Dish Network HD DVR - Record TV in High Definition
The Dish Network HD DVR has remarkably improved over the years as to its size, appearance, and feel. HD DVR is the acronym for High Definition Digital Video Recording. Dish Network is probably the largest satellite television provider in the United States today. It has the best non-universal remotes consisting of many features and can be simply understood by most people.
This is a radical advancement in television technology, HD DVR receivers supporting two TVs, one HDTV and one SDTV. The Dish Network HD DVR enables you to record up to 200 hours of standard-definition programming and 30 hours of high-definition programming over digital air or the two combined. It supports four resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i. An added feature allows you to choose from two viewing choices: the single mode which is the picture-in-picture (PIP) and the dual mode where you can watch independently of the other and lets you record the programming on two televisions.
One remarkable feature about the HD DVR is its version 942 which boasts of its capabilities beginning with a 250 GB hard drive which can either store up to 25 hours of high definition or 180 hours of standard definition program. With its three built-in tuners (2 for satellite and one for over-the-air or OTA antenna), it can record up to three different programs at once in contrast with DirecTV’s HDTiVo which can only do two programs simultaneously.
The HD DVR has other several outstanding features. It has the ability to pause and rewind live TV schedule recordings with its EPG, look for shows using keywords, genre or time, and establish Dish Passes that can record shows using the keywords found in the show information, as given by a TV guide. It has also the ability to open a small picture-in-picture window to enable you to view two channels at the same time.
Dish Network HD DVR needs an antenna to receive local HD programs like ABC and Fox. Though it cannot manage to handle MPEG-4 satellite broadcasts, it has access to all of DishHD channel guide including 10 HD channels originally available on Voom (now defunct)
It can also divide its live and recorded programming between the main TV and the second TV which could be located in another room. Those who are watching in the second TV could use the second remote to have as much fun as those shows found in the main TV. What’s more, both TVs can show and control the same recorded program at the same time autonomously.
But TV2 can only show standard definition, downplaying high definition shows to the 480i standard imaging. In addition, you won’t be able to make over-the-air recording nor watch live OTA shows, but you may have a way in recorded OTA shows.
Common sense dictates that the functionality of both TVs depends on the total number of viewers tuned into it. For instance, you cannot record nor watch more than two live satellite shows at the same time on both TVs. However, you can definitely record two shows – one on each TV.
With some of the features highlighted on the Dish Network HD DVR, TV viewing will never be the same again.