A few things infuriate me about this. First, there was no notice. One could argue we saw it coming, but Dish handled this in a very cavalier manner--as if they don't have competition. I can guarantee you that if the company that hauls their network traffic to their satellite uplink sites had arbitrarily decided to do work outside a planned and advised maintenance window, or make a change that materially affected them without notice, some VP at Dish would be screaming bloody murder to some VP at said telecom. There would be threats of cancellation and demands for service credit. Yes, there are issues of scale, but Dish is still a customer and by no means the largest customer, so there's a certain hypocrisy to all this that irks me. Then there's the fact that many of us bought 942s because there were so few to rent early on, and now that equity is lost, with the added insult that we can either buy or rent another receiver to replace what was a perfectly functional unit. You would think Dish would attempt to retain good will by offering to waive rental fees for a year or two, which is probably the equivalent of what they net on the sale of a receiver, but no. Way to go, Dish.
Edited by edub52, 08 March 2009 - 10:29 AM.