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Tech Forum Summary - August 13th, 2007

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by James Long, Aug 13, 2007.

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  1. Rob Glasser

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    Thanks CABill, the light bulb went off after I posted my reply and have since updated it to reflect the same =)
     
  2. satguy06

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    I have a VIP 211 right now. I called CR this afternoon just to get more info if I should upgrade. She said I would have to pay a $149.00 one time upfront payment. But, I would later get a $50.00 rebate on my next bill. And then there's a $10.00 credit on my bill for the next 10 months (I forgot what this was for). Now, I saw CABILL write that i would need a phone line for DVR. I'm new to DVR, will I need a phone line if I should upgrade to the VIP722?
     
  3. satguy06

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    I also have a 311.
     
  4. satguy06

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    by the way, what is DDA?
     
  5. P Smith

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    DISH DVR Advantage
     
  6. satguy06

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    ok
     
  7. satguy06

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    So, I would need a phone line for the VIP 722?
     
  8. Rob Glasser

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    Short answer: no you don't HAVE to have one, but you pay for not having it.
    Long Answer:
    At this very moment if you don't have one connected you will pay an additional $5.00 a month.

    However, if you have a broadband network connection you can hook up, then the plan is to eventually support dial homes via the Internet. While broadband connectivity is currently implemented it is not a supported dial home connection at this time, so to avoid the $5.00 fee, for now, you need to have a phone line connected.

    Additionally, there is DishCOMM, which allows you to use to setup a 'remote' modem through your house's power lines to another DishCOMM enabled receiver that does have a phone line attached. If you do not have another Dish Network receiver with DishCOMM support AND a modem line plugged in then this would not work for you.
     
  9. satguy06

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    what is the phone line used for? what is it connected it to?
     
  10. James Long

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    The phone line goes between the satellite receiver and the phone company. You can also connect other phones in your house to the phone line.

    E* uses it to report PPV purchases and check status on the receiver (with your receiver calling out occasionally). You can also check your bill and add new channels via applications on DishHOME - only on a phone line.
     
  11. satguy06

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    I forgot about that, you're right. But, why would I be charged for having a phone line? Up to now I haven't been charged a phone line fee. Rob Glasser makes it seem that Dish Network will require me to pay for it, even if I don't have one. Do I need to pay one even if I don't want it?
     
  12. Rob Glasser

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    Sorry that wasn't clear, on a ViP DVR if you do NOT connect the phone line port to a working phone line Dish Network will charge you a $5.00 a month fee for NOT connecting a phone line. If you hook up your phone line there is no fee.
     
  13. satguy06

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    why do you need to connect a phone line to a VIP DVR and not to a regular VIP?
     
  14. James Long

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    Because E* says so. :)

    E*'s policy charges $5 for each dual tuner receiver not connected to a phone line. The 622 (and soon 722) are dual tuner receivers like the 322, 522 and 625 which also have a $5 fee if not connected to a phone line. The 211 isn't a dual tuner so there is no additional fee for not connecting a phone.

    Don't ask for the logic of it ... it's just E* policy.
     
  15. Jim5506

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    The ethernet connection is a replacement for the phone line.

    If you have a broadband connection to your 622/722 you get no $5 charge henceforth.
     
  16. satguy06

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    If I put the 722 in my living room and I have a phone line connection in my bedroom. Can i used the phone connection in my bedroom to hook up the phone line?
     
  17. Rob Glasser

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    Eventually, but not yet at this time, while the functionality is in L4.41 it is 'not yet implemented'. I would not disconnect the phone line until we hear from Dish that it is fully implemented.
     
  18. James Long

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    You have to get the phone line to the receiver. There are a variety of ways to do this from the low tech (run a wire) to wireless phone jacks.
     
  19. penguin44

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    Well great...grrr.... I never had the Voom stations though but it's really a bummer that m4 is needed. My cable company is launching these stations within the next 2 months and it's mpeg2.
     
  20. James Long

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    E* has decent deals on MPEG4 receivers ... If you just want Voom paying for a 34~ channel package might be a bit much, but E* HD isn't a bad deal.
     
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