Just as I thought the tv service had been added, the Sonic.net rep said I would have to supply my Social Security number in order to run a credit check before the tv service could be added. This was a real surprise! As an alternative, the rep said I could pay the $200 up front for the DirectTv equipment and then get it back at $5/month. Well, that's 40 months worth of getting the money back!
I can understand that DirectTv could have credit concerns. But it also seems to me that if I have been paying Sonic.net for, in my case, years, then Sonic.net could vouch for me and say I was a good credit risk. Even Comcast didn't ask for my social security number!
A Big Sonic.net Fan who just got dinged.