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I am new to this satellite thing so bear with me please.
My analog(channels 2-71) cable bill, via the lovely TWC, has just shot past $53/month. I think it has gotten out of control.
Anyway, this brings me to DISH and the DVR advantage they are now offering.
I know they are currently offering a $10/month off for 10 months(I am assumming this requires either a 18 month or 2 year commitment to them), and this ViP622 has me interested, but I am a little lost as too some details.
It seems that the ViP622 can be connected to two different tv's(it would be this way for me. 1 HDTV, and the 2nd TV will be a regular TV), but I am wondering:
1. You can watch 2 separate things on either TV? Also, this would include recorded material? Say one person is watching something they recorded, and the other is watching something else. How is this done without another Box on the other tv?
2. If another box is not needed, how STRONG is that UHF remote? The two tv's in question are on the same floor, separated by walls, and about(overestimating here by the way) 50-60ft apart. Will there be a mjor problem with changing channels on the4 UHF remote? Do I have to "point" towards where the room is to change channels?
3. No HD(only over OTA through the ATSC) through DISH. I will only be subbing to either their Top 100, Top100 PLUS, or their Top 200 only. Again no locals. Their is no RESTRICTION to where I HAVE TOO subscribe to the HD channels to get the DVR is there?
4. This is where I am really lost. Since the ViP622 will be connected to the same LANDLINE phone as the second TV(if that is even connected), I thought I read that they WAIVE the $5.00/month fee on the second TV. Is this true or not? I know that you are charged $6.00/month for the DVR use, but do they charge you the 2nd TV? Also do they charge you a $5.00/month charge for the lease of the ViP622(unless you BUY it)?
I am trying to REALLY reduce costs here(I know, I can just go OTA, which is free, and that will REALLY cut costs).
I am NOT all that interested in their HD offerings right now, but maybe in the future. I want the ViP622 for the DVR/OTA ATSC capability/2 room viewing.
I won't subscribe to the locals(just use the antenna). And how is the ViP622 "strength" in receiving and holding channels via an antenna? I have an LG LST-4200A which has been GREAT at receiving channels at close to 50 miles away with an indoor(amped) RCA antenna. That little unit has been wonderful. Can I expect the same type of results with the ViP622?
I know that will be tought to gauge unless you have both to compare. But just some insight would be nice.
Like I said I am trying CUT DOWN on a $53/month cable bill. I know that does not sound like much, but it seems DISH may be the answer.
Thanx in advance
P.S. I have a 3rd TV that is a regular TV. Is DISH good about waiving that $5.00/month mirroring fee if I bitch enough(and is connected to the same landline based phone)? I really do hate paying for that stupid fee on a 3rd TV. Always hated that you paid a fee beyond the first.
How many people have 1 TV anymore? Not many, I can assure you. At least make it 2 TV's DISH. Most people probably have 3 or more. Oh well