Originally Posted by NetworkTV
Having said that, if I'm understanding things correctly, the fees with Dish Network add up a bit quicker since some of the fees for DirecTV (like the DVR fee) cover several boxes after the first one. So, while you'll pay a mirroring fee for each, the DVR fee covers something like 5 DVRs.
It's the SAME for DISH & has been for the past few years; 1 DVR fee ($7 f/legacy DVR's; $10 H/J DVR's) covers ALL (DVR) receivers on the same account.
BUT, you forgot to tell him that while DISH does NOT charge for HD (even AFTER the discount promos fall off) DirecTV now charges $25/month for their "advanced receiver fee" on ALL new DVR customers, which encompasses the HD, DVR & WHD fees into one. While you can get $10 of that waived during your promos, it is NOT a given that a particular subscriber can continue on getting that discount AFTER the promos drop off.
The fees that DO add up faster on DISH, are for the additional receivers/Joey's themselves, which start at $7/month & vary depending on which model(s) you have.
Note also that except for having 1 owned 211k
added, you CANNOT mix ANY legacy receivers on the same account w/Hoppers/Joey's; you CAN have more than 1 Hopper WHD on the same account,
By the same token, DirecTV only allows 1 Genie WHD on an account; although you CAN have other DVR's on the same account.
In addition, you can also cheat, like I do.
I never watch TV in my master bedroom and the living room at the same time, so I ran the second component output from the living room box to the master bedroom TV and us an RF repeater with a second remote control to run it remotely. That's one box, one fee.
But note on ALL DirecTV HD receivers, that you CANNOT use the composite/S-Video
outputs AND get on-screen displays - including the EPG - while the receiver's output is in HD mode. This WAS one of the biggest hassles for me when DirecTV changed to that HD-GUI, as I had lots of clients that I had done this very thing with. (running an SD output thru an RF mod to all their secondary TV's throughout the house)
While there is a work-around (buying a component-to-composite converter) the point is, there is really NO legit reason why DirecTV did things like this - I've NEVER seen ANY other (HD) set-top box that had this same limitation...I'm was so glad NOT to have to deal with this when I switched to DISH myself!