Originally Posted by whirley
You are naieve if you believe they will drop the cancellation fees. There is no clause in any of their contracts allow anyone to penalize them for non-performance. The worst they can do is put a marker against your credit report for seven years, and that's is nothing. Just don't pay their bill. Never sign any contract with these people unless there is a clause allowing cancellation without penalty usually after 30 days notice. They don't like it, but you're the buyer!
Given that your credit score can affect a lot of things like employment, interest rates you pay, etc..., I'm curious as to how you think this is "nothing". And DirecTV can, and will, send people to collections for their cancellation fees.
To the OP, the contract you signed basically stated that DirecTV can change the terms and conditions any time they like. If you don't accept the new terms, then you can cancel but it clearly states that you would be subject to early termination fees.
While I'd like to think that DirecTV would do the right thing, I wouldn't hold my breath if I was you. If you check the forums over at satelliteguys.us, you will see hundreds of threads where people have thought that DirecTV should let them out of their contract. Very few actually were.