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Upgrading to HD

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by tpwillie, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. tpwillie

    tpwillie Cool Member

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    I got an offer in the mail today for a good deal on the upgrade to HD so I decided to do it. I would like to know what to expect.

    I have a Dish 500 on 119 and 110. I live in zip 47872 and get the locals from Terre Haute, IN. Does that mean I will be on the Eastern Arc and will Dish give me the locals in HD?

    I'm sure I will get a new dish and will probobly get a 722 to replace the 625 Duo DVR and a 211 to replace the 508D Solo. Does that sound right so far?

    Is it worth the effort to make sure I get the 722K and the 211K instead of older models? What would I lose if I didn't get the K models?

    The current 625 feeds a TV in the kitchen on channel 3 and the TV2 goes to a TV in the basement. The TV at the 625 will be fed via HDMI. How can I get a channel 3 output on the 722? Will I need to get an OTA module?

    What does the OTA module add besides an additional tuner for recording?

    I know that if I add an external HD to the 211 I will be charged for it. Will that same fee also allow me to add an external HD to the 722?

    I currently have the the outside antenna hooked to each receiver. To get OTA stations I have to turn off the receiver. Will I still have to do that?

    That for the help and time and consideration for answering my questions.

    Lou
     
  2. SaltiDawg

    SaltiDawg New Member

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    Lou,

    Without the module, the 772k has no OTA capability. It "only" has two satellite tuners.

    With the OTA module you get two OTA tuners and also a coax output for down-rezzed OTA on either Channel 3 or 4.

    Assuming you have subscribed to your locals from Dish, the OTA channels will be displayed in your guide and you'll be able to record them just as you do the Sat offerings. You will see a different symbol for the OTA tuners in the timer schedule. It is really pretty amazing to be simultaneously recording four events while also simultaneously viewing two different previously recorded shows in two different rooms. :D
     
  3. jsk

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    You could get the 622 which is the same thing as the 722K with a smaller recording capacity and slower processor.

    The 622/722/722K will allow you to put TV1 over one RF channel and TV2 over another RF channel between OTA channels 21-69 or Cable channels 73-125.

    You can choose one of the OTA channels above 52 and put a 700Mhz Band Pass Filter between your OTA antenna and the rest of your system and you should be able to use the same cable for your OTA antenna, TV1 & TV2. For example, if you have:
    OTA channels 2, 11, 13, 24, 45, 54, 67
    622 TV1 on Channel 68
    622 TV2 on Channel 69

    You can tune to any of your OTA channels on your TV on their regular channel numbers or switch to your receiver by tuning to ch. 68 or 69.

    Also, you can feed the same cable into the 722/722K and your OTA channels will be integrated with your receiver (as described by SaltiDawg).

    The advantage is that people could be using TV1 and TV2 and someone else could be watching OTA at the same time or you could be recording four programs and you could be watching OTA.
     
  4. SaltiDawg

    SaltiDawg New Member

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    Some other differences. Two vice one OTA Tuners with the 722k, as discussed above. Also, with the 722k you can actually backup your timer and remote settings to the remote. should you need to replace your 722k receiver you will be able to restore those timers and settings to the new receiver from the remote. You also can output one OTA tuner's down rezzed viewings on Ch 3 or Ch4 with the 722k. With the other VIP receivers you cannot view OTA live at TV2 in Dual mode.
     
  5. tpwillie

    tpwillie Cool Member

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    Thanks for the replys so far. I especially like the idea from JSK to add the OTA channels in with the TV1 and TV2 outputs.

    Lou
     

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