In March DirecTV had no issue activating a friend's old equipment as an additional receiver with the access card already in the equipment, but tonight they refuse to activate previously-owned access cards and insist on sending me a new one that may or may not work in the old equipment, which I must wait even to order until after 6am from another department...and that will take 5-10 days to receive. Once things get working again, I will bitch for a refund for the time my service was completely unusable to me since I CANNOT SEE IT.
Before anyone volunteers purchasing assistance, no, I don't want to spend the money on upgrading right now since I would need to get new everything. I won't be buying a new DVR without investing in HD which would also require me getting a new TV for sure. After the October from Hell Visa bill I just paid, I am nowhere near ready for that kind of luxury expense right now. I have also been hoping that by the time I am forced to go HD, DirecTV will have reconciled with Tivo, even though I hear that's a long shot. I've had first hand experience this weekend with my parents new DirecTV DVR and it totally sucks compared to real Tivo.
At least the weekend went well and I had watched all the main shows I had recorded from last week. No Chuck or Heroes for me tomorrow since I'm at choir rehearsal, and I don't even know what else was going to be new this week for the rest of my shows. Extra irony is that I saved a bunch of living room Christmas decorating like putting lights on my tree & ironing new curtains & tablecloths for later in the week when I could be watching TV at the same time... *sigh*
Edit: The daytime people know more obviously, since after finally getting through and getting transferred to the access card department, they say I should be able to link my access card to the replacement equipment by model# & serial#, which I asked last night and was denied. So they put notes in my account and I will call & try that after rehearsal tonight. Still no Chuck or Heroes for me since I'll get home too late, but hopefully I'll be okay the rest of the week...wish me luck!