Pros Storage; ease of use; picture quality
Cons It is really hard to come up with any!
Summary I just upgraded to the Vip 722. The choice was easy and I have NO regrets. I had DirectTV before I switched to Dish SD. I was much more impressed with Dish, Hands Down. Dish suited my channel choices much better than Direct. Then after six months of SD, I bumped up to HD. On my Vizio 37 LCD, I get a great picture from HD and the SD isn't bad either. The completely user friendly basic function is great for even my 5 year old. She can easily find her recorded Sponge Bob's in 2 seconds flat. Plus the ability to fine tune and take full advantage of the Vip 722's high end features was easy to find and set up for a technofile like me. My girlfriends brother has Driect HD and I find that the picture quality is exactly the same, the programming on Direct, for my likes, is lacking and the user interface and remote are much more convoluted on Direct.
The DVR storage and retrieval on Dish is perfect. I can scan the progams list, my recordings and menu with ease. The DVR is phenominal. I haven't had a single complaint or issue with Dish at all.
Pros free set up and install, reluctantly I agreed to the $6/mo service warranty.
Cons Without the service warranty, dish will send you a replacement at standard shipping only, expect a substantial downtime.
Summary In my case, the warranty is worthwhile.
Pros Can use external drive to supplement storage size.
Cons On 3rd 722 in 3 months.
Cannot do 3D
Cannot do 1080P
Built like a toy
Menus are horribly confusing
Programming is a true pain in the neck
Includes requirement to deal with Dish (who are the worst)
Summary If you like replacing equipment, spending hours talking to tech support, paying $507 for a leased DVR you'll never own, watching TV in nothing better than 1080i and losing all of your recordings every so often then this and Dish are for you. I spent 10 years with DirecTV who were really bad and in 3 short months Dish has not only made me a DirecTV lover, they have made the early termination ($370) the better deal rather than staying with them. That says it all...
Pros Other than the DVR recording gotcha, the 722 is a great device. Great for USB photos, VGA PC screen. Great for supporting HD and SD TV channels and TVs.
Cons Cannot record one channel while watching another live DISH channel.
Summary DISH and the 722 are great. Just understand that the DVR recording part has a 20 year old design and cannot record one program while you watch another live program.
Pros Able to drive all the TVs in your house by "backdriving" the existing wires in the house and using RF remotes
Able to reccord from 2 HD tuners and 2 OTA tuners all at the same time.
50 hours of HD or 350 houors of SD DVR capacity standard
HD DVR conten
Cons Even if your watching the same channel, if you decide to hit reccord half way in it doesn't pick up the stuff prior to hitting the button.
Guide is not as good as comcast or verizon. (No sub 30 minute partitioning)
Sometimes titles don't show up,
Summary The main reason we switched to DISH after trying both Comcast and FIOS was this DVR. We have a main HDTV upstairs and a few other SD TVs in the house. Also, we have a TV that is mounted on the wall and we have no place for a cable box. This DVR is the total solution for this. All you route is the cable to the standard non digital TV and it picks it up on channel 60. We were even more impressed when we plugged in the MT2 module that allows us to get 34 more local channels.. They only provide the main local channels on the satellite, but there are 2-3 sub channels on many of the main networks. HD content over the air is higher quality too. This is a great feature, what other DVR has 4 tuners that can all record at the same time? After trying both Comcast and Verizon FIOS, only the guide has something to be desired in comparison. On Disney channel, they have 5 minute programs and then 25 minute programs, this DVR is stuck to 30 minute slots in the guide.. You can still search and find the content but I hope they can update the SW or release a new model that fixes this. Also some of the programs don't show the title, just the actors names? This could use some polishing, but compared to FIOS and Comcast I'm very happy with the VIP722K HW and the value of DISH with HD, etc..
It would be great if when DISH releases the follow-on to the VIP722K they do the following:
1. Drive both NTSC and ASTC on the back-feed coax output so you can do multiple TVS SD and HD (at the same time) without needing a cable box.
2. Update the Guide to be a little more user friendly for the items I mentioned.
3. Make the tuner management a little better, make generic tuners that the TVs use as clients rather than assigning each TV to a tuner. The OTA channels already do this..
4. Make On-Demand over Ethernet less buggy and offer content like Comcast does.