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Old 11-29-2016, 05:29 PM
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What is the best way to get DirecTV at a Second/Vacation Home? I am already paying for one subscription, and don't want another. We are looking at buying a place that already has the dish, etc wired to the house.

We would mostly go down on the weekends (about 30-45 mins away), but for those times where the wife stays home and I go to Vacation home.. I'd like for us both be able to watch TV under 1 subscription. However, if we couldn't do that it isn't the end of the world, since it wouldn't happen very often. To be sure, someone has experience.. what's the best way to go about doing this. What are my options?


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Originally Posted by guptonc06 View Post
What is the best way to get DirecTV at a Second/Vacation Home? I am already paying for one subscription, and don't want another. We are looking at buying a place that already has the dish, etc wired to the house.

We would mostly go down on the weekends (about 30-45 mins away), but for those times where the wife stays home and I go to Vacation home.. I'd like for us both be able to watch TV under 1 subscription. However, if we couldn't do that it isn't the end of the world, since it wouldn't happen very often. To be sure, someone has experience.. what's the best way to go about doing this.


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Pay for the install/equipment and there is no issue as long as both places are in the same name. You can call them up and tell them what you are doing. Exception being if the 2nd home is a rental. If it is a rental and advertised online they will catch it.

I do this with my house and my parents lake house. Myself and my dad have the same name which makes it fly.
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I just took a receiver assigned to my primary home to my lake house. I had service there for like 15 years no problem.
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Can you both watch TV at the same time? (i.e. your dad is at home, and you are at lake house) To be sure directv would charge $5-10/ month for the other client in the second location?
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I just took a receiver assigned to my primary home to my lake house. I had service there for like 15 years no problem.
At my house currently, I have Receiver (Genie) in living room and one in Master BR (Genie Mini). Would I need to get another receiver installed in the house... and then move it to other location?
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Just take a receiver, plug it in at the second home and you are good to go if you have the dish in place already. You will have to pay for the monthly receiver fee, but you can take one of your receivers back and forth if you want to save on that. I leave one at our second home all the time and it works fine. Just be aware that you will not be able to get local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) if the two homes are in a different area. We have to use an antenna for locals because ours are 4 hours apart. If you're in the same area you will get them fine though.
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Can you both watch TV at the same time? (i.e. your dad is at home, and you are at lake house) To be sure directv would charge $5-10/ month for the other client in the second location?
We can. No issue there. Just don't hook the receivers at the 2nd location to the internet if you don't tell them what you are doing. I'm sure they monitor if you are constantly at the both places at the same time, but we have done this since 2009 with no issues.
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I don't think you can use a genie
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Originally Posted by dasouthards View Post
Just take a receiver, plug it in at the second home and you are good to go if you have the dish in place already. You will have to pay for the monthly receiver fee, but you can take one of your receivers back and forth if you want to save on that. I leave one at our second home all the time and it works fine. Just be aware that you will not be able to get local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) if the two homes are in a different area. We have to use an antenna for locals because ours are 4 hours apart. If you're in the same area you will get them fine though.
So buy an additonal receiver on say, ebay.... and pay the monthly fee? What about the access card? Do you take that from home to vacation home?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
We can. No issue there. Just don't hook the receivers at the 2nd location to the internet if you don't tell them what you are doing. I'm sure they monitor if you are constantly at the both places at the same time, but we have done this since 2009 with no issues.
You da man.. I assume when you call DTV and have them come out to 2nd location, they mirror the programming and give you an additional receiver/access card, and sync everything. Do you know what the monthly fee is? I wouldn't think it would be much.
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Can you both watch TV at the same time? (i.e. your dad is at home, and you are at lake house) To be sure directv would charge $5-10/ month for the other client in the second location?
I have been researching this ever since it was brought up in the cell phone expense thread and this website has a lot of good info (http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/thre...ations.337098/). I think Direct TV auditors will bust you if you watch TV from both locations at the same time.
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Originally Posted by anonymous_coward View Post
I have been researching this ever since it was brought up in the cell phone expense thread and this website has a lot of good info (http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/thre...ations.337098/). I think Direct TV auditors will bust you if you watch TV from both locations at the same time.
Good to know... I doubt we would be in the situation that often, where wife and I were not together and she was at home and I was at vacation home... but I guess I could always call her and make sure she wasn't watching TV
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We have dish and I think directv has a similar package. I can take my laptop, ipad or phone and watch my dish app anywhere I have internet. I literally watch my home tv at work vacation etc. You can buy an apple tv or ROku or even the correct cables and connect it to your tv at the vacation home. I think this would work well for you.
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I added a receiver to my motor home for 9$ more a month. It already had a fish installed so if you are only getting one they might possibly do the same for you.
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Originally Posted by anonymous_coward View Post
I have been researching this ever since it was brought up in the cell phone expense thread and this website has a lot of good info (http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/thre...ations.337098/). I think Direct TV auditors will bust you if you watch TV from both locations at the same time.
if you pay by the month per receiver I don't see why it would matter
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Originally Posted by guptonc06 View Post
At my house currently, I have Receiver (Genie) in living room and one in Master BR (Genie Mini). Would I need to get another receiver installed in the house... and then move it to other location?
The genies have to have the master to work. If you have a regular receiver at the vacation house it will work. I have done that with my place in Florida and NH for years.
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if you pay by the month per receiver I don't see why it would matter
If you try to watch from both locations at the same time, it is called "stacking" and the auditors look for it. However, it is ok to take the receiver to the 2nd home and watch as long as you are not watching at primary residence. I am no expert though and trying to figure this out for myself.
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Originally Posted by jaws12 View Post
We have dish and I think directv has a similar package. I can take my laptop, ipad or phone and watch my dish app anywhere I have internet. I literally watch my home tv at work vacation etc. You can buy an apple tv or ROku or even the correct cables and connect it to your tv at the vacation home. I think this would work well for you.
DirecTV offers same thing... however not really trying to pay for internet, or use hot spot on the phone there.
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You da man.. I assume when you call DTV and have them come out to 2nd location, they mirror the programming and give you an additional receiver/access card, and sync everything. Do you know what the monthly fee is? I wouldn't think it would be much.
No. You can't tell Directv what you're doing. You'll need to install the antenna yourself, aim it etc. Directv will not let you share service between houses. You also cannot buy used equipment anymore. Don't buy from eBay, Craigslist, etc. Satellite Guys is good. I bought my antenna from them tears ago. As far as Directv is concerned, you bought the receiver for your garage at your service address.
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Originally Posted by anonymous_coward View Post
If you try to watch from both locations at the same time, it is called "stacking" and the auditors look for it. However, it is ok to take the receiver to the 2nd home and watch as long as you are not watching at primary residence. I am no expert though and trying to figure this out for myself.
They can't tell where you are.
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