I have a HR-34 and another box that is a little older then that I believe. I don't have them here at where I am right now but was thinking about having them sent out to me. I know that they can never be used again with DirectTV because when my father passed away, I wanted to transfer the account into my name and use them because I paid for them. So I am sure they are black listed now. They said they would not do that so I was really upset and never paid them (or the left over bill since it was in my father's name anyway). I now have two higher end boxes (at that time) and I started to think, is there a way to reprogram them and use them as a DVR for my current service or some way put MythTV or something of the such on them and use them? Any ideas would be great! I think it would be a fun project to work on and would love to make use of them. Thank you for any information on it.
Yes, that is what I did. I thought I could have just transferred it into my name but they would not let me do it. I paid for the boxes with my credit card, my father didn't and for them to tell me I had to open my own account, I was not happy about it at all! They wanted me to return their equipment and pay for the box again. I told them, it's not in my name, my fathers and if they want to be like this I will just keep the boxes. They said if that is what I want to do, they cannot do anything about it and it was my choice. They did send me boxes to send them buck but I didn't. I do know that the boxes are now black listed and cannot be used any longer. Could I sell them on ebay (making sure I let them know they are black listed) would anyone be interested in buying them?
Thank you for the other forum. I will check it out. But as far as hacking it, there is no way to flash the firmware or do any hardware mods to make it work as a PVR or what not? I really would like to use them for something if I can...(the only thing I can think about doing with them is take the hard drives out of them... I am not sure if there is anything else in there I can use for maybe making my own HTPC?
Thank you again for your help..