Dish 5000 was discontinued because it was
basically old technology.
It was special in that it had an expansion
port that supported a special 8VSB output
The 6000 does not have 8VSB output
(although it has an optional 8VSB _input_
module for OTA tuning).
The 8VSB out may have been discontinued
to avoid controvery over recording ability.
Most new boxes have VGA or component outputs
DHCP or DVI/5C encrypted digital outputs will
start to appear on the next generation
Recording the component outputs digitally
to a computer is not very practical. Once
to the component phase the signal has been
decoded (no longer compressed digital MPEG2)
and is now a much higher bandwidth analog signal.
You can take the HiPix output (1080i) and scale
it to 1080p with a very pricey line doubler
from companies like Faroudja.
Maybe someday Ravisent will start offering
CineplayerDTV software with a cheap DTV tuner
card and you will be able to have what you
want - HDTV played as 1080p on your PC.
Ravisent may be waiting for more HDTV content
to be broadcast before marketing their