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Just call DirecTV at 1-800-531-5000, reference "4. CHANGES IN CONTRACT TERMS" in the DirecTV contract and state you do not accept the changes detailed in the contract change notification that take effect February 9, 2010.

Don't say you want to cancel because your canceling incurs the Early Cancellation Fee (ETF), instead, simply state you do not agree to the change in contract terms and they will be forced to end your contract as they can not provide one customer different terms than another. If they don't listen to you, send a certified letter stating you do not agree to the terms. Remember *not* to say you wish to cancel, only that you do not agree to the change in terms and conditions.

http://www.directv.com/email/30896-0_PriceIncrease_2010_Final.pdf?CMP=BAC-PG-CJ&ATT=120-FV-V1-100103final&m=&AID=10552802&PID=1225267&SID=u128094t1786272f0fp0c0s1076&DID=1734820





http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/legal/customer_agreement?AID=10552802&PID=1225267&SID=u128094t1786272f0fp0c0s1076&DID=1734820&CMP=BAC-PG-CJ

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They're changing the prices for customers NOT locked into any rate guarantee. So they're not changing any contract terms, just prices for customers not promised any rate guarantee. So why would they cancel your contract? I don't think this will work for everybody.

Would not work and I confirmed just in case.

Check before re-posting from SD next time.

Absolutely wont work. There are no changes being made to the terms and conditions, its just a price change. All discontinued packages are being grandfathered for existing customers. If anything, Directv has been tightening the screws on customers trying to cancel their contracts.

Looks like some people are getting the standard $10/mo/12 months credit that the customer service droids are authorized to give out. However that will preclude you from getting any other credits, free movie channel deals, sunday ticket/superfan deals, etc while you're receiving that credit.

As a prior installation tech supervisor,i can tell you the easiest ways to get Directv cancelled is by telling them that your new landlord will not allow dishes on their property.

chrisn said: As a prior installation tech supervisor,i can tell you the easiest ways to get Directv cancelled is by telling them that your new landlord will not allow dishes on their property.

How about if you own your own house?

It doesnt matter either way. Federal law requires that a landlord allow a dish to be installed on the property, so directv wont cancel you for this reason. They'll simply point you at the appropriate law to bring to your landlords attention.

From this faq from the FCC:

"Q: Does the rule apply to residents of rental property?

A: Yes. Effective January 22, 1999, renters may install antennas within their leasehold, which means inside the dwelling or on outdoor areas that are part of the tenant's leased space and which are under the exclusive use or control of the tenant. Typically, for apartments, these areas include balconies, balcony railings, and terraces. For rented single family homes or manufactured homes which sit on rented property, these areas include the home itself and patios, yards, gardens or other similar areas. If renters do not have access to these outside areas, the tenant may install the antenna inside the rental unit. Renters are not required to obtain the consent of the landlord prior to installing an antenna in these areas. The rule does not apply to common areas, such as the roof or the exterior walls of an apartment building. Generally, balconies or patios that are shared with other people or are accessible from other units are not considered to be exclusive use areas.

Q: Are there restrictions that may be placed on residents of rental property?

A: Yes. A restriction necessary to prevent damage to leased property may be reasonable. For example, tenants could be prohibited from drilling holes through exterior walls or through the roof. However, a restriction designed to prevent ordinary wear and tear (e.g., marks, scratches, and minor damage to carpets, walls and draperies) would likely not be reasonable provided the antenna is installed wholly within the antenna user's own exclusive use area. In addition, rental property is subject to the same protection and exceptions to the rule as owned property. Thus, a landlord may impose other types of restrictions that do not impair installation, maintenance or use under the rule. The landlord may also impose restrictions necessary for safety or historic preservation."

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html

In some cases, CC&Rs of condo associations and other common ownership areas can restrict satellite dishes, antennas and other items.

sklar said: It doesnt matter either way. Federal law requires that a landlord allow a dish to be installed on the property, so directv wont cancel you for this reason. They'll simply point you at the appropriate law to bring to your landlords attention.

From this faq from the FCC:

"Q: Does the rule apply to residents of rental property?



FCC Rules are not Law.

The OTARD rule is backed by three separate pieces of federal law. However, that point is irrelevant. A landlord may not prevent you from mounting a dish to receive a satellite signal. They may restrict how and where its mounted or provide a single use or common use dish. If a landlord does seek to prevent this, the FCC will intervene and advise them that their restrictions may not prohibit the mounting of a dish.

Therefore, back to the original and relevant point, Directv will not cancel your account without an early termination fee because you claim your landlord wont let you mount a dish.

sklar said: The OTARD rule is backed by three separate pieces of federal law. However, that point is irrelevant. A landlord may not prevent you from mounting a dish to receive a satellite signal. They may restrict how and where its mounted or provide a single use or common use dish. If a landlord does seek to prevent this, the FCC will intervene and advise them that their restrictions may not prohibit the mounting of a dish.

Therefore, back to the original and relevant point, Directv will not cancel your account without an early termination fee because you claim your landlord wont let you mount a dish.


a landlord absolutely can prevent you from doing it if there's no place for you to mount it. The FCC's definitely not going to waste its time to intervene..

that being said, try saying you're moving to a large apartment building, your apartment is on a high floor, and your balcony faces northeast, so that there would be no place/way to mount it..

I am in a similar situation as my condo no longer allows 2 satellite antennas . Direct TV doesn't care they just want me to pay the cancellation fee and suck it up. Not sure what options are..

yarleee said: I am in a similar situation as my condo no longer allows 2 satellite antennas . Direct TV doesn't care they just want me to pay the cancellation fee and suck it up. Not sure what options are..

2 satellite antennae?
if you can't perform a contract due to changed circumstances or impossibility, it's void.
might be good to try arguing it



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