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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Darren_T

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Posted October 03 2001 - 03:00 AM

Hi,

Yes, I'm new and still pretty ignorant about satellite systems. I've done some on-line research on DirecTV and Dish Network. I've noticed the price advantage of Dish Network, sports channels advantage of DirecTV, and noticed that there are several DVR options for either.

I'm really having trouble making a decision. I was hoping you all could point out some things I might have missed, maybe some of the more technical specs of different DVRs. I have a home theater system with DD/DTS decoding so I'd like to take advantage of any DD broadcasting. I'm not equipped for HDTV and won't be for at least a couple years so I don't think HDTV would be a consideration although being ready for it when I am set up would be a benefit but not a deciding factor. I also have 3 TVs that I'd like to hook up. The main TV/Home Theater would have the DVR and the other 2 would just need basic boxes. I don't see any literature on the Dish Network about any extra equipment to support 3 TV's, one with a DVR system. DirecTV requires a signal multiplier or the upgraded oval dish.

I also would really like to have the ability to record a separate channel while watching another channel. Not sure Dish Network offers a box with that capability. Am I wrong?


Thanks for any help you can provide.

Darren

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[Edited last by Darren_T on October 03, 2001 at 02:16 PM]

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   James Reyes

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Posted October 28 2001 - 09:34 AM



[Edited last by James Reyes on October 28, 2001 at 04:34 PM]
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#3 of 5 OFFLINE   James Reyes

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Posted October 28 2001 - 09:34 AM

I believe sometime before the end of this year, EchoStar will come out with the model 721 which will be a dual tuner/dual hard drive unit that will allow PinP and record one thing while watching another. For now you can get the 501, but if dual tuner is a must hold out for the 721. The advantage with DISH is that PVR functionality is totally free.

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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Robert_J

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Posted October 28 2001 - 09:53 AM

The 20" dish for Dishnetwork comes with support for two receivers standard. You will need to order the optional Quad LNB that supports up to four receivers. More than four requires two dual LNBs and multiple switches.

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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Larry Schneider

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Posted October 29 2001 - 02:26 AM

With the merger (subject to the politicians' approval) of Dish and DirecTV I'd go with the cheapest alternative and wait to see what happens.

The obvious thing to do is go with Dish because Dish is absorbing DirecTV...but there are more DirecTV subscribers. If subscribers are required to change equipment there will have to be subsidies or aome other incentive to keep existing subscribers from jumping to cable. The combined company would save money by adopting DirecTV equipment. Who knows what's happening?




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