But every summer, come about June, the weather gets really nice and I don't want to spend any time in my dark basement. There also isn't much compelling out there in the summer. So I turn DirecTV off for three months. I give them a "restart" date and at the drop of a hat, I save 3 months of programming costs.
Now I know I'd probably need a 1-year commitment to keep the equipment with Dish, since the "no commitment" requires a return of the receiver if you shut off the service.
Here's the question (took me long enough, didn't it?):
After I fulfill my one-year commitment with Dish, is it possible to turn off the receiver for up to 3 months a year and not have to pay fees or penalties to restart the service?
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|Originally posted by Chris Gerhard
I think you will be making a mistake to switch to Dish Network to save a few dollars. DirecTV service, equipment, and personnel are all better in my opinion and worth a few extra dollars, although with discounts and special promotions I believe DirecTV is actually often less expensive. If you want a PVR, then there is no comparison.
If I wanted a DirecTV HD receiver, I'd have to call Customer Retention and tell them I was going to leave, and then I could get a DirecTV receiver and dish (I have an 18" original dish) professionally installed for $99 (Pay $399 up front, get $300 programming credit.) I can call Dish and get an 811 and dish installed for free ($49 activation with $49 account credit.)
I already have 2 HD receivers for OTA programming, so who cares that the 811 isn't great at OTA reception?
I have a ReplayTV, so PVR options aren't a consideration, either.
I've been with DirecTV since 1995, so I'm not happy about leaving, but I'm also not happy to be paying more and more and more for the same channels when I can get them elsewhere for less.
That was then and you may need to check with Dish to be sure what policy is in place. But I would not at all be surprised if they have a new policy to allow you to suspend your account while in commitment but would restart your commitment period each time you did it. Obviously I am just speculating about such a possible penalty.
In all, Dish can be a pain, if only because of the multi switch connections. Some never have a problem, while my problems with them was almost a daily occurrence. :(