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please just believe me when i say i'm asking this for a friend. let's say you have a 5 year old directv system with two receivers which originally were both hooked up to the phone line as "required" but for whaterv reason have not been for a a few years (say 4). now let's say that the naive not-particularly-tech-savvy owner (imagine your mom) orders pay per view movies every now and again, not too often but enough over the years to add up. now lets say that she's never been billed for them since unplugging the phone cord from the receivers. she honestly doesn't understand what's going on, but isn't exactly clamoring to figure out why her bill is low either. can anyone give a technical take on this situation? i already know the right thing for her to do, i just want to know the technical aspects of what's going on, and what might happen if she doesn't do the right thing. thanks in advance.
 

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As long as you never rehook the boxes to a phone line or deactivate and then reactivate the box DirecTV has no way of knowing weather or not you have any PPV purscahes on your card. If you hook up the phone line again the PPV movies should appear in next bill.
 

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Wouldn't there be some way to erase what is on the card to avoid being billed if you reconnect to the phone line?
Yes there is but it's not legal.
 

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Odd situation. I was under the impression that DirecTV cards would refuse to allow PPV if the card hadn't communicated with MotherShip in the past 30-60 days.
 

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While there's always some chance that "mom" will get an onscreen message to call some extension to reactivate service AFTER her screen goes black mysteriously, it apparently isn't something DirecTV does routinely these days. The cards can buffer 25 events before they refuse to process further PPVs. In the past, when DirecTV supplied a new card for whatever reason, they instructed the subscriber to return the old card in a prepaid mailer. Once received and processed, any unpaid PPVs on the old card would be summarily read and billed to the subscriber. With the current general swapout, DirecTV's instructing subscribers to discard the old cards. However, the swap process entails pulling the new card after initial insertion and re-inserting the old card to read old info off the old card - including stored PPV activity - so dear, sweet "mom" will have that information transferred to her new card. "Mom" ain't out of the woods, yet. I just wonder how much porn "mom" ordered and how blistered some clever 13 year old's behind is gonna get. ;)
 
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