I'm getting that message (activate dvr service)on both of my phillips DVR's and on one of then I also can't see the channels, I can see the tivo info bar mand tivo menus but no shows.
On both of them I have done a system test and they are ok, with over 90% signal. I called directv and we tried adding and removing the dvr and programming etc with no luck. I have changed the dial numbers and connected to the service without problems. They send a technitian who says that the one that doesn't display the channels, is toasted and needs to be replaced and the other probably has some other issue and probably needs to be replaced also.
Any ideas? I have the instant cake CD, so I was planning on maybe redoing the hard drives with it. Any other suggestion would be appreciated.
I don't want to add a dvr, since I don't want to extend my contract right now, since I'm only 5 months from expiring.