Here's the latest:
The Neighbor finally got agreement with SD. He got the BC Digital Value Pack as agreed to long ago, but they only gave him the $150 for the self install. He got tired of haggling I guess, but at least that's done. He went to cancel Lake Cable and they told him he needs to give them 30 days notice.
I reminded him they offer a Vacation turn off and that's what he should do instead. (There is no cost or duration for this function that I know of. We used it at the Cabin for years.) He's going on Vacation for a week or so and it should be off when he returns. He'll then call SD and turn on his Receivers then.
He changed his mind (again) and wants to use the second 605 in the master bedroom so that leaves just one 630 to return to Visions. (The one still in my basement since January 5th or so...)
My Mom (she owns the Cabin - I'm just the maintenance guy...) now wants the TV Lift box modified so the cables come out the rear / side to a stereo stand beside the Lift Box where the Sat reciever is to reside. (Orignally the stand was going to be in front of the TV and the cables come out the front.) Since I have to reconfigure / rebuild the TV Lift box I decided to go to the 605 or 630 for the simple HDMI connection.
One of my sister-in-laws has said she wants it to be a PVR so if she misses something when cooking dinner she can go back and see it. (Her husband-another brother - and now their 2 sons - have had every summer vacation at the lake for about 23 years)
So I asked my Brother (who has the contract with SD) to contact SD and try to get a 505/630 upgrade for $99 like what was mentioned elsewhwere in this Forum. He called them and was told that's not available to him. When he referenced this Forum, they said they know all about it, but you'd have to have been a customer of SD for 10 or 12 years to get that deal. They said his only option was to buy one at the retail price of ~$400
So remembering the neighbor wanted me to return the 630 (and I thought it would be tough now that it was "un-paired" with a 605 as per the invoice) I offered to buy it from the neighbor for $290. I did a ratio of the values based on the current retail prices and applied it to the total invoiced cost for the pair including enviro fees and taxes. (1/3 to 2/3 => 605 / 630)
My sister-in-law & brother are paying the costs this time. Now my Brother (who has the contract with SD) will be having to register both a 605 and 630 => and remove my 505 (which is almost new with less than 10 hours on it) and he's at the account limit on Boxes. Then I'll try to sell the 505 as we can't use it.
This whole Project continues to amaze me...