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Old 02-03-2012, 10:48 PM   #31
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As someone who sells the PP all day for a living, I would recommend not getting it until something goes wrong. If you call in with a problem and they determine that you need a receiver or service call, you can sign up for the protection plan at that point and they will waive the initial cost on the service call or shipping. It'll cost you 10 bucks to cancel if you don't keep it for 1 year, though.
That is exactly what I did...kept it for a year and then canceled. Got a new receiver and paid a promotional price per month of 99.
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #32
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I had D* for 2 years, then Dish for 3 1/2 years without their protection plans. In that time I never had to call support for anything and never had an equipment problem. I only have one DVR an easy hookup to the dish which is on a 4' pole beside the house and a piece of cake to align. In that 5 1/2 years I saved almost $400 and don't feel I was taking any kind of risk. If the DVR fails, I have a FedEx account that's cheaper than their $20 and remotes are cheap (they're all over eBay). If you don't abuse things and refrain from stupidity like putting the stbs in enclosed cabinets with no room to breathe (these things run hotter than my pcs), then the risk is minimal if almost non-existent.

Final note: there's a reason they push these plans, just like extended warranties - they are huge moneymakers.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:37 AM   #33
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not long ago DTV would fix stuff free. Now they do not at all! so, it is well worth it. It covers everything that can and will go wrong, tech visits, remotes, reciever replacements they used to offer free but now screw you for. example: your receiver turns into a brick. It's leased but w/o the plan they will f you for a replacement. Evidently it's another way to line us all up and bend us over. But is worth it considering.

It has saved my approximately $1000 in parts and labor in the last 1 1/2 years. This includes two receiver replacements.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:39 AM   #34
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don't waste your money! I signed up AFTER something went wrong. Dish alignment , I think! Just a ripoff is all it is anyway!
It's saved me a lot of money in the last 1 1/2 years. My dish has only needed aligned twice. I did that myself.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:55 AM   #35
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I had an issue with the picture breaking up off and on. When I called the rep. I was told my PP would not cover it unless it happened all the time.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:08 AM   #36
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I had an issue with the picture breaking up off and on. When I called the rep. I was told my PP would not cover it unless it happened all the time.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:04 AM   #37
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I have the plan. I'm not sure it is worth it though. In 18 months they have sent me 2 remotes. Everything else works just fine.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:51 AM   #38
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I originally bought the PP because I live in a windy area. Over the years I have used it for a couple of dish alignments, all new cables from the dish into the house because the tech noticed mine had been installed with the wrong connectors and improper grounds, A new DVR delivered to my house instead of being shipped, and a new remote.

I usually consider extended warranties and service contracts as less than cost effective but this PP has been worth while for me.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:06 AM   #39
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I have the plan. I'm not sure it is worth it though. In 18 months they have sent me 2 remotes. Everything else works just fine.
It's a roll of the dice, Bob. I have saved well over $500 during the last three years because I had the protection plan.
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