Originally Posted by boonie45
I have two TVs connected to the DVR. I usually keep the DVR on Single mode - obviously unless someone is using TV2. I always have shows/games set to NEW only - however - it sees the multiple channels, both showing "NEW" episodes, so it records them both.
You should have the option to restrict a DishPASS recording to a specific channel. I can't recall the specific procedure, but when you click SELECT on a program in the guide, you be able to choose between a timer and a DishPASS, and you should also have an Options selection.
Some Dish Network users opt to rely on timers, because "DishPASS" doesn't work nearly as well in practice as TiVo's implementation of Season Pass. To prevent duplicate recordings, TiVo compares every program / episode in the guide to a built-in recorded history see whether it was previously scheduled or recorded in the past, even if it is no longer stored on the DVR. Last time I used the Dish ViP722, it didn't appear to offer that functionality.
Originally Posted by Leesrt
Tivo didn't include two tuners for your satelite broadcasts.
Yes, they did. The DirecTV TiVos were dual-tuner, as are all of their newer HD TiVos. TiVo just didn't output different channels through different outputs; dual channel output is unique to the Dish Network DVRs.
On a TiVo, all "season passes" are channel specific; they only record from the channels you create them on. The same should be an option on the Dish Network DVR.
I am less familiar with Dish's implementation of autorecord-by-search, which is what you would use to record, say, all new Yankees games regardless of channel. TiVo allows you to uncheck channels, and channels you uncheck are ignored by autorecord-by-search. If autorecord search finds two program matches showing on different checked channels at the same time, then the TiVo only records once from the lower numbered channel. As with season passes, all upcoming programs are compared to a recorded history to avoid recording the same program twice.