The DISH website ... the "XiP" forum we have here. We don't keep it a secret.Neil64 said:I've been with Direct TV for 16 years and am think about switching to Dish for HD and the Hopper.
1st, where can I find specific hardware prices - dvr fees, Joey fees, etc?
No Joeys come with a Hopper. DISH installs them separately.2nd, where can I find how many Joeys come with a Hopper?
A new subscriber can get one Hopper and up to three Joeys free (no equipment cost). The second Hopper is $199 and an additional Joey is $99.
Monthly fee (plus programming package and taxes) is $7 per Hopper or Joey. The first Hopper is included in the programming package. There is also a $6 DVR fee and $4 whole home fee added per account if you have a Hopper.
So a single Hopper will cost you $10 per month plus programming package and tax then add $7 for each additional Hopper or Joey. Simple math!
Your two year agreement lasts two years so you will be required to pay the then current full package price when your promo period ends.3rd, when your 1 year promo ends, can you sign up for another promo or do you really have to pay the full normal price? I am considering America's Top 250+ for a promo price of $39.99 for 12 months and 69.99 after the promo. Would I really have to pay the $69.99 or could I switch to another promo pack and sign a new agreement? Verizon offer these types of deals or so they tell me.
You might be able to add a different promo (Blockbuster movies, a premium package) but the sign up discount ends.
BTW: The promo is, as stated, a $$ discount off of the current price. If DISH raises their price (most years they do so in February) your first year discount will be off of the then current price. DISH is not promising a set fee for the first year, they are promising a discount for the first year.
Most HD channels are also in SD. The Hoppers and Joeys have SD outputs for any channel, HD or SD. Some channels are protected by digital rights management software.4th, Are all HD channels also simulcast on SD channels for recording by VCR or DVD recorders?
More details in the XiP forum ... there always seem to be a few people who have more problems than others but in general the current equipment is reliable.5th, Is Dish's equipment - DVRs, etc. reliable? My Sony Tivo is over 10 years old and works just like it did day 1.
You should be getting the same deal from DISH either way but some resellers offer their own discounts ... for which you will agree to a separate contract. If you are not dealing directly with DISH get everything in writing. Probably not a bad idea even if you are dealing directly with DISH.6th, why are promo lengths different over the phone vs. on line? Seems like the folks on the telephone will haggle with me to try to sign me up??? I don't want to sign up with these folks and get billed something different.