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#21 OFFLINE   Lostinspace

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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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Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:36 AM

You should select that EHD what have "Dish Approved" logo on it.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:27 PM

Does anyone know if a drive has been authorized for the 211k, can it be connected to another dvr like a 622?

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:44 PM

Does anyone know if a drive has been authorized for the 211k, can it be connected to another dvr like a 622?

Thanks,

ken

If you will re-read Recap of Tech Chat, you'll find an answer.

#29 OFFLINE   brant

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:21 PM

I just chatted with dish about adding a DVR feature for the ViP222;

I asked if it was available; answer- "no"
I asked if it would be available in the future; answer - "I can't assure you anything"
I asked if they would meet the 150HD channels by year end promise; answer - "we're working towards it"

nice

#30 OFFLINE   Jim5506

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:36 AM

If you will re-read Recap of Tech Chat, you'll find an answer.


That specific question was NOT answered.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:15 AM

Not true, just listen carefully and you will get the answer: NO.
YES between 211 on same account (household key).

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:39 AM

I wonder if the 411 can be upgraded?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:16 AM

Not true, just listen carefully and you will get the answer: NO.
YES between 211 on same account (household key).


Now that's a real bummer. I can see many cases where it would be nice to move a recording from a 612/622/722 onto an EHD, and then watch it on a 211. That would've been my primary use for a 211 with an EHD. But if that's the case, and it can't be done, then it won't work for me. So I guess I'm real glad I went ahead and got that third DVR, rather than waiting for this feature on the 211.

It still looks like a wonderful capability, but in my mind it's a significant limitation that it's not compatible with existing EHD usage on a single household key. How disssapointing. :crying_sa

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:32 AM

The 211 as DVR will have own separate domain of EHD. Perhaps Dish could change it in a future.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:05 AM

Is there a list somewhere of Dish approved drives?

#36 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:11 AM

They have Dish logo on it - check TechChat recap.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:49 AM

The recap just mentions the following:
"USB 2.0, 50 GB to 750 GB, not USB powered"
and also mentions
"MAKE SURE YOU GET A GOOD QUALITY DRIVE!
WD is labeling drives "DISH Network" compatible
500 GB Western Digital My DVR Expander product"

Will this WD product name refer to the 211 Drive as well as the 622/722?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:17 PM

Yes.

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 08:10 PM

I have the WD My Book Essentials 500GB EHD. There is no way to power it down (without unplugging it from the wall) and the blue light stays on all the time. Is this ok, or will it wear out the drive sooner? I was thinking of buying a power strip with an on/off switch and plugging it into that so I could power it off when the receiver is off and I'm not planning on recording anything. Is this a good idea? I have a VIP 622, but am also thinking of getting another of these EHDs for my 211 when they activate the DVR function in the 211. Thanks for any replies...

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:16 PM

I think you can just unplug the USB cable, works for me on my 622. The light stays on but the drive goes to sleep for me if left pluged into the USB.




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