Termination Fee

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Sparty10

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Unfortunately I am moving to an apartment complex that will not allow Direct TV so I need to cancel my service. Has anyone been able to avoid the termination fee? I am a year short of my two year committment, however I have referred several customers to Direct TV and have been very happy with the service. Do they ever wave this fee?
 
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Unfortunately I am moving to an apartment complex that will not allow Direct TV so I need to cancel my service. Has anyone been able to avoid the termination fee? I am a year short of my two year committment, however I have referred several customers to Direct TV and have been very happy with the service. Do they ever wave this fee?

i once canceled about a year ago and they waived it for me but i don't know if they're a little tighter now on these things. just call and ask. i know it's obvious but it's the sure way to know.
 
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i once canceled about a year ago and they waived it for me but i don't know if they're a little tighter now on these things. just call and ask. i know it's obvious but it's the sure way to know.

It looked when I glanced over the forums that you started this thread, and I thought Man he just signed up, had me worried, we joined the party at the same time :) thought you were bailing already! how is your service working so far, are you happy? (not to derail this tread)

Unfortunately I am moving to an apartment complex that will not allow Direct TV so I need to cancel my service. Has anyone been able to avoid the termination fee? I am a year short of my two year committment, however I have referred several customers to Direct TV and have been very happy with the service. Do they ever wave this fee?

I would explain your situation, and see if there isnt a way for them to let you out of it, its not like you have a choice.
 
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It looked when I glanced over the forums that you started this thread, and I thought Man he just signed up, had me worried, we joined the party at the same time :) thought you were bailing already! how is your service working so far, are you happy? (not to derail this tread)

I've been thrilled with the service, sure does beat giving any money to comcast. The problem is that I'll be moving back to my hometown for a couple months until I start a job out East later in the fall. It will be in a major city so I do not think I'll be able to have service in an apartment.

I called and talked to one lady she quoted me 150.00 fee and said it cannot be waived. I will probably try another rep and see if I get the same response.
 
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It looked when I glanced over the forums that you started this thread, and I thought Man he just signed up, had me worried, we joined the party at the same time :) thought you were bailing already! how is your service working so far, are you happy? (not to derail this tread)

yes it's great buddy! thanks for asking. i'm happy with all the programming and i'm sure i made the right call. the future looks brighter over here!
 
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Can you just say that you're moving to Canada? Seems like it would be pretty rough if they said "We're charging you an additional $150 because we're not allowed to provide you with service when you're forced to leave the country".
 
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Can you just say that you're moving to Canada? Seems like it would be pretty rough if they said "We're charging you an additional $150 because we're not allowed to provide you with service when you're forced to leave the country".


maybe he can pass the account on to a friend that is interested. just throwing an idea out there
 
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Agreed that my apartment in 2002 said they did not allow dishes. I showed them the law from the post above and had it installed on my balcony the next day. If you are able to get LOS from your apartment you will be in good shape to move with your service.
 
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So to get back on topic, the FCC Fact Sheet assumes that you own the property the antenna is being mounted on, such as home that has homeowners association docs that prohibit outside antennas (as does mine). I used that to put up both my D* antenna and OTA antenna, telling the Association that they could not prohibit it by law and quoted that fact sheet.

No, it doesn't. As a matter of fact is specifically talks about rental property. Where the landlord can prevent the install is on the drilling through external walls and on the placement of the dish in "non-exclusive use" areas.

If you can mount the dish an an area that is under your exclusive use, and run the cables without drilling any holes than there's nothing the apartment complex can do about it.
 
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Does anyone know how *d prorates the termination fee? I know it starts at 300 for hd but the contract says it's prorated. I would assume that would mean 300 if you cancel the month after install, and a little less each month till 24 months. I wondered if it's a set amount each month.
 
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Does anyone know how *d prorates the termination fee? I know it starts at 300 for hd but the contract says it's prorated. I would assume that would mean 300 if you cancel the month after install, and a little less each month till 24 months. I wondered if it's a set amount each month.

There is a set amount but I cannot remeber what it is, I think it use to be $ 12 p/m left, but think I heard more like $20 p/m left now, but that may not be as accurate as I hope., something close to that though.

Jimbo
 
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Personally, I would keep the set up until you know for sure that you cannot use it.

There are many pages about ways to use D* on a balcony and running cables...

Q. How does the cable TV lines come inside, sometimes they are ran ahead of time thru the walls, but not always, see it the cable goes thru the outside walls, if so you can sometimes use the same hole to run your D* line.

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Personally, I would keep the set up until you know for sure that you cannot use it.

There are many pages about ways to use D* on a balcony and running cables...

Q. How does the cable TV lines come inside, sometimes they are ran ahead of time thru the walls, but not always, see it the cable goes thru the outside walls, if so you can sometimes use the same hole to run your D* line.

Jimbo

So you would recommend suspending the service for six months (maximum allowable) and then if still cannot use it pay the fee? Not a bad train of thought.
 
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Mike, the issue becomes one of the fact that if he's renting he doesn't own the building and doesn't have the "right" to mount an antenna or run any cables into his apartment without the landlord's approval. Most landlords don't easily let you punch holes in their buildings, but some will allow it so he should check his lease and talk to the landlord.

ANother option that I've seen in a number of apartments and condos (again where you don't own the exterior wall -- part of the common areas and require approval from the association) is that many people put their dishes on the balcony and mount them in a way that leaves no damage when they're removed. If you don't have the SW exposure, then, that idea doesn't work real well.

So to get back on topic, the FCC Fact Sheet assumes that you own the property the antenna is being mounted on, such as home that has homeowners association docs that prohibit outside antennas (as does mine). I used that to put up both my D* antenna and OTA antenna, telling the Association that they could not prohibit it by law and quoted that fact sheet.

OP, please ignore this as it is NOT true. OTARD also relates to exclusive use areas of rental property. Best to get the document and read it and ask questions related to it; as opposed to blindly accepting this mumbo-jumbo.

I too would suggest IF YOU WANT to keep your services then suspend and feel things out. Make sure to get a unit that faces correctly for LoS. You can easily use flat RG6 jumpers (as well as others) to avoid drilling any holes and there are a few ways to mount a dish without using a tripod or bolting the mast to property that is NOT YOURS!
 
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