Originally Posted by adb
For the last couple of years any Direct TV receiver you buy is considered leased regardless of where you get it unless you you buy it directly from Direct TV for close to $ 800. If you try to say it is yours since you bought it outright they simply will not activate your card therefore your receiver is useless. I have seen all sorts of threats and arguments as to why this shouldn't be the case but all to no avail. Also if you buy a used one they will not allow it to be reactivated if it is considered to have been a leased receiver. Just the way it is as far as they are concerned and as you would expect they have a house full of lawyers that have implemented most of this.
I can understand why they'd want to keep all their customers on leased equipment and if that is the case they should NOT allow activation of dvrs that are not owned by DirectTV. It's hard for me to understand their legal argument that the box is theirs if you can prove it's yours.
The cases I've heard with Dish Network are a little different. If you can prove it's yours with documentation (and you'll have to do just that) they'll change your account to reflect it yours. However, it seems people with their own DVRs, even after proving ownership, are somehow switched back to 'leased' in the account info quite frequently and have to go through the process again.
When I first signed up with Dish there was no monthly difference in whether you leased or owned your equipment. You were either charged a 'leased' fee or a 'DVR fee' of the same amount but not both. As such, I didn't see any need to buy. I don't know what the differences are now though.