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changing out used receivers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by puzzley, Dec 10, 2006.

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  1. puzzley

    puzzley Cool Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    My son-in-law and daughter just moved and upgraded their equipment. Their receivers are newer models than mine, and I was wondering what is involved in swapping out my older receivers for thier newer ones, which they no longer need. Is it as simple as moving my access cards to the newer units and connecting everything up, or will I need to contact D*? If I need to contact them, will they have a problem with doing this?

    Thanks, Puz
  2. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    You will have to call D* if your lucky they will marry your old cards to the "new" receivers. If you aren't lucky they will charge you $20 per access card for new cards.:)
  3. captain_video

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    Nov 21, 2005
    There is usually no problem swapping cards between receivers on the same account. You would only have a problem swapping a card that was previously active on an account other than yours, such as when purchasing a used receiver on ebay that comes with a used access card. Even then, DTV has been known to activate used cards. It all depends on who you get on the other end of the line when you call DTV. If the CSR says he or she can't swap the card, hang up and call back. You'll eventually get someone that will do the swap for you.
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