Does directv prorated when you cancel?

Answered by Robert Dupre

Starting January 14, 2019, Directv has updated their agreement to include a change regarding prorating charges and fees when you cancel their services. According to the updated agreement, if you decide to cancel your recurring service(s)/programming charges on any day other than the last day of your billing cycle, they will no longer prorate these charges.

This means that if you cancel your Directv service in the middle of your billing cycle, you will still be responsible for paying the full amount of the recurring service charges for that billing cycle. Previously, Directv used to prorate these charges based on the number of days remaining in your billing cycle when you canceled.

It’s important to note that this change is subject to applicable laws, which may vary depending on your location. It’s always a good idea to check with your local consumer protection laws to understand your rights and obligations when canceling a service.

While this change may not be favorable for customers who wish to cancel their Directv service before the end of their billing cycle, it is a common practice in the industry. Many service providers, not just Directv, have similar policies in place. The reasoning behind this change is likely to ensure consistency in billing practices and to simplify the cancellation process for both Directv and their customers.

It’s worth mentioning that this change does not affect any other terms and conditions of your agreement with Directv. All other aspects, such as early termination fees or equipment return policies, will still apply according to the terms outlined in your agreement.

In my personal experience, I have encountered similar prorating policies when canceling other services, such as internet and mobile phone providers. While it can be frustrating to have to pay for a full billing cycle when you only used the service for a portion of it, it’s important to remember that these companies have operating costs and rely on consistent revenue to sustain their services. Prorating charges for every cancellation can create administrative complexities and potentially lead to higher costs for both the company and the remaining customers.

Starting January 14, 2019, Directv will no longer prorate recurring service charges and fees if you cancel their services on any day other than the last day of your billing cycle. This change is in line with industry practices and aims to streamline the cancellation process. However, it’s always advisable to review the specific terms and conditions of your agreement and consult applicable laws in your area to fully understand your rights and obligations when canceling Directv or any other service.