DISH will lease you 4 tuners(2 dual tuner receivers) you can buy additional receivers if you want 4 dual tuner receivers.Git said:I have been a DirecTV customer for about 8 years now and am thinking about switching to Dish.
In my current D* setup, we have four of the older, dual tuner, Tivo type receivers. Each receiver feeds one TV and each receiver requires two coax inputs from the satellite. We can watch one channel live and be recording a second channel at the same time. We are very use to this setup, one receiver per TV.
We are looking to upgrade two of our receivers to HD-DVR's while the other two would be SD-DVR's. If I stayed with D*, we would be getting four new receivers.
I briefly spoke with a Dish CSR this afternoon and it appears that Dish would only use two receivers to feed all four TV's. A VIP722 would power one HD TV and one SD TV and a second VIP722 that I would have to pay $199 for would do the same thing for the remaining two TV's. I did some more reading and discovered that these receivers can be set in dual or single mode. It seems that we would want the receiver set to single mode, to function like the D* receivers that we are used to. But the CSR said we couldn't get more that the two receivers - but maybe I misunderstood???
Also, if a second TV is connected to the VIP722 that is located in another room, what type of cabling is used?
Lastly, how many coax lines does the VIP722 require for the input from the satellite - 1 or 2?
Thanks for your help
The second TV is connected by using coaxial cable just the way a cable company would. Instead of a satellite frequency signal on the cable it is a processed signal like ch60.
DISH dual tuner receivers can use either single or dual cables to the receiver. With Dish Pro Plus technology a single cable with a separator can be used. With Dish Pro or Legacy LNBs dual cables must be used.