|Originally posted by TimHuey:
Would anyone buy a Dish 5000 Modulator for $1000 right now knowing this? This was my biggest fear, that dish would make the modulator unusable somehow.
Knowing this? Knowing what? This is all speculation. Most of us early adopters have been around this circle many times. The bottom line is that we don't know what the future holds, but once you have built up a large enough library of HD films (100? 500? 1000?) it begins to matter less to you if "they" (temporarily) shut off your recording source.
I think more significantly would be to consider whether you have a home theater system in which the difference between HD films and DVDs is significant. I have a Sony 10HT projector, Stewart Grayhawk 8' wide screen, and four Carver Amazing Platinum ribbon-dipole speakers, and in such a system, playing an HD film can be quite spectacular and, to me, worth the expense and trouble. Most guests say the experience is better that a commercial movie theater. I would not feel this way if I were using a rear projector and relatively modest surround speakers.
Dish sold many of the modulators at the list price ($300) so a tripling of price is not that exorbitant, now that the entire system is no longer available in conventional channels. Note that unlike the Dish and Panny units, these cannot be repaired, so their supply will be more limited. Recall that the early adopters took a large chance. I did not know this whole thing would even work when I first put together the system.You may envy those that already have the units, but look at it another way. Many of us have spare modulators and we face the similar, but reverse, question: Should I sell a modulator for $1000. To me the answer is no. I am not in the sales business.I know that some day it will end up in the garbage, but for now, I must have backups for my main hobby, on what may be an irreparable item.
Bottom line: if you have a first rate home theater, and you have the rest of the Dish-Panny combo minus the modulator,
and home theater is your hobby, and most importantly, the SAF is favorable, I would get one. If any of the above were negative, I would pass.
If you do buy one, be very cautious that you don't get taken with a dud.
Hope this help.