I'm considering returning to Dish after a long run with DirecTV. When was I last with Dish? Well, my DVR was a 501<grin>. So I'm pretty sure we qualify as a new customer at this point. If not, well, my wife's got good credit so she can sign up.
Anyway, I've got two HD sets and want two DVRs. Also necessary is off-air capability, as I'm into the programming on the sub-channels around here. I understand there is a configuration where one DVR can record two off-air and two satellite at the same time. Is this the 722K with a OTA module? And if so, is the 722 limited to two satellite and/or one OTA recording? Ideally, I'd like to have one receiver that can do four at once, with another that just does two (the 612 probably).
Also...I might cheap out consider a 612/612 setup if that's available and would save me the $100. Will Dish sell that configuration? Everyone I've talked to so far seems to be pushing the 722 as a prime receiver.
Other than the second set capability, what advantage do I get with going with a 722?
I understand that for a single, one-time fee, I can add external USB drives to these boxes for up to 1TB additional storage capacity. Can I add just any old drive, or do they have to be something special?
I seem to remember reading somewhere that the 722K (not the 612) is capable with the OTA module of recording four at once, two from the OTA and two from the satellite. Is this correct?
As you can tell, I know just enough about this stuff to be dangerous <grin>. DirecTV's current and future emphasis on sports, sports and more sports has me looking at Dish with its international programming (especially the French package where three of the five channels either have English subcarriers or English subtitles!).
And then....there's customer service. Frankly, has it gotten any better? I remember many years ago after Dish had its first growing pains dealing with people who were just above rhesus monkeys. DirecTV has had its CSR issues as well, but recently they've been quite good to me. But its refusal to add certain channels in HD, along with the sports issues I mentioned up above, are making me look at the other side of the fence, again.
Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
Mike Nassour / Austin TX
Edited by mnassour, 05 October 2010 - 10:52 PM.