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Questios about used Dish HD receivers

09-08-2005, 03:07 AM
:hithere: Can someone tell me what problems I may run into when buying a used Dish HD receiver? And what questions I should ask to ensure I am not take in the transaction?

09-08-2005, 06:58 AM
Get testimony that this unit is fully operational.

Get the receiver and smart card number and call dish to verify there's no balance due on it. Dish will not activate receiver until all remaining fees are paid.

Make sure you get the remote and manual and even the box if they still have it (reduces the chance of damage during shipping). Although these private sales are on an "as is" basis make sure that you have an agreement (written preferred) that allows you to return it if:

1) it doesn't work at time of activation.
2) if it is missing something like remote or smartcard or manual.
3) if it has balance due you will be at least compensated.
4) if it is not the unit you expected (examples: different receiver or smartcard number or diferent model number).

You may want to consider paying extra for insurance against damage during shipment (especially if the previous owner doesn't have the original box).

09-08-2005, 07:07 AM
Also be careful if looking at a 6000 receiver and you look at newer satalite location such as 105, 121 or 129. The Reveiver needs adaptor to see these as they use newer technology. If you have older legacy equipment at only will look at 110, 119 and 61.5 or 148, you should be fine.

09-08-2005, 10:26 AM
Also be careful if looking at a 6000 receiver.
Good point. Also don't go for the model 5000 with HD modulator either. It's useless for most HD channels.

The 6000 should be ok for 129 (because it's not FSS) unless they going to encode the new HD channels in mpeg4 in that case none of the current models would be usefull.

Right now just concern yourself with the 811, 921 or 942.

09-09-2005, 03:53 AM
That was good advice. I will note all that was said and start looking for a HD receiver. :thumbsup: