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Old 11-08-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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just got DTV and was wondering if i could just purchase a standard receiver on my own so i do not have to pay an additional $4.99 lease fee. Will any receiver work?
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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if there like dish you will still have to pay a monthly fee, even if you own it.
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You'll still pay.
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With DirecTV you can not own equipment so you will have to pay the lease fee. Dish network on the other hand will allow you to purchase equipment (you own it) and you do not have to pay any lease fee. I own all of my Dish HD DVR's (6) and do not pay any lease fees.
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When I originally got my DirecTV HD DVR they told me I could pay the $300 (at the time) but still not own it and pay the lease fee, but they said if I wanted to own it outright without paying the lease fee it would cost something like $800. So I'm pretty sure you can own it outright if you want to pay a ridiculous price for it.
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ok.... so why does best buy sell them then??
And another thing, So you're saying that now since i have an HDDRV and a standard receiver that i cannot cancel my standard receiver and get the $4.99 off my bill? I guess what i'm asking is if i can hook up any DTV receiver to any connection in the house and get it to work.
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Because Best Buy has an agreement with Directv to sell their products and services. In return Best Buy receives essentially a commission on every service activation or unit they sell.

Yes you can disconnect your standard receiver and no longer pay the 4.99 fee, and as long as you are no longer under contract then there would be no additional charge. If you hook up a new receiver then you will have to activate it with Directv and therefore be subject to the 4.99 monthly fee.
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ahhhh ok. So it will not work if DTV does not "activate" it?
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ok.... so why does best buy sell them then??
You aren't buying it, you are paying an upfront lease fee. DirecTV still owns the equipment.
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ok.... so why does best buy sell them then??
And another thing, So you're saying that now since i have an HDDRV and a standard receiver that i cannot cancel my standard receiver and get the $4.99 off my bill? I guess what i'm asking is if i can hook up any DTV receiver to any connection in the house and get it to work.
I'm a little confused but if you are replacing your standard receiver with the new one there is no charge for the first receiver in your system. if you add a second one then you pay a $4.99 lease fee.
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If your confused; i have 2 recievers and was wondering if i could buy my own "standard receiver" to alleviate the extra $4.99 charge to my bill each month.

Hence i've learned i cannot and that DTV has to activate it to work.

but don't I OWN the recievers after the 12 month period or so?
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If your confused; i have 2 recievers and was wondering if i could buy my own "standard receiver" to alleviate the extra $4.99 charge to my bill each month.

Hence i've learned i cannot and that DTV has to activate it to work.

but don't I OWN the recievers after the 12 month period or so?
No, the equipment is always theirs. The 4.99 fee is a bit of a misnomer, it's really a "mirroring" fee, at least that's what it used to be called. Each additional set after the primary, is 4.99.
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I dont look at it like a lease fee, Its an activation fee. You are charged by how many STB you have in use. DTV used to let you purchased the equipment, but you still paid the fee. But this led to alot of people trying to "reverse engineer" their equipment. Now DTV owns all the equipment. And upon cancelling your service you are to return the equipment. If they find the equipment altered in anyway they will charge you.
In cable, its the same way. You dont have to have a STB to receive the basic channels, but they will charge you an activation fee for each tv on install. And most MSO wont allow you to purchase your own equipment.
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I dont look at it like a lease fee, Its an activation fee. You are charged by how many STB you have in use. DTV used to let you purchased the equipment, but you still paid the fee. But this led to alot of people trying to "reverse engineer" their equipment. Now DTV owns all the equipment. And upon cancelling your service you are to return the equipment. If they find the equipment altered in anyway they will charge you.
In cable, its the same way. You dont have to have a STB to receive the basic channels, but they will charge you an activation fee for each tv on install. And most MSO wont allow you to purchase your own equipment.
It's been about 3 weeks and I'm still waiting on DTV to send shipping boxes for me to send back the two receivers that I swapped out. They want their equipment back but have yet to act.
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DirecTV will waive the $4.99 lease fee if you only have 1 receiver in your home as I do. They charge $4.99 for each receiver per month after your first one.
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