I had to move a couple months ago to an apartment and after already being without any TV for a couple weeks by then, I had DirecTV installed (the management of this apartment had cut the building's antennae wires, misunderstanding the conversion to digital that's coming up). I signed up with DirectTV because there was no other affordable option at this place. An independent contractor came out and insisted I had to pay him $80 for a simple installation ($40 per TV). This was a simple wire-through-the-wall straight from the dish setup - nothing fancy. I knew installation was supposed to be free, but he said because he was an independent, a fee applied. It turned out I was scammed, of course, and DTV attempted to get the contracting company to agree to reimburse me, but they never did. At the time this scammer was here installing the cable, he handed the phone to me and got me to agree to the 18-month commitment. Even though, to me, a contract is always something you SIGN. I never signed anything.
Anyway, a couple months later, and I have to move again to a different apartment. This place has cable already installed, so I called DTV today to cancel, and they are charging me a $300 termination fee, plus I'm to return the receivers. Two months of DTV and with the billing ahead, plus the $80 I got ripped off, they're getting over $400 out of me. And for what? All I wanted was the local stations anyway! I simply can't afford this fee on top of everything else. They're going to be waiting a LONG time for their money. I will NEVER subscribe to them again, and will warn off anybody thinking of using their service.