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I called our local satellite retailer and asked about the DVR 921. He said they don't expect to have them in until January. I was like, "So, what... the day after tomorrow?"

He said maybe next week.

There was more good news / bad news. The good news is that they usually sell receivers for less than the MSRP. The bad news is that the receiver will require a second line to be run into the house from the dishes. I'm no good with coax and F-connectors, so that means I'll have to have them come out and rig that, which will probably cost another $100 or so, and add in a few bucks for the DishPro 34 switch. Plus I imagine that DISH Network is going to want to charge me more a month for the "second" reciever, but I'm not sure on that one. I mean, c'mon, it's still just one television.
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yellzer From: yellzer Date: December 30th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tit for tat

Is that the expression?

My dad can probably run the coax and do the connection. However he needs some help setting up his computer. Maybe you guys could come to some kind of agreement?
jarrett From: jarrett Date: December 30th, 2003 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tit for tat

This is a really complex job. Outside there are three LNBs that need to be connected to two receivers through two coaxial lines, and it will probably require some special switches made specifically for this sort of hook up. My dad couldn't even tell me exactly how and where to switch and splice the signals.

In other words, putting a hole in the wall is the easy part.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

DVR 921

I just talked to our local satellite guy as well. I was thinking about surprising Tom with one. However, he advised us to wait. One, they're very hard to come by - he said late January maybe. Apparently there were only 22 released nationwide - ah, the beauty of supply and demand. There are also software problems, which apparently are part of every new Dish Network product release.

Because we already have the 6000, he said the only thing we'd gain is the recorder functionality. He recommended waiting until March/April when DirectTV comes out with their TiVo product. He said hopefully by then Dish Network will have some of the software kinks worked out and more importantly, they'll probably need to drop the price (by about $300) to compete with DirectTV.

Remember if you were to get one, you will have a satellite guy coming to see you that could run a 2nd line, you'd just have to wait until September. :-)

So Tom's surprise is we're not getting one right now.

Denise
jarrett From: jarrett Date: December 30th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: DVR 921

I've had some problems with my 6000, so I'm anxious to get rid of it.

Plus I have the old 6000, which requires a $100 adapter to get many of the HD channels. I've been holding off on getting the adapter because I've been waiting for the new receiver. There may be bugs in the 921 software, but they can update it through the satellite connection.

If I can get my hands on one of those precious 22, I will.
macklinr From: macklinr Date: December 30th, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno how Shaun is with coax, but you could possibly find out and bribe him.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: December 30th, 2003 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'd rather have the satellite guy do it.
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