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E* requirements - Please correct or even flame me if wrong!

Rhyvven
05-04-2005, 06:06 AM
Greetings,

I have posted elsewhere in the forums that I "recently" got D* to forgo my "1 year commitment" after installing a new receiver. I was happy because it meant I could entertain the thought of VOOM. Obviously now, that means I can entertain the thought of E* for HDTV ( I do currently have an OTA HD tuner and antenna that picks up 13 local stations) :D . I have had D* for about 10 years I think (has it been THAT long??). I have always purchased and installed my own equipment. I have one dish with 3LNB's (third LNB picks up locals).

Am I correct in what I have seen in researching E* that I will have to let someone else install E* equipment, they "own it" and I may have to have 2 or even 3 :eek: dishes on my house??!!

For me personally - their HD will not be worth it for me. I will stick with the evil :p , that is D* for now then.

Raddude
05-04-2005, 12:13 PM
You can install your own equipment, then call to activate or add programing.

If you are taking advantage of their new customer offers, then they own the equipment and and they will install. Since you are an existing customer, simply install your 2nd dish for the 61.5 and then add the HD packages.

The $100 2nd dish fee is only for those who do not want to self install. If a CSR tells you differently, simply ask them to check with a supervisor. Should be no problems.

Rhyvven
05-04-2005, 12:53 PM
Thank you Raddude, but you mis-read. I am a current D* customer. But you did answer part of the question - I would be a new customer signing up through their current "special offer(s)". So that would mean they own equipment. I might be able to live with that (although I do dislike the dual tuner STB's they would put in. I would have one HDTV room and 3 standard rooms, they force their own STB configurations on you when signing up. They choose the equipment to best "connect" all the rooms). So what about the possibliltiy of more than one dish? Looks like I would be at least stuck with two.

GRN
05-04-2005, 01:16 PM
Am I correct in what I have seen in researching E* that I will have to let someone else install E* equipment, they "own it" and I may have to have 2 or even 3 :eek: dishes on my house??!!
You can install your own equipment. As far as leasing or owning the equipment, I've been a longtime customer and I own all my own equipment. New customers lease theirs. And in order to get the full complement of HD channels, you will need a second dish, pointing at the 61.5 satellite.

Raddude
05-04-2005, 04:22 PM
Thank you Raddude, but you mis-read. I am a current D* customer. But you did answer part of the question - I would be a new customer signing up through their current "special offer(s)". So that would mean they own equipment. I might be able to live with that (although I do dislike the dual tuner STB's they would put in. I would have one HDTV room and 3 standard rooms, they force their own STB configurations on you when signing up. They choose the equipment to best "connect" all the rooms). So what about the possibliltiy of more than one dish? Looks like I would be at least stuck with two.
To be a new customer you would have to cancel your account and then start a new one . Differerent name, and change your billing address. A lot of trouble with very little gain. I would just buy the necessary equipment and install it to your own preferences. Ebay has loads of new and used HD receivers, LNB's and dishes at reasonable prices. Install the 2nd dish for the 61.5, then add the HD packages. When DN adds more sats for HD, just realign your 2nd dish and and enjoy the show.

I hope this helps. Keep us posted on how you make out

Rhyvven
05-05-2005, 05:29 AM
Thank you GRN for the clarifications. I will need to think it through some more. Not too crazy about having two dishes on the ol' house. I will research further what way they will need to point here in RI and just what they look like (size wise), before a decision is made. Neighobor has had Dish for years (basic , no HD), so I know I can point the "first" dish the proper way. Obviously I will need to "get over it" for the second dish if I want the HD now and not wait down the road for D*. Thanks again.