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** HD TiVo and HD DirecTV TiVo FAQ **

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by feldon23, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    1st hand experience or from someone on the forum? In all my readings I've never come across it. I thought any advanced receiver gets it.

    great news though, that's for sure.

    keywords so maybe someone picks this up on a search: hr10-250 commitment none needed activated used owned receiver Hdtivo
     
  2. Tivo_60

    Tivo_60 NY State of Mind

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    Since my post, I searched the forum and found numerous posts mentioning no problems in activating these units, as long as they weren't previously leased, of course.
     
  3. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    Then i sure got ripped when i got an owned unit from newegg and was told 2 year commitment.
     
  4. Rottluver

    Rottluver New Member

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    I bought an HR10-250 on ebay and activated it in October. No contract, no extension, nothing (though I have been a subscriber since 2000). The only issue they gave me was over the $4.99/mo fee because it had been previously listed as leased (even though it was purchased at Best Buy or somewhere like that by the original owner).

    One call to a CSR (and then being bumped to their manager) got that wiped off and I am golden. They even list it as owned on my account now. :D
     
  5. Tivo_60

    Tivo_60 NY State of Mind

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    Not really. That was a "retail" purchase and thus the price was subsidized by D*. That kind of subsidy requires a commitment. Different than a used one from Ebay, as in the above post.They'll also let you reactivate a card from an old receiver you have laying around ( I have a p4 in my old RCA that was deactivated 3 yrs ago.
     
  6. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    even reactivate an old (football?) card lol

    How would they know i got the receiver at newegg unless I told them? Which i probably did to get it listed as owned vs leased. Point being I guess you could have been dishonest and told them you got it from ebay to avoid commitment.
     
  7. bigpuma

    bigpuma Active Member

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    They would know based on the number on the receiver you have to give them when you activate it.
     
  8. Tivo_60

    Tivo_60 NY State of Mind

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    The P4(intro 2002) and newer can be activated.
    Coincidentaly, Verizon was on our street today making the final connections so Fios will be available in about 10 days.
    So it looks like the D* issues are now a moot point.
     
  9. azsarge

    azsarge New Member

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    Called DTV today and spoke with the CSR. Said 'Cancel' twice at the automated voice prompts, but not sure if I was truly dealing with the Customer Retention department. Not important, I guess

    I've been DTV customer for over six years, and own both of my Tivo boxes.

    Here's the deal they cut with me:

    $0 New 5LNB dish delivered/installed
    $0 Leased HD HR20 or HD HR21 delivered/installed
    HR20 or HR21 will be replacing my DirecTV Tivo HD HR10-250 - Tivo will be sadly missed. Sniff.

    -$120 Credit of $10/mo for 12 months off my basic package
    -$120 Credit of $10/mo for 12 months off my HD package (which costs $10/mo so basically HD package for free for one year)

    Install scheduled for 12/26 - pretty fast if you ask me, though I may refuse the install and reschedule if they show up with the HD HR21 because I want to keep my OTA antenna (and need HR20 to do so). BTW, this is per DTV instructions. Apparently, they can't simply tell the installer what model to bring. I have to refuse install, request different HD HR20, and reschedule. Ridiculous IMHO.

    Additional notes:

    $299 IF I wanted to upgrade my second DirecTV NON HD HR10-250 to HD HR20. Passed on this for now as I do not have 2nd HD TV and apparently this deal is available anytime I want it.

    OR

    $99 IF I wanted to upgrade my second DirecTV NON HD HR10-250 to NON HD HR20. Not sure why I would want to do this?? I asked the CSR and she told me MPEG2 for standard channels would NOT be going away, and thus my older Tivo would continue to function for years to come. Is this accurate? I thought I read that ALL DTV programming would be moving to MPEG4?? Also, she said there is no firm date for the cutoff of HD channels via MPEG2.

    Sadly, I still got stuck with the 2-year commitment :^( . However, I could NOT justify going back to Cox Communications for cable. Hope this info helps.
     
  10. headscratcher

    headscratcher New Member

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    Very nice. I went from one CSR to another to a super, and finally ended up with:
    $99 lease on an HR21 (I guess) and the install (S&H is on me)
    $120 credit on the HD package

    For my bounty, I spent 54 minutes in varying states of "on hold." As ammo, I repeated a few times that Dish was giving away the HD DVR and 6 months of free HD programming. And to think, I was this close to upgrading at Costco for $170.
     
  11. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

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    Here is the deal I got:

    Switched out 4 HR10-250's for 4 new HR21s. Free install including new 5lnb dish. Ran 4 new pairs of grounded coax from new dish about 50 feet to new multiswich under my house.

    Cost: zero

    plus 12 months HDTV credit and six months "appreciation" credit at 10 bucks per so total equals $180.00 credit.

    btw - I switched out my own equip inside of the house - I never let installers touch my components...
     
  12. rbaron

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    I purchased a HR-21 from CostCo. Called D* and set up an appointment for the installers to come in and hook it up.

    They put a new antenna, ran a few lines into a new splitter and hooked it all up to a HD TV. I signed the paper and said bye.

    Later I looked on line at my bill and saw that they charged me $69.00 for the install. I emailed them and in a few day's a guy called and after explaining that there never was a discussion regarding the installation fee, they took off the $69.00.
    Pretty nice I'd say!
     
  13. leftheaded

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    what are the current tivo models that work with directv? specifically, HD and DVR functionality
     
  14. slocko

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    depends what you mean by work. if by work you mean get all the channels, the answer is none.

    there is only one Tivo with HD capabilities that works with Direct, the HR10-250. This model is old and not available from Direct anymore. It only works with the old satellites that are mpeg2. All the new HD channels from Direct are on new satellites that are mpeg4. This means you can't get them on the 250.

     
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    bukzin

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    I too would like some thoughts on upgrading to get the mpeg4
    HD channels.
    I really like my HR10-250 with 'real Tivo'.

    I also have an R15 and am not impressed with the DVR program guide. I am thinking the HR-20 is very much the same in terms
    of the on-screen guide, is that correct?

    What are some of the more popular options for a DVR that can handle the new HD channels?

    (is there a better forum for this info?)


    Thanks,
    Bukzin
     
  16. Mar 4, 2008 #1336 of 1440
    bigpuma

    bigpuma Active Member

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    What do you mean the more popular options? There really is only one choice for the new DirecTV HD channels. The HR20 or HR21 which are basically the same except the 21 doesn't have OTA.

    www.dbstalk.com
     
  17. airwaves

    airwaves New Member

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    Will Tivo ever put out a new HD unit for DirecTV users? I have the DirecTV HD HR21 and it's just not as user-friendly. It also freezes up and restarts from time to time. I just really like Tivo's interface. I'm bummed that the new Tivo HD units are made only for cable.
     
  18. Anubys

    Anubys KMT Soccer Playa

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    it's very doubtful...

    the HR20 and HR21 have a lot of features that make them better than the current HD-Tivo...you get used to the interface after a while...the HD-Tivo is also prone to freezing and re-booting...just ask for a replacement if yours is giving you trouble...

    welcome to the forum!
     
  19. Rottluver

    Rottluver New Member

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    So DTV called me the other day and "offered me a deal". They would give me the new DTV HD DVR, upgrade my satelitte dish and give me access to HD channels (I don't get them currently) but they said I had to give them my HR10-250 in exchange. I did NOT get it from them, nor is it any kind of "lease" so I told them no thanks. They did say that if I didn't want to return my Tivo DVR then it would cost me $99 for the new HD DVR and $25 or 50 for the service call to install the new dish and what not.

    Anyone having any luck getting the free upgrade without having to give up your old equipment? :(
     
  20. Anubys

    Anubys KMT Soccer Playa

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    if you can wait, I'm having the installer coming in on Friday...I'll let you know if he took the HR10s with him...
     

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