Was on my second VIP 922 - the last one died almost exactly a year ago stuck on the "Starting Up" cycle and was replaced. Now this one has the same issue and so I am waiting for another one. This one wasn't even turned on when it died - just got an update in the middle of the night and the next morning turned it on and it was stuck in the cycle. Unplugged for a few hours and same thing.I had nothing on top or to the sides so it gets plenty of ventilation.
So I asked Dish if they were reliable and got two different answers from different reps. One said that they were the best other than the Hopper/Joey combo and that they almost never fail. The other said they had many problems so don't offer them for sale anymore. Seems like the second person was a bit more accurate.
But I did notice a curious coincidence between the two failures. When my first one failed, I had just started to use the SlingBox features. Had the internet dongle thing and two days after I tried watching remotely the receiver died. So I've had the replacement for a year hooked to the internet but never used the SlingBox there, either. Thought I'd check it out and see if it had any new features I could use and two days later this one died with the same issue. I wonder if they have some strange software issue that kills it.