Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: The Okanagan, B.C.
Two years ago (in October 2006) I was on the phone many times with Star Choice regarding the 530. We didn't have HD at the time, but wanted the dual LNB system as a way of eliminating the multi-receiver charge (at that point, it didn't work as a warranty as well). And we wanted a PVR. We had (and still have) two receivers side-by-side and were a bit frustrated that we had to pay a multi-receiver charge when what we did served the same purpose as the 530 (from the point of view of two receivers side-by-side), but that the 530 was *way* too expensive at $699 (I think it was) to rationalize it, even with the PVR. Anyway, we were threatening to go to Expressvu as their dual-LNB PVR was way cheaper. We didn't want to do that really, as we were very happy with Star Choice overall. So, ultimately, we asked one final person there to *please* give us a reason to stay. He said we could have the 530 for $469. That was two years ago. As far as I know, those things are imported from the States and I know (as we get paid in U.S. dollars and have to keep track of this) that the U.S. dollar was worth about 8-cents more than it is today. Meaning that what was worth $469 two years ago is worth less now.
I also want to say that we offered to exchange one of our other receivers, but they didn't do that. At least not two years ago. As an aside, we didn't get the 530 then, as we didn't have an HD TV, so it didn't seem like a great idea. And we bought a separate PVR, which is great. What the Star Choice guy *did* do for us to get us to stay was to give us a $5 per month credit for two years to make up for the multi-receiver fee.
Coincidentally, that's ending next month. And we just bought an HD TV. So I guess we'll be talking to Star Choice yet again about the 530. :-)