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#1 OFFLINE   neilo

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:01 PM

We have a 522 receiver. I would like to upgrade sometime to an HD DVR - maybe that Hopper that is being heavily advertised. The problem is that we still have a lot of shows on the 522 that we haven't seen. While new programming comes in, I can't ever see us clearing up the backlog completely.

So, I was thinking that I'd try to do an upgrade, but try to keep the 522 around on its own to watch the shows on that while new material arrives on the new DVR which has a lot more storage capacity.

Anyway, I was wondering whether Dish would let me do this and how much it might cost to do the upgrade these days. Any advice?

Thanks.

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#2 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:19 PM

Not if you get a Hopper. If you get a Hopper, you can only have Hopper + Joey... no other DVRs.

If you want to keep your 522 for a while, you'll have to upgrade to a 722 or something to get HD.

Dish isn't mixing anything with Hopper installs.

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#3 OFFLINE   Inkosaurus

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

Do you own or lease the 522?

You can upgrade using the Dishn it up program, the cost greatly depends on where you stand with Dish as a customer and what you have on the account (like if you have the protection plan). It would also incur a 2 year contract.

If you upgrade to a vip model receiver you could keep the 522 available on the side for awhile to watch your backlog, if you dont mind paying an extra receiver fee.
If you go for the hopper though you wont be able to do this , if im not mistaken Dish is currently only support the hopper system alone and not mixing it into older configurations.
I.e. no hopper+ models that came before it.
edit: Ninjad by stewart while i was typing this xD

#4 OFFLINE   neilo

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

Do you own or lease the 522?

You can upgrade using the Dishn it up program, the cost greatly depends on where you stand with Dish as a customer and what you have on the account (like if you have the protection plan). It would also incur a 2 year contract.

If you upgrade to a vip model receiver you could keep the 522 available on the side for awhile to watch your backlog, if you dont mind paying an extra receiver fee.
If you go for the hopper though you wont be able to do this , if im not mistaken Dish is currently only support the hopper system alone and not mixing it into older configurations.
I.e. no hopper+ models that came before it.
edit: Ninjad by stewart while i was typing this xD

Thanks for the advice. I saw people mentioning no VIPs with the Hopper in another thread, but I guess there aren't many people still left with 522s who'd try to get one.

I don't have the protection plan but I am on the auto pay plan and have been past the 2 years point for quite some time.

Strangely enough, while I use to be able to find info on the dish'n it up program on the Dish Network page, I can't at the moment.

Edited by neilo, 15 April 2012 - 05:38 PM.
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#5 OFFLINE   garys

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:58 PM

PM on of the DIRT members here to help you set up your upgrade.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Upgrade to an HD DVR. VIP or Hopper and never look back. You will not miss SD ever.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:34 PM

Anyway, I was wondering whether Dish would let me do this and how much it might cost to do the upgrade these days. Any advice?


Please send me a PM with your phone or account number and I'll be happy to go over your upgrade options with you. Thanks!

#8 OFFLINE   neilo

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

Please send me a PM with your phone or account number and I'll be happy to go over your upgrade options with you. Thanks!

Great. Thanks

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

I've had some form of DVR since 1999, and one of my first lessons was: if you can't clear the backlog then you're recording a bunch of stuff that will never be watched. At some point, the DVR can even become a burden as you try to manage the backlog.

So I would watch the absolutely critical stuff, then dump the rest of those old SD recordings and record fresh new glorious HD material.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:58 PM

AFAIK
IF you OWN.... the 522 (keep it).

You can disconnect it from the satellite antenna 1ST and cancel the service to it.
(you won't have to a pay a monthly fee for it)

Don't reconnect it to the satellite, you can watch what's already recorded on the 522.

Get a new receiver/dvr for your current Dish service.

#11 OFFLINE   neilo

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:22 PM

AFAIK
IF you OWN.... the 522 (keep it).

You can disconnect it from the satellite antenna 1ST and cancel the service to it.
(you won't have to a pay a monthly fee for it)

No, it is leased. I think I'll just have to concentrate on working on the backlog to a minimal amount and then upgrade

#12 OFFLINE   dmspen

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:50 AM

With the advent of the Hopper/Joey system, people might be dumping their owned DVRs. You might be able to pick one up fairly inexpensively.




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