The Dish Networks Dish Vip622 satellite receiver contains 2 individual HDTV tuners in one box. These Tuners are designated TV1 and TV2. TV1 is intended for use at a HD TV or Standard TV in the same room as the Vip622. The ViP622 has modulated outputs for both the TV1 and TV2 tuners. The allows for the easy distribution of TV1 and TV2 pictures throughout a house. The modulators operate on either UHF or CATV channels and are not HD TV signals.
All of the ViP receivers from Dish Network are MPEG4 and Mpeg 2 compatible. MPEG4 allows for more channels in the same bandwidth. Read more about Satellite TV using MPEG4.
The Vip622 DVR has two operating modes, Single and Dual Mode. In Single Mode the Vip622 can be used as a dual tuner DVR with full control of both tuners from one remote. In Single Mode, you can switch between the tuners, or press "PIP" on the remote use the built in "Picture in Picture" feature. Press Swap and the two images will swap places. Of Course you also have Full DVR control over both tuners. The Extra Bonus of the Vip622 is you can also use the receiver in Single Mode from the TV2 location. When operated in Single Mode, (change modes by pushing a button on the front panel) the Dish ViP622 provides TIVO like capabilities and should be considered a strong replacement option for DirecTV's TIVO community.
For two room DVR operation, switch the unit to Dual Mode. In Dual Mode both viewers have complete control over their own tuner. Each person can record or watch without affecting the other person.
In Dual Mode you will not be able to watch one channel while recording another if two people are using the system. If only TV is being watching in one room, and the viewer presses record to record a channel, they are given the option to send the recording request to the OTHER tuner.
The Dish Vip622 features Name Based Recording. NBR allows you to select a show to be recorded and not a Channel /Time scenario. For more information on NBR, go here (pdf)
The 120 gigabyte internal hard drive provides up to 100 hours of digital video recording. Compared to DirecTV's TIVO 40 or 80 gigabyte hard drives which provide 32-80 hours, the 100 hour hard drive is a new benchmark for others to match.
Dish Network advertises a UHF remote range of 200 feet. However, that is through open air, and does not take into account the reduction in UHF remote range caused by walls and floors. Usually 1 normal wood framed floor or 2 walls is a safe assumption for effective UHF remote operation. UHF remote usable range is greatly reduced if passing through masonry or concrete walls or floors.
Dish ViP622 Installation
The Dish Network Vip622 does require some special wiring considerations.
Digital Video Recorder
320 GB hard drive
SD up to 180 hours
HD up to 25 hours
Two HD/SD satellite tuners2
Digital off-air tuner2
Two independent TVs supported
TV1 HDTV or SDTV
HDTV digital audio/video output3
Two USB 2.0 ports
dish home Interactive TV
Recorded events management
On-screen Caller ID with history5
Up to 9-day Picture-In-Guide with optional widescreen Electronic
Program Guide (EPG)
Software upgradeable via satellite
DISH Comm™ compatible4
DISH Pro Plus compatible
Remote controls (2)
To receive local FREE OTA local HDTV TV channels, add Off Air Antenna to your receiver above.
REMOTE CONTROL FEATURES:
FRONT CONTROL FEATURES:
REAR PANEL FEATURES:
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