New Install: Can you drop a receiver a few month into contract?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mavs-fan, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. mavs-fan

    mavs-fan Mentor

    Aug 31, 2011
    I have a new DirecTV install question. We're considering getting two DVR's and a regular client receiver. It's possible that we may only use the receiver for a month or so.

    Is it possible we can drop the receiver client a short time after the install without penalty financial or otherwise to our 2-year commitment? Obviously, we'll keep the 2 DVR's, we're just on the fence about the receiver and may drop it soon thereafter.

    If we cancel the receiver client will DirecTV want it back immediately or is that only when the whole account is canceled?
  2. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    It's been a few years, but I sent a receiver back about 3 months after our original install.

    No harm, no foul.

    And they want it back right now.
  3. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Yes, you can deactivate the receiver. your 2 year commitment only obligates you to keep one receiver at the least lower package for 24 consecutive months. The receiver will have to be ship back to DirecTV
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    As peds48 notes, you will have to return the receiver. If you want to add a receiver back on to your account after that (any amount of time - weeks or months), you will have to pay the up front cost of the unit and it will start a new 2 year obligation. That is the only downside. So if this is a location that might get intermittent use (say 50% or more of the time), it is better to keep the receiver active and pay the $6 per month even for the months you don't need it.

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