Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: New Port Richey, FL.
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I know the ViP series of DVRs from Dish such as the 622, 722, and some others support OTA. I have the 722 and had to have an OTA for several months as Dish did not have my local stations in HD for quite some time.
When I upgraded to HD, I simply specified I wanted the 722 DVR and that is what I received after paying an upgrade fee most of which I got back due to the promotion Dish was running at the time.
As a new sub, I'm sure Dish will have a deal for you such that your upfront costs will be minimal. It is when you are an established customer that you tend to pay a bit more than a new sub would for the same deal. You just have to watch the fine print and play 'let's make a deal' with the CSRs when you're an existing customer to get the perks.
I've had Dish for 8 years now and no major complaints an all the minor ones were handled to my satisfaction.
All the best.