anything has such a sweet taste, and free satellite TV
digital system is no exception. What
a great way to start your new television service! You get a complete
DBS (Digital Broadcast Satellite) home
system - satellite TV dish, up to four
digital TV receivers w/remote controls,
wiring and hardware -
all installed at no cost. Satellite TV for free!
Just plug in your TV
sets and go surf the sparkling blue-white waves of DBS
programming: sports, movies, entertainment, kids, nature,
adult, international - you name it. Correct?
Well, not quite. While it is
true that both, standard equipment and installation are
free, there are a few more things to consider.
First off, you need to have a suitable
spot for the dish, so that it receives unobstructed signal
from TV satellites. This requires clear view of the southern sky.
Not necessarily all of it: the satellites have their stationary
positions in the sky, so what you need is actually only up to three
or four "windows" of open sky in the direction of satellites you'll be
receiving TV signal from.
Also, if you don't owe
location where the installation is to take place, you'll
need to produce owner's permit (or whoever has the authority
to issue it), and give it to the installer before the
Then, in order to get all
those goodies, you'll have to agree to a term commitment: 18
months with Dish Network, and 12 (standard receivers) or 24
months (advanced receivers) with DirecTV. If you back off
within the first 30 days, it's all fine. After 30 days, you
may be charged a substantial fine.
Dish Network, you'll have to make $49.99 activation deposit, which will be
credited to you with your first monthly bill (or bills). DirecTV will also ask
for similar deposit, or pre-payment if your credit doesn't look convincing to
The equipment is given to you for free (some
exceptions will be addressed in a bit), but remains property of the provider.
You either use it for free - the case with standard Dish Network receivers if
you keep them continuously connected to the same ground phone line - or you are
charged $5 monthly lease per receiver beyond one. DirecTV also charges
moderate non-refundable shipping fee (at present $20).
Advanced receivers (DVR,
HD) either come for free
directly (with Dish Network), or after rebate (with
DirecTV). The most advanced
receivers - HD/DVR - will cost you money: at present, $200 a piece with Dish Network,
and $400 ($500 minus $100 rebate) with DirecTV. Still quite a bargain for what
you get. You are charged $6 a month for advanced receivers beyond one with
either provider. Dish Network's standard dual tuner receivers are advantageous here,
since you can connect two TV sets to a single unit. DirecTV offers dual tuner
only with its advanced receivers.
If you ever discontinue service, your former
provider may want to take back the equipment. If they do, and it is not there,
or is damaged, you may be also charged a substantial fine.
are only main points on the subject, good to be aware of. The best way for you
to stay on top is to get thoroughly familiar with "terms and conditions". It is
always a good policy. If all is fine with you, don't forget to check out current
promotions for DirecTV and Dish Network DBS service - the time is right for it.
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