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Buying an HD Receiver?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Roberth638, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Roberth638

    Roberth638 New Member

    Dec 4, 2012
    I am a current DirecTV subscriber.

    I just bought an HD TV for the kitchen. In order to get an HD receiver from DirecTV at a great price, they want me to sign for two years.

    Here are my questions:

    I have noted that I can buy an HD receiver on eBay.

    Is there something wrong with that?

    Are people selling receivers they actually own or are they selling DirecTV property?

    If I can get one a great price, why wouldn't I go the route?

    Thanks for your help!!
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    "MOST" receivers are leased, so they're owned by DirecTV.
    "Some" used receivers have been owned by the customer.
    Before buying anything you think is owned, get the serial number and check with DirecTV as to how their system lists this receiver. If it's listed as owned, then you can buy a new access card from DirecTV and activate it on your account, if it comes from a customer who's account is in good standing with DirecTV.

    "More often than not", you're looking at a leased receiver that may or may not be of any use to you.
  3. Rent_Share

    Rent_Share AllStar

    Aug 31, 2011
    get the RECEIVER ID # and check with DirecTV as to how their system lists this receiver.
  4. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    You still pay the $6 per additional receiver whether you buy or lease...maybe you knew that, maybe you didnt. if you really dont have a plan to leave in the next 2 years, sometimes its just easier to get it directly from D*.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    And you specifically want to contact the Access Card Team at DirecTV. Verify that the receiver is owned, there is no outstanding balance on it, and that you would be able to activate it.

    - Merg

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