The Best Buy near me sells the T165 and JVC DVHS as a recording capability. Droping the T165 would make the JVC DVHS useless. Since DirecTV does not have an interface to DVHS and does not plan to add it, maybe they are discouraging it among their retailers.
DirecTV has mandated that all new IRD's incorporate a "Receiver ID number". I'm sure this is to combat theft of service.
The Samsung Sir-S70 had a serial number and an access card number. Samsung is now making the identical box, called the SIR-S300W, which has a serial number, receiver ID number, and the access card number.
There are new IRD's coming from every manufacturer, all have the "RID" number. I'd bet that as soon as the TS-160's are nearly out of the pipeline there will be a "new" model with the RID.
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