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OFFICIAL PVR-721 REVIEW THREAD

Discussion in 'Standard Definition Receiver Support Forum' started by Scott Greczkowski, Jun 29, 2002.

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  1. Jun 29, 2002 #21 of 349
    Scott Greczkowski

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    The cost is $549 (cough too high... Cough too high)

    And they are available now, dealers should be receiving better quanaties in the next week or two.

    While I think the cost IS high, I am still very happy that I have one.
     
  2. Jun 29, 2002 #22 of 349
    Bill D

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    Brian, the 721 costs $550 and dealers (like dish depot have begun shipping them now), if you were to order today it may be few weeks.
     
  3. Jun 29, 2002 #23 of 349
    Rick P

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    Scott...

    could you try an experiement??

    1 - find 3 short programs in a row on the same channel
    2 - set each one to record as a seperate event
    3 - set each one to start 1 minute early and 3 minutes long
    4 - see how each program looks when played back
    (ie. each program should be COMPLETE with 1 and 3 minute
    segments duplicated on each program)

    Reason - to see if it's smart enought to switch tuners for serial recordings on the same channel.

    Objective - Program Marathon recordings without having to set
    "x"hour long events manually to not lose the program segments
    when the events 'switch'.
     
  4. Jun 29, 2002 #24 of 349
    Scott Greczkowski

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    Rick, I will try that tonight.

    I have a feeling it will work as I did it last night with battlebots. Both shows recorded and bth stared 1 min early, and ran 3 min late.
     
  5. Jun 29, 2002 #25 of 349
    swamp

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    This may seem stupid but I really hate the fact that it is silver. I can only hope that maybe an option in black will appear in the future.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2002 #26 of 349
    John Corn

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    I thought the samething Swamp, I'm actually starting to like it now. :) The 721 will actually match my TV, my Sony Wega is silver.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2002 #27 of 349
    LarryH

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    Scott,

    Another question: Did the 721 ship with the USB-to-Ethernet adapter that will be required when they add Internet support to the 721? Any mention of the IR keyboard (availability/price)?

    Thanks,
    Larry Hufty
     
  8. Jun 29, 2002 #28 of 349
    Swampthing

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    Um... who's Swamp??
     
  9. Jun 29, 2002 #29 of 349
    Rick P

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    A one words solution to that... "Krylon" :D
     
  10. Jun 29, 2002 #30 of 349
    Vicenta

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    Since Starband and Dish have gone there separate ways will the 721 still be able to use starband when it becomes internt ready
     
  11. Jun 29, 2002 #31 of 349
    The Old Wizard

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    Great review Scott. I have posted a link to your review in Dishplayer X.

    My only problem with the 721, is the way you have to change tuners. I hope they change that in a future upgrade. Maybe something more like how the DirecTivo does with just pushing one button.

    Does it come with a keyboard? They made a big deal at CES about that NEW keyboard. If not, is there any mention to cost, & where to get it? :)
     
  12. Jun 30, 2002 #32 of 349
    markh

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    Didn't I see that the first batch of 721s were intended for dealer showrooms and not customers? Since they already gave it an update it sounded to me like they wanted dealers to work out the initial problems. Have fun with your 721, Scott. It really is good to hear that it's working OK.
     
  13. Jun 30, 2002 #33 of 349
    Nick

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    The...
    Just wondering if the DP keyboard would work on the 721??? :confused:
     
  14. Jun 30, 2002 #34 of 349
    UpOnTheMountain

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    Great Review Scott,

    One of the main things I was looking for ...
    was ...

    How do they implement the Timers Screen?

    The 501 is quite frustrating on this topic.

    Anyway you can snapshot the timers screen for us?
     
  15. Jun 30, 2002 #35 of 349
    Scott Greczkowski

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    Rick I tried recording 3 programs from the sae channel last night all in a row and all 3 recordings came out fine. It automaticly switched between tuners with NO PROBLEM.

    Huftyl, No the 721 does not come with the USB ethernet adapter.
     
  16. Jun 30, 2002 #36 of 349
    Scott Greczkowski

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    Wizard,

    The platinum keyboard will be avilable for sale once Internet connectivity is available.

    I almost got brave and was going to try pluging in my Microsoft USB keyboard to it, but then chicekned out. :)

    UpOnTheMountain.
    I will try to take a picture of the timer screen, it will be sometime tommorow before I can do it. :)

    (It's my first anniversary today and I got to keep wifey happy so I can have a second anniversary.) :D
     
  17. Jun 30, 2002 #37 of 349
    Steve Mehs

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    Scott, this is more a personal question, was there anything that you expected the 721 to do or not do that is does or does not do? (did I say that right :D )
     
  18. Jun 30, 2002 #38 of 349
    Corey140

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    Scott, is anyway we can download the video to watch? Its pretty hard to watch the video because frames are dropping ( i have cable modem) and the voice over and video just isn't matching up. It would be greatly apprecaited if I could just download it...
    thanks
     
  19. Jun 30, 2002 #39 of 349
    marshalk

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    Scott, happy anniversary. tv/dbs/av/etc is fun but...
     
  20. Jun 30, 2002 #40 of 349
    Scott Greczkowski

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    Hi again,

    I have placed the videos online for Download.

    The 56k Video is 1.5 MB and you can download it by CLICKING HERE

    The broadband version is also available for download this size of this file is close to 7 MB in size (The video is much clearer then the 56k version) You can download it by Clicking Here

    Enjoy!
     
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