Although you may save $3 or $5 or whatever monthly by switching to the bundled service, any external hard drives that you have been using on the previous account will not be accessible after you change to the bundled one, or vice versa. I spent literally almost $1000 in external hard drives archiving movies, shows, concerts etc, thinking it would save buying the Blu-Ray of them, only to find I'm screwed with no solution after I switched to a telco bundle. One would almost think they could be charged for negligence to inform the customer of such facts. Very, very disappointing.
It's enough for me to consider changing to a digital HD C-Band dish and the providers (169time and one other, I think) who used to modify the receivers to record to external D-VHS or hard drive, at least that setup shouldn't have that problem. Could only pay for the channels you wanted to watch, also. Of course, you could only record one channel at a time unless you used multiple dishes or from the same satellite. Anyone know if those options still exist? OR, perhaps another way to salvage the programming off those almost $1000 of external drives?