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EchoStar Introduces New High-Definition DVR Receiver

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by Chris Blount, Jan 7, 2008.

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  1. Jan 7, 2008 #1 of 58
    Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 7, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- EchoStar Holding Corporation
    today announced the launch of a new high definition (HD) DVR receiver to
    complement its premier line of ViP set-top boxes. The ViP612 is an advanced
    MPEG-4, dual-tuner, DVR receiver with integrated digital over-the-air tuner, and
    offers the visual clarity and superior surround sound of HD. The receiver will
    be available to customers in February.

    "EchoStar continues to expand its suite of award-winning high definition
    receivers to meet and exceed the demands of DISH Network subscribers," said Mark
    Jackson, president of EchoStar Holding Corporation. "With the recent holiday
    boom in HDTV sales, the ViP612 is the perfect solution for customers who have
    purchased an HDTV, and desire the ability to record HD content."

    The ViP612 -- which is similar to the award-winning ViP622, but powers one TV --
    can record up to 30 hours of high definition content and 200 hours of standard
    definition content. It also features on-screen caller ID, a nine-day electronic
    programming guide (EPG), seamless access to both satellite and broadband
    delivered content, a host of interactive services through DishHOME Interactive
    TV, parental locks and more. ViP612 customers also have access to the most free
    national HD channels in the industry with more than 75, plus local channels
    where available.

    The ViP612 is available for lease to new and existing DISH Network customers
    through DISH Network's popular Digital Home Advantage (DHA) plan. For more
    information about DHA, DISH Network or the ViP612, call 1-800-333-DISH (3474),
    visit www.dishnetwork.com, or visit your local DISH Network retailer.
  2. Jan 7, 2008 #2 of 58
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Is there another press release that describes how to get teh HD Channels for free?

    Is there something special included with the ownership of this particular DVR, that you don't have to pay for the HD services?
  3. Jan 7, 2008 #3 of 58

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    They don't mention that it's only for 6 months that you get the HD channels for free.
  4. Jan 7, 2008 #4 of 58

    Mikey Hall Of Fame

    Oct 26, 2004
    What's the advantage of a single TV HD DVR? Is there some cost savings to the subscriber?
  5. Jan 7, 2008 #5 of 58

    garys Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2005
    I hear customers have been asking for it. Guess it would be for someone who doesn't record a lot of different programs at the same time or don't want to use the pip feature.
  6. Jan 7, 2008 #6 of 58
    Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    Actually I was under the impression it would do PiP but just would not have a TV2 output.
  7. Jan 7, 2008 #7 of 58
    James Long

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

    Apr 17, 2003
    Probably the current introductory offer Rad refers to ... or a typo.

    "powers one TV" is a typo. The 612 may FEED signal to one TV, but I doubt it supplies power. :D
  8. Jan 7, 2008 #8 of 58

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    It says its a DUAL tuner so it sounds more like a 622 that is in single mode only.
    Makes since to me if thats the way it is. I have never understood a HD DVR with a SD out, just to lose the Dual Tuner PiP/Swap.
  9. Jan 7, 2008 #9 of 58

    ssmith10pn Icon

    Jul 6, 2005
    Maybe so it only counts as one room on your account?
  10. Mikey

    Mikey Hall Of Fame

    Oct 26, 2004
    Sounds like the best answer so far. The other thought I had was that it negates the Additional Outlet Programming Access Fee ($5/mo), but that's waived anyway when your receiver is connected to a phone line.
  11. davethestalker

    davethestalker Godfather

    Sep 16, 2006
    For those of us that only use our DVR for 1 TV anyway, how is it any different from the 622 or 722 (other than less space)?
  12. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    Maybe it will create a new script for the CSR's, so they "Maybe" less confused, and help out those who just can't get a phone line over to the DVR. I wish it would include media center support like D* DVR's. I don't need it with my NEW AV Reciever I have, and I always have the Xbox360 as back up.
  13. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Actually, I'd be content with a 722-technologically-equivalent dual tuner DVR with one TV output - outputting to a component, hdmi, and s-video plus optical and RCA audios at the same time. I need it in black.;)
  14. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    AMEN, none of that shiney sliver crap.
  15. HDdude24

    HDdude24 AllStar

    Feb 9, 2006
    Any news on the 211's and DVR? Last year they said coming soon and and it's been a year?
  16. Mikey

    Mikey Hall Of Fame

    Oct 26, 2004
    There was a presentation on that at CES. Coming in February. Better than "soon".
  17. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Pine, CO

    Looks like the ViP612 is the DVR-capable replacement for the ViP211. That's fine with me if us 211 subs currently under agreement have the option to upgrade to it now.

    If not, then I guess we'll have to wait for the 211 mod that will activate EHD capabilities and allow the 211 to act as a DVR as well.
  18. Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

    Dec 10, 2002
    I would not say the Vip612 is a DVR replacement for a 211. It is just a single TV version of the 622 just as the 622/722 is not a DVR replacement for the 222. They are different animals and usually not associated in any way.
  19. HDdude24

    HDdude24 AllStar

    Feb 9, 2006
    Yeah I went out and got a Hard drive and it's full of dust:nono: But if they do let us have the option to upgrade like you said i'll be happy to.
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Judging by photos of the ViP612, it is new variant of 622/722 line. Same form-factor.
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