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How long will Dtv Tivo/DVR allow playback after sat disconnect?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by mitkraft, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    Yep, I have a really old credit card with a smart card chip on it (they had them in the US about 10 years ago, not sure why they gave up) and it lets me play shows from my old Series 2 DirecTiVo without nagging. That box hasn't been on an active account for at least 6 years.
  2. SouthTivo

    SouthTivo New Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    The South
    I will just confirm a vintage "football player" access card made it work just fine.

    No problems.

    Thanks for all the advice on this and all the other issues over the years. I will miss the support that was always so great here.
  3. averagejo

    averagejo New Member

    Sep 7, 2008
    I was thinking about temporarily suspending my Direct TV account for a few months to save money and see if I could live without cable.

    Can I still watch recorded shows on my DirectTV HD DVR (HR24-500) and 2 DirectTV tivos (SIR-S4080R)?
  4. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    The DirecTV TiVos, yes. My understanding is that you can't on the HR24 but some people report that if you disconnect the satellite feed before suspending service, you can continue to play them. You may want to test that out.
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

    Oct 18, 2002
    Mill Creek,...
    The HR24 will likely stop working after a few days, even if you disconnect the satellite coax before deactivating it. The Tivo will work fine.
  6. VikingGlen

    VikingGlen New Member

    Apr 20, 2013
    Been a DirecTv customer for over 20 years. I found out shortly after they came out with HD DVRs that the receiver worked even if not connected to a satellite - you could go into the play list and play previously recorded shows. So I picked up an additional receiver and started bringing one with me in the semi while leaving one at home to record shows for me. This all ended with the last software update. Now if the receiver isn't receiving a satellite signal, after about 5 minutes of operation the receiver crashes.

    I'm not in a position to carry a dish with me in the truck. Most of the areas I lay over are 2g and low bandwidth wifi, so internet access for viewing isn't a viable option.

    The question; If I switch to cable and use Tivo DVRs, do Tivo DVRs work if they're not plugged into the cable or there's no active cable feed, or do they crash and burn like DirecTv receivers? I'll typically use it for a week before it gets reconnected and will watch 40+ hours of programming.
  7. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    TiVo DVRs (the cable kind) don't care about a cable connection to watch recordings.

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