DISH Network Tuners
Having read InternetLion.com’s other articles on DISH Network® HD tuner/DVRs, you’ve probably been floored by all the great features DISH Network TV converter boxes have to offer. But you might also have been wondering what this technology has to do with you. After all, you might not own an HD TV or a smart phone. Heck, you might not even own a laptop. In that case all the great features of, for instance, DISH Network’s ViP™ 922 SlingLoaded™ DVR/receiver* wouldn’t help you one bit.
And yet, just because some of DISH Network’s most amazing selling points tend to focus on up-market DISH Network HD tuner/DVRs doesn’t mean that standard DISH Network tuners are anything to sneeze at; standard DISH Network receivers like the Solo 311 offer users just as much functionality in their market brackets as flashier DISH Network tuners, and to prove this point we here at InternetLion.com decided to dedicate the following article to a couple less-publicized DISH Network TV converter boxes.
Standard DISH Network Tuners
When speaking of “standard DISH Network tuners” what we here at InternetLion.com mean is any DISH Network TV converter box that does not offer DVR capabilities. This category includes SD DISH Network receivers like the Solo™ 311 and Duo™ 322, as well as DISH Network HD tuners like the Duo ViP™ 222k and the Solo ViP 211k. As these receivers are not DVRs they cannot pause, rewind and record TV shows.
What’s more, the DISH Network receiver 311 and 322 both restrict the kinds of programs their users can watch to standard-definition programming. Naturally, this presents absolutely no problem for DISH Network customers who only own standard-definition TV sets. But it also prevents such subscribers from enjoying the free-for-life HD channels DISH Network is currently offering, with 24-Mo. Agreement and AutoPay with Paperless Billing.†
Of course, if you’re not planning on purchasing an HD TV anytime soon you probably won’t be too worried about this limitation to your service. And, meanwhile, both of DISH Network’s receivers, the 311 and 322 offer many of the same features as their HD and DVR counterparts. For example, as a “Duo” receiver the 322 allows for independent viewing on two separate TVs and includes two remote controls, one for each TV. Also, both DISH Network receivers, the 311 and the 322, offer DISH Network’s electronic programming guide, or “EPG,” and both allow for on-screen caller ID if connected to their users’ telephone lines.
As for DISH Network HD tuner/receivers, both the 222k and the 211k offer the same features as the DISH Network receiver 311 and 322, respectively, but they also offer resolutions of up to 1080i on HD TVs. Moreover, their HD functionality allows them to offer Dolby® Digital audio™ as well as the ability to receive HD and SD over-air broadcasts from local network affiliates.
DISH Network HD Tuner Offers
The main question with these DISH Network tuners, however, is why you would order them when signing up for DISH Network service instead of ordering an HD DVR. Well thankfully, it’s not a matter of choosing between a DISH Network HD tuner/receiver and an HD DVR. New DISH Network customers that sign a 24-Mo. Agreement with AutoPay and Paperless Billing are eligible to receive up to three Free DISH Network HD tuner/receivers (a $7/mo. Service fee applies). And, DISH Network is also offering an upgrade to one HD DVR! So, you can have the best of both worlds, thanks to the terrific promotion that DISH Network is currently running…
Click here to learn more about this promotion that DISH Network is currently running for new customers and the benefits of switching to DISH Network today!
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 04/17/2011.