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I just got off the phone with Dish Network (1-888-884-2741). This is what they offered me:

Vip222 Duo receiver installed (satellite needs to be swapped) for $100. Required a new 2 year contract. If you only order 1 receiver you do not have to pay a leasing fee. I get to keep my old receiver.

I could have gotten the DVR for the same price, but was not interested in it (not willing to pay for DVR service).

This is really only $50 cheaper than they offer on their website, but getting any kind of deal from Dish is tough unless you are a new customer.

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JD0611 (Jul. 08, 2009 @ 6:59a) |

Actually you'll only pay the DVR fee if this your ONLY receiver...lease for the first receiver is included with the mont... (more)

cougarls88 (Jul. 08, 2009 @ 7:29a) |

its already out...i currently use it on 2 dvr's...one time 40 dollar fee for all your external dvrs then buy any of thos... (more)

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Prices will vary for different people depending on a few factors like payment history, package, length of service. The DVR service is well worth the $60/year. Dish has some of the best DVRs on the market.

www.dbstalk.com for more information...

Once you try a DVR, you'll never watch TV the same. It's TV on your terms. You watch what and when you want to. You don't understand the potential of DVRs until you have one. Have kids? They can watch what you want them to watch...

Ask for 622 DVR. Most likely they'll ship you a 722.

I just upgraded from a 522-DVR to an 622-HD DVR for $25, and got $10 off my bill for 12-months, with a 24-month committment.
Remember you can also get Cinemax for 1-cent with paperless billing and you can get HBO/Starz Free for 3-months.
All available to existing customers.

You have to get new equip via 1-800, but you can get $10 credit and Cinemax & HBO/Starz via CHAT.

I got a letter from them last week saying my bill is going up $8/month! They are going to give me a $5/credit per month for the first year - gee, thanks.

rsuaver said: Once you try a DVR, you'll never watch TV the same. It's TV on your terms. You watch what and when you want to. You don't understand the potential of DVRs until you have one. Have kids? They can watch what you want them to watch...

Ask for 622 DVR. Most likely they'll ship you a 722.


In my experience with Dishnetwork, the price goes up for the 722, which is superior to the 622.

Isn't the 222 capable of connecting an external hard drive that will enable DVR for a one time charge of $40 and no recurring $5 per month DVR fee?

The 211 can. Haven't seen anything about the 222 doing it.

69ragtop said: Isn't the 222 capable of connecting an external hard drive that will enable DVR for a one time charge of $40 and no recurring $5 per month DVR fee?

9erHater said: The 211 can. Haven't seen anything about the 222 doing it.

69ragtop said: Isn't the 222 capable of connecting an external hard drive that will enable DVR for a one time charge of $40 and no recurring $5 per month DVR fee?


I just googled it quickly and it looks like it is expected later this year. Whether it will have the DVR fee is unknown.

I have both 612 and 722, got them both about a month ago as a new subscriber.

The 722 is noticeably faster when browsing menue's and such. The 612 is laggy at times (really annoying actually).

For example, whenever I select a program to record, it takes like 10-15 seconds to search through all the existing timers and check for conflicts or whatever.

Haven't tried on 722 yet, but with 612 the external hdd support sucks. Things can not be recorded there by default, thus you must select things (1 at a time, no select entire group or select all) and send them to the external hdd, which takes hours, during which time you cannot play or browse anything on the external hdd.

Going into "My Media" brings you to the external hdd's contents, which are displayed in a less robust interface than the normal dvr interface, making navigation of contents difficult and frustrating to say the least. i.e. Select a show youv'e already watched, now you must start all over through the menue's, re open the directory containing the show you wanna watch, fine the episode, click remove, confirm, wait, start over with menues, find show's folder -again (3rd time)- and find latest episode and click confirm.

Also would be nice if I could watch programs from the one dvr on the other (they are both networked).

But the 211 with an external hard drive has to record there to start with as there is no other place to put it.

rsuaver said: Ask for 622 DVR. Most likely they'll ship you a 722.

oof - you may want to check out dbstalk.com before you give that advice - the 622 is PLAGUED with all sorts of problems (im personally on my third one)

dish network's dvrs are just pure poop

You are crazy, the 722 is very nice. Coming from Crapcast's DVRs, there is no comparison. And I agree about the DVR's changing the way you watch TV. I could not live without it. Never being glued to the TV is excellent. Go where I want when I want without worry I'll be missing my fav show. Get more productivity out of your life. Every 1 hour show you watch live, you spent 18 minutes of that hour watching commercials. ughhh

The sad thing is its been like 3 years at least and I still have yet to find a DVR that even closely compares to my old ReplayTV box.

That's simply pathetic.

TheKricket said: rsuaver said: Ask for 622 DVR. Most likely they'll ship you a 722.

oof - you may want to check out dbstalk.com before you give that advice - the 622 is PLAGUED with all sorts of problems (im personally on my third one)

dish network's dvrs are just pure poop


I've had my 622 for nearly a year now and it works perfectly.

quickNdirty said: The sad thing is its been like 3 years at least and I still have yet to find a DVR that even closely compares to my old ReplayTV box.

That's simply pathetic.


replaytv was awesome that is true. Better than TiVo and all the other dvrs out there. Why did they stop production again? Did tv networks sue them to stop the automatically fast forwarding through commericials.

Have dish cs go over your bill with you and tell them that you can get directv new customer everything package cheap with best dvr's and they will match or beat. Dish upgraded my one DVR that was not already hd to hd and lowered my bill by $30/mo for max premium everything.

Yes, we still have a lifetime that skips and a monthly that doesn't. About to eBay the monthly I think. Don't use them much anymore since we got a TiVo HD. DVR totally changed our viewing habits. Now, we watch the news anytime and skip thru commercials, most 1-hour programs only take 40 minutes or so to watch, though I do tend to watch about 1/2 of the commercials. The wife always tries to skip through them all, but ya do miss a lot of cool stuff sometimes.

Neither one of us can watch live TV anymore. Totally aggravating. Honestly, after 4 or 5 years of this, I often subconsciously try to hit the replay button on the radio and even in life sometimes like when driving to get a better understanding of what just happened. EVERYTHING should have a back-button!

ItsJustDont said: I've had my 622 for nearly a year now and it works perfectly.

Me too! I have had same one for over 2 years. Just got another one to replace a 522.

Nothing could ever compete with a dishplayer 7100/7200 with a large drive and a fully authorized (tiers/not 3m) rom2 ,, ecm proof for 5 solid years ,, I had 4 with open PPV that never took a hit.

psydoneum said: quickNdirty said: The sad thing is its been like 3 years at least and I still have yet to find a DVR that even closely compares to my old ReplayTV box.

That's simply pathetic.


replaytv was awesome that is true. Better than TiVo and all the other dvrs out there. Why did they stop production again? Did tv networks sue them to stop the automatically fast forwarding through commericials.


Along with internet video sharing....
I was dumb enough to buy stock in the same year all of Hollywood and the networks sued them into bankruptcy.
DirecTV owns the intellectual property now, just to keep TiVo from suing them due to Replay and TiVo making agreements years ago to "coexist peacefully." When DirecTV dumped TiVo and went with their own, the threat of a patent infringement lawsuit became VERY real.

I still have and love my 3 ReplayTV boxes. (I've had ReplayTV since 2000.) One has a Dish box to control and the other two have OTA HD tuners.
I'm seriously thinking about this deal, since the dual-tuner HD DVR would be much better quality than ReplayTV for HD Dish shows.
The 2nd tuner of my non-DVR HD Dish box is used only for PIP, which is a waste.

they offered me the vip 622 duo receiver for 50.00 plus installion,so i asked for a better price,they put me on the phone with an account sopecialist. They gave me the whole thing with installation and moving the dishes off my house onto the poles they put up for FREE,guess its based on loyalty and payment history.but i think the account specialist(located in usa)can do more than the call center(located in India)when it comes to pricing.i alsoi got HBO and Starz free for three months.green for the posting,thank you.

sublog said: You are crazy, the 722 is very nice. Coming from Crapcast's DVRs, there is no comparison. And I agree about the DVR's changing the way you watch TV. I could not live without it. Never being glued to the TV is excellent. Go where I want when I want without worry I'll be missing my fav show. Get more productivity out of your life. Every 1 hour show you watch live, you spent 18 minutes of that hour watching commercials. ughhh

ItsJustDon said: I've had my 622 for nearly a year now and it works perfectly.

robby69 said: Me too! I have had same one for over 2 years. Just got another one to replace a 522.

i suppose if im crazy - so are the HUNDREDS of people complaining on dbstalk.com (pretty much the premier forum for all things satellite - they work closely with satellite guys)

here is the forum for VIP 612/622/722 "Support":

http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=107

feel free to peruse the board to note the massive amounts of glitches, bugs, and constant resets

you guys should consider yourselves lucky in that you havent had to replace your 622's...yet...

I would like to do this very thing, replace an old receiver with a duo and hook up an upstairs tv to it. Are you having them do any new wiring done for the second tv hookup. That is what I am wondering if they will do for the same $50 (if I can get it) installation fee.

got the 722 free (w/o rebate) last year when i threatened to leave after the voom fiasco...this year will do the same thing a few monhts after the 922 is released

got the dish absolute (hd only) deal for $35 but they have promised so much & provided so little thus far

I was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January and stopped by the Dishnetwork booth. They are about to release a brand new receiver which i believe they are calling the 922 in just a few months. It looks really sweet. All new style of remote control, larger hard drive, all new menu configuration, and Slingbox is built right into it, just to name a few new features. It looked pretty bad ass. I'll be getting one once they release it.

Yes, they are going to have to do more wiring for me. I have a single install right now.

CSR said that the installation would be included. I hate it for the install man, my crawl space is tiny.

jacalyn said: I would like to do this very thing, replace an old receiver with a duo and hook up an upstairs tv to it. Are you having them do any new wiring done for the second tv hookup. That is what I am wondering if they will do for the same $50 (if I can get it) installation fee.

I just upgraded this week to a 722 from a 622 for $0. I've been with Dish for 3 years. I'm loving the 722 so far. Seems faster and the extra storage capacity will come in handy. Set it up for slingguide in just a few minutes which is the coolest fricking thing ever.

ocelot4aTm said: I just upgraded this week to a 722 from a 622 for $0. I've been with Dish for 3 years. I'm loving the 722 so far. Seems faster and the extra storage capacity will come in handy. Set it up for slingguide in just a few minutes which is the coolest fricking thing ever.

Maybe I should have tried harder

We have had a single 311 for about 5 years now. I did not press them, I just wanted an upgrade. Considering that they will have to run cable and replace the dish, I came out ok.

Vip722 support 750 externally. I added a 1 Terabyte and it recognized 930GB!


I would go for it, but I have 4 receivers (of the original type) on my account and only one in my home.
Wink wink....

can these units be repair and be used with a new contract with dishnetwork?

I know this is an old thread but do you guys pay monthly lease fee with this upgrade or this is considered purchase. $50-$100 would be sweet.

from what I was told, you pay a monthly fee whether you lease or own your receiver...it's an access fee.


spinn said: from what I was told, you pay a monthly fee whether you lease or own your receiver...it's an access fee.

Actually you'll only pay the DVR fee if this your ONLY receiver...lease for the first receiver is included with the monthly programming charge and they no longer charge the HD-access fee if you don't have an HD package.

69ragtop said: 9erHater said: The 211 can. Haven't seen anything about the 222 doing it.

69ragtop said: Isn't the 222 capable of connecting an external hard drive that will enable DVR for a one time charge of $40 and no recurring $5 per month DVR fee?


I just googled it quickly and it looks like it is expected later this year. Whether it will have the DVR fee is unknown.


its already out...i currently use it on 2 dvr's...one time 40 dollar fee for all your external dvrs then buy any of those WD external hard drives and no monthly fee!



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