The Dish 6000 package I want comes with one Dish 500 dish. Can I just point this dish at the HD 61.5 sat and have my service work? I only want to view the HBO HD, CBS-HD, HD Preview channel and HD PPV.
Yes it should work. But I think that any firmware updates for the Dish 6000 come from one of the other birds so you might have to repoint it every once in a while. But I am not sure about this. Hopefully somebody more knowledgeable can clear that up.
Would a Terk 18" aluminum dish work, as well? I already have a Dish 500 system but have a Terk TV42 clip-on antenna that I was thinking of exchanging at Circuit City for an 18" dish (for picking 61.5)
Any standard DSS Oval dish like they all used for a long time will work, just not the newer funny shaped ones. One dish will work fine. You will get all the HD programming, the guide and all the firmware updates from that one sattalite.
Yes you can buy a DISH 6000 and use a single round single LNB to catch the 61.5 sat for the HDTV offerings. I did this when I had both DirecTV and DISH (with DISH just for HDTV).
This will save you the cost of the Dish 500 "oval" dish. Any DirecTV 18" round dish with single LNB will work. You can usually pick these up for around $25. Then just pay the price for the 6000 with no dish included.
All you have to due to attach the feed from the single LNB to the back of the 6000 where it says "satellite in" and you are all set.
The monthly cost to have all the HDTV offering will be the cost of HBO, Showtime and the local channel package which should run around $30 per month.
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