I just went from a VIP 622 to a VIP 922 because I wanted the Sling feature and I only have one HDTV. By agreeing to stay with Dish for 24 months the receiver was free. I like the unit OK, but the interface takes some getting used to. I'm told the Hopper uses the same interface. It looks better than the 622's, but it's not very intuitive and does some odd things when you have a recording conflict that would take a while to explain. It has a 1 TB hard drive but you only have access to 500 GB as they use half off it for on-demand video. I am having some issues with my audio with this unit and my older Pioneer Elite VSX-82 receiver. If changing channels or skipping commercials, the audio randomly cuts out and I have to turn the receiver to another input then back to SAT and it comes on. Weird. I actually had a "tech" come out to look at it and of course they blamed my Pioneer even though it's been working perfectly with the 622 for years. After arguing a bit, he said he had another 922 in his truck and we hooked that one up and it did the exact same thing. Also went directly to HDTV via HDMI and optical out from TV to Pioneer and did the same thing (older HDTV doesn't have HDMI out). The only thing I haven't tried is taking HDMI totally out and using component.
But back to the Hopper. I was curious what it would cost to ditch the 922 for the Hopper. The non-slingloaded Hopper is $50 with a 24 month agreement and the slingloaded is $100. There is an "Advanced" DVR charge that's an extra $3 over the $7 DVR charge for the 622. If you have more than one TV (even if it's SD) you'll need to get a "Joey" for it. The Joeys are free, but it's an extra $7 per month on your bill.
The 622 and 922 are somewhat similar and the 922 has 2 HD satellite tuners and the TV2 out in SD. It comes with 2 remotes and the USB can be used to add an external hard drive for more storage. They dropped the "activation" fee for the external drive, so you could archive shows to multiple HDs if so desired. The 922 does not come with a built-in OTA tuner, however you can buy one for about $35 from a local installer and put it in yourself. The unit adds 2 OTA tuners where the 622 only has one OTA tuner.
The Hopper doesn't have an OTA tuner or the ability to add one as far as I can tell. It comes with 3 satellite tuners however, so that's not a big deal. And if you activate the "Primetime Anytime" feature, you can record all four networks at once, so you essentially have 6 tuners. though I think it only stores the primetime shows one day, so...Edited by Wolfpacker96 - 3/29/13 at 9:12am