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    Question about suspending Directv service - will DVR's still work?

    I am thinking about suspending my Directv service for a while (I understand you can do it for up to 6 months). Unfortunately, I am in area (Portland, OR) where Directv still does not carry my regional sports station (Comcast Sports Net NW) - so I need to switch to Comcast TV for a few months. I don't want to turn off Directv, as I've been a long-time & happy customer - and don't want to lose my status.

    I was wondering if you guys could help me with 2 questions: 1) any pitfalls or heads-up on anything I should know about in terms of suspending service (seems pretty straight forward); and 2) MOST IMPORTANTLY - will I still be able to access things that I have recorded on my DVRs (HR20-700's) ... even when my account is suspended and the DVR's are NOT connected to the satellite? I tested by just disconnecting the two satellite cables, and it seemed to still work.

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    I know if you cancel, the dvr no longer works, but I'm not sure if that's the same for a suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marshdom
    I am thinking about suspending my Directv service for a while (I understand you can do it for up to 6 months). Unfortunately, I am in area (Portland, OR) where Directv still does not carry my regional sports station (Comcast Sports Net NW) - so I need to switch to Comcast TV for a few months. I don't want to turn off Directv, as I've been a long-time & happy customer - and don't want to lose my status.

    I was wondering if you guys could help me with 2 questions: 1) any pitfalls or heads-up on anything I should know about in terms of suspending service (seems pretty straight forward); and 2) MOST IMPORTANTLY - will I still be able to access things that I have recorded on my DVRs (HR20-700's) ... even when my account is suspended and the DVR's are NOT connected to the satellite? I tested by just disconnecting the two satellite cables, and it seemed to still work.

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    Just a thought, unhook your receivers from the dish then cancel? Maybe they have no way of deactivating the DVR'ed stuff since its not connected to anything. Just a thought, not sure if it will even work

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    That will, but from what I have read, not for very long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raoul5788
    That will, but from what I have read, not for very long.
    My question is how? If its not getting anything how does directv send a signal to stop the service from working? There is no way to get a signal to deactivate if it's unhooked from the dish, correct?

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    Thanks for your replies. I like Hutch's idea (worth a shot). But I certainly hope for a more definitive answer (anyone else with knowledge - please chime in!). How would the DVR "know" that my account was suspended? I already verified that I can access the shows I've recorded when the DVR is not connected to the satellite ("searching for service"). But maybe there's a "time bomb" that tells the DVR to stop working after a certain amount of time (with the DVR not connected to an an active satellite account)? Sure would be nice to be able to still access the shows on the HR20's while my account is suspended ... appreciate any ideas or knowledge ...

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