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Can I get a new receiver without a contract

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Telcoguru, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Telcoguru

    Telcoguru Cool Member

    Dec 6, 2006
    Since the DTV transition I have a couple of TVs that now need a receiver. I already have a WB68 multiswitch with spare slots. I can run the RG6 cable myself. I just want the new receivers from DirecTv but I do not want another 2 year commitment. Is it possible to get the receivers without a commitment? I want a pay as you go situation. I don't mind the upfront cost or the monthly fee just the commitment. Thanks for your replies.
  2. jwd45244

    jwd45244 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 18, 2006
    I doubt it. You can call DirecTV and ask.
  3. or270

    or270 Icon

    Feb 12, 2006
  4. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Can you? Yes, with some difficulty, you can buy receivers outright from DirecTV at full MSRP prices, and then activate them with no commitment. But you're spending a crazy amount of money to avoid the commitment, and you'll probably keep watching TV. It rarely makes any sense to own vs. lease.
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    You may be able to find used SD receivers that were not originally leased (that were actually owned), and in that case buy them and get new access cards. That should avoid committment. Check the RID and access card number with DirecTV before spending money to verify the receiver is eligible to be activated if you purchase it. When you activate it, you probably need to talk to the access card department in order to get it activated without committment.
  6. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005

    If you didnt have receivers on them b4, why do you need them now? if they were just old analog tvs getting locals via antenna, you just need 2 of those digital OTA converter boxes. Gets you no committment.
  7. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    From what I've been told (by CSR's so take it with a grain of salt), when you activate a receiver that was not previously linked to your account it kicks in a commitment.
  8. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Which is why I suggested talking to the access card department. I think you are correct, the average CSR has no control over that.
  9. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Planning to switch to cable or FiOS soon?

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