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Old 06-13-2006, 01:21 PM   #1
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Quick question:

If I buy a dish network receiver on ebay, will it work normally or do i have to lease it from dish network itself? I know if it is a DVR that will not work unless I pay the $6 monthly fee. What about a regular receiver or an HD one. Will I miss out on any of the new channels or should they all work equally? Thanks for the help.

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Old 06-13-2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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Quick question:

If I buy a dish network receiver on ebay, will it work normally or do i have to lease it from dish network itself? I know if it is a DVR that will not work unless I pay the $6 monthly fee. What about a regular receiver or an HD one. Will I miss out on any of the new channels or should they all work equally? Thanks for the help.

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If you buy a receiver off ebay just make sure there is no outstanding balance on it. If there is then you will have to pay the balance. If it is free and clear then you can activate it. I know the premise of getting charged $6 a month DVR fee on something you own is ridiculous. You might be able to bargain that $6 off your bill wiht a CSR. If you get the AEP or HD Platinum the DVR fee is waived. I also believe if you get a 508 or older DVR there is no fee.
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Old 06-13-2006, 01:40 PM   #3
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If you buy a receiver off ebay just make sure there is no outstanding balance on it. If there is then you will have to pay the balance. If it is free and clear then you can activate it. I know the premise of getting charged $6 a month DVR fee on something you own is ridiculous. You might be able to bargain that $6 off your bill wiht a CSR. If you get the AEP or HD Platinum the DVR fee is waived. I also believe if you get a 508 or older DVR there is no fee.
I have yet to hear of anyone talking a csr out of charging the dvr fee.
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Is there a fee to activate a purchased receiver?
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:18 PM   #5
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I have yet to hear of anyone talking a csr out of charging the dvr fee.
I said "might". I have not tried. I imagine that if a person threatened to leave DISH for cable and was not under contract, the people in charge of keeping folks would adjust the bill in some other area in essence removing the $6 charge. You can play with numbers all day to give a certain outcome.
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:42 PM   #6
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I purchased a 211 off Ebay and I am not charged a lease fee. However, when I hooked it up I was not able to activate it at the time because I still had a Dish 500. Once I upgraded my dish then I was able to activate it. For me, there wasn't an activation fee. Just make sure there is no balance on the receiver and that the receiver you buy will work with your current system. You mentioned "new channels" in your post so I'm assuming you want a 211 or 622, but do you have the latest dish?

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Old 06-13-2006, 03:00 PM   #7
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I do not have any dish at all right now. I just moved and am trying to find the best provider. I would assume I would get the latest dish if I am a new customer...correct?

I have 3 HD TV's throughout the house, so I want each of them to be able to receive HD, but I am not willing to pay $10 per month for the extra boxes (since one HD comes free). One of the TV's has a cable card, so I want that. I will therefore need 2 boxes...one free and the other hopefully from ebay or something. Does anyone know how much the monthly fee for just the cable card is?
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Old 06-13-2006, 03:07 PM   #8
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I do not have any dish at all right now. I just moved and am trying to find the best provider. I would assume I would get the latest dish if I am a new customer...correct?

I have 3 HD TV's throughout the house, so I want each of them to be able to receive HD, but I am not willing to pay $10 per month for the extra boxes (since one HD comes free). One of the TV's has a cable card, so I want that. I will therefore need 2 boxes...one free and the other hopefully from ebay or something. Does anyone know how much the monthly fee for just the cable card is?
3 HDTVs means 3 HD boxes. If each of them has their own ATSC tuner then you can hook up an antenna and receive OTA HD programming free. DISH will lease you a 211 for $49 down and $6 a month. Additional HD receivers you would probably have to purchase. The 211s are running about $300 new each. As far as cable cards, I dont know what the cable company would charge for additional cards. From what I have understood, use of cable cards takes away from some of the functionality of cable like video on demand.
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A little off topic but, if you did purchase an 811 or 211 with an outstanding balance is there a way to clear the memory?
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A little off topic but, if you did purchase an 811 or 211 with an outstanding balance is there a way to clear the memory?
If you purchase an 811 you'll get nothing, They won't activate it, clear or not.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:15 AM   #11
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A little off topic but, if you did purchase an 811 or 211 with an outstanding balance is there a way to clear the memory?
Pay the outstanding balance or you might be able to crab at the CSR and they will not collect.
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:17 AM   #12
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If you purchase an 811 you'll get nothing, They won't activate it, clear or not.
So the only DISH HD receivers they will activate are the 211 and the 622?

I wonder if DISH will ever com out with a 222 (dual tuner) or a 611 (single tuner with DVR)?
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