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Dish PVR721 - I finally got a date and a price!!! (1 Viewer)

Greg Haynes

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I been waiting for 6 months for a release date on the Dish PVR721 and today Jessica at Dish finally gave it to me.:emoji_thumbsup:
Street date will be on June 28th and price will be set at $549 for the standalone unit and $599 for the unit and satellite. Dish is expected to get 200 units by June 28th.
I asked if there is going to be any promos to promote the new PVR and she said not at this time but who knows down the road.
This unit is going to be the killer of all PVR's. With the massive amount of hard drive space and all the cool bells and whistles I can't wait till the end of the month. And best of all no monthly fees like Tivo charges!
Here is some of the features for people first hearing about the Dish PVR721:
Combined satellite receiver, personal video recorder with internet capabilities
Two tuners for advanced recording and picture in picture capabilities on any TV
Largest hard drive ever offered in a PVR product for expanded recording and storage of programming (100hrs!!)
New, advanced user interface
7-day EPG with search
Caller ID with caller history
Software and hardware upgradable
PVR Features
Pause live TV
4X, 15X, 60X, 300X fast forward and reverse
Instant skip forward and skip back
Know at a glance what is recorded with info about each recording - instantly play, delete and protect programs
Program capture - no more "Oops, I forgot to record!"
2-Tuner Features
Picture-in-picture on any TV
Record two live programs at once
Record a live program while watching another live program
Record two live programs while watching a recorded program
Advanced Features
Specially designed universal UHF/IR remote with PIP functions
New IR keyboard with integrated remote control functions (optional)
Records Dolby Digital to the hard drive - perfect for home theater
Optical Dolby Digital output
2 - USB interfaces for other peripherals
Expansion port
Front panel A/V input jacks
 

Marc_E

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Thanks for the info, now to hear about the 921.

This one does sound pretty sexy.

Marc_E
 

Greg Haynes

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Thanks for the info, now to hear about the 921.
Yeah I would love the 921 with its capabilities to record HiDef. But the lady said that the 921 is not going to be released for quite some time and to expect a much, much larger price tag.
 

Greg Haynes

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I hope it means dolby digital 5.1
It sure does. The PVR721 will be able to record 5.1 dolby digital with no problem. This is actually not a new thing since Tivo has a unit that's been out for awhile that has been able record 5.1.

Now being that PVR's can record 5.1 I still don't know why DVD recorders cannot copy 5.1 from satellite.
 

David_Rivshin

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This would be just the stimulus to get me to go ahead and move to Dish from cable. Waiting for this unit has essentially been my excuse for not making the move to date :D
 

Joe e h

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Greg

Yes I am going to purchase this unit. I have been in the upgrade mode and this was a piece I have been waiting for. Since March I have purchased a Rotel-1095, Parasound HCA-885, Anthem AVM-20 and a Paradigm X-20.

I still needed a Dish PVR and a DVD/A player. The DVD/A is going to wait, but I am ready for the PVR.

I am curious, it will record OTA broadcast won't it?


Joe
 

Marc_E

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'Since March I have purchased a Rotel-1095, Parasound HCA-885, Anthem AVM-20 and a Paradigm X-20.'
If you could see my face you would see jelousy!
I will shift into major upgrade mode in the next 6 months:
b&W N804's
Anthem AVM-20
Rotel RB1090
Sherbourn 5/1500A
DISH 921
and new surrounds (ditching CSW!).
Marc_E
 

Jay H

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The single tuner PVR501 already does record DD5.1 onto the hard drive.

We got caller ID (buggy) and the 7-day guide a few releases ago.

Interesting notes:

2 USB ports for connection to other devices
IR keyboard and internet capability...

Jay
 

Lyle_JP

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Until Dish starts including free SW64s with this unit, it is a rip-off. Remeber, this unit requires two satellite feeds in order to work properly. For most people that alreay own two receivers, a 721 means getting a SW64, which costs $150. The receiver is already border-line overpriced at $549 (without dish), at $700 installed it's just a bad joke.

-Lyle J.P.
 

Marc_E

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Lyle,
Does this mean I need to SD feeds to record one and watch the other and two (for the 921) HD feeds to watch one and record the other? Does that mean I need 4 Dishes on my roof? (excuse me if I am just stupid, I just want to be clear).
Marc_E
 

Robert_J

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Does this mean I need to SD feeds to record one and watch the other and two (for the 921) HD feeds to watch one and record the other? Does that mean I need 4 Dishes on my roof?
You only need two dishes. A Dish500 with two dual LNB's and a Dish300 with a dual LNB. An SW64 ties them together and has outputs for four tuners. If you need more than four tuners, you use high frequency splitters and two SW64's.

Also, if some of your locals are on a side satellite, you may be eligible for a free upgrade. Some people have gotten a Dish300 and SW64 with free installation.

-Robert
 

Marc_E

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Ok, more questions:
I have dish 500 w/dual LNB and dish 300 (pointing at 61.5 for HD) w/switch 21 (1 I think). I have two receivers presently: 6000 and 4700. So, do I just add a switch 64 and hook up 4 lines to the pvr?????

Sorry I am so confused.
Thanks
Marc
 

Robert_J

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I have dish 500 w/dual LNB
Are you sure it isn't a Twin LNB? A Twin is two dual LNB's and an SW42 switch in a single housing. It is as wide as two regular LNB's. Since you have SW21's to combine the 500 with the 300, you probably have a Twin. You have two options:
1. Replace the Twin with 2 duals on the 500 and add an SW64. All four tuners see all three satellites.
2. Replace the Twin with a Quad (like the Twin except with four outputs) and still use the SW21. One tuner see all three sats and three tuners see the sats at 110 and 119.

-Robert
 

Greg Haynes

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Robert is correct. The 721 does not display or record HDTV. I am willing to sell my 6000 and lose HDTV for now. Only because I don't have an outdoor antenna and the only HD shows I get is HBO-HD. I am just tired of VCR's. The 921 has no release date but I have been told to expect its release sometime early 2003. By then there should be more HD content and I will then upgrade to the 921.
 

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