I'm hoping the smart folks here can save me a call to Customer Support.
I have a HR44 with two C41 clients, all of my equipment is leased. One of the C41 clients is in a bedroom that rarely gets used. Other than when the occasional weekend guest stays over, that client is usually unplugged. I'd like to save myself the $6 a month and disconnect that client.
Question 1: What I'd like to do is have the C41 available, and if someone stays the week or weekend, call and reactivate the receiver and then disconnect it when they leave. Will DirecTV allow you to activate/deactivate a receiver "at will" at any time during the billing cycle?
Question 2: I'm assuming that since my equipment is leased, when I call to deactivate the client I will have to send it back to DirectTV. Do you think they would allow me to buy that receiver (add the cost to my bill)? If not, I'm guessing I could buy one from SolidSignal and activate it when needed, provided that Question 1 is a "yes."
Question 3: Is this worth the trouble of saving $6 a month? SolidSignal sells them for $99, so it would take 17 months of being deactivated for the purchased C41 to pay for itself. I imagine that the receiver would be activated probably a total of 3 months out of the year. Sometimes the mother-in-law stays over for a week and that's why I'd like to keep the option of giving her access to what she wants to watch when she's over.
Thoughts and suggestions?