If I get a DIRECTV receiver from Solid Signal, do I own it?

After all, you’re paying for it, right?

There’s a lot of confusion about what happens when you get a DIRECTV or DISH receiver from Solid Signal. You’re paying for it, and in some cases you’re paying more than you would pay if you went straight to DIRECTV or DISH. Let’s lay this out as simply as possible:

Receivers and DVRs you get from Solid Signal are leased. The money you pay is a one-time lease feel. There are almost no owned receivers, period.

People think that if they get a receiver from Solid Signal that they own it. It’s even more confusing because sometimes you see “owned” receivers on eBay or craigslist, and when we tell you all receivers are leased, you think we’re lying because you see people advertising owned receivers.

99% of receivers advertised as being owned are actually leased. People think that the receiver in their home is owned because they don’t remember being told otherwise, so they figure they can get easy money by selling it. This doesn’t work. If you buy one of these receivers, DIRECTV or DISH will refuse to activate it.

The other 1% of receivers out there that are truly owned come from employees or testers of either company, or similar circumstances. It’s really rare to find a truly owned receiver.

Why do these companies make it so hard with the leasing and all?

Moving to a lease model actually benefits most customers. The company can take depreciation on the receivers making it easier to justify offering them at low cost. (Owned receivers, when you could get them, usually cost three times as much.) It also allows the satellite company to offer quick replacements and upgrades for low cost.

But… but… I paid for it… doesn’t that mean I own it?

That’s a very common misconception. What you are paying is a single lease payment that covers you for indefinite time. Yeah, that’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo, but it means that even though you paid, you don’t own it.

Why would I get it from Solid Signal then?

Ah, there’s the question.

When you get a DIRECTV or DISH receiver from Solid Signal, you know exactly what model you are getting. Our DIRECTV receivers are always new in box, never refurbished. (DISH makes no distinction between new and refurbished receivers.) When we say you’re getting an HR24, you’re getting an HR24, we guarantee it. DIRECTV and DISH make no distinction between models so you could end up with a 6-year-old refurb. All our receivers are the latest and greatest.

Also, there are a lot of reasons you might not want a tech in your home. If you’d rather do it yourself, we’re here to get you what you need.