EchoStar Communications Corp. said Tuesday that it would offer its new
direct-broadcast satellite receiver with built-in personal video recorder, the
'DishPVR 501,' for the promotional price of $200 to new Dish Network subscribers
through May 31.
New customers must commit to one year of programming at $39.98 per month to
take advantage of the price discount. The hardware typically costs $399,
including the antenna.
The company also confirmed that it would not charge a monthly subscription
fee for the PVR functionality, as competitors TiVo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s
Beginning May 1, new Dish customers will also be able to lease DishPVR 501
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