Questions about Dish Network Receivers

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by chad73, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. chad73

    chad73 Mentor

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    Hi,
    I have tried to search the forum but have not found the answer to my questions. I am sure its been asked before so I apologize for being repetitive.

    I am a DirecTV customer and I am considering changing to Dish but want to find out a few answers.

    1. I currently use both the HDMI and component outputs at the same time to show the same channel at the same time to two different HDTVs. Will the Dish receivers do this?

    2. On the receivers that connect two rooms (1 HD and 1 SD), are you required to use coax for the SD TV or can you use RCA or Component cables?

    3. Is the 922 the best DVR to get? What does it offer over the other HD DVRs other than the slingbox technology?

    4. If I get two HD DVRs do I pay $6.00 per DVR for DVR Service or $6.00 total?

    Thanks so much for any feedback. I've had DirecTV for nearly 10 years so I have clueless to the equipment on Dish.

    Chad
     
  2. dahenny

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    1. Yes
    2. You can use coax, or RCA/composite
    3. It's still rather buggy, will not output to TV2. I think the 722/722k is the best STB on their product line.
    4. $6 per acct. However, the 2nd HD DVR will cost $17 lease fee, owned or otherwise.
     
  3. chad73

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    $6 per account plus another $17 lease fee?
     
  4. njk986

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    The lease fee for the first receiver is free with your programming. You would only be charged $17 for the second Dual DVR. The $6 is not charged per receiver, but per account.
     
  5. lparsons21

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    The lease fee for a DUO, meaning 2 independent TVs from one HDDVR costs $17/month

    But if you don't need 2 of those, then you can get a Vip612, which is essentially the same as the 622/722, but only works one TV in HD. It has 2 HD-SAT tuners, and 1 HD-OTA tuners. The lease fee is $10 for the 612.

    So if you got a 722k and a 612, you'd have a DVR fee of $6+$10 lease fee. With that you could have 3 independent TVs, and multiple TVs that share the same channel if you wanted.
     
  6. chad73

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    If I get different model receivers will the software interface be different?
     
  7. njk986

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    It's pretty nearly identical.
     
  8. BattleZone

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    Only the 922 is different.
     
  9. chad73

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    Thanks for all the information.

    Another question.

    On a DUO Receiver...

    I realize I can connect to two different TVs (One HD and One SD) but can I connect HDMI to my main HD set, use component to connect HD to a second set (showing the same tuner as the HDMI) and then use the composite outputs for the SD TV?
     
  10. klang

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    Yes, all the outputs are hot.
     
  11. RasputinAXP

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    It's how I do it!
     
  12. Jim5506

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    AND, you could feed the 2 channel RF analog output to an unlimited number of TV's through a home distribution system.
     
  13. chad73

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    What exactly do you mean by 2 channel? Does it output both tuners through coax?
     
  14. RasputinAXP

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    yes it does.
     
  15. chad73

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    Wow the dish receivers sound pretty cool. I signed up last night. Nervous and excited at the same time. I had been with Direct for 8 years.
     
  16. OrangeandBlue33

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    The 722/722k is a wonderful thing. I don't know if it was mentioned, but if you get a 722k with the optional dual OTA tuner, you can potentially record 4 programs at once - 1 on TV1, 1 on TV2 and also 2 Locals via the OTA tuner(s).

    Once you get accustomed to the new set-up, if you have the capability, you can connect the receivers via ethernet and access your DVR(s) by logging into your DishNetwork.com account. From there you can manage your DVR content as well as have the ability to search the guide and set-up timers, etc.

    I was in a rental house for a few months while transitioning to a new home and I couldn't stand the technology that the cable company was providing - E* does a great job with their receivers!

    EDIT: - in regards to the 2 Channel Distribution, you can set up the modulator for each (TV1 and TV2) to be distributed on whatever channel you select. Previously you'd want to choose channels that were not close to any locally broadacast channels to avoid any conflicts. I'm assuming that is still the case.

    Enjoy!
     

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