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#1 OFFLINE   amahdi

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 02:44 PM

One question - my friend has a VIP 211 with no hard drive. Is there a way to get a new hard drive and install it. Can anyone let me know.....

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#2 OFFLINE   CoriBright

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 03:47 PM

Not yet. Wait a couple of months and there will be the option to add an external hard drive (for a fee of course) and get the appropriate firmware and software upgrade.
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#3 OFFLINE   amahdi

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 07:18 AM

Not yet. Wait a couple of months and there will be the option to add an external hard drive (for a fee of course) and get the appropriate firmware and software upgrade.



Thanks - so right now there is no external hard drive for the 211? If not - are they going to roll one out for it?

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#4 OFFLINE   Jim5506

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 08:47 PM

It will be a USB hard drive, probably the same as works as External Hard Drive on the 622/722.

Hopefully, no guarantees, it will be swapable with the 622/722.
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Posted 04 July 2008 - 04:16 PM

Any word on when this option will be available?

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 02:44 PM

Since the 211 is not a DVR, what would you need a hard drive for? :confused:

Never mind. I saw the other thread that showed that the 211 might be able to be converted to a DVR.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 03:53 PM

I would want to archive with the 722 to EHD, then play back on the 211. If you had two EHD's that were swappable, that would eliminate the need for a second DVR, and be very nice to just plug in a HD to the 211 to watch arhived programs. Hopefully they won't "force" you to pay another DVR fee to turn on the EHD of the 211 (when it happens)

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 05:16 PM

I don't believe they will require a second activation fee, but might add a DVR fee, and I've also heard that the 722/622 EHD and the 211 EHD might not be swappable.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 07:22 AM

It has been another couple of months forever. Last time around it was July. Do we now have a new timeframe? While on the phone with a customer service rep on another matter I asked about the functionalty...he said it doesn't exist and has never heard about the functionality. I thought we were being told that the delay was in training the reps. Sounds like it will not happen this year.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 02:05 PM

Still no news on the Hard drive?


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Posted 04 August 2008 - 02:46 PM

I don't care about DVR ability, just be nice to plug a 722 HD into the 211 USB port. It can't be a difficult software upgrade, why else would they have put the USB port there?

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 03:36 AM

That is all I want also. I'd be happy with the capability of playing shows I recorded off my 612 on my 211.

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 08:00 AM

Bump -- when will this be active?

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 09:49 AM

Soon. December perhaps ? As promised year ago ;).

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:05 PM

I'm trying to talk someone into getting Dish... and getting a ViP722 for the main room + activating the External Hard Drive feature. He would be going with one of the TurboHD HD-only packages as a new customer, and isn't sure if he needs DVR capability in another room or just a 2nd receiver.

I know the ViP211 doesn't have the external hard drive support yet... but am curious myself as to if there has been any new traction on this (if anyone knows). Also, the hope would be that it would fall into the "household" situation where if he activates for the ViP722, then whenever they do activate it for the ViP211 then he could take an already-being-used archive drive and just plug-n-play from that point.

Reason I ask is because there had been some initial concern that Dish might treat their non-DVR models (when activated) differently from the DVR ones... i.e. charge a separate activation fee, add a DVR monthly fee, not be swappable with other DVRs on the account. So I'm also wondering about that scenario.

The ideal situation is to be able to take recorded content from the main room into another room for viewing (not necessarily needing to record from that location) for the added convenience factor.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:28 PM

Guys this is now available you can add an external Hard drive which will make it a DVR. There is a one time fee of $39.99 activation fee and the good thing is there is no monthly DVR fee..!!

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:54 PM

So much excitement for first post. ;)


Would be interesting to see a link to official announce.

Guys this is now available you can add an external Hard drive which will make it a DVR. There is a one time fee of $39.99 activation fee and the good thing is there is no monthly DVR fee..!!



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Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:12 PM

...beat me to it
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:36 PM

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 07:59 PM

Nice is there a way to activate it with out calling in?

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 09:43 PM

I contacted online tech support, they said this feature is still in testing and not available. Anyone actually been able to activate it???

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 10:37 PM

It's not available yet....soon though....and not the normal soon associated with that word on these boards.
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Posted 07 November 2008 - 11:01 PM

Still no news on the Hard drive?


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what sofware version do u have in the box it may support EHD

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:30 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov 11, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Original HD Receiver Can Convert to DVR with External Hard Drive

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the third largest pay-TV provider and digital television leader, today announced its award-winning ViP211® and ViP211k® DVR Conversion feature will be available at the end of the month. The DVR Conversion feature offers customers the ability to convert their single tuner ViP211® and ViP211k® into DVRs by attaching an external hard drive.

The DVR Conversion feature is an ideal option for current ViP211® or ViP211k® customers who want to experience all the benefits of DISH Network's feature-rich DVRs with the simple addition of an off-the-shelf external hard drive.

"As a leader in high definition, DISH Network continues to expand its HD solutions for our customers, including finding innovative ways to take our existing technology to the next level," said Jessica Insalaco, Chief Marketing Officer for DISH Network. "Now customers ready to add in the benefits of DVR recording to their HD receiver can do so with ease, simply by plugging in an off-the-shelf external hard drive."

ViP211® or ViP211k® customers must call DISH Network to activate the DVR feature. Once activated, customers need to connect an off-the-shelf external hard drive between 50 GB and 750 GB. Customers can then access DVR menus similar to other award-winning DVR features, including name-based recording and search-based timer capabilities. Other features include a nine-day electronic programming guide, DVR functionality on both the satellite tuner and built-in OTA tuner, record and review conflict management, VOD capability, and the ability to play back a stored program while recording or watching another.

The DVR Conversion feature - engineered by DISH Network's technology provider, EchoStar Technologies LLC, an award-winning digital media leader in set-top box design and deployment - was honored with an International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Customers pay a one-time activation fee of $39.99 to enjoy the DVR feature. More information on the ViP211® or ViP211k® DVR Conversion feature will be available toward the end of the month at dishnetwork.com.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:31 AM

What works for the other VIP boxes will work for the 211?




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