I've been a customer for somewhere near 20 years, and I've had my VIP722k for over 8 years so it's getting pretty obsolete these days. However, I'm currently using it to output to 2 rooms and I'm paying $7/mo DVR fee. Personally I don't even feel like there should be a fee to use a local DVR, but I digress...
I believe that upgrading this setup to Hopper will require a Hopper and a Joey, and thus will incur monthly fees of $22 ($15 hopper + $7 joey), vs. the $7 I'm currently paying. It doesn't really seem worth an extra $15/mo just to have modern hardware. And even the Hopper 3 is two years old these days.
However, I'm getting random/occasional "Programming not authorized" messages from my 722k, sometimes right in the middle of recordings which are then truncated . When similar issues started a few years back, there was a lengthy troubleshooting process which involved them sending a new smart card, and after installing that the entire receiver would not work, so they eventually had to send a new receiver. I'm really not looking to go through anything like that again, so I hesitate to even start the troubleshooting process again.
Given this scenario, would the hopper really be worth an extra $15/mo plus whatever upgrade costs are involved? Are there any offers that would help me out here?