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Is Dish the way to go?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by glennh73, Sep 5, 2005.

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  1. glennh73

    glennh73 Cool Member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Im looking into maybe getting Dish network, but have a few questions that i hope someone here can answer.

    1. i have trees around my house, is that going to stop me from getting a signal? Just really worried about that.

    2. Do i have to rent each reciever? As of right now i i want the HD reciever, the Voom package, local stations in HD( though i here u only get CBS in HD, Whats up with that) and need a second reciever for my non hdtv.

    3. How many dishes will i get since i want voom, locals and HD?

    4. Is the HD package of Dish Network any good? Is it clear?

    5. Dish is having an offer of free Dish 811HD Receiver, free HD pack for 6 months, AT 180 free for a month, 3 months of hbo, showtime an cinemax and free intallation.

    Now does that include the actual Dish itself or do i have to buy that separate from the reciever?

    Oh i am planning on the AT120 package.

    Thank you all.
  2. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    Hopefully some of that was useful to you! :)
  3. bavaria72

    bavaria72 I am one too! DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    Allow me to express an opinion on your question #4 regarding HD. - HELL YES! It will ruin you. I just hate watching shows in SD. If it is available in HD, I would rather watch it real time instead of using my DVR (which is also the bomb). Just as soon as E* comes out with an HD, MPEG4, DVR box I'm going into hock for it. If you love sports (footballs, baseball) you will never want to go back. Of course the amount of programming available to you will depend if you can receive your local channels OTA in HD. I can so it is great. It will be a year probably before E* starts bradcasting HD locals (see MPEG4 switch) to those who can't. Even so, I would still go HD based on the old Voom programming available, and the ESPNHD, HBOHD, NFLHD, etc. Lots out there and it is only going to get better.
  4. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
    2. Consider the 942. It's a $250 upgrade on the lease plan, I don't know the discount or if it's offered on the ownership plan. It is also subject to the "no phone line" and DVR usage fees. On the plus side it will save you the extra receiver fee, feed separate programming to 1 HDTV and 1 analog TV, record digital broadcasts and any satellite channel, and give DVR features to both TVs.

    Dish offers only 2 local channels in HD: CBS-NY and CBS-LA. Those are also offered as distant nets to those who qualify.

    3. Two dishes. And you're in luck because you will get that second dish installed at no extra charge if you subscribe to your locals. Why? The Pittsburgh locals come from 110° except for WPCB which comes from 61.5°. While that is true (Dish has a May(?) deadline to make each set of locals viewable from a single dish) Dish is obligated to provide the extra dish and possibly a more expensive switch needed for your receiver(s) at no extra charge to you. The Voom channels also happen to come from 61.5° but tell them you want the dish for WPCB.

    You can later add Voom to your programming. The Voom channels are also at the moment being transmitted from 129° but since no announcement has been made that may not be permanent. Dish will also be expanding the Voom lineup from 10 to 21 channels sometime in the next several months. Depending on where these channels end up you will already be set or just need to repoint the 61.5° dish to 129°.
  5. glennh73

    glennh73 Cool Member

    Sep 5, 2005
    Wow im really confused here. The 942 is nice, but the whole reason im getting Dish is cause of right now i get the dish and HD receiver free, ( except $50 activation fee).

    If i had to pay 250 for a dish i would just wait and go with comcast and get all the stuff free.

    But all this talk about 61.5 and 129 degress worrys me cause i have no idea where that is in the sky and i will get free installation so figure let them worry about that. But will i have to now worry about that?

    Though if Dish goes and moves all of that stuff, will i be screwed or what?

    More i read the more it seems i should wait, but then i would miss out on free reciever and dish.

    IN all honestly i wish i could just get the HD package and nothing else.

    What is WPCB?

    So to sum it all up, if i get dish now, will i be screwed later?
  6. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
    If you're not interested in recording/time-shifting HD programming, stick with the 811. You will need a 2nd receiver to watch different programming on the other TV.

    Here are some sites to help you with your site survey:
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    Preliminary Site Survey based on where the Sun Shines
    Use sun or moon to choose the best place for your satellite antenna

    You can get just the HD package if you buy your equipment without taking advantage of any new customer deals. There is a $5 access fee for not having any of the AT, Dish Latino or Great Wall packages. Otherwise you are required to keep at least AT60.

    WPCB is Cornerstone channel 40 in the Pittsburgh market which includes the only Kittanning I found in a quick search.
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