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What happens to leased equipment if I cancel?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by superJess, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. superJess

    superJess Cool Member

    Jul 29, 2002
    I have a vip722 that is leased. I've had it since 2008. We are evaluating our options right now because there are a few things I'd like to change (more tuners, HD locals, some new channels). We are thinking about switching to DirecTV. What happens to my vip722 if I do that? Do I have to ship it to Dish?

    Right now I have a ton of stuff piled up that I haven't watched. I doubt it's going to get better anytime soon as I had a baby in May and I'm always behind. I'm trying to figure out what to do if I switch when I haven't watched everything stored on my DVR yet. If I have to ship it back, I pretty much have to catch up before I cancel.
  2. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    The only person that can tell you that is Dish, I leased my 722k,612 and 211k, so yes I had to give them back.
  3. DoyleS

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    Typically you have about 10 days to return the equipment. When you call them to cancel, you can ask about it. They may send you a Return Authorization but then again you may be on the hook for the shipping charges. If you have material that you haven't watched, then you better get your Binge going as there is really no way to save it to another device unless you have a friend with a 722. Then you could save it all to an external hard drive (assuming you have paid for that feature). Then plugging that Hard Drive into another 722 would allow you to watch those shows. Not really what I would call convenient. I have a lot on both my external and internal hard drives and it pretty much keeps me from switching providers.
  4. thomasjk

    thomasjk Legend

    Jan 10, 2006
    Dish charges to return the equipment. You can't move the shows to EHD and then hook it up to another account. Dish does not allow that.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    What TV Designated Market Area are you in?

    Shortly after you cancel, you must send the ViP722 back. Most of it will stop functioning within days of cancellation (including the OTA tuner).

    You'll need to at least clear the partition table on the EHD so you can use it for something else. It will NOT work with a DIRECTV DVR or receiver because DIRECTV requires the arguably more problematic* eSATA configuration and they don't support EHDs on their non-DVR receivers.

    * if you disagree, I invite you to visit here:


    Beware: there are just short of 2,800 posts in the above thread.
  6. superJess

    superJess Cool Member

    Jul 29, 2002
    Thanks everyone. I figured I'd have to send it back, but I was hoping that maybe they wouldn't care about it because it's old now. I am surprised to hear I will probably have to pay for shipping it back to them though. Maybe I'll have to keep both for a month so I have some overlap and can catch up watching the shows on the 722 while I start recording on the next one.

    I like Dish and I haven't decided for sure yet. It sounds like even if I stay with Dish and upgrade to a Hopper I will still have this problem.

    We're in Cincinnati, OH.
  7. TheGrove

    TheGrove AllStar

    Jan 9, 2007
    You can only transfer recordings via EHD between receivers on the same account. You would not be able to take an EHD to a friends house and plug it in to watch. When you plug it in it will try to reformat the EHD to work on his account instead of yours.
  8. Mike.H_DISHNetwork

    Mike.H_DISHNetwork DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Feb 1, 2011
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I was just asked to return a seven year old ViP622 with a hinky OTA tuner.

    Surprisingly, I was told by two notification e-mails that return was NOT required.
  10. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    Seaside Oregon
    If you have a VHS or DVD recorder, you could copy what you have on your hard drive (real time) and watch it later. That is always an option, but it would be in SD. I own my equipment and I have been happy with Dish since I got it in 1999. Nothing else (for me) compares out in the country where I live.


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