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Second Receiver in a Second House

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by rarob, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. rarob

    rarob New Member

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    Does the secondary receiver have to be hooked up to the same antenna as the primary receiver? In other words, can I buy a second antenna for my cabin up north and use the secondary receiver there?
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    "Can" or "may you" connect a receiver at a second location?
    It can be done, but having two receivers active at two different locations is against the customer agreement.
     
  3. hilmar2k

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    From the Customer Agreement:

    "You agree to provide true and accurate information about the location of your receivers. If we detect that any receiver is not regularly connected to a land-based telephone line, we may investigate and, if it is determined that the receiver is not at the location identified on your account, we may disconnect the receiver or charge you the full programming subscription price for the receiver."

    That said, I have never heard of DIRECTV actually investigating.
     
  4. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

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    Couldn't the OP do this and then when the cabin is being used, simply call directv and let them know that the box will be being used at another location?

    Assuming of course that no one is using a receiver at the primary location, because if that was happening then of course, as has been pointed out, that would be a violation of the TOS agreement.
     
  5. raoul5788

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    Yes, it is okay to do it that way.
     
  6. The Merg

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    The one issue to contend with there is that you need to move your receiver back and forth between the cabin and home. If the receivers are owned, you could activate and deactivate the receivers when you change your service address. If they are leased, you lose that option because as soon as you deactivate the receiver, DirecTV is going to want you to send it back.

    - Merg
     
  7. raoul5788

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    I thought if you notified them of the change in location, the fact the equipment is leased wouldn't be an issue.
     
  8. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Yes, basically call DIRECTV and come clean, abide by your customer agreement and only use the equipment at one location at a time and you should be ok.
     
  9. The Merg

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    I was pointing out what would happen to keep a receiver at the cabin and another at your house. You would want to deactivate the one you are not using. If it is a lease, when you deactivate it, you would need to send it back.

    For your circumstance, I would not get another receiver for the cabin. Contact DirecTV and notify them of the subscriber address change and then just take the receiver from your home to the cabin. The good thing with that is you can then watch your recordings up at the cabin.

    - Merg
     
  10. rarob

    rarob New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for your answers.

    I don't intend to violate any laws or agreements, but we can't be in both houses at the same time. That's why I was asking. I guess from the answers here that I'm not supposed to have the second receiver in a different house.

    Again, thanks.
     
  11. coldsteel

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    You should be able to snowbird, but haul one receiver back and forth.
     
  12. whitepelican

    whitepelican Godfather

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    Why do you have to haul a receiver back and forth? Why not just pay the extra $5/month and leave the receiver at the cabin? That's the approach I take, and it seems much simpler. And I'll be damned if anyone could ever prove that I'm watching television in two different places at the same time.
     
  13. CJTE

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    Im seriously considering setting up my RV with an HD DVR, a DVR, and maybe a Std receiver. The prior 2 would stay on all the time, whether I'm using it as a guest house on the side of my yard, or if i'm traveling with it. Im trying to think of the policy ramifications of this setup.
    DirecTV can't get on my case if its considered a guest house on the same property, and they can't get on my case if I'm traveling with it either.

    But then I think, well what if my kids come to my house and watch TV while im on the road. Do I really need to have 2 accounts and prevent them from watching TV (or atleast turn off the receivers inside my home).

    That means all the receivers I have would have to be owned (if I didnt want to haul them in and it), and even if I hauled them in and out, im talking about 2 or 3 receivers versus 8 receivers, so atleast 5 would have to be owned so I could turn them off without sending them back!

    Then what if I dont go with HD in the RV? Now everytime I turn off the HD receiver either im paying for HD I dont get or I have to make sure the HD service is disconnected, then I have to make sure the HD service is reconnected when I get home.

    I'd rather have a steady bill.
     
  14. Lodi25

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    Yes, it's against your TOS agreement. But as far as I know, you could have 5 receivers at 5 different locations (at the same time) and as long as you don't have the phone line hooked in, DirecTV really has know way of knowing where you are. But you didn't hear this from me! ;)

    Also keep in mind you might not get your locals if your too far out of the LOCAL spot beam.
     
  15. The Merg

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    I'm not positive, but you can have a special RV account with DirecTV. I'm not sure how it works exactly, but it might be that it is an add-on to your current account. Although I do believe I read another post here at one time that mentioned you have to set up the RV as its own account with its own subscription plan.

    - Merg
     
  16. carl6

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    An RV account is a separate account. The main advantage of the RV account is you can get distant network service (LA or NY depending on where you are located) so that you get major network stations while travelling. The main disadvantage is that you pay for an additional account.
     
  17. davring

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    The receiver in my motor home is active all the time, D* has no idea where it is when I am using it, whether it is the barn or across the country, been that way for years. I leave the HD active all the time even though I don't have HD (yet) in the bus.
     
  18. barryb

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    We have a motorhome with two HD DVRs, but we called DirecTV and got a waiver to do so.
     
  19. CJTE

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    How many people do you know with that kind of setup though?
    I mean yes, if I lived out of my RV, I would definitely have an RV account, but I live out of my house. I use the RV as a guest room, or sometimes when I go out of town.
    Do a large majority of customers have both accounts? I highly doubt it.

    I am trying to consider the ethics of the whole situation...
     
  20. CJTE

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    To have 2 HDDVRs in your motorhome? Why would you need a waiver to put receivers that you're leasing from DirecTV in a motorhome that you own?!?

    Unless you're referring to DNS feeds...
     

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