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I was watching some trashy reality TV show and saw a commercial for Orby which is a hybrid Satellite/OTA service. Promises to be $40/month with an optional $50/month. It seems to have a good list of channels, but not all are in HD as it uses 2 transponders on an Eutelsat bird. You can either buy it at BestBuy or Target. There is no contract, no credit checks, and minimal fees and you are not pressured if you decide you don't like the service. You get your local channels via OTA so you aren't missing anything. There is even premium channels available if you want that as well.

Receivers cost around $99.99 and for another 100 you can get a DVR. You do need their professional installation by Mastec which installs the Dish and an OTA antenna for one room at $150 and others for additional $50/room. You must buy a receiver and then schedule their installation which is kind of strange. DVR has dual tuners but not as advanced as the Genie or Hopper (as to be expected). Uses a SIM card that is tied to the receiver so you cannot repurpose a FTA box for this service. DVR fee is around $4/month per subscription and $12/month if you wish to use one as an OTA DVR.

This seems like a great option if you live in the sticks and cannot get internet that is fast enough to stream, or want an alternative to the cable and DBS providers. We seem to be in a great time for TV services as they all duke it out for our $$$. I still prefer streaming (Sling TV subscriber), but I can see how appealing a satellite option can be.


Edit: There seems to be a self install option.
 
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Some say that Orby TV is being financed by the Dolan's as Charles Dolan might have wanted to get back at Dish for the Voom channels.
 

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Orby charges $4/month for their DVR service (per subscription not per box) and $12/month if you wish to use it as an OTA DVR with no programming package.
 

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It's funny that Orby TV CEO, Michael Thornton also happened to be a former executive at Starz.
 

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And just like that, Orby TV is going out of business. That did not take long. I guess it ain't cheap leasing satellite bandwidth.
 

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All kinds of interesting info, even the boxes are on sale at Best buy with other sellers trying to liquidate them. I wonder if there will be a firmware update or a way to use the DVR/STB as some OTA box.
 

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It is official, Orby TV is officially out of business. I kind of knew that as there were messages on their site saying they could not activate new customers and their social media suddenly going dark.

Dear Orby TV Customer,
We are sorry to announce that Orby TV has closed its doors, and the Orby TV service has ended. It was an honor to serve you.
To provide you with an affordable satellite TV option going forward, we have coordinated with DISH on a special offer for Orby TV customers. This includes a monthly DISH programming package for $52.99 (includes first receiver) and cost to switch as low as $100. For more information about this limited time offer, please call DISH at 844-268-3304 and mention the offer code ORBY or visit dish.com/orby.

Sincerely,

Your friends at Orby TV
A deal with Dish for $52.99 including the first box with a switch fee of $100 is available if you wish to have an alternative. Some people liked Orby as it allowed them to save money on TV if they lived in an area with bad or non existent internet, or if you did not want or need an internet connection.
 
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