Poll: for those of us receiving the non-rebate "No strings" DVRs from DirecTV

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by DesignDawg, Jan 30, 2006.

What receiver did you get, and how was it delivered?

  1. R10, shipped directly to me (no installer)

  2. R10, brought to me by installer

  3. Non-R10 Series 2, shipped to me directly (no installer)

  4. Non-R10 Series 2, brought to me by installer

  5. R15, shipped to me directly (no installer) --It could happen.

  6. R15, brought to me by installer

  1. Feb 2, 2006 #81 of 617

    llowrey New Member

    Nov 11, 2005


    I spoke to the installer this morning. His work order showed he was supposed to bring and install a new unit. All he has are R15s - no thanks!. I called D* and to my surprise the CSR knew all about this special and confirmed that FedEx is to deliver the unit tomorrow and that the work order did in fact say that the installer is to bring a new unit. He suggested that I wait until after I receive the unit via FexEx and have the installer only install it and a multi-switch. He also confirmed that I was not billed for anything other than the tivo (just the $16.18).

    So, it sounds like this special deal wasn't very well thought out.
  2. Feb 2, 2006 #82 of 617

    farleyruskz Nunya

    Nov 13, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA
    So it sounds obvious that not only are we getting the TiVo DVR's via FedEx, but that the installers are also being instructed to provide a DVR (likely the R15 if that's all they have).

    So I'm curous what will happen if I install and activate my TiVo when it arrives, and then allow the installer to install and activate the R15 when he comes. Doesn't sound like we're being billed for anything more than the shipping cost of the TiVo, so I don't see why I can't get a new TiVo, R15, and multiswitch out of this deal for only 15 bucks.
  3. Feb 2, 2006 #83 of 617

    beanpoppa New Member

    Jan 7, 2004
    New Jersey
    Received a refurbished SD-DVR40 via FedEx yesterday. Complete with a Tivo peanut remote- not the D* Blue universal that I was expecting. Cool!

    I never did schedule an installer.

    Also- my shipping status originally showed up as "Shipped" but then changed to "Not Applicable"
  4. Feb 2, 2006 #84 of 617

    Tonedeaf New Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Rockwall, TX
    Those of you that called to get a tracking number, how long after you ordered did you call to request one? I ordered last night and I am guessing they probably wouldn't have one for me yet. Just want to see what the time frame you all used.

  5. Feb 2, 2006 #85 of 617

    MikeF New Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Falcon, CO


    The installer just left my house and I have a refurbished SDDVR80 that he brought (he said they didn't have in 40GB versions and asked if this would be ok :D ). This one didn't have an access card, but I told him that was fine if we can use the card out of the Series 1 I was unplugging. No problem, he called DTV and did it as a box replacement so the card swap was no problem. He upgraded my multiswitch and grounded my dish (it was never grounded when the original installer did things here).

    Then about 5 mins after the installer pulled out of he driveway, the Fedex guy shows up with the SDDVR80 that I bought from ValueElectronics (I knew that was coming), AND an SDDVR40 from DirecTV! DTV was adamant with me on the phone the other day that they were not shipping me a receiver for this deal and that the installer was bringing it.

    So now the question is, should I sit on the SDDVR40 for a week before activating it (to make sure some charge doesn't come back on me for this), or just go ahead and set it up and activate it? I had only planned on doing two Series 2 units, but now I'll probably run all 3 (let the kids use the 40GB one) so DTV will be making more off of me with another mirror fee.
  6. Feb 2, 2006 #86 of 617

    Tonedeaf New Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Rockwall, TX
    MIkeF, that is awesome. :)
    3 Tivo's in one day.

    This is turning into a great deal for a lot of people. :)
  7. Feb 2, 2006 #87 of 617

    DavidO Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Irvine, CA
    I ordered mine last Friday. I think I saw that it shipped on Monday. I called on Tuesday morning and got the FedEx tracking number and a confirmation that a multiswitch is part of the deal. My unit should arrive soon.
  8. Feb 2, 2006 #88 of 617

    Markman07 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 18, 2001
    I ordered my last Friday. It arrived today via Fed Ex. The status has said Non Applicable since day 1. I received the Hughes SD-40-R.

    Anyone know if I should activate it before I try to Zipper it?
  9. Feb 2, 2006 #89 of 617

    joedoc New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    Has anyone else had as much of a problem getting this to work on their website as I have. I must hve submitted this damn thing 200 times, and I get the "system error" message every single time. Doesn't matter what browser or OS I use, inside or outside my firewalls. I've been on the phone with various CSRs over the last week, but I cannot get this to work.

    I'm supposed to get a call tonight from a supervisory CSR, but this is inexplicable. Most of you seem to have been able to order this first time in, but I've been doing it over and over, and it NEVER works.

    Any insight from anyone here?
  10. Feb 2, 2006 #90 of 617

    Finnstang King of the North

    Sep 11, 2003
    Doesn't matter. I would suggest you make a backup of the original drive though if you are going to use the original drive for the zipper.
  11. Feb 2, 2006 #91 of 617

    SteelersFan "On Welfare"

    Sep 6, 2004
    Saugus, CA
    If it only has ver 3.1, then yes I think you will need to activate it and let it download 6.2 before you can run The Zipper. That is what I am having to do.
  12. Feb 2, 2006 #92 of 617

    Finnstang King of the North

    Sep 11, 2003
    /D* CSR
    Try unplugging your computer for 5 minutes and then plugging it back it.

    :D Sorry no real help here.
  13. Feb 2, 2006 #93 of 617

    Finnstang King of the North

    Sep 11, 2003
    Or you can order a 6.2 image from PTV. Or if you have another DTiVo running 6.2, make a backup of that one and restore it to the new one.
  14. Feb 2, 2006 #94 of 617

    Wolffpack Giddy Up!

    May 28, 2003
    Chandler, AZ
    I'm in the same boat. Can't get DTV's web site to take an order.
  15. Feb 2, 2006 #95 of 617

    seedcar Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Aurora, CO
    Same here. When I opened the box and saw the manual I thought I had scored big time :D
  16. Feb 2, 2006 #96 of 617

    Markman07 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 18, 2001
    So basically I can save myself some time and take the chance that if I screw up the image that I could then fork over $20 for instant cake! :) instead of backing it up first! Decisions , Decisions!

    Mine does have 3.1 on it so I guess I will have to activate it first to get the update downloaded.
  17. Feb 2, 2006 #97 of 617

    jetman New Member

    Jun 25, 2005
    Installer brought a R15 yesterday. I got a Hughes SD-DVR40 via FedX ground today.
    The installer activated the R15 yesterday. I hate it! I plan to activate the Hughes, and deactivate the R15. If Direct TV wants it back they can have it at their expense.

    The reason I did this deal was to replace an exisiting series one Hughes that I have had for several years. I have also have a Hughes series two, and a HD Hughes. :confused:
  18. Feb 2, 2006 #98 of 617

    LeVich34 Active Member

    Jan 7, 2002
    Annandale, VA
    Got my refurb'd RCA DVR40 via FedEx yesterday. I need to cancel my install now, since I just plugged it in last night.
  19. Feb 2, 2006 #99 of 617

    acomire somewhere in NJ

    Feb 5, 2004
    Just received my RCA DVR40 at the doorstep this morning. I selected no receiver relocation to make sure it was not delivered by the installer. I am happy that it is an easily upgradable unit! Now I am calling to activate and let's see if this is really no strings attached. I may keep my install date just to see if I can get the guy ti fish an extra line for me...

  20. Feb 2, 2006 #100 of 617

    bengalfreak Active Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    If any of you are interested in HMO and MRV on your DTivos PM me.

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