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Want to give equipment to relative

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jhart4545, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. jhart4545

    jhart4545 New Member

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    My dad has Directv and I want to give him my old Directv TIVO receiver. What does he need to do to activate it and start using it? Does he have to buy a card? How much will the card cost? Thanks.
     
  2. Newshawk

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    Yes, you can give him your old Tivo. Yes, he will need a new card to activate it. It's $20.
     
  3. Wisegoat

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    Just call D* and have your Dad tell them he was given the receiver and wanted to activate it. They will send him a new card and charge $20 to the account. When your Dad receives the card, he will put it in, call D* to activate and re-run Guided Setup. I just did this last week for my in-laws with our 2 old HR10-250's.
     
  4. smileynev

    smileynev Cool Member

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    I gave my in laws our old Directivo and was able to transfer the card from their current box to the new one with no fee.
     
  5. HolyRoses

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    depends on the CSR you get regarding that. Lots of times they will waive the $20 fee for a card also.


    dish network sells them cards for $50...
     
  6. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Welcome to the forums HolyRoses and jhart4545! :welcome_s

    Another way to transfer the receiver without the $20 charge might be to replace an existing receiver on his account and switch the card from the replaced unit to the one you're giving. Sometimes even a very old receiver that is no longer on his account will do if he isn't replacing.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  7. Blackz06

    Blackz06 AllStar

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    To anyone reading that isn't sure, the person that you give the receiver to has to be a current D* sub, can't be a new sub.
     
  8. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Also should mention, not related to the OP but just for people reading, this applies to non-leased receivers. If you have a D10, D11, D12, H10, H20, R15, or HR20 your unit is non-transferrable.
     
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