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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. Danny R

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    I don't quite understand.... why is that good for DVD recording? Won't the recording take the 4:3 squished display view and record it as is?

    Yes the recording will do exactly that. That is how ALL anamorphic DVDs look when displayed in 4:3 mode.

    What you do then is when you play that particular DVD, you tell your display to go to anamorphic mode (on my 4:3 sony I change the display from 4:3 to 16:9), and the DVD will then display in its proper widescreen mode. Some TV's will jump to widescreen if you have your DVD player output upgrade to 480p as well, which will also show your movie in the proper format then.

    I'm guessing the only limitation is that the anamorphic flag isn't set automatically using this method, as the DVD recorder doesn't know the signal isn't 4:3. Thus if you can't change your TV modes it wouldn't work well for you.
     
  2. Mark Lamutt

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    Yeah, it would record the squished 4x3 image, but then when you play it back, you have your 16x9 television set to anamorphic mode (on my sony it is FULL mode), and the picture fills the screen with no loss of resolution.

    This does you nothing if you're playing back on a 4x3 television - it's only good for 16x9 televisions.
     
  3. Mark Lamutt

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    I've got dish 500 and dish 300 connected with a DishPro34 switch. The superdish apparently doesn't yet work with the 921.
     
  4. SJ HART

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    I thought that Scott Greczkowski had his 921 connected to a Superdish? Maybe I read it wrong....
     
  5. BobMurdoch

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    He does have it connected to a Superdish. He said it didn't work at first, but that it found the other birds after the download.
     
  6. Scott Greczkowski

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    The check switch does find 105 however when I go the signal strength screen it reports 0 for all the transponders on 105 (My 721 is hooked up as well to the same switch and it gets all the 105 transponders no problem)

    When I try tuning to channel 7000 (The SuperDISH welcome channel) I get a message that transponed 7 of Satellite UNKNOWN could not be found.

    So from this it appears the 921 does not work with the SuperDISH.
     
  7. Mark Lamutt

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    Thanks for clarifying that Scott.
     
  8. scottchez

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    So anyone open one of these things yet?


    Some are saying the box is so big becuase there is a un used IDE connector in there with room for a 2nd drive.

    The rails for the 2nd drive were confirmed to of been there on a a Feb 2003 alpha version.

    Did they make it to production?
     
  9. Wildfire_36

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    Geesh! Finally made it thru all 11 pages of this. Did not understand a lot of the technical babble, but for the most part I am impressed! WTG Mark! You did a great job!

    I now only have to wait for it to come down in price! LOL I have added it to my Christmas 2005 wish list! LOL
     
  10. HookedOnTV

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    Also just made the read, and it was a good one. Little bum'd about the OTA guide issue. Would allowing you to "link" an OTA channel to a SAT channel be that difficult? Maybe a question for the other forum.

    Did want to make a comment on the DVI cable questions. Most TV's with a DVI input have a DVI-D connection. A DVI-I or DVI-A cable will not plug in to this.
     
  11. Jan 1, 2004 #311 of 564
    tahoerob

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    I have successfully duplicated the OTA bug!!!!!!!
    I had to smart card reset & rescan DTV channels. I am just going to wait on the other channels until software update!
     
  12. Jan 1, 2004 #312 of 564
    ggw2000

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    Mark, I have read this thread from the very beginning. I have a line on a 921 to be shipped to me tomorrow. I believe I saw reference to this awhile back but need to make sure of the answer. I currently have a 501 & 6000U receiver hooked up in the same audio/video cabinet. I have a Dish 500 with a twin LNBF and two cables coming off it. I have a Dish 300 (61.5) with a single LNBF and two cables coming off from it. One cable from each dish feeds a SW21 switch. The outputs from each SW21 switch goes to one of the receivers. My plan is to replace both receivers with the 921 by just hooking up both cables to the back of the 921. Please tell me that this will work fine. Thanks, Gerry
     
  13. Jan 1, 2004 #313 of 564
    BillsSpamMail

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    I live in an apartment complex that has a central dish for several hundred apartments. Each room in my apartment has a single cable drop and additional drops cannot be added. Each drop appears to have 110, 119, and 148 available. Will the DPP44 allow the DVR-921 to feed both its tuners from a single drop? Why can't a signal splitter be used to feed both inputs on the 921 from the one drop? Since we are not allowed to own our own equipment, does anyone know if DishNetwork plans to make this model available for rent.

    Thanks
     
  14. Jan 1, 2004 #314 of 564
    tahoerob

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    This was almost exactly my setup.
    All I had to do was remove the DishPro line adapter from the 6000 input, and I was ready to go.
     
  15. Jan 1, 2004 #315 of 564
    ggw2000

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    Tahoebob, I don't have any kind of "Dishpro" adapter on by setup (don't know what that is). Just strictly cables to SW21's and cables to the 501 & 6000U.. Gerry
     
  16. Jan 1, 2004 #316 of 564
    bytre

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    Over at the satelliteguys.us forums there is a thread with photos of the interior.
     
  17. Jan 1, 2004 #317 of 564
    b5lurker

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    When I bought my 921 I was told that the SW64 switch is the only legacy switch that works, otherwise a full DishPro install is required. Thankfully that is exactly what I have.

    Steve
     
  18. Jan 1, 2004 #318 of 564
    Mark Lamutt

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    Gerry, I think your setup will work if you replace both of your receivers with the 921, but I can't say absolutely that it will because I don't have that kind of setup, and have no way of testing it myself. The 921 doesn't require dishpro lnbs and switches, so theoritically, it should work. But, I'll ask the question to verify.
     
  19. Jan 1, 2004 #319 of 564
    Mark Lamutt

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    I don't believe you will be able to use the 921 with your setup because what you're talking about is a commercial install that probably modulates the dish channels with QAM modulation. The 921 can't work with that. What do you use for a current receiver?
     
  20. Jan 1, 2004 #320 of 564
    Mark Lamutt

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    Steve - I'm almost positive this isn't correct.
     

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