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2chiefsRus

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I am looking for more information about switching to DISH from DIRECTV now that the Distance Network channels are going away on June 1st. I have read about people using an APP to change their local network channels. Here are my questions -
1 - Is it true you can use an app to change your NBC, CBS, ABC, & Fox channels when you move locations?
2 - Is there a limit to how many times you can make a location change?
3 - Can you suspend and reactivate your service on the app?
4 - is there a limit to the number of times per year that you can suspend your service entirely?
5 - is there a minimum amount of time that your service must be turned on for? i.e. one month?
6 - is it activated by calendar month i.e. the 1st or can you turn it on on the 18th of the month?

I'm going to be asking DISH these questions too but like to have some real world information before contacting DISH or Directv.

Thank you for your time.


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1. Yes - I use the app on my phone to do it every time we move (but you have to have a Dish mobile account and not a home account to be eligible).

2. No - no limit.

3. Yes, I'm pretty sure I've seen that function in the app. You can also do it by logging into your on-line Dish account.

4. I don't think so.

5. One month.

6. Our months run from mid-month. I think it depends on when you activate/reactivate.

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Read about Dish's Pay as you Go service here: Dish Pay as you Go


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Ed_Gee wrote:

Read about Dish's Pay as you Go service here:
Sounds good, but I didn't like the part about having to have a dish installer.

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2oldman wrote:

Ed_Gee wrote:

Read about Dish's Pay as you Go service here:
Sounds good, but I didn't like the part about having to have a dish installer.


I've never even laid eyes on a Dish installer. Bought my first antenna and receiver with our first fiver and set them up myself. When I had problems with the equipment, I ordered replacements on Amazon and set them up myself again.

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Second Chance wrote:

1. Yes - I use the app on my phone to do it every time we move (but you have to have a Dish mobile account and not a home account to be eligible).

2. No - no limit.

3. Yes, I'm pretty sure I've seen that function in the app. You can also do it by logging into your on-line Dish account.

4. I don't think so.

5. One month.

6. Our months run from mid-month. I think it depends on when you activate/reactivate.

Rob


While it has been over two years since I turned off our service, I could start it on a Friday and off on Sunday and only needed pay for the three days when starting up again. In reading the link in another post, states start and stop anytime you want.


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Set it up yourself .. then call and activate on the pay as you go plan. Nobody sets it up except you. Most installers haven’t a clue and rv dealers are mostly who will set it up if you need someone to do it for you. The difference on pay as you go is you pay in advance. You must technically own the receivers, but some have transitioned their “loaned” Home account receivers. With your own receivers they don’t care how much you start or stop it.
Even with a regular home account you can chat ( text) with dish and change locations as many times as you want , with the dish outdoors pay as you go account you can do if with no contact other than the app. I have changed my account as much as 25 times in a year and 5 times one week .. no issues. The only gotcha are taxes you pay. Communication taxes, sometimes high, are based on the locality you are getting your locals from .. for example Oregon had no communication taxes to speak of .08cents..... but Florida near Orlando I payed over 8 bucks!


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Nobody's mentioned what a monthly package costs.

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2oldman wrote:

Nobody's mentioned what a monthly package costs.


Our Flex Pack (50 channels) plus locals is $54.99/month. Locals are $12 of that total. It was $5 less five years ago, but you know how those things go...

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Second Chance wrote:

Our Flex Pack (50 channels) plus locals is $54.99/month.
Not bad.

I'd probably need more, like Smithsonian, TCM..etc. I'll have to snoop around some more because I haven't yet found exactly which channels are in which package.

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