DIRECTV allows the activation of used receivers under certain conditions, including the following
To verify whether a receiver is eligible for activation on your account, please call us at 1-800-531-5000 between 8.00 AM and 1 AM ET. If you meet all of these criteria, we’ll then send you a new access card as a new card is required for activation, and a postage-paid envelope to return the old card. Please note that a $20 fee will apply for the new card.
Once you receive the new access card and have installed the receiver, call us at 1-800-531-5000 to activate. Make sure to mention that you have pre-owned equipment and want to activate programming on it.