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EchoStar Introduces New High-Definition DVR Receiver


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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:08 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 7, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- EchoStar Holding Corporation
today announced the launch of a new high definition (HD) DVR receiver to
complement its premier line of ViP set-top boxes. The ViP612 is an advanced
MPEG-4, dual-tuner, DVR receiver with integrated digital over-the-air tuner, and
offers the visual clarity and superior surround sound of HD. The receiver will
be available to customers in February.

"EchoStar continues to expand its suite of award-winning high definition
receivers to meet and exceed the demands of DISH Network subscribers," said Mark
Jackson, president of EchoStar Holding Corporation. "With the recent holiday
boom in HDTV sales, the ViP612 is the perfect solution for customers who have
purchased an HDTV, and desire the ability to record HD content."

The ViP612 -- which is similar to the award-winning ViP622, but powers one TV --
can record up to 30 hours of high definition content and 200 hours of standard
definition content. It also features on-screen caller ID, a nine-day electronic
programming guide (EPG), seamless access to both satellite and broadband
delivered content, a host of interactive services through DishHOME Interactive
TV, parental locks and more. ViP612 customers also have access to the most free
national HD channels in the industry with more than 75, plus local channels
where available.

The ViP612 is available for lease to new and existing DISH Network customers
through DISH Network's popular Digital Home Advantage (DHA) plan. For more
information about DHA, DISH Network or the ViP612, call 1-800-333-DISH (3474),
visit www.dishnetwork.com, or visit your local DISH Network retailer.

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#2 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:15 AM

ViP612 customers also have access to the most free
national HD channels in the industry with more than 75


Is there another press release that describes how to get teh HD Channels for free?

Is there something special included with the ownership of this particular DVR, that you don't have to pay for the HD services?
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:22 AM

They don't mention that it's only for 6 months that you get the HD channels for free.

See post My Setup for configuration info.


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:33 AM

What's the advantage of a single TV HD DVR? Is there some cost savings to the subscriber?

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:47 AM

What's the advantage of a single TV HD DVR? Is there some cost savings to the subscriber?


I hear customers have been asking for it. Guess it would be for someone who doesn't record a lot of different programs at the same time or don't want to use the pip feature.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:50 AM

I hear customers have been asking for it. Guess it would be for someone who doesn't record a lot of different programs at the same time or don't want to use the pip feature.

Actually I was under the impression it would do PiP but just would not have a TV2 output.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:00 AM

Is there another press release that describes how to get teh HD Channels for free?

Is there something special included with the ownership of this particular DVR, that you don't have to pay for the HD services?

Probably the current introductory offer Rad refers to ... or a typo.

"powers one TV" is a typo. The 612 may FEED signal to one TV, but I doubt it supplies power. :D

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:00 AM

I hear customers have been asking for it. Guess it would be for someone who doesn't record a lot of different programs at the same time or don't want to use the pip feature.

It says its a DUAL tuner so it sounds more like a 622 that is in single mode only.
Makes since to me if thats the way it is. I have never understood a HD DVR with a SD out, just to lose the Dual Tuner PiP/Swap.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:02 AM

Maybe so it only counts as one room on your account?
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:12 AM

Maybe so it only counts as one room on your account?

Sounds like the best answer so far. The other thought I had was that it negates the Additional Outlet Programming Access Fee ($5/mo), but that's waived anyway when your receiver is connected to a phone line.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:51 AM

For those of us that only use our DVR for 1 TV anyway, how is it any different from the 622 or 722 (other than less space)?
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:00 AM

Sounds like the best answer so far. The other thought I had was that it negates the Additional Outlet Programming Access Fee ($5/mo), but that's waived anyway when your receiver is connected to a phone line.


Maybe it will create a new script for the CSR's, so they "Maybe" less confused, and help out those who just can't get a phone line over to the DVR. I wish it would include media center support like D* DVR's. I don't need it with my NEW AV Reciever I have, and I always have the Xbox360 as back up.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:15 PM

Actually, I'd be content with a 722-technologically-equivalent dual tuner DVR with one TV output - outputting to a component, hdmi, and s-video plus optical and RCA audios at the same time. I need it in black.;)

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:48 PM

Actually, I'd be content with a 722-technologically-equivalent dual tuner DVR with one TV output - outputting to a component, hdmi, and s-video plus optical and RCA audios at the same time. I need it in black.;)

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:04 PM

Any news on the 211's and DVR? Last year they said coming soon and and it's been a year?

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:29 PM

Any news on the 211's and DVR? Last year they said coming soon and and it's been a year?

There was a presentation on that at CES. Coming in February. Better than "soon".

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:31 PM

Any news on the 211's and DVR? Last year they said coming soon and and it's been a year?



Looks like the ViP612 is the DVR-capable replacement for the ViP211. That's fine with me if us 211 subs currently under agreement have the option to upgrade to it now.

If not, then I guess we'll have to wait for the 211 mod that will activate EHD capabilities and allow the 211 to act as a DVR as well.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:41 PM

I would not say the Vip612 is a DVR replacement for a 211. It is just a single TV version of the 622 just as the 622/722 is not a DVR replacement for the 222. They are different animals and usually not associated in any way.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:44 PM

Looks like the ViP612 is the DVR-capable replacement for the ViP211. That's fine with me if us 211 subs currently under agreement have the option to upgrade to it now.

If not, then I guess we'll have to wait for the 211 mod that will activate EHD capabilities and allow the 211 to act as a DVR as well.


Yeah I went out and got a Hard drive and it's full of dust:nono: But if they do let us have the option to upgrade like you said i'll be happy to.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:23 PM

Judging by photos of the ViP612, it is new variant of 622/722 line. Same form-factor.




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