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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. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Thanks Mark! Excellent review and great info on the 921.

    Great forum addition as well.
     
  2. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    I've gotton the explanation on what the green R button does on the remote, and I'll probably post it later sometime, but it's not something to worry about - I seriously doubt anyone who's reading this review would ever need to use it.
     
  3. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Thanks, Kevin. I wasn't aware of that.
     
  4. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Yes, it's a linux box. From what Scott and others have told me, the interface is just about identical looking to the 721.
     
  5. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Kagato, I believe that is very close to Dish's plan for local channel guide data.

    My bet is DishWire will be before local guide data.
     
  6. krt

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    4. Is there a way to lock the receiver - channels locked, PPV locked, as well as, at the same time not have to enter passwords to erase "protected recorded" events? The 50x PVRs do not allow this.

    Thanks again for the quick response to my questions.

    I would like to go into the locks menu, lock PPVs, and lock the system. Then, I would like to record something, and protect this recording. Then I would like to be able to delete this protected recording without inputting the PIN.

    On the PVR 5xx series, if the receiver is locked, the system always prompts for the PIN if someone attempts to delete a protected recording. I understand that the workaround is not to protect recordings, or not to lock the receiver. However, if recordings are not protected, the receiver could automatically erase recorded events, when the hard drive gets full.

    Thanks again.
     
  7. bytre

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    Send me the box, I'll try the satellite test.


    Question on the USB port - have you tried plugging a USB HD in to see if the 921 reacts?
     
  8. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    Ok, got it. Added to the list for the weekend.
     
  9. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    :lol: ah, I think NOT!

    I don't have a USB hard drive to try it with. Send me one, and I'll plug it in and tell you what happens. :)
     
  10. bytre

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    PM me an address and I will.
     
  11. Rodney

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    Mark,

    Thanks for an excellent review. I read that you connected the 921 via the component cables because your set does not have DVI. I may have missed it but did the 921 come with a DVI-I cable?
     
  12. tm22721

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    What we really need is NOT more built in HD capacity but a 1 Gbps Ethernet port to expand to networked storage and to stream video out to networked clients.

    At its price point, the 921 needs to turn into a media server. It only needs to be a scalable set of tuners and a guide/scheduler engine.

    Dish adds very ltittle value beyond that. This unit costs too much to just be a standalone 'DVR'.

    End of rant.
     
  13. dinkster

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    I just wanted to thank Mark for the very comprehensive review of the 921. Wonderful stuff that has answered so many of my questions concerning this unit. I have enjoyed following this thread.
     
  14. Slordak

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    Yes. A big thank you to Mark for taking time out to post this valuable information and continue to research the quirks and details of the 921 receiver!
     
  15. Mark Lamutt

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    I don't know Rodney. The 921 that I picked up wasn't boxed, so I have no idea what will be in the box when it ships. I would guess that it won't come with a DVI cable, only because the 811s aren't shipping with one.
     
  16. Mark Lamutt

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    dinkster, Slordak and everyone else that has emailed and PM'd me -

    You're Welcome! :D
     
  17. Jetlag

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    I thought the USB port was for an external keyboard??? No?
     
  18. Danny R

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    Does the 921 require Dishpro switches? Just wondering if I can remove my 501 and 301 and connect those two cables to the 921 that will replace both. I'm pretty sure both were running off of legacy switches currently.
     
  19. jackienopay

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    Great review, it’s ridiculous how excited I am getting about a silly piece of consumer electronics, but I guess I can’t control that.

    My questions:

    1. Does the favorite list have more storage than the 6000?
    2. Are you able to view and record OTA content (including HD) without a satellite input, or with a “no signal detected?”
    3. Is there any type of picture adjusting for the HD feed with regard to up, down, left, right?
    4. Are you able to force an OTA HD channel even if it is not currently broadcasting?

    Thanks for taking the time to do this for us!

    -Jackie
     
  20. Mark Lamutt

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    The 921 does not require DishPro equipment, so the answer is yes, you could replace both of your receivers with the 921.
     

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