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Old 02-01-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
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That is basically my question. Should I buy an HD-DVR from Best Buy for 199 or go through DierctTV.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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That is basically my question. Should I buy an HD-DVR from Best Buy for 199 or go through DierctTV.
Depends on you, Check your account online and you may get one for $99 or free , but you will get the model they have at the moment. Get it at BB and pay 199 and you get the model they have and activate it same day no waiting.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:28 AM   #3
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I agree with WestDC but only question I have is do you have the necessary wire runs to support DVR. I replaced a R15 (so I had the two line feeds) and went to BB to buy. I had my new HR22 up and running that day. Directv wouldn't give me better than $199 for the upgrade (we got an upgrade on my wife's unit not too long ago).
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Not trying to beat a dead horse, but here goes. You are not buying the the DVR, you are leasing it. The money you are spending is like a buydown on the monthly lease rate. When I upgrade my HD receiver to a HD DVR Direct had an installer come out to run the 2nd line to the new DVR for free in my case. I would say whoever can install first, or the least amount of money spent is who I would go for. If you are looking for an install fishing wires inside of walls/etc. Then you would probably be better off hiring a local electrician/installer to do the job, and pay what would probably be a much higher rate.
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Not trying to beat a dead horse, but here goes. You are not buying the the DVR, you are leasing it. The money you are spending is like a buydown on the monthly lease rate. When I upgrade my HD receiver to a HD DVR Direct had an installer come out to run the 2nd line to the new DVR for free in my case. I would say whoever can install first, or the least amount of money spent is who I would go for. If you are looking for an install fishing wires inside of walls/etc. Then you would probably be better off hiring a local electrician/installer to do the job, and pay what would probably be a much higher rate.
The way i see it i spent $200 on it to own it and i got the receipt to prove it too. I even told direct that when i called to activate it as far as i know of they have it marked as owned too. Plus did it say any thing about leasing on the box or in the store no.
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The way i see it i spent $200 on it to own it and i got the receipt to prove it too. I even told direct that when i called to activate it as far as i know of they have it marked as owned too. Plus did it say any thing about leasing on the box or in the store no.
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DirecTV DOES NOT sell any receivers. What you pay is an upfront lease fee DirecTV retains ownership of any equipment .
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You don't own it.

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The way i see it i spent $200 on it to own it and i got the receipt to prove it too. I even told direct that when i called to activate it as far as i know of they have it marked as owned too. Plus did it say any thing about leasing on the box or in the store no.
You don't own it.

It's pretty funny you said - The way i see it i spent $200 on it to own it and i got the receipt to prove it too. OMG !

No one else including DIRECTV sees it that way.
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You don't own it.

It's pretty funny you said - The way i see it i spent $200 on it to own it and i got the receipt to prove it too. OMG !

No one else including DIRECTV sees it that way.
I doubt directv going to want this thing back after 2 or 3 years. With that said, there is a class action lawsuit against them and best buy for exactly what OP said. he wasnt told anything about having to return it.
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I doubt directv going to want this thing back after 2 or 3 years. With that said, there is a class action lawsuit against them and best buy for exactly what OP said. he wasnt told anything about having to return it.
I don't really get the big problem people have about the lease thing.

You pay $199 for it, it's a brand new one when you get it from a store, it's in your house for as long as you are a DIRECTV customer. DIRECTV will replace it for $20 if it breaks.

If DIRECTV made you buy the HD DVR you'd be paying $500-$800 or so for it. What are you gonna do with it after 2 or 3 years ? Stick it in the attic ? Stick it down in the basement ? Sell it ? To who ? They'll be a better one out by then I'm sure.

If you own it and it breaks DIRECTV will say - You own it, it's your problem, not ours.

If DIRECTV said you have to buy the HD DVR people would be saying - Why do I have to buy it ?! I can't afford that !

When I got my HR20 at circuit city a few years ago the DIRECTV phone rep. explained the lease thing when I called DIRECTV to activate it. I'm pretty sure the lease aggreement information was on the sales receipt also.

Lawsuit - Good luck with all that.

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Lawsuit - Good luck with all that.
Exactly. The only thing this will accomplish is making it more expensive for the user in the future.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:26 AM   #13
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You can buy it - You get the HDDVR PRO for $500.00 and You can own that box outright.

If you paid $199 or $99 or Free from D* and you activiate the box on your account, IT's leased and when you check your account online it will show leased and the "ACTIVATION" agreement contains the lease information.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:23 AM   #14
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I doubt directv going to want this thing back after 2 or 3 years. With that said, there is a class action lawsuit against them and best buy for exactly what OP said. he wasnt told anything about having to return it.
Only the receipt and the price listing by the receiver would indicate that but you are probably right, he wasn't told anything about having to return it. He likely would have to have read the advertisement and agreement he accepted to know the terms of the deal he agreed to.

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Old 02-03-2009, 11:32 AM   #15
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Only the receipt and the price listing by the receiver would indicate that but you are probably right, he wasn't told anything about having to return it. He likely would have to have read the advertisement and agreement he accepted to know the terms of the deal he agreed to.

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well if you goto bestbuys website, i cant find anything about having to return it. It just says its got lease fees and is subject to programming committment. I didnt check out though after adding it to my cart. Maybe its right at the end.
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