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So I had the whole home DVR put in and they switched a HD receiver with a HD-DVR. this caused to have new 2 yr contract. then I got some old beat up receiver. it works so i dont mind. just wanted to know if i should have got an old refurb.


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Yep, you upgraded from an HD receiver to an HD-DVR, that means a new 2 year contract. As far as getting a refurb HD-DVR, that is just the luck of the draw, you get whatever the tech has on his truck, sometimes it's new stuff, sometimes it's refurbs. As long as it works DirecTV gave you what they said they would give you.

Cable companies do the same thing, very rarely will you get a brand new box from the cable company, you will usually get a used box that someone else turned back in before you. At least with DirecTV they try to keep their equipment somewhat up to date. Comcast gev emy parents an HD-DVR with a hard drive in it that can only hold about 20 hours of HD, and say they don't have any with bigger hard drives in their town.
 

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the bad thing about it was i didnt really need another hd-dvr just to have the whole home dvr did I. i used to have 3 HD-dvrs and one HD receiver. and they said i needed another HD-DVR for it to work.

sounded fishy but i went with it.
 

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Were you charged for the equipment upgrade?

Not that it makes any difference to extending the commitment. Just looking for a bright spot.
 

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"Beerstalker" said:
Yep, you upgraded from an HD receiver to an HD-DVR, that means a new 2 year contract. As far as getting a refurb HD-DVR, that is just the luck of the draw, you get whatever the tech has on his truck, sometimes it's new stuff, sometimes it's refurbs. As long as it works DirecTV gave you what they said they would give you.

Cable companies do the same thing, very rarely will you get a brand new box from the cable company, you will usually get a used box that someone else turned back in before you. At least with DirecTV they try to keep their equipment somewhat up to date. Comcast gev emy parents an HD-DVR with a hard drive in it that can only hold about 20 hours of HD, and say they don't have any with bigger hard drives in their town.
Cable companies don't require you to incur a two year contract for the pleasure of leasing a refurbished DVR, so no, cable companies do not do the same thing.
 

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raott said:
Cable companies don't require you to incur a two year contract for the pleasure of leasing a refurbished DVR, so no, cable companies do not do the same thing.
No they charge you a high monthly rental fee for as long as you have service with them instead.
 

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No they charge you a high monthly rental fee for as long as you have service with them instead.
Not here they don't. Monthly fee is $7 per HD DVR with the local provider. About the same as D*.

No upfront cost and no contract.
 

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raott said:
Not here they don't. Monthly fee is $7 per HD DVR with the local provider. About the same as D*.

No upfront cost and no contract.
Here's the thing. You're not their subscriber right? Why is that?

Is there a chance that the cable provider has less liberty when it comes to fees/contracts because they offer a less attractive service, with poorer equipment?
 

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Here's the thing. You're not their subscriber right? Why is that?

Is there a chance that the cable provider has less liberty when it comes to fees/contracts because they offer a less attractive service, with poorer equipment?
Sunday Ticket is the primary reason (there are other things I prefer about D* but they are not show stoppers that would prevent me from switching) Total price per month of my local cable is within a few dollars of D* (comparing a similar package and not including any first year deals).

But that isn't what I was addressing. I was addressing the belief that D*'s ludicrous 2 year contract for refurbished equipment that you have to drop $99-$199 for is somehow balanced out because cable charges higher monthly fees. That is not true in my area. I cannot speak to other areas.
 

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raott said:
Cable companies don't require you to incur a two year contract for the pleasure of leasing a refurbished DVR, so no, cable companies do not do the same thing.
Actually, more and more cable companies are requiring two-year contracts for more advance equipment. I know the Time-Warner around here is. If you just want a basic DVR, probably not, but if you want their version of the whole house most likely.
 

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Actually, more and more cable companies are requiring two-year contracts for more advance equipment. I know the Time-Warner around here is. If you just want a basic DVR, probably not, but if you want their version of the whole house most likely.
They also do it to get better pricing. A coworker actually had to renew a contract just to move service to his new house.

And of course at least some cable companies charge a DVR fee per DVR, not per account.
 

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I just checked out my comcast bill (have both but I pay for D*). We pay $17 plus $8.75 outlet fee for $25.75 for one hd dvr. We would have another dvr but that would be $51.50. My parents would love to have three dvrs but......
 

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so back to my original question. could i have just had whole home DVR with 3HD-DVRs and one HD recevier? i didnt really need the 4 HD-dvrs to do this did I?

i will say they gave me a HR24 and its way better than the junk i have. all 22's
 

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What 22s did you have? If they were R22s then they weren't technically HD-DVRs and the DirecTV computer system wouldn't let them turn on Whole Home DVR without getting a true HD-DVR (HR2x models).

If they were HR22s then no you shouldn't have had to change any of your receivers, but now that you did there is no going back. Even if you were to return the HR24 you would still be stuck with the 24 month agreement because it was activated on your account.
 

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beerstalker....i bet thats what it was. i would prefer not to have the contract but i will be with Directv two yrs from now. im pleased with them. i would love to get more HR24s. its way better than my other 3 HR22s. all mine are horrible.
 
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