I have both a 501 and a Dishplayer. Now that we have a search feature on the 501, the only thing I miss from the Dishplayer is being able to use a keyboard for entering text for the searches.
I got the 501 free through the Club Dish promotion last fall. When I received it, I gave my old 4700 to a friend and connected my standalone TiVo to the Dishplayer. Since I'm rarely recording anything on the Dishplayer, it's been pretty trouble-free. The only problem I've experienced is finding the Dishplayer in its screensaver mode from a corrupted download or from the TiVo trying to record a suggestion at 3:00 a.m. Yes, the Dishplayer is a pretty good PVR as long as you don't try to record with it.
I had two dishplayers and one 501 but just recently sold the 2 dishplayers to buy another 501. With the addition of on screen Caller ID and the search feature I don't miss the dishplayer. One thing that people don't seem to know is that the dishplayer PTR functions didn't work on the CD channels where the 501 has the ability to record, pause & ect any of the CD music channels.
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