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Press Release: DTVPAL™ Digital-To-Analog Converter Boxes Now Available

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Rob Glasser, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Rob Glasser

    Rob Glasser Hall Of Fame Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2005

    CNET’s Top Choice for Digital Converter Boxes*
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – June 26, 2008 – DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the digital transition leader, today announced that its DTVPal™ digital-to-analog converter box is available for purchase nationwide at www.dtvpal.com or by calling 1-888-638-9912.

    The DTVPal qualifies for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s TV Converter Box Coupon Program; coupons may be ordered by visiting www.dtv2009.gov. Consumers can purchase the converter box for $19.99 after the $40 government coupon is applied; MSRP for the DTVPal is $59.99.

    The DTVPal by DISH Network was deemed a “top choice” by CNET, and is the only converter box that comes with a nationwide customer care and service network to facilitate installation, including knowledgeable, multilingual agents and technicians trained in the digital transition.

    “The DTVPal is supported by a trusted and respected national brand – DISH Network – and is without question one of the best and most affordable converter boxes on the market today,” said Tom Stingley, executive vice president of Sales and Distribution for DISH Network. “As a leader in all-digital television for more than 12 years, we understand the benefits of digital TV, and we are committed to providing solutions for consumers affected by the upcoming transition so they may continue to enjoy their favorite TV programming.”

    The feature-rich DTVPal is one way for consumers to experience DISH Network’s industry-leading and award-winning technology at an attractive price. The DTVPal is only one of a few converter boxes that includes a unique analog pass-through feature, which means it can take both analog and digital signals – ideal for all consumers, as many stations are low-power and are not required to switch to digital broadcasts by 2009.

    Additional components include an easy-to-follow setup wizard, a best in class* electronic program guide with up to seven days of program listings, parental controls, program search, auto tune timers for program recording on a connected VCR, closed caption support, a remote control, and signal strength screen pop-ups that can troubleshoot lost signals.

    Consumers can also prepare for the digital transition by subscribing to pay television. DISH Network offers the best value in entertainment with the lowest all-digital price every day, along with unmatched technology and award-winning customer service that has surpassed major cable TV providers for the past eight years. For as little as $19.99 per month (additional $5 for local channels), DISH Network customers can subscribe to the DishFAMILY package and receive over 40 popular channels, plus free installation and activation.

    For more information about DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474). To learn more about the DTVPal or to order a converter box, visit www.dtvpal.com or call 1-888-638-9912.

    *CNET Review, June 19, 2008
    # # #​
    About DISH Network Corporation
    DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the nation’s third largest pay-TV provider and the leader in digital television, provides more than 13.815 million satellite TV customers with industry-leading customer satisfaction which has surpassed major cable TV providers for eight consecutive years. DISH Network also provides customers with award-winning HD and DVR technology including the ViP722™ HD DVR, which received the Editors’ Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. In addition, subscribers enjoy access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most International channels in the U.S., industry-leading Interactive TV applications, Latino programming, and the best sports and movies in HD. DISH Network offers a variety of package and price options including the lowest all-digital price in America, the DishDVR Advantage Package, high-speed Internet service, and a free upgrade to the best HD DVR in the industry. DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300 company. Visit www.dishnetwork.com/aboutus or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for more information.
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I saw the predecessor to this device at CES, the TR-40, and it looked very nice!
  3. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    I've been waiting for this because my in-laws are OTA only (they will never pay for TV) so I'm going to get them a couple of these and hook it up for them at Christmas when we're out there.
  4. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    I was in the midst of typing this reply in the TR-40/DTVPal thread that was closed a few minutes ago.
    I received a letter from the NTIA/DOC (National Telecommunications And Information Administration/Department Of Commerce) in Washington, D.C. today stating that ProVantage has been decertified from the TV Converter Box Coupon Program.I wanted to give people a "heads up" that are still under the impression that they have orders in good standing with ProVantage for these converter boxes.If ProVantage has applied charges to your credit cards,I would advise folks to contact their respective credit card company and cancel the order/charges ASAP.
  5. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    Hi Rob,I have one question for you about these boxes.Will they be available for purchase from DISH Network retailer locations?

  6. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    The Dish Network retailer would have signed up with Dish to carry the boxes and with the Government to participate in the program. If they took both actions they should be available there.
  7. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Looks good.

    Bravo to Dish!
  8. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Looks like it should be a good one, but I dont get the Customer Service push...Dish isnt exactly known for their outstanding CS :p
  9. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I also received this letter today from the Dept. of Commerce. I called Provantage and cancelled my order. They still claimed it was a valid order that would be processed in mid-July. I just ordered the DTVPAL on the dtvpal website and used the one coupon I have that is still valid.
  10. dave29

    dave29 New Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    i ordered 2 of them a couple hours ago;)
  11. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    My two coupons expire today, but I think I'm going to pass on them. I was going to install the boxes at my mother's house, but in the time it took to get to market she has moved into an assisted living facility. :(
  12. mw1597

    mw1597 AllStar

    Jan 12, 2007
    I just ordered 2 of them. The web order form didn't work for me so I had to call it in.
  13. neljtorres

    neljtorres Godfather

    Jul 15, 2004
    I am going to have to call because::confused:

    We are unable to ship the DTVPal to an address within the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico. For alternatives, please call 1-888-638-9912 and a DTVPal representative will help you with your order.
  14. Nashcat

    Nashcat Legend

    Dec 17, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    I just tried to order two with my coupons, but I got this error message:

    "Our records indicate that you or this address had Dish Network service in the past. We are unable to automatically process your request to order the DTVPal receiver online. Please call 1-888-638-9912 and a DTVPal representative will help you with your order."

    Anyone know what this means?
  15. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I may buy one later ... wait for the $39.95 version or the TR-50. My coupons expired a few weeks ago so RS got the government money. I'm in no rush to pay $60 nor am I coupon limited from getting something better than a "coupon box" for my other TVs.

    DISH being late to market isn't good ... hopefully there are enough coupons still valid (and still available) that they can make a few sales.

    BTW: My RS was out of stock when I went to buy the boxes but they still sold them to me and SHIPPED them to me free. No $8.95 per box charge for shipping. That really puts me in less of a hurry to get these!
  16. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    It means you may be a satellite subscriber AND trying to get a coupon discount on the OTA box and Dish has to note that in their reporting to the Feds - so you need to call and explain your circumstance in more detain that can be gotten through the internet.
  17. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    It's irrelevant.

    When applying for the coupons it matters (the first batch of coupons were unlimited but eventually the program will be limited to those without satellite/cable), but once the government issues the coupon it's none of the seller's business. DISH isn't handing out coupons.

    Perhaps DISH just wants to market ViP receivers to their customers?
  18. audiomaster

    audiomaster DBSTalk Club Member

    Jun 24, 2004
    My coupons were going to expire so I got a Zenith and a Channel master (with s-vid out) Both seem to work well. But I thought the first boxes from Dish were going to be $40.00?
  19. Jim148

    Jim148 Godfather

    Jun 22, 2004
    I think that it means someone with that address owes them money from satellite service.
  20. BNUMM

    BNUMM Hall Of Fame

    Dec 23, 2006
    I agree that Dish being late isn't good. The local Walmart has been selling the Magnavox boxes as fast as they come in.

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