I take it your talking about a "Direct" or "Dish TV" subscription. The chances are, if the owner of the satellite dish // receivers, shot through, then the pay provider will want the back rental fee's before they will issue a new sub card. or if you have the sub card that has been de-activated. Then it might be a lot easer and cheaper for you to take out another subscription, and start a-fresh.
As for your comments about ,,