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Anyone do a provider cost comparison recently?; Hopper vs VIP722K

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by neilo, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. neilo

    neilo AllStar

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    Currently I have Top 200 Dish with a 522 DVR feeding 2 HDTVs

    I get my internet and basic cable from Comcast (the reduced cost of internet when getting TV almost pays for the basic cable, plus it has clear QAM HDTV and insurance over thunderstorms on the Dish). The basic cable feeds those same 2 HDTVs plus 2 older SDTVs.

    I am thinking of upgrading my Dish to get HD programming or dropping it to get a Comcast or FioS bundle.
    I was wondering if anyone has done a comparison recently or programming + equipment costs.

    If I keep my current situation, I was thinking of either adding or switching to a VIP 722K DVR (or two of them) or a Hopper with some number of Joeys. It looked like a Hopper + 1 Joey is $19 and then if I wanted to feed the other TVs that would add another $14, but since they are SDTVs that may be a waste. But maybe having 2 VIPs for 2x$7 per month would be best or some other combination.

    Anyway, if someone has done the analysis of various costs or has some advice on just keeping Dish with some kind of upgrade, that would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Neil
     
  2. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame

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    1st Hopper is free of monthly cost
    2nd Hopper is $12/month
    Joeys are $7/month
    Whole-Home DVR is $10/month

    So 1 Hopper + 1 Joey would be $10+$7 = $17
    Add 1 Hopper to that adds $12 = $29 total
     
  3. neilo

    neilo AllStar

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    What I see on the Dish website is the following, which is slightly different. Maybe it is different for some areas?

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  4. Jim5506

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    Just getting 1 722k would not change your monthy bill at all, DVR fee for ViP receivers is $7/month, but you already pay that.

    Adding a second 722k would be $17 more per month, the same as adding a Hopper and a Joey, you get 4 tuners instead of 3 with the Hopper/Joey but the two receivers can't share programming as with the Hopper system.

    You might also consider 2 Hoppers - 6 tuners, recordings sharable between Hoppers, but there may be an up-front cost but the monthly is the same a 1 Hopper + 1 Joey.
     
  5. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

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    Check with a DIRT member (Dish Internet Response Team) but I'm pretty sure the 2nd 722 is $17 per month ($7 per tuner plus $3 DVR capability) - I KNOW it is not $7 unless Dish lowered it - but you know where hasn't frozen over has it?
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The table is correct as far as it goes but it doesn't address your scenario (because a single ViP722 can't independently serve two HDTVs).

    The prices do NOT vary by location but grandfathering may create small differences.

    An approach that you may not have considered is getting two ViP211k receivers and outfitting them with hard drives. Only one recording OR viewing at a time and not as efficient at recording as a Hopper, but quite a bit less expensive if that is the priority.
     
  7. neilo

    neilo AllStar

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    After thinking about it for a while, I decided to just go with 1 Hopper for now replacing my current 522. They put me on the $7/month protection plan and so the installation is supposed to be $15 and will be done September 4.
     

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