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I've been an E* sub for a couple years now. I got started when the model 7200 was new. My current equipment is the following:

2x SW21 switches (only one of them in use)
Model 7200 dishplayer

I'm currently subbed to top100 and PTV. I'm a bit tired of paying $10 a month for PTV when I could potentially upgrade to one of the new PVRs and have it pay for itself in a few months from the savings I'd get from no more PTV charges.

BUT, I'm a little bit lost when it comes to understanding all the newer terminology (DishPRO, Quad LNB, SW64, etc.). That makes it tough to decide where I should go from here. I am thinking about possibly upgrading to the 721, and would possibly like to add a second receiver in the future, but it depends on how much equipment and installation it will require...

Anyway, E* doesn't even list the 721 on their website so it is very unclear as to how I would have to proceed. I need this info to decide what upgrades make the most sense for my use and budget.

Can anyone point me to a good reference that clearly explains all the options and requirements for the newer equipment? Other than that, I'd appreciate any advice you might have!
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Thanks for the info. I have no problem buying from an online dealer that's not Dish. In fact I believe I bought the original setup from 4dws.

Would I be able to make the 721 work at all with two SW21 switches? In theory, I've got all the right connections in place to run a single 721 right now (with no other receivers). I could do a quad LNB or sw64 later on if I wanted. I'm just trying to spread the expense out as much as possible!

Any pros/cons to using a quad lnb vs the sw64? I'm assuming that you can't watch four independent channels on four different receivers with the sw64+dual LNB, correct? My understanding is that you are limited by the # of LNBs you've got.

So I guess with the sw64 you could watch two different channels *total* at any given time, but spread across four different receivers, right?

Which brings up a question...how do the four receivers interact with each other on the sw64? If you set the channels on the recievers so that they are trying to tune four separate channels simultaneously, does it change channels on the other recievers, or do two of them just lose signal?
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