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Cost of using an old 622 for locals only


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#1 OFFLINE   jltv

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:47 PM

I’ve been to busy to watch much TV, and I’m wondering what I can expect Dish to charge for locals only on my two year old 622.

What I’ve found is on the Dish web site:
Locals for non-qualifying packages are $5.99 per month

and on my current bill:
DVR service fee 11.96
DISH home protection Plan 5.99
(I have the 622 connected to Broadband so I save the $5)

What other fees will Dish want to charge me to keep the 622?

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#2 OFFLINE   ChuckA

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:39 PM

Why do you want the 622 just for locals? You can just use the TV set for locals if it has an HD tuner. If it does not, a converter box will cost you from $0-$50 depending. If you want to record, Dish offers the DTVPal DVR converter box as well for a little more. But, it looks like they are sold out at the moment.
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#3 OFFLINE   jltv

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:55 PM

I get the Digital locals just OTA on my TV.
I NEVER watch live TV, but I only watch a few network shows these days.
With NetFlix, and Video Podcasts, I found I watch very little old school TV anymore.

I'd get a DTVPal DVR but look at the forum discussion, it is still buggy.
Before I call I wanted to get an idea before the support reps started spouting BS.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:23 AM

Did you PURCHASE the 622 on your own? As long as the receiver is leased, you agreed to continuously subscribe to a minimum programming package (DishFAMILY @ $20 or better). With an owned receiver, there is a monthly fee for "below minimum". That $6 "Service Access Fee" is NOT charged if you subscribe to a $10 package, $15 for maybe 20 channels with locals, and I think you can get just locals for $10 and not have to pay the Service Access Fee. But you WOULD have to pay the 622 DVR fee of $5.98 (do you currently have two DVRs?) and a $5 HD Enable fee for having an HD receiver and not subscribe to HD programming.

If you have more than 1 receiver (2 DVR fees) there is another fee for mirroring programming onto the 2nd one.

$10 locals only might / might not still be available. There was an American Essentials package for $15 with locals a year ago, but I think it morphed into a "Welcome Pack". As $5.99 locals and a $6 Access fee, you'd be better of to spend $3 more for the "Welcome" and get a few channels. Whatever the cost, you'd need to add a $5 HD Enable fee and a $5.98 DVR fee.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:45 AM

I have two 622 that are leased, and are beyond the 18 months min requirement. I want to return one. It looks like $20 for the family pack, $5 HD Enable fee and $5.98 DVR fee. (+ tax)

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 10:59 AM

Locals can be added to DishFAMILY for another $5, pushing your total up again. $35.98 seems steep for "just locals", but it includes the ~ 20 channels in the Family package. I don't know that a "regular" CSR would be able to setup anything below DishFAMILY, but if they can't, there is a decent chance someone in retentions could. The $15 Essentials/Welcome deal plus $5 + $5.98 would still provide DISH revenue instead of getting nothing if you were to just cancel.

If you really just want locals, and be able to record them, the purchase of a 211 and $40 to enable an external hard drive (no $5.98 monthly DVR fee) should get you to a $10/month for locals plus $5/month HD Enable. I haven't followed the DTVPal DVR threads, but they certainly did a crappy job with the DTVPal itself. I'd hope the DVR version doesn't decide to change the channel of a Timer, like the DTVPal does.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:12 AM

I used to have the family package with locals and HD DVR. Cost was around $35 per month. We watch about 90% locals and live on the Oregon Coast where we can't get OTA so this was the cheapest solution. When I lived in Tampa with OTA we just had a TIVO. THat runs about $12 per month (prepay for a year) and is a great service in my opinion if you can get OTA and watch mainly locals. I think your best options are Dish family with locals and DVR for $35 or TIVO with OTA at $13. You do get quite a few good channels with Dish Family package and I think its worth the extra $22 if you have kids or watch the other channels (Animal Planet, Hallmark, etc). Boomerang is pretty cool also.




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