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Dish Offers Cheap Package, Cheaper DTV Box
Can you put a price on the DTV transition? Maybe -- but free is still our favorite.
Dish Network DTVPal
Dish Network’s TR-40CRA and its DTVPal (above) are both eligible for the government’s $40 converter box coupon.
August 21, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

It looks as though “DTV” is trying to edge out “green” as this year’s buzzword. Just one day after announcements from Best Buy and Circuit City about DTV initiatives, Dish Network says it’s dropping the TR-40 CRA price to a mere $40.

If you do the math: A $40 converter box plus a $40 government coupon equals free goodies. As Crunch Gear points out, Dish even helps you score a coupon with a link on its product page. The offer is only good while supplies last. Judging by some grumblings we’ve heard about other box shortages, you’d better get cracking.

The box boasts an analog pass-through feature, parental controls, and an electronic program guide that will give you up to seven days of listings.

As long as you’re in a super-cheap mood, you can bypass the box and sign up for Dish’s new $10 American or Latino Welcome Packs. Don’t expect to be getting every HBO or anything, but it’s not too shabby for 20 channels.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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