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Does a 'used' receiver require buying a new access card?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by slice1900, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    A friend of mine gave me a couple H20s today. One he bought 'owned' off Ebay years ago so he could activate it only when his daughter was home from college for the summer, but has been inactive on his account since she graduated a year ago. The other was leased but Directv told him they didn't want it back when he replaced it with a Genie last week.

    I know activating the owned H20 won't be a problem. As a commercial account, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to activate the leased one as well. The question is, do I need to buy new access cards for them? I've read conflicting reports, it sounds like this may be one of the (many) cases where it depends on the CSR you get when you call.

    Which is more likely to work, activating them with the card still in them that was previously active on my friend's account, or activating them using cards previously active on my account in now-deceased receivers? I've read that Directv doesn't like re-using of access cards, just not sure if it is the card staying on the same receiver but changing accounts or the card staying on the same account and changing receivers that they've less of a problem with.

    I know I can pay $20 for new ones, but it would be pretty cool if I can manage to get two receivers completely free :)
  2. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    You need two access cards. Access cards are not transferable
  3. Jim1023

    Jim1023 New Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Call the DIRECTV Access Card Department at 877-887-7994 and give them your account number and the receiver ID number (RID) and they will tell you if the receiver can be activated on your account. You can then decide if you want to order a new card. Never assume just because someone says that the receiver is "owned" or that DIRECTV doesn't want it back that it can be activated. They can pull up the full history of the receiver and see if there is an unpaid balance against it.

    DIRECTV will charge $20 plus tax for the new card. The last time I ordered a new card (about a month ago for an "owned" HR24) it took eight days to receive it. The delay was not with USPS (Priority Mail), but with DIRECTV delaying sending it out.

  4. pogo

    pogo AllStar

    Oct 31, 2007
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    I'm telling that in other thread, but these "twins" will pedals you and will never give a slack :)
  6. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    It is usually $20 for a new access card to activate a pre-owned receiver in good standing from another source.
  7. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    yeah, we are telling the same two variants for how many years here ? almost ten ! :eek2:

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