Dish Network 625 DVR Dual Tuner (2 TV) Satellite Receiver Video Recorder Dish Player
 
List Price: $399.99

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Product Description

We are a Dish Network dealer. This item is brand new in the box with all parts. This receiver must be added to your account before we can ship. If you don't have an account we can get one set-up for you.

Features:
  • Independently watch and record programming on two TVs
  • Convenient On-Screen Caller ID with history
  • Record up to 100 hours of standard definition
  • On-screen Electronic Program Guide (EPG) with easy access to program listings and information for up to 9 days
  • Single Mode: Picture-In-Picture (PIP) available on any TV.Dual Mode: View separate programming on 2 televisions
Customer Reviews:
  • Excellent DVR, much better than TIVO
    Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Feature loaded! The dual tuner works great. Now, I can be watching one show in the basment, while my wife watches another upstairs, both using all of the DVR functions from the same receiver. Plus, countless times I have recorded two shows at once while watching another on DVR --- which used to be unheard of with Satellite TV....more info
  • No swap when you use it on 2 tvs
    Its great to be able to record things when you want but this model only has 2 tuners so unless you want both tvs to be watching the same thing there is no way to make use of the swap and pip buttons if you have it connected to another tv. It holds a pretty decent amount of video though up to 150 hours. It only has 1 USB input. Its kind of big so you would expect that it has a place to plug in your tvs power cord into it but it doesnt. You can pause but thats about the only good thing since you cant swap to skip commercials....more info
  • Closest thing to reliable a DVR can be -this DVR is enough reason to dump the cable company and the junk Motorola DVR
    Imagine if a DVR could be as easy, straightforward and reliable as a Blackberry and this is it.

    This DVR responds quickly to instructions and never lags (delay) when you push a button like the Motorola's from the cable company's are famous for.

    Just like the Blackberry thumbwheel, this thing is easy to use.

    The menu paths are intuitive so when you initiate a task, you start with the first function then likely just keep pressing the "Select" button to finish your task, just like the Blackberry thumbwheel.

    Now, lets remember this is a DVR receiving a signal from miles in the sky and reacts crisply, while the Motorola DVRs connected to "fast" cable lag and stall and while you're sitting there pressing the buttons in frustration....

    ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS EXPLODE ONTO THE SCREEN AT ONCE, THOROUGHLY CONVERTING YOUR LOYALTY INTO HATRED FOR CABLE TV !!!

    Leave the cable company just for this DVR.
    ...more info
  • What to do with an old DVR 625 without a dish network subscription
    Without a Dish Network subscription there are still a few things you can do with an old DVR 625. I found that you can watch the videos stored on the DVR without a service card. It cannot be used to record, watch TV inputs or USB memory stick. You can take the 235 G hard drive out and copy all the recorded shows to your own PC. Just remove the hard drive from the DVR and connect it to a desktop computer. The Dish Network uses a Linux hard disk format called Ext. (Dish Network uses Linux to run its unit if that helps.) You will have to Mount the three unnamed partitions to see them with Windows. Just use the Windows disk manager to see the DVR hard disk. A special program like Ext2fsd can be used to label the partitions. As far as I know the rest of the DVR 625 unit is useless without a subscription. I just kept the 235 gig HD in my desktop computer and trashed the rest of the DVR 625 unit. ...more info
  • The reason I am a Dish subscriber is this unit.
    I believe in stable rates, good selection, low cost, and no compromises on features. The Dish network covers me on this, and the DVR unit I have from them only cements my goodwill with them.

    I have tried the Cablevision DVR, for about two weeks, and I've used a friend's DirecTV unit as well. I don't claim to be well-versed in all DVRs and I know they are all different in user interface, if not basic function. Dish's 622/625 unit is superior to these three systems' DVR offerings in function and UI.

    The 625 can accept two lines for Picture-in-Picture, or if you have to dishes already, you can split one signal and run the split signal into the back. This is a nice feature for people who want to minimize cable runs in the house.

    The PiP function is remarkable: it will do aspect-preserved scaled side-by-side, as well as two inset sizes that can be moved to nine preset locations (think Brady Bunch). The DVR records both signals, as part of the "pause live TV" functionality. Basically it keeps two two-hour buffers rolling, which is nice because, well, let's say you're watching the game and your wife wants to watch HGTV, because she's a woman who likes to tweak your home. Instead of switching channels, swap the PiP focus to HGTV and pause your game. During a commercial, you can swap back to the game, unpause, and stay with the action. Nice, smart.

    The recording timers can be set to early-start and/or late-stop, so if you think something will run late or start early, or if your programming drifts (local stations especially), this will help catch opening sequences and surprise endings.

    One of the best features is the menu. The unit, and almost all new Dish units, are continually upgraded to provide better features. Searching can be done by description keyword (exact or somewhat wildcarded) or title keyword (exact or somewhat wildcarded); results are quick and thorough. The timers can be set with priorities to bump less-important shows for more-important ones; while it won't find the next airing automatically, you can see the skipped events and restore one to keep filling up your DVR.

    The list goes on and on, but the best feature of all is the skip forward. It will skip 30 seconds forward, or back 10. So, with some practice, you can blip-blip past just about every commercial in the program. The skipping function is much better than Cablevision's, and although I haven't tried DirecTV's, I can't imagine it being *better*. This, my friends, is how everyone should be watching "24", "Survivor", and "House": saved to disk, commercials skipped. Time-shifting at its absolute best.

    In closing, look, I'll be the first to say I haven't seen all the DVR options available, but if my year-old daughter can accidentally program Univision Noticias, you know the interface is easy to access and use. Clear, powerful, and Dish has probably the best technical support of any service I've ever experienced, and that included cable, telephone, cell phone, electric and gas, water, and the State of New Jersey. Try it, buy it, love it.

    -Fred...more info
  • I own two DVR: 625 DVR Dual Tuner and (2) the 160 hour replaytv
    I Own 160 H replaytv model (for about 4 years). And recently I got another DVR that comes with DISH (the 625 DVR Dual Tuner model). I see a review from Daniel in Dec.. Daneil, maybe the replaytv model is the perfect one you are looking for (although there are a few problems with it too). My experience comparing these two DVR below.

    I gace the DISH unit one star, amybe because of how unhappy I am with in comparrison to the replaytv unit. I would still recommend either of these DVR's over a VCR anyday. I am however planning on dumping the DISH unit when I can, and get a second replytv (I need extra tuners).

    BTW: (adding to below): the replaytv unit did have one annoying problem: It went thru a time when the audio would cut out on several of my favorite shows,, lasted a few months.. I believe the automatic updates eventually fixed it..

    The replaytv unit is vastly superior in every way (well, except I wish the replay unit had more than one tuner). The only other problem I have (which affects both units) is the electronic listings are wrong enough to be annoying.

    Once you get a DVR, you will never go back to a VCR. I suggest you get at least 160 hours (more if more than one person will be using it).. Reasons will become clear with use (IE: you tend to save the last 3 or 4 shows of everything, so if you go on vacation (etc) they will be there waITING FOR YOU.

    THE DISH DVR: (BOO):
    There are too many crappy issues with the DISH unit to even remember them all (here are a few I can think of ):

    When you hit pause (and go away).. It will start playing again by itself, so you miss your show (which is the point of the DVR in the first place).. And, it will not let you rewind when it starts playing automatically. It probably fills up the hard drive.. but there is no way to "not" fill up the hard drive because of the way the thing records shows for you (FIFO style). When you pause to see something the pause bar that pops up (to let you know you pauded presumably?) covers about a third of the screen (enough to cause you to miss 100 percent of whatever it was you wanted to see). NOTE that you can hit the arrow to go into slomo (from pause), but it skips away from what you want to see (so you are still screwed here). Trust me on this, Im not even sure a kid would have the patience to find something to see in slomo with this thing. When you record your shows, replayTV lets you organize stuff in whatever manner that suits you (very convenient after setup).. The DISH unit puts the most recent recordings in a list, with newest first. Sounds like no big deal, wait till you have over a hundred, and if you were able to compare this against the replay unit, you would understand. ...more info
  • Question
    hello guy im just intersts this dvr but i don't know if it has blance just tell me...more info
  • Great DVR... a few bugs left to work out.
    Here's some info from someone who had this for 13 months.

    This DVR has two modes. In Single Mode, the same video is shown on both TVs at the same time. Use this if you only watch one of the sets at a time, or if you don't have a TV2 plugged in, or if the person watching TV2 just wants to watch whatever the other person has on. You can use Picture-in-Picture in this mode, and do whatever you want as far as using the tuners to record.

    In Dual Mode, each TV can operate independently, and each TV has only one tuner at its disposal. When you schedule a recording, you can choose which tuner records it (so you'd select either the TV where you'll be watching it live, or, the TV where you *won't* be watching something else live). In this mode you can also watch two separate recorded shows on the two TVs, or two separate live channels, or a combination one recorded show and one live channel.

    There are three different ways of scheduling recurring recordings: Dish Pass, regular scheduling, and Manual. The most important thing to know is there's a limit on how many scheduled recordings you can have (300 if i remember correctly) so keep tabs on that when you read this. Dish Pass searches titles and descriptions for what you specify, and records it whenever it sees a match on any channel. Regular scheduling works a bit differently, and is probably more appropriate for most needs. Regular scheduling can record a particular Title, either on any channel, or one specific channel:
    All Episodes - Records anytime that show comes on
    New Episodes - Records only episodes that aren't reruns
    Weekly, Mon-Fri, Daily etc. - records during whatever timeslot you say ONLY IF THAT SHOW IS ON.
    This last one is best for most shows that come on multiple times a day, for example, if you only want the show recorded in one particular timeslot instead of all of them (e.g. I only want my Seinfeld reruns recorded at 5pm, not at 10 or 12:30).
    And Manual Recording - You can set a schedule (either one-time or recurring weekly, or daily, or mon-fri etc...) and that way it will record WHATEVER is on during that time period, instead of recording only if one particular show is on.
    *****
    VERY IMPORTANT
    *****
    If you record shows that come on all the time, it's very important that you don't use "All Episodes" for those! For example, It will find about 50-60 episodes of Seinfeld within the upcoming 14 days or so and this takes up 50-60 slots in your 300 limit that I mentioned above! You will find yourself being told you have too many recordings scheduled or something, and won't be able to add very many recordings. Instead, record a show like that once or twice a day (use two separate timers if necessary, there's no limit that I know of on number of timers), then you will have like 10-15 coming up. Much better.

    The good things about this DVR:
    * Never fails to record shows. I never missed a scheduled recording the whole year (though I did once lose all my recordings when I had a hard drive crash--Dish replaced my DVR in about 5 days or so).
    * Robust options and settings. Dig deep into the menus and get things set up just the way you like it.
    * Priorities lets you decide what shows are can't miss (one-time recordings, first-run programs) versus shows you don't care about but record just in case you need something to watch (e.g. syndicated shows etc).
    * Very responsive and fast
    * Monthly $5.99 DVR fee--lower than TiVo ($13) or what Comcast charges ($10) for their junky thing.
    * 30-second-skip-forward button--that you DON'T have to hack to enable like certain other (*cough* Comcast!) DVRs. Nice.
    * 2-TV support on one box as described above means you have access to the same library of recordings from both TVs. Sweet.
    * Big 100-hour capacity.
    * Smart enough not to record an episode you already have of a show.
    * Lets you "Edit" in batch mode--so you can select 20 shows and delete, or protect, them all at once.
    * Lets you rename shows. Especially great for Manual Recordings.

    The things I wished were better:
    * No way to get your recordings off there, except in real-time using a VCR or set-top DVD recorder.
    * Sound cuts out for about 0.5 seconds when you unpause. You end up just always having to hit "skip back" (that's 5 seconds back) when after you unpause. Still pretty annoying. This was with both the original and my replacement, so I know it's not just a defect.
    * 300 upcoming scheduled programs limit - before I figured out just what the limit was (the error leads you to believe you are trying to make too many TIMERS when it's absolutely NOT that. It's how many PROGRAMS are set to be recorded in the upcoming couple weeks that's limited). Once I figured this out I was able to work around it (and optimize my drive space usage in the process) by reducing my use of "All Episodes" and "Dish Pass" so I'm not recording so many throwaway programs.

    That's all I can think of for now. For what it's worth, when I moved I was forced to switch to cable, and bought the LG LRM-519 (which I'll review here eventually)... It doesn't have any of the bad things about this one, but it lacks a LOT of the good things about this one. It's a trade-off! If I ever find the perfect DVR I'll let you know....more info