Ok, so NPS is providing DNS using E*'s equipment and system. They are an independent company not in cahoots with E*. Questions:
1. Does this mean I don't have to be a E* subscriber (of some sort) to subscribe to NPS-DNS?
2. Does this mean the LIL status of my DMA vis a vis E* is totally irrelevant?
3. If I have a E* system and am qualified can I get NPS-DNS and only NPS-DNS?
4. Can NPS sell a compatible non-E* DBS system?
5. Since channel authorizations must be sent does NPS have access to E*'s system or does E* still have to complete the authorizations (in other words, do you have to deal with two different call centers?).
6. What are the packages/prices that NPS is offering and are there any geographical restrictions (e.g. NY in the East, LA in the West)?
Thank you for your assistance.
1) See cj9788's post -- his wife is NOT an E* sub and activated a deactivated receiver.
2) Again, see cj9788's post -- the ZIP code he used for both activations receives E* LIL.
3) On your E* equipment, yes, only NPS provided DNS.
4) Call NPS, not sure on that one.
5) From what I've read, the consumer does not have to deal with a 2nd call center. Once NPS has your receiver information, the channels are usually active within minutes. How exactly they are authorizing the receiver is unknown, but I'm assuming it's similar to how SkyAngel authorizes? Although I have no idea how SkyAngel authorizes, either.
6) Atlanta and San Francisco are the channel markets offered. $2.50 per network (and you get both ATL/SF) or $9 for all 4 last I heard.
I figured you would have had all this info by now.