|Originally posted by jacmyoung
If this is true, it is theoretically possible to claim RMA and not sending your own modulator back (unless it is bad). You will be charged full retail on the replacement but now you will have two at your disposal :)
Do so at your own risk though.
I for one don't understand why Dish does not keep a supply of 5000s and HD remodulators. Not many people will go that route but the hardcore HD fans. I don't buy the assumption that MPAA was on their back because of this.
You can't play games with these people like that. They can simply shut off your service and would have every legal right to if you refuse to return their property under the agreement of the exchange. Like I said, they know who has the 5000 modulators. They probably do not have an account of everyone sold but they do know who is using them. A customer with a 5000 receiver and a subscription to HD services must have a modulator.
I personally don't think the MPAA got after them. The management at E* is smart enough to see it coming so they probably took pre-emptive action. Because of that they may get some slack in keeping the existing units alive for the few customers thet rely on them. Mr. Klummer, E* VP of Engineering has publically stated he will TRY and get the legacy product owners grandfathered under any new encryption schemes.
If however this forum and others like it scheme to try and bypass their wishes, they can screw everyone involved.