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DirecTV and moving out of country

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by FCBarca, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. FCBarca

    FCBarca Cool Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Curious, can I avoid cancellation fees if I move out of country within the contract period?
  2. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Only if you are being deployed by the military and can fax in your orders. Otherwise, you're on the hook for the ETF.
  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Try signing up for the movers connection, with a new address in another country, and see what they tell you :)
  4. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    You could put your DirecTV account on suspension if your absence is going to be 6 months or less.

    Another way would be to keep it active here and use the Slingbox solution to watch from wherever you might be.

    Or let a relative use i until your contract is over.
  5. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Depends on what country you move to and how your bill is currently paid. :D
  6. Wisegoat

    Wisegoat Icon

    Aug 16, 2006
    Move it to a friend's house, drop down to 1 receiver and get a Slingbox. Then you have all of your US programming in whatever country you end up. Watch Football and Primetime when you want to!
  7. FCBarca

    FCBarca Cool Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    It'll be a permanent move and to Suisse...I'll get plenty of football over there...Called in to get info on cancellation policies for moves and was told I'd be on the hook for $20/month for the remainder of the contract (remainder of 24 months)

    Slingbox is an interesting option except I'd have to have the dish at someone else's home and then subject to their viewing...Shame
  8. FCBarca

    FCBarca Cool Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    What is movers connection?
  9. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I am pretty sure that moving it to somewhere other than where you reside (a friend's house) would violate the TOS and would be a no-no discussion here.
  10. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Movers Connection is taking your current account to your new address. When you move notify DirecTV, pack up the receiver and remote and leave the dish behind. DirecTV will install a dish at your new address, hook up your receiver and give you some freebies for remaining a customer!
  11. FCBarca

    FCBarca Cool Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Movers Connection would work in Suisse?...Can't imagine that can work
  12. Xsabresx

    Xsabresx Icon

    Oct 8, 2007
    I Think the point was to tell them "I am moving" and when they went into their spiel about movers connection you spring on them you are moving to Europe. When they say you can't take it to Europe you go into some speech about wanting to keep it but since you can't use it there you have to cancel, and then work on the ETF.

    Pretty sure there was some sarcasm there.
  13. Jon J

    Jon J Grouch Extrordinaire

    Apr 22, 2002
    Music City, USA
    I think the poster meant that the DirecTV setup would be in your name and under your control. You can control recordings via the internet and maybe use the slingbox to watch them later. People using slingbox will know for sure. ;)
  14. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Many companies will agree to waive the ETF provided you are relocating outside of their service area. I am not saying DirecTV is one ofthem but I have known quite a few people (as well as myself) who have had ETF's waived because of relocation outside of their service area.
    When it comes time to disconnect(not before), you may need to speak with someone higher up the food chance then a level 1 drone but provided you keep your cool and explain that you are not moving to a competitor and sadly DirecTV service is not available where you are moving, you might find them being more willing to waive it.
  15. FCBarca

    FCBarca Cool Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Thanks, fluffybear...That's very helpful insight...I do want to pull the trigger on DirecTV but trying to weigh the cancellation fees issue...Cheers
  16. johns70

    johns70 Legend

    May 2, 2010
    I am pretty sure that no one really cares.
  17. TheDurk

    TheDurk Legend

    Mar 8, 2007
    Don't they waive the ETF if you move somewhere that has no LOS to their sat's? It seems somewhat ridiculous to let someone off the hook who moves across the hall (to a North-facing apartment) but insist on collecting ETF's from somebody moving to a foreign country.

    If they really don't let you out of it, I'd start thinking about which of my friends lived in very satellite unfriendly residences...
  18. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    You are not currently a DirecTV customer?
    How soon are you looking at possibly moving? If we are talking about only a few months then personally I would recommend skipping it.
    If we are talking a longer period (say something more close to a year) then I would suggest e-mailing DirecTV and ask them about if the ETF is waived in the event that you have to move somewhere where there is no ability to get a signal. I am suggesting e-mail as you will have something in writing and use that as ammunition if you need to get out of your ETF.

    FYI, DirecTV's TOS uses the words "you may be charged an early cancelation fee" not "you will be charged an early cancelation fee" so there may be some wiggle room.

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