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Press Release: DTVPAL™ Digital-To-Analog Converter Boxes Now Available

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Rob Glasser, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. CABill

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    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1043093
    has links to Zatz and SatGuys images

    Even some in the TR-40 Manual (http://www.dishnetwork.com/dtvpal/downloads/159336_AA_text_withcover.pdf) but it uses the TR-40 159336 part number. I find it pretty funny that people that order a DTVPal via DTVPal.com get a DISH account created (not subs) and they can login and see the Primary receiver #1 is a ... wait for it ... TR-40!
     
  2. Jim148

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    That was fast...ordered 2, using coupons via DTVpal.com, on the 30th.

    They were just dropped off today, the 3rd.
     
  4. CABill

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    DTVPal remote will not control my 942/622/722, no matter what address TV1 IR is set to. DTVPal remote doesn't use Address 1, it uses Address ZERO. That controlls older receivers, not matter what IR address they are configured to use. Besides my 508, 811 and 6000 users have reported the DTVPal remote controls them.

    You don't need to change the ViP to be UHF Pro, but that actually wouldn't work since it changes it from IR to IR / UHF Pro and still honors IR commands. I can't make the DTVPal remote operate the ViP at all, but you can configure the 622's 5.3 IR remote to control the DTVPal via Aux if you set that to Address 1 (31#).
     
  5. Blowgun

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    I'd say naming the device DTVPAL was another. :D

    If I was going to get one of these little tuners, I would want one with an S-Video out even if it cost a little bit more. But I suppose I'm probably in the minority on that since the basic idea of the device was to get an analog TV to receive signal for as cheap as possible.
     
  6. CABill

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    Renaming it isn't a biggie and was done well ahead of time.
    Jerking people around with DTVPal @ $40 becoming DTVPal at $60 at the last minute was one of the lowest things I've seen DISH do. Corporate communications was still releasing info about $40 DTVPals a few weeks before a Charlie Chat jumped it to $60, and DISH was still giving out DTVPal free with coupon after the price hike.

    DISH did the "free with coupon" for positive press, but let's not forget that also makes them frickin liars! We'll have to wait and see if they get "free with coupon" going in time for the Sept test conversion in Willmington. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6558986.html
     
  7. Blowgun

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    Sorry, I meant calling the device a "DirecTV Phase Alternating Line". At least that's what I see when I read "DTVPAL".

    Is it an acronym, a word or a hybrid?

    Do I say, I want a "D T V Pal", or maybe it's "DirecTV Pal" or is it pronounce as one word, "Dtvpal"?

    Sounds like someone won a naming contest and they were the only entry. :D
     
  8. James Long

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    Digital TV Pal ... a buddy for the digital transition.

    Yeah, PAL makes me think of SECAM ... not ATSC.
     
  9. CABill

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    I like someone else's
    Digital TV - Pay A Lot more than we told you!
     
  10. crashHD

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    Never been a Dish subscriber.

    Bought a DTVPAL, with a coupon.

    Received a DTVPAL a few days ago.

    Got this in the mail today.
    [​IMG]

    Things that make ya go hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...................
     

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  11. CABill

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    Make me wonder about a couple of things.

    They key "NEW" customers off several things and I'm curious if you would now even qualify as a new subscriber. It probably means you couldn't order a 2nd via the website if/when the price returns to the promised $40 - you'd have to phone.

    If you go to the DISH Website, create an account by entering the 16 digit 8255... - what do you see for My Equipment? Is Receiver #1 a DTVPal, or a TR-40?
     
  12. crashHD

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    "We are sorry you must be a Dish Network subscriber to use this website. Please Call 1-800-Dish or visit us at www.dishnetwork.com to sign up."

    Tried twice, to be sure I didn't mistype the number. So apparently I am now, I both am and am not a dish customer. I don't particularly care, one way or the other, but it's been...strange.
     
  13. Bill R

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    I received my DTVPal boxes on Monday and have been doing some testing on them.

    I have noticed a few bugs and I think that we need a "DTVPal Bug Reports" thread to discuss them. There just seems to be too much "noise" in this thread and they will just get lost.
     
  14. Blowgun

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    Yep I know what you mean, but I think I would have used something like Digi-Pal. It sounds cute without the confusion. :lol:
     
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    Well I FINALLY got my cancelation message from Provantage. The only problem is the person they mention in the body of the email is not me. :mad:

    Monday, July 28, 2008

    To: TOBEY XXXXXXXX

    Re: Order Number 349XXXX

    Dear TOBEY XXXXXXXX,

    We are writing to inform you of the cancellation of the TV converter box you had ordered: EchoStar DTVPal Digital to Analog TV Converter (Provantage#: NTIA005).

    Unfortunately, this product will not be available for sale as the manufacturer will not be releasing it as planned. A new DTVPal product from EchoStar has been released which will replace the unreleased model. PROVANTAGE will not be carrying the new DTVPal product. Also, we have chosen not to participate in the NTIA TV Converter Box program moving forward because we feel this program will prevent us from providing our customers the quality service that is expected of us. Therefore, you will need to purchase the new DTVPal product from another NTIA authorized dealer.

    At the NTIA's request, we are refunding your coupon amount(s) to them directly and have provided your name as a PROVANTAGE customer. The NTIA will contact you after they have verified your information. PROVANTAGE has no control over the redistribution of coupons and any questions about this program should be directed to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration: 1-888-388-2009.

    We apologize for the inconvenience and if we could have prevented this issue from happening, we surely would have done so. If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thank You,

    PROVANTAGE Computer Products


    I have sent them an appropriately worded message pointing out their lack of business integrity while ignoring the contractual agreement with the NTIA.
     
  16. James Long

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    I hope you get your coupons back. A cash refund of the coupon would have violated the NTIA rules. My first impression is that you got ripped off and won't see the coupons returned. I don't know if "re-issue" is even in the vocabulary for the coupons.

    Good luck!
     
  17. JohnEL

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    I got my DTVpal at Sears last Friday. They had about 20 on the shelf. Went there with a coupon and cash - no shipping. :) Have enjoyed it since. Suggest you may want to give them a try.:lol:
     
  18. Phil T

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    I ordered 2 DTVpal's from Ultimate Electronics last weekend. They took my coupons and will call me when they are in.(supposedly next week).

    They said thy had over 300 orders in their system and were supposed to get 400+.

    Cost was $40.00 ea. + tax.
     
  19. jkane

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    What is Ultimate Electronics? Google lead me to a web page that doesn't sell the DTVPal.

    How much were they are Sears?
     
  20. JohnEL

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    At Sears they were the standard $59.99 - $40.00 coupon. With our state sales tax, out of pocket to me was $24.04. Have had it now since 7-25, works great, I'm happy with it - good luck:)
     

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