I have been a customer of DISH for 11+ years. I called today to get an Hopper installed along with one Joey. First thing they told me is it's not free............I had to buy the Hopper (~$525) and pay for each Joey ($7.00/month). They told me that TV 2 would no longer be a part of my DISH system without the Joey and they also told me that I should get additional Joey's now in case I added more TV's in other parts of the house at a later date. Also I was told my OTA hookup could not be used on the Hopper. After going back and forth for a bit I was handed off to a "supervisor". She offered to lease the Hopper to me for a $100 upgrade fee and charge me $7.00 a month for each Joey (hooked up or not).
Right now I can record on my 722 on TV1, TV2 and OTA. The only reason for the Hopper was to get TV2 to run in the HD mode for when the grand kids are visiting.
So I guess the moral of the story is.............unless you need to record more that 3 things a one time, and you upgrade to the Hopper, check and see what your monthly bill will go to.
ADDING one thing....................I was told that if I was a new customer I could have the Hopper for free and no charge on the Joey's.....................I guess it does not pay to be a long term customer.
Edited by Steve H, 20 March 2012 - 09:13 AM.