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|11-05-2012 04:12 PM|
You might try this "authorized dealer" http://www.satelliteso
|11-01-2012 08:39 PM|
|youngm||Nice! Now, I need to find a way to get a $125 gift card.|
|10-30-2012 11:13 AM|
|slohasley||FYI, I got the $125 gift card today.|
|10-04-2012 11:33 AM|
I called Dish and the first CSR said I had to register on the mydishrewards web site. I tried doing that, but there was no offer for the $125 card. The CSR didn't know what to do and basically couldn't help me.
I called back a couple hours later and talked to a new CSR. I told the CSR that I couldn't register for the $125 gift card, and the gift card was the driving decision in my ordering Dish. He said he had an option to send the gift card directly to my address and it should be here in a week. So, hopefully I will get it. Sorry about the misinformation in the first post. I'll edit to include an update.
|10-03-2012 09:58 PM|
|youngm||So were you able to get the slick $125 gift card? All the links I can find on that page seem to indicate that it was expired.|
|10-03-2012 09:52 PM|
|youngm||I believe you can pause even while you're on contract. However, your time on pause doesn't count against your contract time.|
|10-03-2012 07:55 AM|
|slohasley||Good point, and that would work if I paid the $99 installation rather than the free install with a 24 month contract. Since I did the free install, I have to maintain service for 24 months. The thing I didn't know was that I could downgrade my service to a lower cost package during the 24 months.|
|10-02-2012 09:18 PM|
|youngm||Have you considered putting your service on pause off season? I think it costs $5 a month or something.|
|10-01-2012 01:42 PM|
|slohasley||Dish was installed today. The HD channels all look great. I plugged in my hard drive, and got a notification that I needed to call Dish to enable the DVR functionality. I called the Dish automated phone system and went through the steps to enable an external hard drive on my account for a $40 fee. Back at my receiver, it notified me that the drive would be formatted and asked me to agree to this. After it formatted the drive, the receiver restarted, then it had the DVR enabled. All DVR functionality works, like search programs by name and setting them up to record every episode going forward. The 500GB hard drive says it has room for 49 hours of HD recording. The receiver does not have the ability to watch one satellite program while recording another, but I knew this going into the setup. When I tried to change the channel during a scheduled recording, it warned me that doing so would stop the recording so I could cancel the channel change.|
|09-26-2012 04:35 PM|
[Active until 5/31/13] Dish Network for ESPN during football season, $22/mo for 2 yrs after GC in HD & DVR option
[Edit] The promo code 03SLICK has been updated on Dish's website. It is active until 5/31/13. This seems to be a continuing offer as it keeps getting extended The math below is no longer correct with Dish's price increase on 1/17/13.
I've been wanting to get ESPN for football games for some time, and my kids have wanted some cartoon channels. We only have OTA now. In past years I streamed football on ESPN3 and other methods. ESPN3 has started blacking out the whole continental US on their major college football games, so I went looking for the best deal I could get with cable or satellite that included ESPN during football season. Most were over my budget of $30/mo. Cable was laughable at $70+/mo. I won't restate the DirecTV deals in this thread http://slickdeals.net/f/4901154-Directv-New-Customer-Offer-for-Summer-2012?, but I could only get the cost below $30/mo without HD and if I could stack the AAA and refer a friend discount (which is apparently much harder than in the past) and had no DVR.
Dish Network has their America's Top 120 package for $24.99/mo for the first year including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Second year the price goes up to $44.99/mo, but their rep told me you could switch to any other plan in the second year without penalty. You just can't switch more than once ever 30 days. This is written in the DHA agreement, but it doesn't mention the $14.99 Welcome package as an option. The Dish America package costs $34.99/mo and includes all the HD channels from America's Top 120 including ESPN and ESPN2. The Smart Package (formerly Family) includes 55+ channels for $24.99/mo, but not ESPN.
The Dish Network VIP-211K receiver allows the addition of an external USB hard drive to enable DVR functionality ($40 to enable this functionality). The hard drive must be externally powered, and others have stated it should be 7,200 RPM. I have a spare 500 GB Seagate hard drive that I can use for this purpose.
Here's what I came up with:
Sign up for America's Top 120 with $120 gift card using 03slick: http://www.dish.com/redirects/par...lickdeals/
Get the VIP-211K.Receiver for one HD TV.
Year two switch to Dish America for 5 months to get ESPN (Sept - Jan).
Rest of year two, switch to the Smart Package (Feb - Aug)
Year one cost is $300. Year 2 cost is $350. Total Cost = $650. Minus $125 GC, total cost is $525. Two year average monthly cost is $21.88 before state tax.
If you don't want to switch down to the Smart Package, the two year average monthly price goes up to $24.79/mo before state tax. If you can switch down to the Welcome package for 7 mo. during year 2, the average monthly price drops to $18.96 before tax.
Dish charges a $6/mo DVR fee if you choose a DVR receiver with a built in hard drive.
The duo tuner VIP-222K receiver does not support an external hard drive
Adding additional receivers will result in extra fees.
FYI, the DVR funtionality on the VIP-211K is great. The only downside is it only has one Satellite tuner and one OTA tuner. So, you can't water and record two different satellite programs at once. You can watch one OTA program and record a satellite program or vice versa.