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Advice on 942

daleb
07-01-2005, 10:28 AM
I am considering replacing my 811 with the latest 942 rcvr/PVR.
I know it is a dual tuner PVR, but is it worth saving $5/mo. to get rid of my 510 SD PVR we use with TV2?
It seems I would be losing out on simultaneous recording ability.

daleb
07-01-2005, 10:48 AM
For those who have 942's, on lease. Are you new or existing customers?
I just read on another forum that Dish is NOW planning to allow a lease option for exisitng customers, starting this month (July). I know it's not an option on the website, but thought they were too smart to turn down $250 for a lease, and possibly lose a customer.
I think leasing is wise at this time as we get closer to MPEG-4 as well as other potential improvements.

Mummyscurse
07-02-2005, 09:43 PM
Have you checked with the people at Dish in the past few days? I was just told, this afternoon, that the DVR 942 lease program is no longer being offered. Maybe my Dish contact person got her info wrong, but she took a couple minutes to check on my request to upgrade from yesterday's mistaken, new install, which included the 811, not the 942 I had specified. (You'd think they'd at least honor my original request, if the lease deal has been stopped, but as of this moment, I have nothing to indicate that they will.) Maybe if I complain loudly enough...

If the lease plan has been pulled, might this be seen as a sign that a new box is forthcoming, in the not-too-far-distant future, which may be MPEG-4 compliant, for those of us who will opt for the addition of more VOOM channels in 2006? I know I'd be ticked if I shelled out $250, as reasonable as that is, relative to a full purchase price, only to learn that a newer generation receiver is available in 4-6 months, if not sooner. Pure speculation, of course, from someone who has only been a Dish subsciber for two days.

kirkmendoza
07-02-2005, 10:50 PM
For those who have 942's, on lease. Are you new or existing customers?
I just read on another forum that Dish is NOW planning to allow a lease option for exisitng customers, starting this month (July). I know it's not an option on the website, but thought they were too smart to turn down $250 for a lease, and possibly lose a customer.
I think leasing is wise at this time as we get closer to MPEG-4 as well as other potential improvements.

We were new customers when we ordered our 942. What I did, however, before I signed up originally, was go through the DISH website and navigate as a 'new' customer. What I mean is, I pretty much went through all the steps of ordering their service (including all the packages/extras etc.) online. There is the itemized tally on the left hand side that kinda described every charge/discount/promotion. This is where I saw the $250 "Upgrade / Leasing Fee". Rather than ACCEPTing at the end, I chose to close the page. I haven't tried it but, there MIGHT be a way to go through DISH's site as a current customer and kinda watch and itemized tally. Again, I haven't tried.

Good Luck!

BTW - I really love the 942!

daleb
07-03-2005, 08:25 AM
I had heard just the opposite. That NOW Dish is going to lease the 942 to existing customers. As far as I know, only new customers can lease from the website, and it's always been that way, which has been my experience when logging on their website.
I do think Dish was allowing some existing customers to lease anyway...I think they still have the final say in any transaction.
Yes, the MPEG4 is a consideration, and if someone has waited this long might as well wait longer.
While MPEG4 will keep the receivers in the latest game, I don't know how much value it will add to everyday viewing vs. HTPC, video streaming, etc. That's something worth knowing.
BTW , I found out the 942 comes with a separator so you can use the same signal on both tuners. But it will only work with a DishPro PLUS switch and probably DishPro PLUS LNBs installed. It is not a cheap switch. Although it is possible all hardware to do either configuration will be available free when an install is ordered. Probably cost another 100 bucks for install, like the extra dish for voom, but new subscribers may/may not get a total freebie.
Standard hookup with a TV2 is driving that set with a UHF signal through the existing cable to that room.
I kind of liked the idea of keeping my 510 and having separate PVRs for each TV. That will help the 942 as it I would think it would not take too long to log on 25 hrs of HD recordings.