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

  1. tonyp126

    tonyp126 New Member

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    I received my "free" DVR today and it is an R10. When I called to activiate it I was told I had to commit to a 2 year agreement. The CRS was adamant that a new 2 year commitment was required with all DVR activations. I told her nowhere in the email or paperwork was the 2 year commitment specified and that I needed to speak to her supervisor. I was on hold for about 2 minutes and she came back on and she said this was a new plan she was not aware of and no new commitment was required and she apologized.

    Please make sure you do not automatically re-up for 2 years as they want you to.
     
  2. tonyp126

    tonyp126 New Member

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    I also had them cancel the installation I had scheduled for Saturday. We'll see if they still show up.
     
  3. bnm81002

    bnm81002 New Member

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    I see that a few of the people have gotten the R10 units and when activating the units it requires a 2 year commitment, seems to me that Directv is trying to put a scam to us here, locking people in for 2 years and in the process getting rid of their R10 supplies so that they can sell their R15 units, especially when they never mention anything about a commitment and that the unit can record up to 35 hours(when the R10 clearly records beyond 35 hrs. with a 80GB drive) :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
     
  4. beartrap

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    Oh, please. Read what tony wrote. The CSR admitted that she was mistaken and apologized. He wasn't required to commit for two years. As for getting an R10; well, if you don't like it send it back. They're only charging you $15 for crying out loud. I can't believe you're complaining when they're delivering more than they're promising.
     
  5. Tivogre

    Tivogre Well-Known Member

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    I can't believe that YOU don't realize that the R10 is SO MUCH LESS than they are promising!

    You've got a LOT of reading to do!

    :p
     
  6. bnm81002

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    well more than half the people in here didn't want a R10 or R15 unit because those can't be hacked w/o a specific prom needed, so that's why when it's stated in the offer "records up to 35 hours" it's not supposed to be a R10 or R15 unit which records beyond 35 hours, as for the commitment of 2 years, she may have made a mistake but we all know how those billing statements come in and it does have it posted in, so yeah I'm complaining because Directv can never be trusted at all(what about those price increases that will be coming, 2 increases in a short period of time, guess it's not worth COMPLAINING huh?)
     
  7. The Flush

    The Flush Not So Notable Member TCF Club

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    What will all this free DVRs do to the price of series 2s on Ebay. Will it be enough to lower the ebay prices? Ebay prices seem kind of high.
     
  8. Finnstang

    Finnstang King of the North

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    Here is a link to what I posted over in the poll thread.
     
  9. robsshadow

    robsshadow New Member

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    Tried to get 2 dvrs for $14.95. You are only allowed 1 per 365 days but could purchase second 1 for $99.99
     
  10. scalo

    scalo New Member

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    if you buy the second one for $99 can you get the $100 rebate?
     
  11. beartrap

    beartrap Member

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    I'm sorry, but this goes right over my head. An attempt at sarcasm, maybe? If not, please clue me in.
     
  12. ping

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    The reason most people were so excited about this was they were promised a true Series 2 system, not a "Series 2.5" R10. The former can be trivially hacked to provide most of what a standalone TiVo can do. The latter, on the other hand, requires a fairly significant hardware modification beyond the skill or inclination of most people.
     
  13. beartrap

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    Don't confuse the issue. I wasn't talking at all about price increases. D* never said the offer was for a hackable DVR. I was pointing out two things: first, that after some initial confusion on the part of the CSR, tony was not required to commit for two years. If tony (or anyone else who takes the offer) gets a billing statement that shows an additional commitment, that's a different story. But that hasn't happened yet. Second, I was pointing out the irony in complaining that one gets a DVR that records 70 hours when the offer was for one that only records up to 35 hours. That's all.
     
  14. ping

    ping New Member

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    Obviously they didn't word it that way, but it was a reasonable conclusion given the description.

    On the other hand, a DSR6000 would have fit the description as well, which is one reason I didn't pull the trigger on this offer.
     
  15. MikeF

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    while I had my hopes up (WAAAAY UP) that this would be a Series 2 DTiVo, DTV never "promised a true Series 2 system". They only said the offer was for a refurbished 35 hour DirectTiVo DVR. We all made the assumption this would be a Series 2 since there has never been a 35 hour R10 or R15 (which I think was a fair assumption). My guess is DTV sees this as upgrading us to an 70 hour unit for the same deal, but for most people in this forum, the Series 2 is more exciting than how many hours is on the unit due to the hackability.

    I plan on calling DTV and/or Ironwood Comm today to find out if they can tell me what model is being sent to me. I'll probably accept the R10 if thats what it is but it will probably go into a closet to collect dust (or out onto eBay) soon as my plan is to reaplace my Series 1's with Series 2's and zipper them.
     
  16. TrippM

    TrippM New Member

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    Just received a Hughes SD DVR 40 delivered via FedEx.
     
  17. DesignDawg

    DesignDawg New Member

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    A-HA! A true Series 2! And delivered via FedEx. Just when you think there's a rhyme or reason to it, you get thrown a loop. Thanks for voting in my poll, TrippM!

    So, we have R10s, R15s, and Series 2s, coming both via FedEx, and via installers. I guess we'll have a little of every option in my poll. How bizarre. Looks like a total luck of the draw situation, huh?

    Ricky
     
  18. loganasu

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    D* has Comcast SportsNet -- 629 ยท CSNDC
     
  19. TrippM

    TrippM New Member

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    Just to add a little background information on my situation. After reading on this forum about the freebies being given out to other DTV customers, I called retention to see if I could get any deals or hardware. The results were not satisfactory, in fact I was very unhappy with the response. I continued a dialogue with various CSR's and account specialist's via email and the phone as I explored my options with Dish and Comcast. My best alternative looked to be Dish and I was getting ready to sign up when I read about the $14.95 Tivo here and ordered one. The best offer DTV had offered was a free Tivo but $99 for installation. About 10 minutes after I placed my order another account specialist called. This guy sounded a little more knowledgeable and was able to make me an offer of a Tivo for $14.95 and a new receiver to replace another unit that is starting to act up and this is supposed to include "installation" but that is a non issue. I told the rep about the order I had placed and asked if I would get two Tivos but was told only one rebate per year. He cancelled my online order and placed a new one along with the receiver order. I asked if it was the same Tivo in the offer and he told me it would actually be a 80 hour unit and that I would have to commit to a 2 year agreement. I figured what the hell, ok. He scheduled an installer for Friday 2/3. I'll fish a line through an inside wall so the installer can run out some coax for the second tuner.
    I was surprised to see the Hughes 40 hr unit arrive today so I'm thinking that I should only be bound by the online agreement and not have to commit to 2 more years. The new receiver must be coming with the installer on Friday.
     
  20. scalo

    scalo New Member

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    Why and how are some people getting the units shipped to their home and others have to have them delivered by the installer? Does this have to with location? or did I miss something when I ordered mine.
     

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