Nope, Dishnetwork boxes dont have the settings in them (even though they use the DVB system) to tune different satellites.
Yeah, I figured their proprietary firmware wouldn't allow that. Though you'd think they would offer something like that as a selling point. "Buy Dish, and you can get the Dish International box for only $5 more a month! Receive free International/hobbyist programming!"
Check http://www.gofastmot...tellitehome.htm for your components. Good guy, great prices.
I've found a few good resellers online, most of them with positive reputations on this forum. I was just hoping I could find a local dealer, so I don't have to worry about shipping, simplify returns (in case I can't get a signal due to topography in my area, which is rough), and because I like to support local business. Would a Dish/DTV reseller typically have this kind of equipment, or would they just have their franchise's hardware?
I currently have a 3GHz 5TB server with a DirecTv H24-100 receiver/Hauppauge HDPVR combo controlled by a USB controlled IR blaster/receiver for Subscription satellite, a FTA DVB-S2 card for FTA using a 39" dish on a HH motor, and a dual tuner ATSC HDHomerun. Im using SageTV (sagetv.com) for the DVR software, and use stand-alone media extenders in the rooms to connect the TVs to the HTPC (although you can watch directly on the HTPC if you wanted to).
System works well, has a HD GUI, no ads in the guide and fully customizable.
I'd probably build mine around MythTV. I had a system in the past, and I loved it. Awesome support mailing list, support for a ton of hardware (including DVB-S cards, much of the HDPVR series, and the HDHomerun). Additional features aside, the ability to mary OTA, FTA and some kind of subscription service into a single box, with a single "channel lineup" is more than worth it, especially when the rest of the family has to live with this thing.