Freebies from D*

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by scalo, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Jan 26, 2006 #61 of 585
    bnm81002

    bnm81002 New Member

    1,799
    0
    Oct 2, 2004
    what are the chances that it's a unit other than the R10 or R15? those that have taken this offer here, what unit models have you received? I want the offer as well but want to "Zipper" the unit but can't if it's a R10 or R15 unit, I'll get one from Weaknees instead, since they have several different models available :D
     
  2. Jan 26, 2006 #62 of 585
    TivoGuy30

    TivoGuy30 New Member

    165
    0
    Dec 2, 2004
    I wonder if the $100 mail-in rebate still applies for these dvr's? ...lol
     
  3. Jan 26, 2006 #63 of 585
    Tivogre

    Tivogre Well-Known Member

    1,527
    131
    Jul 12, 2002
    Springfield, VA
    No. It's in the fine print when ordering.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2006 #64 of 585
    McTivo

    McTivo New Member

    33
    0
    Mar 19, 2003
    Evanston, IL
    Thanks to all for the tips. I just called and got 6 months of free SHO, 6 months of HBO for $2/month and 3 months of the HD package for free.

    For what its worth, the person I spoke with said that the next two national HD channels they hope to add are National Geographic and TNT.
     
  5. Jan 26, 2006 #65 of 585
    roberb

    roberb New Member

    69
    0
    Nov 13, 2003
    So, I got this email offer for a free DVR from "last year's inventory", called retention and they verified that it was a legitimate offer but I would have to order it from the web site. So I did. For $16.18 charged to a credit card, they will ship the unit directly to me and have an installer come out to install it. Since it will be replacing a standard receiver in one of thw spare bedrooms, I really don't care about dual tuners and such. So I'll tell the installer its already installed, sign his forms and send him on his way.

    We'll see how it works out. I really don't care what brand/model it is since 99.5 percent of the time it will be used just to watch TV - as I said replacement for a standard DVR.

    Other than the $16, there is no extra monthly costs or commitments.

    Rober
     
  6. Jan 26, 2006 #66 of 585
    dishrich

    dishrich Active Member

    921
    66
    Jan 16, 2002
    Springfield, IL
    Well, if it's a 35hr unit, it CAN'T be an R10. And, since D* doesn't want to activate any non-RID units, it pretty much narrows it down to the following choices:
    Philips DSR704, Hughes DVR40, Samsung 4040 or RCADVR40.
    Since they all work EXACTLY the same, guess it really doesn't matter... ;)

    My only problem is - since I "moved", while they will ship to an alternate address, I really don't want to take a chance if they INSIST on sending out a tech to install & screw things up for me. :eek: :(
     
  7. Jan 26, 2006 #67 of 585
    bnm81002

    bnm81002 New Member

    1,799
    0
    Oct 2, 2004




    seems to me all of a sudden non-R10/15 units are available, weaknees, PTVupgrade and now Directv have these units in stock but the catch seems to be that all the units are refurbished one way or another, since they can be hacked with "the Zipper" it really doesn't matter at all though :p
    gonna call that retention # and see if I can get one of these units for FREE and maybe ask for a specific model as well, doesn't hurt to try :up:
     
  8. Jan 26, 2006 #68 of 585
    MikeF

    MikeF New Member

    195
    0
    Jan 29, 2002
    Falcon, CO
    When I talked to retention (yesterday, before this email offer) they specifically said they could not guarentee anything other than an R-15. This offer from that link (just click on it in the post with the text of the email) is for a free 40GB TiVo technology DVR (thats specifically what is said) so I don't see why you'd want or need to call retention about this. I read the fine print 2 or 3 times to make sure there were no gotchas that I can see. It specifically states you don't have to keep it active for any period of time, just that it has to be activated in 30 days or there is the charge back. So you could pay the $14.95 shipping + tax, activate it, then turn it off a few days later with no penalty.

    I've put the order in for one myself and it will be delivered by the installer on Tuesday morning. I'll find out tomorrow when my DVR80 ships from ValueElectronics and when I'll have that in my hands. I may be doing a bunch of TiVo hacking (zipper) by the middle of next week :). Now to go find the right network devices...
     
  9. Jan 26, 2006 #69 of 585
    kschauwe

    kschauwe Member

    506
    2
    Sep 16, 2003
    Bowling...
    Can you order more than 1?
     
  10. Jan 26, 2006 #70 of 585
    MikeF

    MikeF New Member

    195
    0
    Jan 29, 2002
    Falcon, CO
    No. You have to login to your account to place the order and I seem to recall in the fine print it says only one per account (which makes sense since they are basically giving them away). I'm still amazed that there is no contract commentment of some type attached to these.

    Trying not to get too excited about this... I keep having thoughts this is too good to be true, and that the installer is going to show up with a refurbished R-15 :p .
     
  11. Jan 27, 2006 #71 of 585
    MikeF

    MikeF New Member

    195
    0
    Jan 29, 2002
    Falcon, CO
    When you fill out the order, you put in your billing address and then you have a choice on the shipping address to specify where you receive your signal or elsewhere. So you can get it shipped where ever (it appears). Then just call and cancel the install.

    And make sure you say "No" to if you are moving a reciever, otherwise the unit is delivered by the installer (I made that mistake, so mine is not being shipped but delivered).
     
  12. Jan 27, 2006 #72 of 585
    theGUYman

    theGUYman New Member

    30
    0
    Jun 9, 2005
    Boy, I would check my next statement after accepting those freebies... to ensure that you were not automagically enrolled in the 1 or 2 year commitment plan!

    Let us know!
     
  13. Jan 27, 2006 #73 of 585
    mgmrick

    mgmrick Haven't broke yet

    399
    0
    Aug 28, 2002
    Port Byron...
    Am I correct to assume this can not be the unhackable R10 as the offer states it is a 40 gig tivo?

    If that be the case I am going to grab it

    Thanks
    Rick
     
  14. Jan 27, 2006 #74 of 585
    rvaniwaa

    rvaniwaa HDTiVo Owner!

    128
    0
    Sep 27, 2002
    Colorado...
    Went ahead and gave it a shot. If it is a R10, I will enable it, and then just disable it in a couple of days. If it is a real TiVo (ie zipperable), I will zipper it and put it in the basement as a fileserver sort of tivo.

    --Ron
     
  15. Jan 27, 2006 #75 of 585
    MikeF

    MikeF New Member

    195
    0
    Jan 29, 2002
    Falcon, CO
    Nobody knows for sure, but thats the direction we are thinking. Since the R10 has always had an 80GB drive in it, the feeling is this must be Series 2 units they are "dumping". I'll let people know Tuesday morning what shows up at my door. I'm sure if anyone gets one before then, they will be posting what they got.

    For $14.95 I took the shot, worst case, if its an R10 then I'll put it upstairs for the kids and then decide if I'll leave it activated after a few days.

    BTW: I mentioned earlier that the fine print says only one per account. I've now reread the fine print, and I don't see that. Only says not valid with other offers and not eligible for the rebate, and there is no commitment. So, anyone want to try to submit two orders (or call retention and ask)?
     
  16. Jan 27, 2006 #76 of 585
    Dromomaniac

    Dromomaniac Pre-Avatar

    209
    0
    Jul 25, 2003
    Perfect! Thanks.

    I'm having the unit shipped elsewhere. Interestingly enough, the last page said:

    We apologize as we are unable to schedule your installation at this time. A DIRECTV associate will contact you within 72 hours to schedule your installation. If you have additional questions, please contact 1-888-355-7530. Thank you for your purchase.

    Maybe the DirecTV Investigators will be at my shipping address tomorrow to see if I've "moved". :D
     
  17. Jan 27, 2006 #77 of 585
    customd

    customd New Member

    12
    0
    Sep 30, 2004
    I just ordered one from the link, sent to my billing adress, completely by the book. The only thing not completely "above board" is that I never received the email with the link...I got it here. (Thanks Again Y'all!)

    So, I posted because I got the same message (after purchasing) about installation (rep will contact me within 72 hours). I don't think it's anything to worry about. If anything, it could be good. Their install subcontractors may be backed up and it might be easier to get the thing sent to you without the guy coming to your house.

    BTW, I noticed while going through the ordering process that they said that "I need to be present at this adress to receive the FEDEX delivery". There's another good sign.

    I'm in Los Angeles if that means anything as far as service rep availability goes.
     
  18. Jan 27, 2006 #78 of 585
    scalo

    scalo New Member

    131
    0
    Dec 28, 2004
    Milford,...
    The funniest part is "If you return your equipment within 30 days of purchase and prior to installation, you will receive a full refund, minus shipping and handling. " we are only paying shipping and handling. Just placed my order and will see wht I get.
     
  19. Jan 27, 2006 #79 of 585
    jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    2,165
    324
    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    As usual, when it comes to these kinds of things I got nothing!
    According to the rather pissy rep I got (acted like he was doing everyone a favor by answering the phone!), if I change my account I will lose my FOX and CBS LA feeds (I had these grandfathered from the Primestar days). He said any change to the account, even a reduction in my cost for HBO and Starz will result in the loss of the distant nets.

    Anyone know if he is correct? Should I play CSR roulette or do they now have a record that I already asked for something?

    For the record, I was pleasant and just asked if there were any offers I might be able to take part of for long time loyal customers. Seemed like he was taken aback by the question.
     
  20. Jan 27, 2006 #80 of 585
    scalo

    scalo New Member

    131
    0
    Dec 28, 2004
    Milford,...
    I would try another CSR and see what happens maybe the one you got had a bad day. I don't see why lowering your monthly bill $5 or $10 for 6 mo's would mean losing your distant feeds, even adding free showtime should not do anything.
     

Share This Page