We just switched over to Dish and I am a little confused about how I can use my 722 DVR to the fullest considering our setup. Read through the thread and it has been helpful, but hoping to get some clarification. Sorry if this is in the thread somewhere, I looked and read most of it and didn't see anything.
We have two HDTV's and one 722. The second HDTV isn't watched much so we have the 722 hooked up so the main TV is in HD and the secondary one gets the SD signal. I have the local channel package, but need an antenna to get HD locals, even though the online Dish local guide says I should be getting ABC, FOX, and NBC (No CBS) in HD. I called and the guy was of no help and seemed lost at what I was telling him.
1. It seems that I can only record one OTA program at a time, is that correct?
A week ago when setting up timers, it would not let me record American Idol and Lost which were both OTA in HD as the times ran into each other. Yesterday my timers both indicated it was OK. I was like hmmm what is going to happen. Well 2 minutes before while watching Idol it started to count down. At 8 PM CST Idol stopped recording and Lost never started. I panicked and quickly flipped to Lost (wife was not happy :-) ) and at 8:01 it started recording it.
It also would not let me change channels once Idol started recording at 7 PM CST or it would have stopped the recording. Can I not watch anything else when recording an OTA program?
2. When recording two non-OTA shows at once, can you skip back and forth between these two shows? If they are both HD, do you have to record one on the second SD signal considering my setup? If so I assume my setup does not allow the recording of two HD programs at once? Example would be ESPN and HGTV in HD, can they record at the same time with both being recorded in HD?
3. If you can record two HD programs at the same time, can you do that and also one OTA program at the same time. Can this OTA program be recorded in HD?
My main goal is to record alot of these programs in HD, especially the shows me and my wife watch on the locals. If I need another HD receiver hooked up to the second HDTV then so be it. I know there is Dual mode and maybe that is hurting me here and I need to go into Single mode when trying to do alot of the above?
I appreciate any help I can get in answering these questions.