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    Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Just bought a new house and Direct TV is coming out this afternoon to do their thing. Never had a dish before. I've always had cable.

    The package we got came with one receiver and we ordered an HD-DVR for $200 on top of that.

    My question is - did I buy that receiver or is it essentially a down payment? We got the first bill and it adds a $5 "leasing" fee for each additional box beyond the main one. So... I don't own the box? I have to give it back if I leave Direct TV?

    Mediacom doesn't do this (at least I've never paid $200 for an HD-DVR with them). How does Direct TV get away with this? Is there anyway around it? 200 fricken bucks just to get the thing? Wow.

    Again, I'm new to Direct TV so this might be a dumb question...

    Thanks



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloned4Life View Post

    My question is - did I buy that receiver or is it essentially a down payment? We got the first bill and it adds a $5 "leasing" fee for each additional box beyond the main one. So... I don't own the box? I have to give it back if I leave Direct TV?

    Again, I'm new to Direct TV so this might be a dumb question...

    Thanks
    Not a dumb question, sorry but you don't own it... they do. If you want to own your DVR you need to buy it at Best Buy, etc.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    I paid $470 with Dish...wasn't happy about it...


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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Yes, it sucks. I have 3 DVR's and they charge me $5 for each but then I get $5 back for my primary receiver.

    Directv is the most expensive but it's also the best. I tell myself to leave all the time but I've had the others and now i can't back. What really sucks is that in 4-5 months they'll have the new HD Directv Tivo out and I'll have to buy one of those too.

    If you're new to Directv I would think you could have gotten the receiver for $0 or at least reduced.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    If you're new to Directv I would think you could have gotten the receiver for $0 or at least reduced.
    This. I'm shocked you had to pay that for it. We don't have the HD box, but we have the DVR box for our apartment and they gave it to us for free. We pay $6 per month for DVR, and then $5 each month for our two standard receivers in our bedrooms.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    This. I'm shocked you had to pay that for it. We don't have the HD box, but we have the DVR box for our apartment and they gave it to us for free. We pay $6 per month for DVR, and then $5 each month for our two standard receivers in our bedrooms.
    I think that is typical. They will give you either an HD box or a standard DVR for free when you sign up, and they will also give you like 4 standard receivers. However, if you want an HD DVR, additional HD boxes, or additional DVRs, they charge you big on that. I'm not really sure how they can justify charging you such a steep up front amount for something you actually lease. I guess that just goes to show how bad the cable companies are that the sat companies can do that and still kick cable's butt.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    I'm pretty sure we paid $199 when we got ours. Based on what I'm hearing here and in the past, it seems some people pay and some don't. Probably depends who you're ordering it from and whether there are any deals at the time.




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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by LZclone View Post
    Not a dumb question, sorry but you don't own it... they do. If you want to own your DVR you need to buy it at Best Buy, etc.

    Nope, you cannot even buy it from BB, they still own it.


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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    I was about ready to come back here all cocky with a deal showing how you could get the HD DVR for free but you're right, it does look like they are not offering any special deals.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Here is what I've done in the past.

    I originally had 1 HD DVR, 1 SD DVR, and 1 plain receiver.

    When I decided to get another HD DVR I just removed the plain receiver. They never even askedfor it back so it's now sitting in the closet.

    BTW-When they come to install make sure you have them run two wires to every TV even if you don;t have a DVR there now. You'll regret it later if you don't.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    If you're new to Directv I would think you could have gotten the receiver for $0 or at least reduced.
    Correct. I have an install on Friday and it's free. Still a monthly charge but the unit is free per a promotion.



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Nope, you cannot even buy it from BB, they still own it.
    This is true too I discovered today :(

    And I should have phrased my first post better - we did get one free HD DVR and added another for 200.

    I've heard Direct TV is great quality but that doesn't mean I'll like paying for it!



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Here is what I've done in the past.

    I originally had 1 HD DVR, 1 SD DVR, and 1 plain receiver.

    When I decided to get another HD DVR I just removed the plain receiver. They never even askedfor it back so it's now sitting in the closet.

    BTW-When they come to install make sure you have them run two wires to every TV even if you don;t have a DVR there now. You'll regret it later if you don't.
    Please clarify...why the need for 2 wires?

    Thanks :)



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    Re: Direct TV Questions - HD DVR "Leasing"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloned4Life View Post
    Please clarify...why the need for 2 wires?

    Thanks :)

    The DVR contains 2 tuners, so you can record 2 shows at once if you have two wires. But this is not needed anymore because you can get a single wire multiswitch. But for ease, just make sure they run 2 wires to each box.


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