To followup...it seems to me that the blame for much of the mess with the Coupons can be laid at the feet of Dish. Granted Maxmedia was a disaster, but it seems that the vast majority of people who got caught by the 90 day expiration were people who had applied early and wanted the TR-40/DTVPal.
Originally these boxes were to ship in limited numbers in March and in quantity a bit later. And, via public pronouncements, were to retail in the $40 range. Thus, those of us who wanted this box requested our coupons with the thought of getting these unique boxes before the expirations reared their head.
Next thing you know, Dish is pushing back the delivery dates and those of us who had, in good faith, relied on their time estimates were stuck. Pre-orders via Provantage were the only avenue to try and use the coupons we requested on the CECB we had desired.
Then Dish changed the name/product number of the CECB.
Then, they announced a price increase days before shipping.
Finally, they appear to have had some sort of second thoughts about how and where to sell these boxes and are backing out of distribution agreements.
Personally, if I were a retailer that had expended time and money on their prior promises, I would be looking for compensation from them on the basis of detrimental reliance...Dish had made representations and assurances both publicly and privately and, relying on those, these retailers expended time and effort.
Heck, as an end user, if my purchase were to fall flat, I would look to my AG to see if they could get something to shake based on this same principle...I know I ordered my coupons based on their public pronouncements of time and cost and they have failed on both counts. As such, my coupons are past their expiration and the opportunity to use one for an alternative box has passed.