Long time dish user with three DVR's and one non-DVR receiver, all HD, and way more programming than I need.
Considering switching to the Hopper, but looked at the specs and was surprised to see only three receivers (plus OTA, which is sporadic here). I am a bit concerned, given two of the three DVR's are very active, that this is going to be a step down in terms of what we record. Can someone help cut through a bit of the advertising hype and answer a question about how those receivers work?
If we have (say) four scheduled things to record, and two of them are on the networks, will the "prime time network" feature be able to use one receiver?
Does it matter if it's in "prime time" or not, can all four major networks always be recorded on one receiver, regardless of how scheduled? Or does that four-in-one recording only work when you schedule it to record all four as a separate schedule (i.e. not two items for two different programs that just happen to be on the networks)?
I was very surprised to see the Joey's were wired, somehow I had the impression this was wireless. Right now all my receivers are wired to one DPP44 which is in the attic. I assume to switch, I'm going to have to run coax (right? or ethernet?) from the location I put the hopper to each receiver. I don't want to put it up where the DPP44 is (which would be easy wiring wise) as it's in a hot attic. In other words, three of the four receiving are going to need new coax run, is that correct?
I see others have more than one hopper, but I can't find how Dish handles pricing for that (and I never want to call Dish without knowing most of the answer before I call). Anyone know how that would be priced, then I'd swap one DVR for a hopper, use it to go to two other rooms, and on the more active other DVR replace it with a second hopper. Still need to run two additional coax runs I guess.
Can two hoppers work off of one coax each coming from one DPP44?
If there's a better place to find this information please point. I read the FAQ, which is where I learned what I think I know, but didn't see much about installations and wiring.