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I'm thinking about adding Dish Network to my DirecTV setup and found this deal for a system for $339, but it seems too good to be true. The deal can be found by scrolling down this page:
http://www.satellitedepot.com/Dish_Network/index.asp


For $339 I get an entire system comprising of 2 dishes, both with dual LNB's, a Dish 6000 receiver, multiswitch, IR remote, and self-installation kit. Is this for real? And then if I read the top left sidebar correctly, I can get the Top 100 channels for $9 a month for one year, as long as I buy professional installation for $139.95. If that's for real, wouldn't it make sense to cancel DirecTV for a year to fulfill my obligation with Dish? I could still use my DTC 100 for OTA HDTV, and buy both Showtime and HBO HDTV through Dish. Has anyone bought this deal, and what do you think?


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It looks like the deal at www.dishking.com is not quite as good, but worth looking at depending on your intentions for two dishes and self-installation vs. pro.


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Many on the forum have had good success www.dishdepot.com. Competitive prices and EXCELLENT service and support.


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I ordered the 6023 from satellitedepot.com. The 18" dish and the 6000 were sent out the day I ordered. But they didn't ship the 20" dish. So I called to find out where it was. They said they made a mistake in the shipping department. They sent it out that day. I've now got everything installed and it works great - $9 for AT100 - without having to buy the installation. Also included is a 5 yr extended warranty

The only downside is that they sent a 18" direcTV dish with a single LNB instead of the dish 300. No big deal - I'll call them to get the dual LNB. I get the feeling that they will comply. Despite some problems it's still $60 cheaper than anyone else I could find.

 

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Tandar, you bought the $339.95 Dish 6023 system, right? According to Satellite Depot's web page, you have to buy the pro installation in order to get the $9 a month deal. How did you get it without buying the pro installation? Dish Depot sells the same deal for $399 (without pro installation) and Dish King sells it for $499 with pro installation ($20 more than Satellite Depot's deal, if you include pro installation). Did you buy the OTA module, and if so, how much do they charge for it? Also, were all the LNB's dual type, or were any or all of them single?


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Satellite Depot recently changed their deal to require professional installation for the "I like 9" promotion. Previously it was for self- or pro-install. Also, their deal did not previously include a self-install kit. Now it does. For another $139, I think you get a pro install certificate from them, but it's not clear whether it covers one or both dishes. (One, I'm willing to bet.)


The DishKing site's $599 deal with pro install and "I like 9," includes only the install for the first dish. Typically a second dish install retails for about $99, bringing them up to Sears' price.


I may punt and go to Sears today. I wish I understood who would do the installation. I want to get somebody to fish the cables in my walls, rather than drill holes through them and I expect I'll need to pay more. (I called Dish and asked, and they literally did not know who they would get to do the install!)
 

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Bob Sorel - Yes I got the $339.95 6023 w/ a self install kit.

RobFox must be correct I got in just under the wire - I ordered the unit 2 weeks ago w/ no install required.


They wanted $139 for the OTA module

Sears.com has got it for $99


The 18" DirecTV dish came with one single LNB

The dish 500 came with a twin LNB


Good luck


 

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I got the 6023 system of course for $399. No pro install is required for the I like 9 promotion. As long as I am here though, the black (or gray) bars are not equal in width on both sides , it feels like I want to shift the picture to the left? Anyone got any clues and or suggestions...



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Thought I would re-visit the retailers linked in this thread, interesting to note that one of them lists the 6000 as having the "HDTV Modulator Built-in", if it truely did 8VSB, then the 5000 modulators would not be going so high on ebay !
 

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The 18" DirecTV dish came with one single LNB

The dish 500 came with a twin LNB
I'm a little hazy on the terminology here. The way I know it is:


Single = one connector on LNB

Dual = two connectors on LNB

Twin = two separate LNB's not specified as either single or dual


So you mean that you got one LNB with one connector on it with the 18" DirecTV dish, right?


And you got 2 LNB's on the Dish 500, right? Were they single or dual type?


I have never seen the Dish 500, so I have no idea how many LNB's can be mounted on it. The DirecTV 8900 elliptical dish has 3 LNB's, two of which are used for the 101 and 119 birds, with one extra to be used for the 110 bird.


Can someone please explain to me how the Dish birds are accessed?




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The twin LNB on the dish 500 is essentially two LNB's with an internal switch built in. The dish 500 is elliptical. The two LNB's pick up two different satellites, the 110 and 119. There are two ports ("A" and "B") coming from the twin LNB. Either one can be used to get a signal from BOTH the 110 and 119 birds.


A SW21 was included with the 6023. I used it to connect the twin LNB on the Dish 500 to the the single LNB on the 18" dish that is pointed at the 61.5 bird.

 

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Thanks, Tandar, I get the picture now http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif So there would be no good reason to get a dual LNB for the 18" dish, since the SW21 has only one output. If I wanted to drive more than one IRD, I would have to get a more extravagant switch, like the SW64, right? Or is there a cheaper one just to drive 2 IRD's?


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