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DBSTALK FIRST LOOK: In-Home Dish DVR-921 Review

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by Mark Lamutt, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. TEN89

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    But if you have the everything pakage you won't have too. The receiver fee you will still have to pay.
     
  2. tahoerob

    tahoerob Godfather

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    I would sign up for AEP now if they would add Starz HD to the lineup. It would make the upgrade worth it.
     
  3. Nashcat

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    kstevens &/or TEN89,

    Exactly what fees are you talking about (monthly)?
     
  4. santellavision

    santellavision Cool Member

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    There is a $5.00 per month fee to use the 921. Unless you have the top-of-the-line Dish everything package.
     
  5. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Yes, you can convert - I've done it to connect my computer monitor. Don't know about degredation of signal, though.
     
  6. gambit42

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    it's not for certain when the dish wire port will be activated for that specific reason with copy right laws all up in the air these days they are holding off on activating that port
     
  7. gambit42

    gambit42 New Member

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    oh and also there was a ? about the ota tuner and if you can use it without sat signal...or a dish account... the anwser is a big fat NO NO!!!! the reason why is because of the fact that dish learned there leason with the 6000 in which people where buying the 6000 not getting dish and using it as a ota tuner box so dish smartened up for once
     
  8. BobMurdoch

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    I think it is more for buggy reasons rather than any copyright concerns. The DVR itself runs afoul of most studios' idea that consumers "contract" with them implicitly imply that we are to sit slavishly in front of their ads in exchange for the shows they produce. When we skip the ads we "break" that contract. (Not my words.... I think it was a Time Warner exec that floated that one but I'm not sure)

    E* is NOT holding up the feature for that reason. I'm sure it is purely a time saving situation, until they can get the most serious bugs squashed first.
     
  9. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Bob - yup. Get big bugs fixed with receiver functionality first, then add the peripheral features.
     
  10. guruka

    guruka Troublemaker/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Thanks for the Warm welcome, Mark. I just arrived here today and loved your in-depth review of the 921. I have a 501 and my 921 is on order and will arrive. . . sometime soon <g>

    My 501 has the various screen icons on screen all the time. Like the 'pause' icon. If left onscreen for hours, I'm concerned about burn-in so I switch inputs on my HDTV to a blank input. I heard that the 921 would have a screen saver built-in. Does it? If so, how does it work?

    Again, many thanks for your great review! .....G
     
  11. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    No screen saver yet on the 921 that I've found. It's there for the 721, though, so I suspect it will be a future feature.
     
  12. Tim James

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    Mark,
    I was wondering if the 921 will bookmark (for the lack of a better term) the position of a recorded program when you press pause.

    Example:
    1) Start watching previously recorded program A.
    2) Press pause, and then start watching a live channel or another recorded program.
    3) Go back to program A and pick back up where I left off without having to start at the beginning and FF to where I was in the program.

    Thanks, -- Tim --
     
  13. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    The 921 may do what you describe because of the dual tuners, but the way I always do it is to stop the playback of the previously recorded program A, go watch program B (live) or program C (previously recorded). I then can go back to A, select RESUME and it starts again where I left off.

    BTW - nice kitty, Tim. Looks very much like my other kitty. :)
     
  14. Tim James

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    Thanks, That sounds like what I was hoping for (plays into my commercial avoidance strategy). I can't wait to get a 921!

    And thats Bessy, she looks kinda drowsy because she always closes her eyes when the flash goes off. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Tom Horner

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    I guess I wasn't clear in my question. I meant that while I was watching a show could I go back a record it from the start, assuming the beginning of the show was in the record buffer. I realize the the 921 can't monitor all channels.
     
  16. guruka

    guruka Troublemaker/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I don't have my 921 yet, Tom, but I'm sure it can do this since all the other Dish PVR's (like my 501) can do it. You just back up to the beginning of the show and hit the record button and tell it to stop at the end of the event.

    .....G
     
  17. Doody

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    i believe mark confirmed it, tom. if you were watching it (presumably continuously without any channel surfing) from the beginning then the show should be on the hard drive and when you hit record it appends.

    doody.
     
  18. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Correct.
     
  19. wildman

    wildman New Member

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    I know the 921 has a DVI port, but is it active?

    And if anyone has tried it with a DVI cable, how is the picture compared to component, and what is your display device?
     
  20. Mark Lamutt

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    Yes, the DVI port is active. I connected a computer monitor to it via a dvi-rgb converter, and it worked fine. I can't comment though on how much better DVI looks over component.
     

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