Originally Posted by Marty913
So just for clarification (or confirmation), I purchased my H20-600 from BB in late 2006 as a direct replacement for the basic receiver provided by D*. D* wouldn't provide me with an H20 because I wasn't subscribing to HD but I wanted the HDMI connection anyway. Have been using it since and don't pay any lease or mirroring fees (it's my only receiver).
My question is: I would assume if I bought the $99 H21 at BB to replace my H20, it would work the same way. I'd swap them out, call D* and register the new card/receiver, and if I ever leave D* I would give them the receiver. Correct?
As far as the H20 goes, you paid the $99. to BB to obtain the receiver but you didn't "buy it" in that it belongs to D*. The monthly lease fee is charged to you on your bill and then there's a credit on your bill for the same amount because it's your only receiver.
If you now go to BB and pay $99. to walk out of the store with an H21, D* still retains ownership. If you intend to swap the H21 for the H20, then D* will send you a box for the return of the H20 to them. If you refuse to return it, they will charge you for it. Several hundred dollars.
Also, be aware of some information posted here http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post14170494
that may apply.
At one time DirecTV would allow you to have HD equipment on your account without paying the $10 monthly HD access fee, so that you could use the receiver without an HD subscription. That time is over as of about 8 months ago. They will require the HD access fee with any HD equipment activation. There is no getting around it. Further, after the $99 equipment lease fee, they will also slap on a 2 year contract extension. No getting around that either.
Finally, welcome to the AVS Forum and this thread for your first post!