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    Adding DVR to Direct TV

    I an a novice when it comes to this. Can I buy any HD DVR off of Ebay and use it with my Direct TV service providing that I tell Direct TV that I am switching the equipment and pay the $6.00 DVR service cost?

    What is the best piece of equipment to buy?

    Direct TV is willing to lease me a new DVR after paying $99.00 but I don't want to be married into another 24 month contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by towlog View Post
    I an a novice when it comes to this. Can I buy any HD DVR off of Ebay and use it with my Direct TV service providing that I tell Direct TV that I am switching the equipment and pay the $6.00 DVR service cost?

    What is the best piece of equipment to buy?

    Direct TV is willing to lease me a new DVR after paying $99.00 but I don't want to be married into another 24 month contract.
    In most cases, no. Note that the HR10-250 is effectively nothing but a doorstop at this point. With rare exceptions, the HR2x DVRs were only available as leased units. DirecTV has a policy that a leased DVR that has been activated by one subscriber cannot be activated by a second subscriber. If you can find an owned DVR you MIGHT be able to activate it provided the original account has been paid up.

    I suggest having a detailed discussion with a CSR on this issue. If you lease a DVR, DirecTV imposes a rather stiff cancellation fee ($400?, prorated over two years) if you discontinue service within 2 years AND do not return the DVR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlainBill View Post
    If you lease a DVR, DirecTV imposes a rather stiff cancellation fee ($400?, prorated over two years) if you discontinue service within 2 years AND do not return the DVR.
    When I last worked for Directv (~2 years ago), the cancellation for a 2 year contract was $480. That broke down to $20 per month of the contract. For each month you kept service, $20 dropped off.

    Leased equipment needs to be returned regardless of the contract status or Directv will charge ~$400 for it. If you're under contract : $400. Out of contract : $400.

    Those were the #s a while back, I'm sure if they've changed, they've increased.

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