Originally Posted by dja2k
Guys is this unit still the best out so far compared to lets say the latest HD DVR from Directv? I have heard really bad things about the Directv HD DVR's, but a lot of good things about this model by Dish.
Also do you guys know what dish they give you with this ViP722 receiver? I know it does OTA, anyone got that working with this receiver to record from it? Did you guys get the bundle OTA antenna from Dish as well and how much did that cost you extra?
I have had the 722 for about 2 months now. Other than it locking up 2 times in those two months and missing some recordings during that time until I found it locked up, it's been pretty good.
I have a small 3 foot directional antenna on the roof of my house from an old system I had called "Voom". I plugged that antenna in and let the 722 do a search for channels and it found a few at about 60 to 70 strength on the meter. I'm around 52 miles from our nearest HD towers, so I thought that was pretty good. I found a power injector that I had laying around from that same Voom setup, plugged it in, and it boosted the reception on those 4 or 5 channels I was getting in the 60 to 70 range up to 90 to 100. Then it picked up 3 or 4 more channels.
After I had the OTA antenna hooked up, I really started to like my 722. I can record 3 HD shows at the same time, and watch something off the DVR at the same time. The OTA really is a big plus and I wasn't aware it would be able to record 3 shows when I bought it. The only problem I've found is one or two of my OTA channels as listed in the GUIDE in the receiver, don't show any programming information. I have to scroll down to the same channel delivered via satellite to view the info. Not sure if that's a DISH issue, or local channel issue.
Also, I was expecting to have recording times separate. I think my 722 says 55 hours of HD and 300 or 350 of standard? Those are combined. If I record 10 hours of HD, then my standard def hours go way way down. I'm really surprised how fast I've filled up my 722. I'm constantly going through DVR shows and figuring out what I can delete to free up some space. Probably some time this summer, I'll buy a 750 GB USB drive and have the USB expansion enabled.