Yes, I think the monthly cost is the same whether you buy the box or lease it. So I will be leasing the box.if you want the goodies and freebies. you have to use there leased boxes and have them install it.. i asked about buying my own boxes they told me no!!! and why do you want to own the boxes it's just not worth it anymore!!! as far as the install you can tell the installer where you want the dish placed providing it will work.. the only way you can use your own boxes is if you keep your service going after the 2 years.. you might be able to add more boxes during the first two years i am unsure about that though that would have more fee's involved
I bought the dish yesterday of off Craigslist and plan to put it up today. It has the newer "Dish Network Hybrid Pro" LNBF, which is required for Hoppers and Joeys.It should be noted that if you already have an antenna installed, and test it for good signal before the tech gets there, he is not going to argue the point. As long as it is the correct antenna, correct LNB and has a good enough signal, you just made his life easier and he will be appreciative of that.
But I read that a conventional signal meter will not work with the Hybrid LNBFs. They require a very expensive meter because the signaling is different. One way I could peak the dish would be to get an older Dish Pro Plus LNBF and put it on temporarily, peak the dish, and then put the Hybrid LNBF back on.
The other way to peak the dish would be to temporarily jury rig an FTA LNBF into the same spot as the 119 LNBF.
The reason I am installing my own dish is that I don't think Dish Network will go on top of a tile roof.