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R10: Can an access card be transferred between boxes?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by dmk1974, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    My Dad has a DirecTV TiVo R10 (I know...still in the non-HD world). It's been on his account along with 2 basic DirecTV boxes for about 7 years.

    He bought another R10 off ebay because he thinks the 7-year old one has been getting flaky. Not quite sure how to add it to his account. He would like to replace one of his basic non-recording DirecTV boxes with this "new" R10.

    Can we just move the access card from the basic box to this "new" R10 and then call DirecTV to get it paired/activated to that box? I saw elsewhere that you can buy a new access card from DirecTV for $20, but if he's going to deactivate a basic box from his account, why not just move the card? Thanks!
  2. tomc585

    tomc585 Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    They can do it but they don't. One occasion via telephone I was able to get tech support to reprogram a card so i could move it to another receiver I owned. They will require you to purchase a new card from them for $20.
  3. texasbrit

    texasbrit New Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    It might not be worth it. It's rumored that the older boxes with the RPG guide will be losing locals soon, and I am not sure that DirecTV will even activate one of these receivers unless it's already been on the same account.
    See http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=213698 It's a confused thread, but you will probably get the gist.
  4. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    The DTiVos will still get program guide data.

    It is the even older stuff that used the non-advanced program guide (APG is the newer guide, MPG is really old guide) that is going to be shut down.
  5. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

    Nov 12, 2004
    I believe you can buy a non-RID box and move the card to it and then refresh services. Other than that you'd have to just move parts around like the hard drive but moving the motherboard won't work cause that's where the RID comes into play.
  6. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    it can be done, but it isn't easy to get done, and you have to press - probably go to a supervisor, and maybe more than one.

    because it's used equipment, your using an existing card, and it's the same model, you're only asking them to change the card to a different rid, which is simple for a rep willing to do it. good luck.
  7. dmk1974

    dmk1974 DA BEARS!!!

    Mar 7, 2002
    Cary, IL
    Thanks for all the feedback and tips everyone. I think he's just going to keep the 1 old TiVo box and hopefully in the near future upgrade to the newer HD version from DirecTV. Thanks again!

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