"Best DVR out there from any of the main providers"4.5 starson by zootjeff
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
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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.