When you say your apartment "doesn't allow DirecTV" what do you mean? Do you have a balcony/patio with the correct exposure to the section of the sky you need? The apartment complex cannot prohibit you from installing a dish in an area you have *exclusive* control of (balcony/patio/etc...you can't use the roof). They can prevent you from installing it such that you would need to drill holes, etc. If you have a balcony that faces north, then unfortunately, you might be out of luck.