0033 Not authorized - DirecTV DVR

For DirecTV TV services which include DVRs and receivers, 0033 Not authorized I am a long time directv customer and within the past couple days cannot view my AppleTV apps such as CNN, NBC, ESPN, ..... . I get an error message 0033 Not an authorized user. When I enter the activation code on my PC it comes back with a successful activation message as does the TV, but the activation app fails to successfully prompt me for my Directv username and password and thus it does not connect. I have read many blogs, tried restarting/resetting PC and Apple TV, creating a new DirectTV password, spend over an hour on the phone with Directv Tech Support but have not found a solution. It seems like this is a common issue when I search the internet - what happened and how can I get this to work again?

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