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DISH Network Receiver Lineup

October 17th, 2012

DISH Network’s cutting-edge technology and top of the line receivers make their DVRs, HD and duo receivers the most popular in the industry. Below we’ll highlight the most popular receivers, from whole-home to duo to solo, with HD and DVR or without. DISH has the receiver you need to fit your lifestyle.

Whole-Home HD DVR receivers

The Hopper and the Joeys allow you to easily bring HD DVR entertainment to all of the rooms in your house!


  • You can automatically skip commercials in primetime TV – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in HD
  • Connect up to 4 HD TVs using a single Hopper and 3 Joeys
  • Full HD DVR functionality on every TV, including the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind live TV
  • Share DVR recordings between any HD TV in the home
  • Record up to 6 live HD channels during primetime
  • 2 TB hard drive – record and store up to 2,000 hours
  • PrimeTime Anytimeâ„¢ gives you instant access to your favorite primetime shows from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in HD
  • Watch hundreds of On Demand titles on your TV, no internet connection required
  • Remote Control Locator- Never lose your remote again!


  • Offers the features found on on the Hopper including Remote Control Locator
  • Connects other TVs in the home with the Hopper to create a Whole-Home entertainment experience
  • Compact and tucks behind the TV or inside a cabinet

DVR Receivers

DISH Network DVR service is easy to use and can be managed from anywhere with your mobile phone or internet connected device!

ViP 722k DuoDVR

  • Supports 2 Independent viewing TVs – a remote control for each TV.
  • HD and SD on TV1; SD on TV2
  • Independently watch TV in two rooms, or watch one show while recording another in one room.
  • Watch a pre-recorded show while recording two separate shows at the same time
  • DVR so you can pause, record, and playback TV.
  • 500 GB hard drive.
  • Picture-in-picture feature so you can watch two things on one screen.
  • DISH On Demand: choose from thousands of movie titles or TV shows

ViP 612 DVR

  • Supports one independent viewing HDTV with remote control.
  • Watch one show while recording another at the same time.
  • Watch a pre-recorded show while recording two separate shows at the same time.
  • DVR so you can pause, record, and playback TV.
  • 320 GB hard drive.
  • DISH On Demand: choose from thousands of movie titles or TV shows.

HD Receivers

DISH Network offers HD Free For Life, with a 24-month commitment you can save $120/year and get your HD channels free for the life of your account!

ViP 222k Duo Receiver

  • Supports 2 Independent viewing TVs – a remote control for each TV.
  • HD and SD on TV1; SD on TV2.
  • Independently watch TV in two rooms.
  • Dolby® Digital audio.
  • View over-the-air SD and HD broadcasts.
  • On-screen Caller ID with history.

ViP 211k

  • Supports one independent HDTV with remote control
  • Compatible with Tailgaterâ„¢
  • View over-the-air SD and HD broadcasts.
  • On-screen Caller ID with history.

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Connecting an External Hard Drive to Your DISH Network Receiver

July 2nd, 2012

An External Hard Drive (EHD) allows you to expand the disk storage of a DVR (Hopper, 922, 722k, 722, 622, 612), or enable the DVR feature on some receiver models (211k, 211, 411). The EHD must have its own power supply, support USB 2.0, and have only a single hard disk drive (flash memory is not compatible).

Looking to expand the DVR storage space of your DISH Network DVR (Hopper, 922, 722k, 722, 622, 612)? Wanting to enable the DVR feature on your receiver (211k, 211, 411)? That’s easy to do with an external hard drive (EHD)!

Requirements for the EHD

  • The EHD must have its own power supply.
  • USB 2.0 support.
  • Single hard disk drive (flash memory not supported).
  • Be sure to remove any data you wish to keep from the EHD before connecting to the receiver, as this process will format the EHD.
  • Once formatted for use with your DISH Network receiver the EHD should not be used with any other device. Connecting your EHD to another device will automatically prompt it to format, causing loss of data and recordings.

How to Connect the EHD

Plug the EHD into the wall outlet, use the USB cable to connect it to the receiver.

How to Configure the EHD

When you plug the EHD into the receiver’s USB port, you will be prompted with a “Warning” message. In the top right hand corner should be the number 865. This message is just letting you know that the receiver has detected your EHD and is ready to format and install the software needed to use it with your receiver. Select “yes” to begin the process. A second message, 867, will appear, letting you know the receiver will format the hard drive and reset the receiver, select “yes” again.

An “attention” message numbered 869 or 873 will appear while the receiver is working, please do not restart, turn off or disturb the receiver or EHD while it is on the screen.

Once the process is completed, your receiver will automatically reset. When it turns back on, your EHD will be ready for use!

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DISH Network DVR vs DirecTV DVR

January 2nd, 2012

DISH Network’s 722k HD DVR gives you the best technology at the lowest price! See how DirecTV’s Tivo HD DVR stacks up against the 722k.

DISH 722k HD DuoDVR DirecTV Tivo HD DVR
Service on 2 TVs Yes! No
Upfront cost to connect 2nd TV $0 $199
Monthly service fee for 1st TV $0 $5
Monthly DVR service fee $6 $7
Total monthly equipment fees $6 $12
Instantly watch PPV movies Yes! No, must download movies before you can watch
TV Everywhere – instantly watch live TV and DVR recordings on your mobile device Yes! No, DirecTV’s Nomad service requires you to download before you can watch
iPad remote control Yes! No
Live TV streaming functionality Yes! No
Game Search Yes! No
Picture in Picture Yes! No
SRS TruVolume to eliminate volume fluctuations Yes! No
3D viewing with 3D televisions Yes! No

As well DirecTV’s DVR falling far short of the 722k HD DVR, DirecTV’s Nomad service doesn’t even begin to compare to the TV Everywhere. DirecTV claims you can use Nomad to watch recorded content anywhere at any time, but before you can even begin watching you have to download your DVR content in real time. That means to download a one hour TV show can take over an hour! And you can’t even view live TV. With a DISH DVR and a Sling you can truly have all TV, recorded and live, with you instantly on your mobile devices.

DISH Network, the best value and the best technology. Call 866-912-4774 for more information today!

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DISH Network Dual Mode Receivers

May 28th, 2011

With a dual mode receiver from DISH Network you can simplify and streamline your whole-home theater system. With one receiver you can control two televisions! Dual mode receivers are versatile and can come with HD or DVR capabilities to fit your home perfectly.

If you have a need for two standard definition televisions your best fit would be the 322 receiver family.

With a 322 receiver you can watch live television on both televisions in standard definition at the same time.

If you’d like to watch and record on two standard defintion televisions in your home you’d be most interested in the 522 receiver family.

With a receiver from the 522 family you can watch live television in standard definition on both TVs at the same time, watch live television on TV while the other records or record on both TVs. You can always watch prerecorded events from your DVR at anytime, even while recording.

If you have an HDTV and a standard definition TV and you’d like to be able to record on both the 622 receiver family, which includes the popular 722k receiver, would satisfy all of your needs.

A receiver from the 622 family allows you to watch live programming in HD on one television and standard definition on another. You can also record on one while watching live TV on another or record on both. At anytime you can watch shows, movies or events already recorded to your DVR.

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