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Thu, Sep 17, 2020 11:48 PM

Adding a Genie Mini to existing system

I would like to add another Genie Mini to our existing system but I'm told that requires a new contract extending my commitment. Can I purchase one from Amazon and get it activated without having to initiate a new contract period?

Thanks in advance.

Mike

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Juniper

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a month ago

@MikeElrod 

 

DirecTV did away with purchase to own options upon launching the Genie system. So all Genies and Mini Genie Clients are lease only, never having had an owed option.

 

Owned options were more expensive (i.e. $499 HDDVR). If you have a free upgrade, get a HDDVR. Will net you 2 tuners, 500GB recording space, and more reliability since it doesn't depend on the Genie to keep working. If you don't have a free upgrade, the one-time lease costs are HDDVR $199, Client $99, or HD non-DVR $99.

 

DirecTV is not going to provide free, or discounted equipment, without asking you to stay with them longer. If you currently have an agreement, it wouldn't tack onto the end but simply go from the day the new box is installed/activated.

 

Also that agreement is cheaper than what the owned options were. Full retail cost HDDVR $499. But have free HDDVR and decide after a year you want to close the account, then ECF is $240 as is valued at $20 for each month left. And remember, owned or leased is absolutely no difference in monthly cost as you pay $7 for the additional TV either way.

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shannon02

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a month ago

Nope, all new receivers are leased even if you get it from an online dealer and it will start a new 2 year contract.

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