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How many TVs do you say I have DISH?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by dmspen, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. ka8zay

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    Really works great for most of us who do not need to watch 6 TV's at one time. The 722 in my living room feeds a 2nd beedroom that they can watch at night. Also great for starting to watch a show, pause it and then continue it when you get to bed. I have a 612 in my bedroom that feeds the kitchen TV also since I am not in the kitchen the same time I am in the bedroom. Why would I want to have 4 boxes and pay 4 lease fees when I only need 2? It really does work for many people.

    FYI if I needed HD on all 4 TV's then I would have gone with 4 612's. Well actually in the kitchen likely not a DVR anyway.
     
  2. ImBack234

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    What.:confused:
    A box on every tv is absurd, never mind costly!!!
     
  3. paulman182

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    Not at all. One of the big advantages of DirecTV is the relative ease with which you can outfit all your rooms with fully-fuctional two tuner HD DVRs.

    And if you start with one DVR and upgrade gradually as you become eligible for discounts, it doesn't have to be expensive.

    IMHO Dish Network is stingy with its equipment and then nickels-and-dimes you once you get it.
     
  4. jacmyoung

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    Even with the most expensive route, buy two other HD DVRs from Costco, $338 extra plus tax. When I signed up with D* a year ago, I got the third HD DVR for $99 and bought the fourth one from Costco.

    Many people do use them to support two TVs. E*'s two-TV DVRs were way ahead of its time years ago, but the second TV being SD only is now becoming an old concept fast.
     
  5. jacmyoung

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    All the more reasons why E* should change this stupid four-tuner policy.
     
  6. ImBack234

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    What...:uglyhamme Most peoples second TV is SD. Infact most subs on satellite are still sd.:eek2:
    Lets not forget as of today D* still doesn't have Multi Room DVR.:D
    So guys when you add to this topic lets stick with the facts. :rolleyes::D
     
  7. jacmyoung

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    If you want to stick to the topic here, then please realize that the OP wanted more than two HD DVRs because he now has more than two HDTVs, and E* does not meet such request in a reasonable way.

    D* on the other hand does not limit the number of HD DVRs to lease, which is part of the reasons why they tend to retain affluent subs better since most of them now have HDTVs replacing all their old SDTVs.

    What is your topic?
     
  8. ImBack234

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    Rereading some of the post in this thread again I see common sense has no part in this discussion.:rolleyes::eek2:
     
  9. jacmyoung

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    Look at it this way, if eventually you no longer need it you might be able to sell it to recover some of your investment.
     
  10. dmspen

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    I am being penalized for having dual TV outputs even though I did not want them. DISH had no other option at the time. Now they do but are unwilling to replace my receivers or consider them as single tuners - even though their own websites say "For 1 or 2 TVs".

     
  11. dmspen

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    Yes, so would I. The problem is that DISH did not have the 612 when I got my first 2 622s. Now, since I have 2 622s, a 522, they say I hook up to 6 TVs. I don't and can't. With a slab foundation and all my pipes and heater ducts running between floors (2 story townhouse), routing cable to another TV is ludicrously expensive. I only use the 622s on single TVs so a 612 would be perfect.

    I have 4 TVs - 3 HD and 1 SD and they are on 2 separate floors on opposite ends of the house.


     
  12. dmspen

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    I did try that. They won't do anything as long as I have "too many" tuners. I would have to deactivate at least one 622, then upgrade the 522. Problem is, I could not re-activate the 622 as it would violate the number of tuners rule and I'm back to square 1. I also couldn't 'downgrade' the 622 to a 612 as only 1 upgrade per year is allowed.

     
  13. dmspen

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    If I deactivate a 622, I could upgrade my 522 to a 612. The problem is then I can't re-activate the 622 as it then violates the tuner rules. I can't swap it for a 612 as only 1 upgrade/swap is allowed per year. So I would end up with a 622 and 612. That's going backwards.

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    ...Other options were to deactivate my current receivers then add another. Well that doesn't really work, does it? ...

     
  14. dmspen

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    It's not absurd to use it for 2 TVs...it's absurd for DISH to assume that you are. Every time I call, they tell me I'm hooked up to 2 TVs. For many people, the dual tuner to 2 TVs works great. For me, no. Also, one of their big selling points is the ability to record 2 shows at once. Can you do that if they are connected to 2 TVs? Yes, but not by the same TV. Besides, these are separate people watching these TVs, not one or two people going from one room to another.

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    Really, the whole assumption that you use a DVR for 2 TVs is absurd. I bet most people don't. Besides, it's DISHES fault I have that many tuners.

    It's not absurd. My parents have that setup, and it works out nicely. You get DVR service to two televisions for the price of one.
     
  15. 4HiMarks

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    We use "that setup" to get DVR service to the whole house. Just feed the TV2 output into a 4-way splitter. We even diplex it with the incoming sat signal so we don't have to run another cable to the collection point.
     
  16. dmspen

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    SO I bought a 612. I received it last Friday and unpackaged and hhooked it up.

    Guess what? No signal!

    After fiddling with the receeiver, I started checking the wiring. Couple of years ago, I had 2 dishes and 4 lines into the house. Last year I was 'upgraded to a 1000.2 antenna. I was suffereing signal dropouts so they replaced the antenna. Well I checked my connections and found there are only 3 lines going to the antenna. Hey! Where's the 4th line?

    Looks like the 4th line was never connected. I decided I didn't want to deal with it so i called DISH and scehuled an installation. Sunday between 12-5. Great.

    Sunday came...12...1..2...3...4...5...no calls, no DISH dude.

    Called DISH. They show the notes, the call, everything, but NO WORK ORDER!

    The CSR apologized and offerend me 3 months of HBO and Starz. Uh, I have the Everything Pack so that's kind of meaningless. (You'd think their profile would show that). In the end they scheduled a priority install for today and a $20 credit.

    We'll see if they show today...
     
  17. ZBoomer

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    I thought a 1000.2 had three outputs, you'll need a switch to connect four receivers to it, as far as I know. (I have an older dish myself.)
     
  18. Jim5506

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    Dish 1000.2 has only 3 outputs.

    You need a DPP44 switch.

    Connect each of the three outputs from the D1000.2 to the inputs on the DPP44 and connect the power inserter to the #1 output on the DPP44.

    You can now use all 4 outputs on your DPP44 to power up to 4 dual tuner or single tuner dish pro receivers.

    P.S. - the DPP44 runs $90 on ebay (caveat emptor).
     
  19. dmspen

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    When the DISH Dude showed up, he called me to let me know I'd need a switch. He said DISH cost was $199. OUCH! He has a friend who runs a sat install business and got the switch for $120. He installed it and only 3 of the 4 output ports worked. <sigh>
    Everything is all set up and readdy to go. He actually replaced all the RG6 to narrow the problem to the switch. We even swapped lines all around and could only get 3 ports working. He's taking it back and should show up today around 9 to install the new switch.
    I used to have 2 regular dishes and now have the 1000.2. The mast is still in place from one of the small dishes. I'm wondering if it might be better to get another 1000.2 and run a line from it rather than having a switch. I was saving the mast to install an OTA when the weather gets a little better and I really have no plans for another TV. Maybe the switch is still the best way...
    More to come...
     
  20. coldsteel

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    Take the switch, and do the OTA later. Having the switch gives you room to expand with a second switch later if needed.
     

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