarification please!
 

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I didn't think you lose your grandfather status on DNS, just because you change your plan or add new equipment. That is a key question I have asked several times, and I have always been told grandfather status is kept. The only questionable instance of keeping grandfather DNS is when you change primary receiver or you are late on paying your bill.

Help, clarification please!
You are correct however HD and SD DNS are not mutually inclusive. If you switch to HD and want HD DNS youre going to have to go through the waiver process again as to my understanding its different.
 

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corinthbandit said:
Since Directv is trying to get everyone to convert to the new digital receivers, what are they going to do with all the old ones? Maybe the better question is what are we as consumers going to do with all of our old Directv receivers?

Does Directv have a recycling program in place? Any ideas where we might be able to take our old receivers for recycling?
You can take all your unwanted electronics to the Denton Municipal Landfill at 1400 Mayhill and put them in the blue cargo trailer labeled "electronics recycling" right near the entrance; no water bill needed. :grin: (no, really, you can!)

Oh, you mean "generally." I've heard rumors of DirecTV going "all MPEG4, all the time" from various sources, but everybody here seems to think we'll be all HD first (thus negating the need for MPEG2, since, after the beginning of the year or thereabouts, all HD will be in MPEG4). The size of such an undertaking would be massive, given the millions of subscribers to DirecTV and the fact that multiple receivers per household (most of which are still MPEG2 standard definition) is a given.

You'll be fine. Just like me, you have nothing to fear from MPEG2 going away any time soon. :)
 

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You can take all your unwanted electronics to the Denton Municipal Landfill at 1400 Mayhill and put them in the blue cargo trailer labeled "electronics recycling" right near the entrance; no water bill needed. :grin: (no, really, you can!)

Oh, you mean "generally." I've heard rumors of DirecTV going "all MPEG4, all the time" from various sources, but everybody here seems to think we'll be all HD first (thus negating the need for MPEG2, since, after the beginning of the year or thereabouts, all HD will be in MPEG4). The size of such an undertaking would be massive, given the millions of subscribers to DirecTV and the fact that multiple receivers per household (most of which are still MPEG2 standard definition) is a given.

You'll be fine. Just like me, you have nothing to fear from MPEG2 going away any time soon. :)
Directv is sending me a free HD DVR receiver to replace my old tivo receiver. It's the old tivo receiver that I am looking to dispose of properly. I am really surprised Directv has no recycling program in place to address this issue that will continue to grow over the next few years.
 

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Directv is sending me a free HD DVR receiver to replace my old tivo receiver. It's the old tivo receiver that I am looking to dispose of properly. I am really surprised Directv has no recycling program in place to address this issue that will continue to grow over the next few years.
Do you only have 1 receiver? I am using my HR10-250 as a SD receiver with DVR capabilities dosen't cost any more than a basic receiver but sure adds a lot of capabilities like OTA digital reception and recording.:)
 

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hidefman said:
I didn't think you lose your grandfather status on DNS, just because you change your plan or add new equipment. That is a key question I have asked several times, and I have always been told grandfather status is kept. The only questionable instance of keeping grandfather DNS is when you change primary receiver or you are late on paying your bill.

Help, clarification please!
If the FCC gets a request to inform D* to remove SD/HD DNS because it is provided in that market then they have to remove it without question. DNS are tied to the account not to the receivers or type of equipment. The only other time D* is required to remove them proactively is if you move.
 

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If you live in California you are responsible for disposing of them properly, or selling/donating them to someone else who will. Throwing them away is not allowed.
we have a local company that disposes of them for us. I keep the access card in the deactivated pile and send the old reciever to the EPA certified electronics hazmat recycler, same with monitors, tv's, computers, UPS units and batteries. We get a certified letter listing the serial numbers from the company in case they ever end up in a land fill or in a gully on someone's land
 

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If the FCC gets a request to inform D* to remove SD/HD DNS because it is provided in that market then they have to remove it without question. DNS are tied to the account not to the receivers or type of equipment. The only other time D* is required to remove them proactively is if you move.
I can keep my grandfather status unless I change my dish, or unit or service

and I will continue to keep my status unless I do the above or if indeed ALL OF US lose our status..

but since I had DNS before 2004 I cannot change my dish or receiver without putting that in doubt.

this is the way that I read the clause

now maybe some one else can clarify this situation.
 

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corinthbandit said:
Directv is sending me a free HD DVR receiver to replace my old tivo receiver. It's the old tivo receiver that I am looking to dispose of properly. I am really surprised Directv has no recycling program in place to address this issue that will continue to grow over the next few years.
Well, for you specifically, my original advice at the top of my post applies (take it to the Denton landfill and drop it into the electronics recycling bin).

As for DirecTV having one, I can't really see the need. All major and most minor cities have recycling programs. Picking off those around me, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth and Arlington all have recycling programs operated by the city.
 
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