Originally Posted by today32
Is there anything legal that states that you have to reside at your service address?
No. No laws relate to the individual.
There is a legal restriction on the satellite company that requires them to make a reasonable effort to verify service addresses. In DirecTV's case this means checking the address you give them against a postal service database of addresses (no personal names, though). If the address is bogus, such as 111111 Hunky Da Dory Lane, then they won't accept it. However, a valid address with an apartment number (where there is no apartment) will not be rejected by the database check. As long as you pay your bill DirecTV doesn't give a rat's butt where you claim to live. They do the minimum required by the law to verify service addresses - meaning they check the database to see if the address you give them is in it. Nothing more.
All of this relates to local channels. Your local stations only want you to be able to watch their broadcasts. They paid to lobby Congress to restrict satellite companies ability to distribute locals widely.
Even if you were discovered, such as a wife accidentally giving the real service address when calling DirecTV for a repair, the worse that would happen is they correct the address in the DirecTV database. There's nothing in the law that requires them to penalize you or stop your service.
Speaking of repairs, the accepted method is to call *before the repair call* and change your service address to the correct address. Then call for repairs. After the repairs are completed, call back and change to the fake service address. The only restriction on changing addresses is that it takes about 24 hours for the change to be reflected in the database. No one at DirecTV cares how often or how many times you change service addresses. You could change every day and no one would say a word. All the CSR does is type whatever you tell them into a database field on their screen. "Why" or "how often" is not a question on their script.