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DISH ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR Review

by October 25, 2010
DISH ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR

DISH ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR

  • Product Name: ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR
  • Manufacturer: DISH Network
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: October 25, 2010 05:25
  • MSRP: $649 ($200 lease)
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  • Color: Black
  • Display resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i (1080p for applicable Video-on-Demand)
  • Dolby Digital audio
  • 1 TB hard drive
  • View HD and SD programming
  • Record up to two shows at the same time or watch one recorded show while recording two others
  • Picture-in-picture (PIP) feature so you can watch two things on one screen
  • View over-the-air digital SD and HD broadcasts (requires optional over-the-air module)
  • Supports External Hard Drives
  • Video-on-demand (VOD) so you can choose from thousands of movies titles or TV shows
  • On-screen Caller ID with history
  • Dimensions: 3.5"H x 16"W x 12.5"D
  • Weight: 11 lbs.

Pros

  • SlingLoaded!
  • Easy to navigate
  • FAST Search
  • RF Remote control

Cons

  • No preset guide filters
  • Not yet GoogleTV-compatible

 

DISH ViP 922 Introduction

We've been fans and clients of DISH for some time, and have been following their ViP 922 DVR with great interest for nearly two years. When it was finally released, we jumped all over it and quickly requested one to integrate into our system. Somehow, and we're almost embarrassed to say this, we missed out on the Sling phenomenon, so it was with great enthusiasm that we were determined to try out all of the great networking features included in this fully SlingLoaded High Definition Satellite DVR. After all, Echostar, sister company to DISH, acquired Sling back in 2007 - and this is their first product to integrate both technologies into one box.

Unlike AV receiver and Blu-ray player manufacturers, satellite and CableTV companies simply don't update their hardware very often. With that being the case, new models are highly sought after, offering increased processing speed and often advanced interface features. The ViP 922 doesn't spare anything - it upgrades just about everything you can imagine - and we'll outline that in great detail throughout this review.

About the author:

Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Clint DeBoer posts on November 02, 2010 05:45
One interesting thing is that the 722k is compatible with GoogleTV while the 922 is not. So, the 722k becomes more powerful if you simply add an aftermarket Sling to it - which Dish is rolling out shortly.

If you haven't yet checked it out, here is our Logitech Revue Google TV review
Nomo posts on October 31, 2010 18:55
Warpdrv, post: 763114
Really cool looking, although I never every use the front of the unit, but it certainly has the appeal to be put right out for people to see…. beautiful. I'm not really understanding the need for the watching TV from anywhere…. but to each their own….

I have been using the 722 & 622 for quite some time and also use from time to time the iphone remote to program stuff on the fly, but not all that often… I used it more to mess with my kid when I wasn't home. changing channels and starting playback of some really aweful stuff I recorded just for this application of messing with him…

Can't say that I would pay whatever they will be asking to upgrade to it…

Keep in mind the TV2 cannot be used in the same way as the 722 allows.
The TV2 device must be network enabled. A simple bedroom CRT, as I have, won't cut it. It's great that you can watch a show on the Iphone but personally I'm a bit disappointed with this receiver.
gqmagic posts on October 31, 2010 17:41
I have a 722k and have been thinking of adding an hd slingbox. On Sat Guys the early thinking was a stand alone seemed better than the 2in1 922.
Warpdrv posts on October 31, 2010 17:17
Really cool looking, although I never every use the front of the unit, but it certainly has the appeal to be put right out for people to see…. beautiful. I'm not really understanding the need for the watching TV from anywhere…. but to each their own….

I have been using the 722 & 622 for quite some time and also use from time to time the iphone remote to program stuff on the fly, but not all that often… I used it more to mess with my kid when I wasn't home. changing channels and starting playback of some really aweful stuff I recorded just for this application of messing with him…

Can't say that I would pay whatever they will be asking to upgrade to it…
Capt.Ron posts on October 31, 2010 16:44
I don't mean to highjack but……….

My current Dish Network plan is not HD.
I have a 501D dvr and a 311 receiver.
I'm about to move into my newly built house and would like to upgrade to HD.
I'd also like to keep at least one of my current receivers so I can take it with me when I go RVing.
I know I won't get the HD channels but can I in fact have a NON-HD receiver on and HD package?
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