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Old 12-01-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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Guy coming over today to install a HD dish on our house, and get us set up with HD! Have heard good things about Dish's HD quality compared to others. I've had good luck with Dish so far. Even my tech support issues have been dealt with very nicely.

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I've had DishHD for at least a year now and it's really good. I hope you're getting the VIP622 receiver which is a two tuner DVR with a TV2 SD output meaning you can access the DVR content from a second TV. If you have decent local broadcast stations nearby, I'd seriously suggest also getting an HD OTA antenna and plugging that into your receiver. It will give you a 3rd recording slot on the DVR.

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Old 12-01-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've had mine for about a year and love it. They keep adding HD stations, which is always nice.

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Watch football on the HD channel, then mid play, switch to the regular channel. You'll wet yourself!

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I wish I could get DishHD (or DirectvHD), but neither offer local stations in HD yet and I don't want to put a 20' antenna on top of the house.

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I wish I could get DishHD (or DirectvHD), but neither offer local stations in HD yet and I don't want to put a 20' antenna on top of the house.
you do know that you'll still get the non HD channels right?
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I wish I could get DishHD (or DirectvHD), but neither offer local stations in HD yet and I don't want to put a 20' antenna on top of the house.
Depending on how local your local stations are, you might be able to get by with a small, amplified, indoor antenna. I have DishHD and my locals aren't in HD yet either so I'm using a $30 antenna from Best Buy and it does pretty well depending on the weather. Not perfect, but cheaper/easier than something roof mounted and for me it'll work until Dish does locals in HD.

Also, the ViP722 is the latest & greatest from Dish. I think it's nearly identical to the 622 (with an OTA antenna, you can record three shows at once), but it has a larger hard drive.

Edit: I do pay for the SD locals, but I never watch them because they look like crap on my TV. I don't know if it's simply because they're SD or because the Dish box does a crappy job of converting them to 1080i, but I can't stand it anymore now that I'm used to HD. I'm going to get rid of the local package until they do have HD in my area.
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20' antenna is unlikely. I have one in my attic pointed towards Manhattan and I get all the locals clearly in the winter, spotty in the summer. I'm pretty sure simply moving that same antenna on top of the roof would make all the difference, but it hasn't been a priorty since I do get HD locals over the sat. My biggest motivation is gaining the 3-tuner recording slots. Believe it or not, between my wife and I, we do encounter a conflict with recordings now and then.

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20' antenna is unlikely. I have one in my attic pointed towards Manhattan and I get all the locals clearly in the winter, spotty in the summer. I'm pretty sure simply moving that same antenna on top of the roof would make all the difference, but it hasn't been a priorty since I do get HD locals over the sat. My biggest motivation is gaining the 3-tuner recording slots. Believe it or not, between my wife and I, we do encounter a conflict with recordings now and then.
I've been wanting to drop cable and just use OTA, but when reading the local AVS forum thread, I get discouraged everytime. The closest HD stations are 30 miles away and most are 50+ miles. I've looked at antennas people use near me to get the 4 major networks and these are the type of antennas they are using:

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I've had DishHD for at least a year now and it's really good. I hope you're getting the VIP622 receiver which is a two tuner DVR with a TV2 SD output meaning you can access the DVR content from a second TV. If you have decent local broadcast stations nearby, I'd seriously suggest also getting an HD OTA antenna and plugging that into your receiver. It will give you a 3rd recording slot on the DVR.
We got the 722, which is very nice, and has more record time. I got a peek at the ESPN-HD before coming back to work, and I'm still a bit stiff, if you know what I mean!

Cannot wait to see the hockey in HD! We also signed up for 3 months of movies channels for free, and there is some nice stuff going on, although TBH, DVDs look as good, so I'll probably just scan for stuff to record at night.

Also, the guy hooked me up with component cables, and I still have to get the HDMI cables, but the image seems pretty good so far anyway.

One problem, is that the second tv is SD, but he hooked it up using the coax cable, and I'll want to hook it up to the DVD recorder. I asked if there was a device to hook it up to a TV that didn't have the RF input, and he said he never saw one like that before. He has always been able to hook up using the coax. Not a huge deal, but I think that if I had a surround amp on that set (and I will eventually), then I'd like to be able to hook it up somehow.

Might have to bring that DVD player back into the family room to record TV shows off the DVR.
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