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How many DISH receivers can you have?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by jdolezar, Jan 11, 2006.

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  1. jdolezar

    jdolezar New Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I'm new to DISH -- just signed up today with a great bundle package deal through my new phone comapny -- and am perplexed by something. The gal I talked to on the phone made it sound like you can have only four TVs hooked up to DISH service.

    We're going to do the 942 on our Panasonic plasma in the family room and the LCD in my home office and a 625 upstairs for our master bedroom TV and kids' playroom TV.

    So can I really not get another receiver to hook up a fifth TV? I'm confused and know that DirecTV you can have as many receivers as you want, so someone please help!

    Thanks a bunch in advance for your assistance.
  2. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

    Jul 16, 2004
    Six receivers for a residential account. I've read that some have exceeded this but with no detail. Perhaps buying another residential account or going to a business account is their solution?

    Your CSR may have been thinking of a four room promotion?
  3. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    4 receivers if you lease, 6 if you OWN some.
  4. JohnH

    JohnH Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Be sure and hook up that phone line to all of them.
  5. n0qcu

    n0qcu Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Actually it's four leased TUNERS not receivers.
    You can own up to 6 receivers even if they would all be dual tuner models.
  6. stonecold

    stonecold Banned User

    Feb 20, 2004
    The real answer is you can never have enough recievers.
  7. Nightlife1970

    Nightlife1970 Legend

    Aug 10, 2005
    You can get 4 tv's on the lease deal.

    A residential account can have 6 receivers but the customer will have to buy the additional hardware. So you could run up to 12 seperate tv's (using dual tuner receivers) if you wanted to buy the extra equipment and pay to have it installed.

    If you wanted to run 5 tv's on your system you could just mirror two of the tv's. Do you really need 5 seperate channels?
  8. AllieVi

    AllieVi Hall Of Fame

    Apr 10, 2002
    Clarification - while there is a limit to the number of receivers on a DISH account (6, as I recall), there is no limit to the number of TV's that can be in use. As Nightlife suggested, many TV's can be connected to the output of a single receiver. The major limitation is that all those TV's will be watching the same program.

    Here's an example of what's possible. Like some others, I have a whole house distribution system that allows the output of my three receivers (and many other sources) to be viewed from any of my dozen or so TV's. The only TV that has a receiver near it is the main TV. It's there so that I can use the highest quality connection.

    The other receivers are in a closet that is the hub of the distribution system. All the outputs are modulated onto standard broadcast channels. TV tuners throughout the house can then be used to select a particular receiver. Spare remotes at each TV allow control of the receivers since DISH uses RF technology in its remotes (i.e., they work through walls).
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