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DISH possible newbie questions

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by lgb0250, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Legend

    Jan 24, 2010
    Have been with DirecTV now for a few years. Prior to that time we were with DISH. Thinking of possibly returning.

    Last time with DISH I had a couple of VIP622's and was very happy with them. Now I guess it's all about The Hopper, Super Joey and Joey.

    Right now I have an HR34 that can record up to 5 shows (any) at one time. I also have an HR23 which allows me to record another two shows at one time. I also have an AM21 for a backup on my locals when I lose a signal because of rain fade. We also have the whole home setup and the HD package.

    My questions are these:

    1. What kind of setup should I order to get service into 4 rooms and be able to record at least the seven shows that I now can?

    2. Does the Hopper come with Sling capability?

    3. Can I watch a recording on my IPad or laptop while out of the home network? My daughter has DISH and said she was able to watch her recordings on her IPad while on vacation!

    4. Are The Hopper, Super Joey and Joey fairly stable? My HR34 is a little suspect. Picture freezes or pixalates quite often.

    Thanks for the help
  2. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Dec 28, 2010
    To record 7 programs, you can request the Hopper (3 tuners), Super Joey (2 tuners), and 2 Joeys or Wireless Joeys. The Hopper and Super Joey setup provides 5 tuners, which allows the recording of 5 events or viewing 5 different channels. With Primetime Any Time (PTAT), you can record 8 events during the primetime hours - record the 4 local HD channels on 1 tuner, plus 4 additional events on the remaining 4 tuners.

    The Hopper w/Sling has the Sling technology built into the receiver.

    With the Sling techology, you can view Live TV or DVR recordings from your iPad, iPhone, or other compatible mobile devices or computers. The Hopper must be connected to the Internet with a minimum of 4 MBs upload speed for HD viewing.

    With all electronics, you may experience anamolies. When an issue arises that is associated with the software or hardware, we work to resolve those issues as quickly as possible. Please let me know if you have further questions. Thanks.

  3. patmurphey

    patmurphey Godfather

    Dec 21, 2006
    You could also have 2 Hoppers and 2 Joeys. One more tuner than Hopper/Super Joey, and more storage. Each Hopper could have an OTA adapter ADDING 2 more tuners.
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  4. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Legend

    Jan 24, 2010
    Thank you both for your replies.

    I'm just having a hard time getting my head wrapped around prime time anytime! I don't have that with Directv. I just pick the 7 shows I want to record and viola, it's done.

    I record quite a few show that are not on network TV. Does the prime time recording capability apply to major network shows or is any channel during prime time? What is prime time?

    Thanks for your help.
  5. RBA

    RBA Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    PTAT records the 4 main networks (ABC,CBS,NBC & FOX) DISH has grouped the networks so they are on the same transponder. That way the 4 can be recorded together.
  6. lighthouse94

    lighthouse94 New Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    My Dish with Dish network is pointed at 72 and 61.5 I noticed on the local networks list that very few are at 72, why is that ? Just wondering
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    DISH uses 61.5 and 77 for local markets. 72 is all national channels. The "local networks" you see there are not available to customers.
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  8. lighthouse94

    lighthouse94 New Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    Thanks !!!
  9. david_jr

    david_jr Godfather

    Dec 10, 2006
    Other than the fact that PTAT records the big 4 on 1 tuner, the other GREAT thing about PTAT is Auto-Hop. Our family has become rather addicted to it. With PTAT enabled most Prime Time recordings will have AH available after 1 AM the next morning. When you view a AH recording a prompt asks if you want to watch AH. If you select yes the program will start and forward to the beginning even if there is a buffer, then when the show goes into a break within a few seconds the Hopper forwards to within a few seconds of the show coming back on, all automagically. (PTAT recordings auto delete after 8 days.) The Hopper also uses only 1 tuner to record or view any big 4 network programs at the same time even outside of PTAT hours, so for example, if you were watching ABC and recording something on NBC and maybe someone else was viewing CBS at a Joey location, you would only be using 1 tuner regardless of the time of day. Another great thing about PTAT is that you can set it for only the nights and networks that you want, so if a majority of your primetime network viewing is on certain nights and channels you can set those. However, even if you only have PTAT enabled for 1 night and for 1 network, any primetime network shows that you record on that Hopper that have Auto-Hop will be AH enabled even if not recorded using PTAT. Another plus is you can also go into the PTAT folder and set recordings to be saved or save a series and they will be moved automatically into your "My Recordings" folder and will not auto delete. We have 2 Hoppers in a family of 5 including 2 college age and 1 high school age child. We have PTAT enabled full time on one Hopper and 1 night on the other Hopper and it works out well for us. We have been very happy with the Hopper with Sling system and have experienced very few bugs, most of which have been corrected. We have not lost recordings or missed recordings although there have been a very few reports of that happening to a few people. As Ray C said, no tech system is going to be perfect, but this one is close. However, if not having 7 tuners is a deal breaker, this system might not be for you.

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