Phone Line

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  1. webpack

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    OK, I am sure this has been talked about before......what happens if I disconnect my landline from my DVR?

    1) Will I loose my channel guide without it?

    2) Will I be charged $5 per mo.?

    Don't care about PPV so that is not an issue.
     
  2. James Long

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    You won't lose the guide info or be charged more. It will restrict your PPV purchases. The biggest problem would be if you have multiple receivers.

    Multiple receivers not connected to phone lines will earn you a call from the "Audit Team" who will make you verify all of your receivers during a single phone call. Receivers not verified will be disabled until they are reconnected to the same phone line as your other receivers or you complete the audit process by verifying all receivers.

    If you only have one receiver disconnecting the phone line shouldn't be an issue.
     
  3. Kevin Brown

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    I know that in the past, you got charged $5 or whatever a month if you didn't have a receiver connected. But I thought that they no longer cared if you had it connected to the phone line or not?

    (Guess I'm going to find out, I needed an outlet so no more wireless phone jack for one of my DVRs ...)
     
  4. NickF DISH

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    That is correct. It used to be $5, but there no longer is a fee for not hooking your receiver up to the phone line or broadband.
     
  5. BobaBird

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    Actually, everybody pays the fee whether their additional Duo receiver is connected or not. What we no longer have is 1) a separate line item identifying it and 2) a way to get it waived.
     
  6. Jhon69

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    If you don't have a phone line connected you won't be able to use what I like to consider one of the Dish Network's receivers excellent features,that is when you subscribe to Caller ID through your phone company and you enable the Caller ID feature in your Dish Network receiver the name and number of the person calling will appear on your TV screen.
    Also when your connected to a phone line and enable TV Enhancements you can use your remote control to receive coupons for items advertised and vote in surveys.Then there is also the ability to order PPV Movies when your Dish Network receiver is connected to a phone line.;)

    I always keep all my Dish Network receivers connected to my phone line and connected to my High Speed Internet at all times mainly for all the features that are available when you are connected.:)
     
  7. phrelin

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    I don't connect my DVR's to the phone. The internet, yes. But it is because I have a broader social issue to contend with.

    I still have caller ID blocking on my phone number which irritates my (adult) kids to no end.

    It's the principle of the thing. They can refuse to answer "unknown" calls and it's fine with me. But if I'm home and not in the shower, I answer my phone. Otherwise why not just buy a voice mail box service somewhere?

    And no, I don't carry around a cell phone, to be interrupted whenever because I feel so insignificant I believe nothing I'm doing can be more important than the caller's thought of the moment. I hated cell phones when I worked because less than 5% of the calls were time sensitive "urgencies." Almost everything else could be dealt with in an email or written response when I found the time.
     
  8. keitheva

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    So just to corroborate this, you work for Dish, and you are saying if my receivers are not connected to a phone line (or broadband) I will no longer get hit with any additional fees -- is that correct? Thanks.
     
  9. scooper

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    True.

    BUT - if all your receivers are not connected, you have more of a chance of getting audited to verify that all your listed receivers are , in fact, at your location. And this has to be done on ONE call, reading the location code for each receiver.
     
  10. keitheva

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    Thanks. Not that it matters because both of my receivers are at one location where they are supposed to be, but re the audit thing, is that still likely if one of the receivers is connected via broadband?
     
  11. scooper

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    I don't know -
     
  12. James Long

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    It is a crap shoot. I've lost one or two of my three receivers when the phone line to them failed. The other receivers on my account stayed active. They may disable the one they can't see or they may leave you alone. Enforcement seems to be random.
     
  13. keitheva

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    I see. So while the extra $5 fee may have gone away (or simply been subsumed by some other fee), the "contractual obligation" to have your receiver connected to a phone line/broadband, hasn't. Guess I'll just leave them both connected.
     
  14. SaltiDawg

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    If you already have them connected, what is the downside of leaving them so?

    Just a polite question.
     
  15. keitheva

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    No big downside, I just like getting rid of wires whenever I can.
     
  16. Kevin Brown

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    Maybe I should purposefully disconnect the phone line on my DVR (vs my wife's, which has already been disconnected). One of my 5 year old twins accidentally ordered two PPV movies last month for the 1st time. At $6.99 a pop, I'd rather rent the BD with better audio and video quality, cheaper too.

    And as far as "coupons" go: I've had my 522 then 722 connected continuously for the last 4 years or so, yes, with the enhancements enabled, and I've never seen anything like this.
     
  17. Jhon69

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    That's why there is a Channel Lock/Lock PPV/Hide PPV Options in the Dish Network DVR Menu.Plus you can contact Dish Network and have them set a "limit" for PPV or "Lock PPV out" in your account.:)

    Normally you see "coupons" in the Dish Home section.
     
  18. Blowgun

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    For someone who wants a couple of the options enabled, the biggest problem I found with the lock feature in the 5xx series is that enabling an option isn't enough for that option to actualy work. You have to password protect the whole receiver, too. IMO, the entire lock feature wasn't very well thought out.
     
  19. MattE303

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    are Dish PPV movies really $6.99? I thought D* was expensive at $4.99!!!
     
  20. James Long

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    HD Video on Demand (start any time) are $6.99 --- regular HD PPV (start on the channel's schedule) are $5.99 and SD VOD or PPV is $4.99.

    Locking out the channels (1 and 501 for VOD) gets rid of the VOD options.

    It takes more than a simple keypress to buy a movie but people who don't read screens can make mistakes.
    I believe one has to watch more than 5 minutes for the charge to stick.
     

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