Pros HD output is nice
Cons Pic freeze, reboots, costly
Summary I used the 942 for four weeks after picking it up on sale for $599. I hooked up the two satellite lines from the satellite switch, and a good UHF antenna for HD locals.
The unit worked great except for:
- Picture freezes lasting 1-5 secs with DishNetwork programming, and with SF Bay Area locals which came in at +95. The freezes happened often enough to be annoying (e.g. just about every-other song during a Dooby Bros concert on HDNET). To me this implies HD tuner performance may be a bit weak.
- Occasional "Serious HDD" errors that were resolved with cold reboots
- Despite being placed in the open the unit gets extremely hot. This is not conducive in my opinion to long life.
DishNetwork Tech support as usual was excellent in getting the unit up and running.
I ended up returning the unit to the retailer for a within-30 day refund because it became evident that this wasn't a value proposition. There are costs associated with buying this receiver that in my opinion DishNetwork does not make very clear.
- If you own it, then for the first year you have to deal with the manufacturer for warranty service.
- After the first year you can sign up with DishNetwork for equipment coverage, but that will cost you $5.99 a month. I think the unit, given that it runs so hot, won't have a long service life.
- Despite buying the unit yourself, DishNetwork will charge you at least $5 a month to use it unless it's your only receiver and you use it in single user mode. This cost is the same as when you lease a unit (with much less capital investment).
- DishNetwork will charge you $5 a month for the DVR feature.
Also, DishNetwork's HD offerings are very limited and probably not worth the $10 a month cost. If you add the VOOM offerings to this it gets better but that adds $5 a month more.
It may make sense to lease this unit from DishNetwork. I think the current up-front cost is $249 to lease. Then you pay the same per month lease cost as an owner's usage cost, but moreover you will have the ability when it breaks to replace it any time at no cost directly with DishNetwork. It's unfortunate that DishNetwork won't lease this unit to existing users. Maybe they will change their policy on this as this model matures.
Pros Will have latest HDTV features and likely 1080P unless their idiots
Cons A week to a month wait and likely will be higher priced again than Direct TV units
Summary I was just about to buy the 942. Pleaded with the CS rep to tell me how long until next unit is released. Although he would not say, he did say unless I needed the 942 yesterday, I should wait. After some probing, I believe we are talking no more than a month.
"Freezes up"on by johnbridges
Pros HD programming
Cons Freezes up and reboots by itself
Summary I have have 5 different 942 units sent to me by DISH to try and resolve the problem this unit has of freezing up and rebooting. None of the units have resolved the problem. I have had EIGHT visits by DISH technicians and none have fixed the problem. One technician even admitted that they have had problems with the 942 and it with the hardware. DISH refuses to admit ANY problems. I would highly reccomend against the 942. It is TROUBLE.
Pros Capacity 160 Hrs
Cons Files get corrupted often, difficult navigation/UI
Summary I used to have COMCAST earlier, it looks like the DISH's HD Quality is not as good as COMCAST's. With COMCAST you get the local channells also in HD, so no need for off the air atenna, which do not work well in certain areas.
Many times, i could not watch the recorded show as it gives error. (Error code 08, whatever it means).
PIP option is not very useful as it works in Single mode only ( Will not be able to record another show while watching one, Dual mode you could).
Sound through the DVI output is not good.
In case you are planning to get this(I will opt for high quality HD transmission than 25 hrs of HD recording) my advice is, never use a DISH retailer/installer. If you use these companies, they have another contract in addition to the DISH contract (of course the terms are different), and if anything goes wrong, nobody takes responsibility.
"Many Problems"on by jason c.
Pros Records HD,Records 2 shows at once while watching something you have already recorded
Cons Picture freezes, Refuses comands,Vertical lines on left side of picture,Dish Network
Summary I gave it a 6 because it is as good a receiver as you can buy today. Mine has had many problems and the one that has bothered me the most is the vertical lines on the left side of the screen while on a dark back ground.I have a 34 inch Dish Network TV. I understand the picture freezes are a problem everyone has.They seem to be happening more often. Dish network has been less than helpful. They blew me off saying they were going to do upgrades at night and now say I have waited to long to complain.I have called three times. They blamed the DVI cable so I tryed Comp cables and the picture was worse. Now they say it is a grounding problem. They want me to pay to have someone come out. I don't find this machine easy to use, anyone that says that has never used a TIVO. Someone said you can control everything from either room. Try stopping a recording on 2 from 1. I think some of these problems may be my fault. I'm sure I will never know all there is to know about this device. Even with all the problems I would hate to go back to a VCR.