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Directv HD DVR

post #1 of 8
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I was wondering is possible to use my old DVR as a stand alone video player.
My kids have a lot of shows on the hard drive and I would like to be able to view
them but is that possible if I no lonnger have Directv?
post #2 of 8
seeing as how you now "lease" these units instead of own them I could see how they would restrict you from watching archived material once you drop Directv. Don't know for sure though.
post #3 of 8
I dropped DirectTV today. Switching to the other Sat. Co... I was wondering the same thing. I purchased my DTV Tivo many years ago now. I own the equip. Once the service stops I'll know for sure and update.
post #4 of 8
I still have my old Tivo DirecTV boxes and can access the content stored. Just make sure not to have it plugged into the phone or sat signal. (I don't know that any signal would be sent to disable it... but why risk it!)

You will get some error screens the first time it boots wanting you to run set-up and letting you know it can't find the satellites. However, once you cancel out of those screens, or let them timeout, you can get to the main Tivo menu and watch your recorded content.
post #5 of 8
Thanks for the info Ry-man, I appreciate it.
post #6 of 8
Is your old DVR a Directv leased unit or a Tivo that you own? I wonder if that makes a difference?
post #7 of 8
Yes you can use your DirectV Tivo as a stand alone video player...

We record a bunch of shows before going on a beach vacation, bring the box with us and hook it up to the existing tv in the house we rent and no problems
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by heavyg View Post

Yes you can use your DirectV Tivo as a stand alone video player...

We record a bunch of shows before going on a beach vacation, bring the box with us and hook it up to the existing tv in the house we rent and no problems

Okay, but if your recorder is still in service (see your info screen) and is still active, this is much different than just taking it with you and disconnecting it from a satellite dish. I think the questions is, does it work when you deactivate it? I have three TiVo's and I believe they will still work once I take away the service, but I also have two "leased" HR20's and I'm not sure if they would work or not. In fact, before I even activated it I couldn't view local channels over the antenna so I think they do something to restrict usage once service is stopped.
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