Originally Posted by Stew4msu
1. You can call and get a replacement DVR, but there's no guarantee what model it will be (other than the HR34). It might be an HR24, it might be another HR23 (or HR21 or HR20), and it might also be a used/refurbed unit. Replacing a defective receiver with another like receiver does not start a new 2 year commitment.
2. If you don't have a SWiM setup, than the HR34 will not work without it. If you order an HR34, they'll connect everything you need to get it working, but it will of course start a new 2 year commitment and it will cost more than simply replacing the defective DVR, because it's an upgrade.
3. There's no way to save your recordings to play on another DVR.
So, you have a couple of options: Call D* and have them replace your defective receiver with whatever they end up sending (no cost, no commitment), upgrade to the HR34 (additional costs, 2 year commitment), order an HR24 from a third party like solidsignal (additional cost, 2 year commitment).
You can sometimes buy owned(used) equipment from individual sellers, but you need to be careful (as you alluded to in your post).
Thanks for your reply. I have no interest in the 34 or 44, at this time. So, buying new (leftover) stock of a 24 from an outside party restarts a 2-yr. commitment. Why ? That's wack. It might even be where I head for the Exit. I'm out of contract, determined to have things a certain way, and willing to spend whatever it may cost to get it that way (if at all possible), so my options are really open.
The e-SATA port on a 24-or-later is going to reject or reformat the old HDD ? If that content is a complete write-off, and I find myself shopping for a different provider (unfortunately, Verizon FIOS is completely unavailable in this area . . . ), does this same "kiss-it-goodbye" scenario hold true for all the other providers, cable or sat ?
I just received a suggestion that I might try to replace the dead PSU with a new or salvaged part. I'm wondering what the chances for success there might be ? If it could
work, presumably that
would not break the linkage of the married HDD to its DVR . . . ?
From what I'm seeing around, D* seems to only be doing replacements with refurb units these days. (Unless one has some high-up connections over there, maybe ?) That's not going to retain me as a customer, either. I was with TWC for 15 years, maximum package, then dropped them like a rock when displeasure with various things reached a critical mass.