If he gets a 722k, he should also go out and buy some lottery tickets...
How it turned out: both receivers came yesterday. Both were 722's (no 722k). The refurb'd receiver, based on the RA# from Dish, consisted of:
- Just the receiver and a one-sheet installation instruction
- sticker on box said "Model VIP722 REMFRD REPLACEMENT"
- sticker said it was made in China
The box that supposedly contained the "new" receiver, consisted of:
- Full set of cables (HDMI, composite, s-video, coax, etc)
- Full instruction manual
- Two sheets detailing my obligations under the "Dish'n it UP" program.
- 2 new remotes (both slightly different from my old ones, but apparently not the kind that can store settings)
- sticker on box said "Model VIP722 BULK REMFRD RECV"
- sticker says it was made in India
So, given the "REMFRD" label on both, which I assume stands for "remanufactured", both units are refurbs. Meaning the only difference was I got a couple of new remotes, a bunch of cables I didn't need, and a unit made in India instead of China.
So I still don't get the point of it all. Other than Dish getting a 2-year commitment from a 15-year long customer, seems like all I got out of it was a couple of new remotes. Despite the Dish agent telling me I would get a new rather than refurb'd receiver.
Oh, and they forgot to include a return shipping label in the first box, despite being the one labelled "replacement". Have two units to ship back now, with only one label.