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Dish Network - buying your own DVR???

2,729 2,763 December 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM
I just signed up for Dish network and got the standard receiver. I would like to have a DVR but don't really want to pay the $6 or $7 per month fee for it. Is there a way to do this on my own by:
A) Setting up my Windows 7 PC at home to do it
B) Buying a DVR receiver from eBay

Thanks in advance for the advice!

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I had a friend that bought a receiver (without a DVR) for another room and didn't have any problems getting it activated, I don't really see why they wouldn't allow it with a DVR.
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Sounds like Dish has no issue if you check on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/722K-Dual-T...B002HTY5N0
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no issue with buying a box elsewhere - I bought DVR's in the past from 3rd parties in order to avoid contracts. You can even activate online.

as for a standalone DVR like Win7 - the issue there is you'd basically need an IR blaster for the HTPC to change channels on the dish box and the HTPC won't decode the dish signal directly.
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Hmmm. I had Dish installed this weekend (standard service $19.99 /mo).

I just got off the phone with Dish and they say that they can activate any DVR with no issue. However, there is a $6 /mo DVR service fee just to operate a DVR even if it belongs to you.

Does this sound correct???
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I own my Dish VIP622 receiver older model dvr), I bought it in 2006. I still pay the dvr fee every month. There is NO WAY to avoid paying the dvr fee from Dish IF you want a dvr. Not even if you own your receiver. There is also no longer ANY reason to own your receiver (unless you NEED more receivers than they are willing to provide). It's better to take their "new customer" offer for whatever receiver you are interested in. This may entail a one-time fee of like $99 or so.

So YES, IF you have a standard DVR with Dish, you will pay the monthly fee. That all being said, they don't consider the 211 type (HD) receivers as dvr's, yet you can activate an external harddrive on them (for a one time fee) and use them as a dvr. There is no monthly fee for this (because it's not seen as a "true dvr"). The disadvantage of going this way, is that this receiver only has 1 tuner. Meaning if you are recording a channel, you CAN'T watch another channel at the same time!

PS: IF you still purchase a receiver somewhere, make sure you get the receiver and card id's from the user, and CALL Dish beforehand, to ask if they can freely activate them! They may not be owned, but leased, which means the guy selling them isn't doing it legally. OR, they may have PPV charges against them, in which case Dish also won't activate them until those charges are paid off.
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I own my Dish VIP622 receiver older model dvr), I bought it in 2006. I still pay the dvr fee every month. There is NO WAY to avoid paying the dvr fee from Dish IF you want a dvr. Not even if you own your receiver. There is also no longer ANY reason to own your receiver (unless you NEED more receivers than they are willing to provide). It's better to take their "new customer" offer for whatever receiver you are interested in. This may entail a one-time fee of like $99 or so.

So YES, IF you have a standard DVR with Dish, you will pay the monthly fee. That all being said, they don't consider the 211 type (HD) receivers as dvr's, yet you can activate an external harddrive on them (for a one time fee) and use them as a dvr. There is no monthly fee for this (because it's not seen as a "true dvr"). The disadvantage of going this way, is that this receiver only has 1 tuner. Meaning if you are recording a channel, you CAN'T watch another channel at the same time!

PS: IF you still purchase a receiver somewhere, make sure you get the receiver and card id's from the user, and CALL Dish beforehand, to ask if they can freely activate them! They may not be owned, but leased, which means the guy selling them isn't doing it legally. OR, they may have PPV charges against them, in which case Dish also won't activate them until those charges are paid off.
Thank you very much for the thorough response! Repped!
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