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    Quick question on SiriusXM music channels

    FWIW the Flex Pack has a small handful of the Muzak channels included and has for a long time now.
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    external hard drive test

    I wanted to give a quick update on the external hard drive issue I posted about earlier in case this could help someone else on this board. Everything is fine now and the fix is almost embarrassingly simple for a tech guy like myself. I finally got a chance to call the Dish tech support line...
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    external hard drive test

    I've tried at least 3 of the drives and all have the same issue. It said it has been formatted to use with a different receiver and must be reformatted. But like I said, I've had this receiver for over 10 years and this has never happened before. And if I lose all this content, much of which...
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    external hard drive test

    I've been having trouble with my 5 external drives that I connect as needed to my VIP722 as well. If I connect them it states something to the effect that the drive has been connected to another receiver and must be reformatted to use with my current 722. The problem is that I've had the same...
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    It's been fun...

    I get closer and closer to pulling the plug on Dish myself. Other than going down to the Welcome Pack and saving about $8 per month (but losing the only 2 channels I pay attention to the schedules of) I can't get things down much lower per month than they are. If it weren't for the multiple hard...
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    Lowest Dish Programming Package

    I did a chat from the Dish website but after learning I would save only a few $ by switching to the Welcome Pack I opted to stay with Flex. But thanks for the responses.
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    Lowest Dish Programming Package

    Does anyone know what the lowest current programming package available for Dish is now? From looking around their website it appears to be the Flex pack without locals which is what I have now. My household has reached a point where we don't use Dish much anymore but I have 5 hard drives with...
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    Hulu is committing suicide!

    Does any tier of Hulu offer better audio options than just 2.0? Last time I checked the basic subscription only has 2.0 audio on everything including movies which is huge drawback as far as I'm concerned.
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    NAB Chief Gordon Smith Chides AT&T And Dish Network For Broadcast Blackouts

    I've been reading this forum for years and certainly didn't expect to be snarkily piled on to for simply making a comment which I began by stating was simply my opinion! I never said that I supported what has been going on with the channel blackouts for financial leverage, only that I understand...
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    NAB Chief Gordon Smith Chides AT&T And Dish Network For Broadcast Blackouts

    Let's take it easy on the regulation talk. Not many things are made better by the government stepping in to create winners and losers IMO. This is broadcast TV after all and in most cases an antenna will get you back to having access to your local station for a fairly modest one time cost. And...
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    The future of satellite TV is unclear

    Actually the repacked channels will be down to channel 36.
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    The future of satellite TV is unclear

    OTA will have a place for a while yet. Especially in rural areas where there's not much financial incentive for the cell carriers to provide a lot of coverage. ATSC 3.0 is right around the corner and that opens a whole new world of possible revenue and reasons for local broadcasters to exist. It...
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    American Tower completes contruction of Dallas ATSC 3.0 SFN

    In my experience with FLO TV, having been the contract engineer for the service in Little Rock, AR for a few years, the issue was improved portability and building penetration as much as anything. An apples to apples comparison is difficult to say due to the fact that I was using a cell phone to...
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    American Tower completes contruction of Dallas ATSC 3.0 SFN

    Basically an SFN will consist of several transmitters that are 'locked' together to prevent them interfering with each other. If anyone had service from MediaFLO a few years ago it worked on this principle. In the case of FLO TV, the engineering part of the concept worked well but the business...
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    Dish Anywhere via Fire TV @ Home

    We use a couple of newer Fire Sticks with our 722 within our house with a fairly new dual band router (for what little we actually use Dish the 722 is still acceptable). While things will play pretty normally and live TV is ok, fast forward and rewind seems to confuse it and cause it to freeze...
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