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#1 OFFLINE   Ira Lacher

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:35 PM

I am considering switching from DirecTV to DISH Network, and I have a question about fees relating to DVRs. The first has to do with adding a hard drive to a non-DVR HD receiver to give it DVR capability. The second has to do with the monthly DVR fees if I choose to go with DVR HD receivers.

  • Is the $40 DVR activation fee per receiver or per account? and
  • Is the $6 DVR fee per receiver or per account?
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#2 OFFLINE   BobaBird

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:02 PM

1. It's per account.
2. It's presented as per account, but additional DVRs are $3 more than the equivalent non-DVR.
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#3 OFFLINE   Ira Lacher

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:27 PM

OK. So . . . three non-DVRS with activated external hard-drive would cost me (in addition to the three external drives, of course):

  • $40 one-time fee
  • $0 for the primary receiver (say a duo HD like a 222K)
  • $12 per month for two additional receivers?

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#4 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 02:46 PM

$40 one-time fee

Yes. Once per account for the life of the account.

$0 for the primary receiver (say a duo HD like a 222K)

Yes. 1st receiver is free (per month) regardless of the receiver.

$12 per month for two additional receivers?

Close. $7 per month for single output, $14 per month for dual output.

#5 OFFLINE   Ira Lacher

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:13 PM

I see - fee per TV controlled, not per box. OK. That gives me an idea of how I could compare costs. Thanks.
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:20 PM

Ira, just in case you don't know.... You cannot add an external hard drive to a 222/222k.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:28 PM

What's the per-receiver cost if the additional receivers are DVRs? Are not DVRs?
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:49 PM

What's the per-receiver cost if the additional receivers are DVRs? Are not DVRs?

Non-DVRs are as stated ... $7 for a single output (211), $14 for a dual output (222).
DVRs are $3 more ... $10 for a single output (612), $17 for a dual output (622/722).
SlingLoaded DVRs (922) are $20 per month/
The first receiver (the most expensive one on the account is counted as first) is "free". An account with a 922 and a 211 gets the $20 922 fee waived and sees the $7 211 fee.

This is in addition to the $6 per account DVR fee (one per account with any DVR on it) or the $10 per account slingloaded fee (one per account with a 922 on it).

SD receivers count the same as HDs ... the old 501 and 501 count as $7 receivers even though they are DVRs (with no DVR fee on the account unless there are other DVRs).

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:03 PM

OK . . . getting complicated. Really appreciate the help!

Say I have three receivers -- one dual HD, two solo HDs. Non-DVRs all. I activate the external hard-drive DVR conversion on all. So I would pay:

  • $40 one-time activation fee (covers all 3)
  • $0 for the dual receiver
  • $7 per each solo receiver ($14 total)
Total per month: $14

Now, let's say I have three receivers -- one dual HD, two solo HDs. All DVRs. So each month I would pay:

  • $6 DVR fee for entire account
  • $0 for the dual receiver
  • $10 for each solo receiver ($20 total)
Total per month: $26
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:18 PM

OK . . . getting complicated. Really appreciate the help!

Say I have three receivers -- one dual HD, two solo HDs. Non-DVRs all. I activate the external hard-drive DVR conversion on all. So I would pay:

  • $40 one-time activation fee (covers all 3)
  • $0 for the dual receiver
  • $7 per each solo receiver ($14 total)
Total per month: $14

Now, let's say I have three receivers -- one dual HD, two solo HDs. All DVRs. So each month I would pay:

  • $6 DVR fee for entire account
  • $0 for the dual receiver
  • $10 for each solo receiver ($20 total)
Total per month: $26


Yup, that's right (as long as you don't have a 922). Keep in mind if you are leasing equipment from DISH the first DVR is included with the new customer promotion. If you want a 2nd and 3rd HD DVR it would be $99 upgrade charge per HD DVR receiver which would need to be paid before installation. There would be no upgrade charges though if the 2nd and 3rd receiver are not DVRs.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 05:04 PM

Also, you cannot make a duo HD rcvr a DVR with an external drive.
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:08 PM

I am new to dish. I currently have a 222k and a 211 receiver and was thinking of buying my own 222k to replace the 211 thus saving $7/mo and picking up a 4th tv for seperate viewing. A csr at dish told me I would still be charged the $14/mo (for a dual recv.) even though I own it. Is this true? If so that does not sound fair. Why would anyone own their own equipment? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Jeckman

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:11 PM

No difference in fees between leased and personally owned receivers. Yes the 222K would be $14.00. I would replace the 222K with a 722K (no change in fees) with the OTA module. You get the ability to record 4 streams at once(2 OTA and 2 Sat) and can add an external hd to the 722K for additional storage. After Feb 1, there is no fee to activate the ehd, currently $40.00.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:27 AM

Why would anyone own their own equipment? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Jeckman


Just wanted to touch base on this one, thomasjk was right about the fee between leased and purchased being no difference. Purchasing your equipment makes it completely yours. So you wouldn't have to return it if you disconnected and, as long as the account is good, can be sold and/or transferred to another account.

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