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If you suspend your D account do you still pay monthly fee?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by max1, Jun 23, 2006.

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  1. rmax

    rmax Cool Member

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    Sure it would. You can add another receiver at your vacation house and pay only the $5 mirror fee. My wife's grandfather called up DTV and told them he wanted to have service at his vacation house. This is what they suggested. He only had to buy the second dish and his total bill only went up 5 bucks a month.
    So no moving or anything involved.
     
  2. lowspeed

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    Why even pay the $5 ? How would they know where the receiver is ?

    I had a simalr question in another thread, as i recall when i was a customer they charged you $5 extra for each receiver not connected to the phone. But the replies tell me that thats not true... so i have no idea what i was charged for.
     
  3. Rakul

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    You pay $4.99 + applicable tax for each receiver after your primary.
     
  4. lowspeed

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    Is that a lease fee? Why do they charge that fee?
     
  5. M3 Pete

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    resurrecting an old thread, rather than starting a new one.

    I have about 20 months left on a 2-year commitment. I am likely to move to a new city and rent a house for a year (or more) while I get a feel for where I want to live. Some rental listings say they have cable, and I doubt I'm going to get them to let me put a dish on the house.

    Can I suspend the account for a year? More? I'll use D* again when I buy a house, but it's not clear when I'll do that.
     
  6. JLucPicard

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    The $4.99 per month fee for additional receivers is a charge for mirroring the programming (which is set up with your primary receiver) to the other receivers on your account. If any of your additional receivers is one that is leased, this charge shows on your bill as "Leased Receiver", but is not a lease fee. Back before the lease model was intriduced, this fee was simply called "Mirroring Fee". This fee has been in existance for as long as I can remember (not that my memory is perfect, but I have been with DirecTV since 1996).
     
  7. jpl

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    When I suspended (in april) I was told the max was 9 months. Although they told me to call back at the end of that period if I needed more time. Don't know if they would have given it to me if I asked...
     
  8. randyk47

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    I don't know how understanding D* is now but 4 1/2 years ago we moved from Virginia to Texas. We suspended our account until we could find a house and move in. When we went to activate our account we found out we'd moved into a rural area and got caught up in the whole Pegasus rural provider thing. D* was understanding and we didn't get hit with any termination fees. A couple of years pass and D* gets the Pegasus accounts back and we're back directly with D*. They're great and give us a credit for returning and set our account back up as though we'd never been away from D*. Quite frankly other than a bit of drama with my dish upgrade a few weeks ago we've always gotten great service from D*.
     
  9. holyroman

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    we still have 7 months on our commiment and were thinking about cancelling.
    My wife called inquiring about it twice the other day. Do you think they will catch on if I call today and ask to suspend the account.
    We had talked about changing our programming down from the $82 a month we pay now to the cheapest package ($29.99 a month) eliminating the hd package (we have the hd-tivo unit/3 lnb dish) so not very many channels, and cutting out the mirroring fee for a second reciever we don't even use.
    this is all in an effort to save money with a new baby coming.
    1.so we could pay the $300 now to cancel outright.
    2.pay somewhere around $315 for seven months of crippled programming we won't even watch.
    3. just suspend our account for 6 months, reactivate it. then cancel when the 7 months is up.

    option 3 sounds like the cheapest way to go. does this make sense?
     
  10. CJTE

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    Probably your best bet, however, make sure that before you suspend your account, there is no past/current amount due, so that you are not charged a late fee.
     
  11. randyk47

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    Holyroman - Unless I'm mistaken, and there are certainly a lot of more experienced folks here than me, but if I remember right from my mover's connection suspension all it did was stop the clock on my committment. As I recall when I suspended I had 8 months to go, when I reactivated after 3 months I still had 8 months to go.
     
  12. DishCSR

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    the committment now suspends along with the account susp, also new suspend rules are only 2 times per year and 30 day min 6 mos max.

    so the committment picks up after suspension. This is no longer a viable way to eat away at the committment
     
  13. CCarncross

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    And in all honesty, suspending an acct never should have kept the commitment clock running in the 1st place...
     
  14. ricksm3

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    The vacation home and second receiver for a mirroring fee is interesting to me. I have a vacation home with an account and a primary home 700 miles away with another account.

    So far, they always let me suspend the account at the vacation home whenever I want, as many times as I want, for as long as I want, etc. They let me do it again a day ago after I returned home from the Thanksgiving holidays. But, this business about changing their procedures has me concerned.

    My question, though, applies to spot beam locals. The receiver from the primary home can't pick up the locals at the vacation home. If I have a "mirrored" receiver at the vacation home, will it pick up the locals available at the vacation home which are not the same locals available at the primary home?
     
  15. CJTE

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    No, because they're all on the same account.
    If they were on completely seperate accounts, then yes, but right now youve got 2 receivers, and they're simply turning the one in the vacation home on/off for you.
     
  16. carl6

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    He stated they were on separate accounts. His vacation home gets the applicable locals for it's location, and his primary home gets the applicabe locals for it's location (which are different).

    If you mirror a receiver to your vacation home account, then it will receive the vacation home locals when it is within the vacation location spot beam. If that spot beam happens to cover your primary home location, then you would be able to receive the vacation home locals at your primary home if you were to take a mirrored receiver from one to the other. Ditto the reverse (a primary home receiver at the vacation home). It all depends on where the two homes are with relation to the spot beam footprint.

    But if I understand your question correctly, all the receivers assigned to your vacation home account will receive the vacation home locals while at the vacation home location. All of the receivers assigned to your primary home account will receive the primary location locals while at the primary location.

    Carl
     
  17. ricksm3

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    carl6:

    I'm still a little confused...possibly because I may not understand the "mirror" concept. Let me ask it a different way.

    Right now I'm very happy having two distinct accounts since they allow me to suspend the vacation account at will. However, if that changes, I'm thinking of closing the vacation account and having a "mirror" receiver from the primary account at the vacation home. Assuming that makes sense and is possible....

    The two homes are 700 miles apart. I do not believe I can receive the primary home locals at the vacation home. If I mirror the current receiver at the vacation home to the primary account, will it give me the vacation home locals (different than the primary locals) or no locals at all?
     
  18. CCarncross

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    no locals at all
     
  19. ricksm3

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    rats.
     
  20. jared52

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    Yeah, you could have rats though. I'm not sure what this has to do with DirecTV, however.

    :p
     
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