Many keep saying, "Dish has said," yet I have not seen anyone, anywhere, who can provide substance this is, in fact, being a current Echostar/Dish policy.
If someone can provide some form of confirmation of such policy, I'm certain many would be interested.
Personally, I believe this statement is false, and its conjecture is derived from the fact that Dish, as of 2/1/06, will no longer activate the old Dish HD package.
Current HD programing, as of 2/1/06, is comprised of the Medal packages, which Dish will not provide to a MPEG2 receiver.
I believe Dish will activate a 921/942, be it on a "new account," or the "only HD receiver on an existing account," however, the only programing available after 2/1/06 for a MPEG2 receiver would be any/all of Dish SD channels, and SD locals.
A activated 921/942, after 2/1/06, with a SD local subscription would also provide OTA of DT, in both SD & HD, with EPG support for both SAT SD and OTA DT.
Perhaps someone could find out just what the current/correct policy is, besides "Dish has already said."
My understanding matches yours. The point being the 942 is a HD DVR and Dish will not activate it for HD on a new subscription. That is where the misunderstanding likely occurs. Since it's no good for Dish HD, it makes for a very expensive SD DVR(or OTA receiver).
The bottom line is: Since it's not usefull for Dish HD programming, it's value is greatly diminished(but not zero).