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Old 08-17-2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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A few months ago I upgraded my directv boxes to HD ones, I also just moved into a new apt. complex. Since this building was just built the satelite is not on the roof yet, so in order to get directv i would have to wait a month or so which i do not want to do. Now i could get time warner this thursday if i wanted to but when i called directv I found out I would have to pay $20 a month until some time in 2011 if i cancel. I tried to explain that it will not be available since the building has not put up the satelite up yet they could care less.

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A few months ago I upgraded my directv boxes to HD ones, I also just moved into a new apt. complex. Since this building was just built the satelite is not on the roof yet, so in order to get directv i would have to wait a month or so which i do not want to do. Now i could get time warner this thursday if i wanted to but when i called directv I found out I would have to pay $20 a month until some time in 2011 if i cancel. I tried to explain that it will not be available since the building has not put up the satelite up yet they could care less.

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I would just see if Time Warner would give me a great deal to sign up & if so take it & keep your DirecTv. Since it is only gonna be about a month until you get a sattelite you will only have to have TWC for a month or two & then have them cancel it once you can get your DirecTv hooked up. I would much rather pay for TWC for a month or two than to pay that big cancellation fee.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:39 AM   #3
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If you really want out of your contract with DirecTv maybe the management of your apartment complex will vouch that they don't allow satellite providers. That has worked for others I know.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:49 AM   #4
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If you really want out of your contract with DirecTv maybe the management of your apartment complex will vouch that they don't allow satellite providers. That has worked for others I know.
Maybe they will by that (directtv) but it is against the law to disallow small personal dish installs. There may be specific limitations but they can not be banned. I can't remember the fcc act but maybe somebody can help me out.
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Maybe they will by that (directtv) but it is against the law to disallow small personal dish installs. There may be specific limitations but they can not be banned. I can't remember the fcc act but maybe somebody can help me out.
Yeah it's out there. It also states that FCC regulations override any covenants in an apartment complex or neighborhood. If your covenants say no to dishes on poles in your yard or on the front of your roof (my subdivision has this) then you can take it to court and use the FCC regulation as your support. In my situation my HD dish is on my fence in my backyard since I only have a small gap between some trees to catch signal. After a recalibration yesterday for free I am getting 99% signal strength on both tuners.
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Suspend your Directv account and get Time Warner until the dish is installed. Once the dish is up, cancel Time Warner and resume your Directv service.

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you can suspend your account for 6 months.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:05 AM   #8
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Suspend your Directv account and get Time Warner until the dish is installed. Once the dish is up, cancel Time Warner and resume your Directv service.

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1- Suspending your account does not get you out of the contract.

If I sign up for 1 year contract, and decide to suspend after 6 months of usage, I still have to PAY for the 6 months remaining on my contract after the suspension period.

2- You can not suspend your contract to avoid payment.

So that's two reasons why that doesn't work.
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you can suspend your account for 6 months.
And you'll still owe however much time is left on your contract after the suspension period.

Suspending does nothing but stop having to pay for a period. You still have to pay for the total amount of months you agreed to in your contract.

So if you signed up for 12 months, and after 6 months suspended for 3 months, you still owe -6- months back to them, not -3-. It's not done by date in time. It's done by total months of payment owed.
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Directv doesn't do 1 year contracts either...
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1- Suspending your account does not get you out of the contract.

If I sign up for 1 year contract, and decide to suspend after 6 months of usage, I still have to PAY for the 6 months remaining on my contract after the suspension period.

2- You can not suspend your contract to avoid payment.

So that's two reasons why that doesn't work.
Yep, you CAN do that! My suggestion was not how to get out of the contract. The OP wanted to stay with Directv at their new place, but the dish had not been installed on the roof yet. The dish wasn't going to be installed for a couple months. The OP didn't want to have to pay directv for a couple months of service they were not able to use. I suggested they suspend their account with directv, get cable for a couple months until the dish got installed.

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I suggest you try this-Call DTV and Request the movers connection-When The D* installer shows up and finds there is no line of sight, you will be released from your contract.

Never Mind about the Dish now or ever at your new place if they can not get a line of sight your free and clear. If they can get a line of sight they will install your service.
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just remembe that putting an account on vacation eliminates any or all rebates
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