Adding DirecTV at a different location...

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  1. Tim Holyoke

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    I'm going to get DirecTV at our cottage and currently have DirecTV at home. Is there any way to do this without paying full monthly Total Choice rates? The billing address would be the same for both. Thanks for any help.
     
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    Set up a dish at your cottage and just carry a receiver from your house when you go. That's the cheapest way. Or add an additional receiver to your account and intstall it at the cottage but don't connect it to a phone line. This will cost an extra $5/month.

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    OK, thanks Robert. It's like 200 miles away, and has a different local channel area (Madison, WI at home, Green Bay at the cottage)...will it automatically pick up the GB locals, will I just have to go OTA for locals, or what? Thanks again for your help.
     
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    It will give you the same channels as you get at home.If you are only adding a extra receiver or taking the one from home.

    To get the Green Bay locals you must start a new account with the cabin's address.
     
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    Hmmm, interesting, thanks. I'm surprised they let you do this? It's all just contingent on your billing address, I'm assuming?
     
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    Well, they really don't let you do this since it is supposed to be contingent on the installation address of the receiver as verified by the phone line. The art is not to let them find out where the receiver really is. If you are transporting the Home receiver from house to cottage, DTV thinks it is still at home. Once it is disconnected from the home phone for a while you may lose the ability to get PPV or extra sports channels. The $5 mirroring fee is supposed to be verified by being connected to the same phone line though I'm not sure how strict they are on that issue or how often they have to both be confirmed (to prevent a 'neighbor' from getting a free ride on your account).

    If you have an RV or Houseboat (usually must be verified by some sort of License), many people have registered the receiver for that vehicle though I'm not sure how the extra receiver fee is handled if you have a Home unit and RV separately. This has also allowed many folks to bypass the local channel rules and get the national E/W feeds.
     
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    You may have a problem with locals if you just carry your receiver to the cottage. Both are on spot beams and your cottage in GB may not be under the same spot beam as Madison. Both locations will require a multi-sat dish.

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