In fact, SolidSignal.com can’t even activate a new one for you, unless you’re a commercial customer or if it’s replacing one that broke. DIRECTV’s pretty serious that it’s the end of the road for standard definition. They’ve been banging the HD drum for over ten years now and they’d be pretty happy if everyone moved over to new HD equipment. The last available data suggests that about 40% of DIRECTV customers still have some SD equipment, either the D12 or (gasp) something even older. DIRECTV turned off support for everything prior to the 2003-era D10, but that’s still quite a bit of hardware out there.
The good news is that there are a lot of free upgrades out there and your friends at Solid Signal can help. Yeah, you’re going to have to call 877.312.4547, and you’re going to have to enter into a new two-year commitment, but many people who do this are going to end up with a whole new system, completely for free. This means HD, DVR, the whole deal. It certainly is a big jump up from “just watching TV.”
On the other hand, if you’re still holding onto that D12 in a guest room or garage, it’s probably time to think about other plans. If you’re already on a SWM system it’s really just a one-time charge to get you into an HD receiver for that room and there are even ways that charge can be waived. I understand that out in the garage you may not need those extra features, but listen folks, sooner or later we are going to see SD programming turned off. AT&T doesn’t want to have to support it in its next generation hardware and the SD customer base is dropping. You don’t want to be the last person on the bus out of SD land.
Because, really… is this what you want to be looking at for the next couple years?