Echostar was the corporation that also branded their DBS service as Dish Network. Later, Echostar and Dish Network (later re-branded as simply Dish) were broken apart into 2 separate companies, but with the same chairman for both companies: co-founder Charels Ergen. The original PalTV DVR with Echostar branding and the subsequent re-branding of that virtual identical unit as Channel Master were both based on Echostar's original in-house 50X models (and 510) of rudimentary (over 10 year old tech) SINGLE-tuner DVR's that were hard-time based (later firmware updated to Name Based for Dish 50X, 510 DVR's). And there are still some of those old DVR's in some homes, but not for much longer as Dish needs to upgrade it's modulation scheme for its Standard Def services on their Western Arc, and is in the process of changing out those old DVR's. Echostar also makes STB's for Europe, but for North America, it makes STB for Dish in USA and Bell ExpressVu (now Bell TV) in Canada (and I think for their Mexican service, as well). Sine the 50X,510 DVR's, Echostar has developed DishPro (for Standard Def) and then ViP (for HD)& SD) platform DVR's that have Name Based Recording along with other features with the ViP's being the more sophisticated.
While Echostar's efforts for Channel Master could be based on their European boxes, I doubt it. I think we are going to see a Channel Master based on a North American STB. The question is WHICH of the Echostar platforms will the new Channel Master be based. Let's hope Echostar and Channel Master agree not to use the really old 50X/510 tech, and instead go with either DishPro or ViP tech. The new Hopper technology (8XX line) is far too new and highly sophisticated to be even considered for the new Channel Master, so I doubt we're going to see an EPG with channel logos and title card thumbnails for our list of recordings. MoCA support would be nice and have great potential for accessing the DVR from other rooms in the house. Either DishPro or ViP would make the new Chanel Master a compelling product and a real alternative to TiVo's new Roamio DVR's which are a significant improvement in every respect to the Premiere line. Another question will be if additional fees will be required for more reliable guide data to make the Name Based Recording feature--if there is to be one--truly reliable.
I can't wait to see what the new Channel Master is going to be. I just hope they made the right choice.