Soon Dish Network will be replacing the Dish 301 receiver with a new model known as the 311. The 311 is just like the 301 but it adds a bunch of new features as well. DBSTalk.COM has obtained some details of some of the new features of the 311. - 2-day Cached EPG for Fast Access ( Instantaneous extended program information: no more waiting for program information to download from the satellite, info is stored in the receiver's memory for instant retrieval. Dish311's EPG will store up to 48 hours of information with quick access. When the unit is placed in standby, the EPG will update every four hours) - Alpha Search (Alpha Search is accessed in two ways: 1) using the # key (like DishPVR 501/508 and DishPVR 721). The current program's title will be filled in: you can use that to search or clear it and type in another name. Default is "Search by Title". 2) By going to Menu, Themes & Search, then Search. The keywords can be entered with your remote control alpha-numeric keys (cell phonestyle) or using the right/left/up/down blue arrow buttons and Select to access the on-screen keyboard) - Hide Locked Channels ( Separate locks for adult and PPV channels. Using "Hide Locked" you can hide all locked channels within the EPG, browse, direct channel entry, channel up/down and any searches. The system must be locked to activate any locks chosen) - Caller ID on the 301 will be Enabled by Default - Wireless Phone Jack in Phone Setup - Extended Info from Timer Management Screen - 3 Prong Power Cord - NO Removable Smart Card ( The smart card technology has been "embedded" or built into the receiver. Resets of the receiver can be done by pressing and holding the front panel Power button for approximately five seconds or unplugging the AC power cord and plugging it back in ) Sounds to me like a nice upgrade of the 301, and will be a great base receiver for people not looking for a lot of bells and whistles but are looking for something more then the Dish 111 Whats a Dish 111 you may ask? Its one of the most basic receivers ever made by Dish Network, it has NO AV or S-VIDEO outputs on it (It only outputs to Channel 3 or Channel 4) It has no Dolby Digital Outputs, nor does it have a removable smartcard. But it does have a IR Blaster which I believe can control your VCR, it also has a 3 prong power cord to help ground your system better. This system is the most basic system that will be available. My thanks to my sources who sent me this information to share with our members here at DBSTalk.COM!