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Best configuration for 2 HD TVs and Dish Network HD DVR

by KJSHAN / December 23, 2006 1:33 AM PST

I admit in advance, I am an HD-TV novice. However, I can really appreciate the HD picture when I see it.

We are purchasing a new HD LCD TV for our second floor. Looking at the Sony Bravia in 26" or the Sharp. We have a second TV in the family room downstairs, a Sony WEGA 34" about 2 years old. It has the HDMI interface. I do not believe it is built-in HDTV, because we have always used a cable or dish receiver.

I am interested in knowing if there is a method to setup the Dish Network to enable both TVs to receive the HD channels and view recorded shows. Dish told me to order the 622 dual HD receiver, and use the other HD receiver from them I presently have. The customer service representative was not very technical, so I thought I should do my homework before my installation appointment.

Do I need both receivers?
What is the point of built-in HD on these TVs?
If I have the 622 receiver on one TV, will I be able to pause/record live TV on the second TV?
Will the second TV have lower HD quality reception?

I hope this is not too many questions. Thanks in advance for the help!

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HD Sat Source for 2 HD TVs
by Jim Noyd / December 23, 2006 6:06 AM PST

You'll need two Dish HD STBs like they said to have HD to both TVs.

I can output Component Video and HDMI from my Dish ViP 622 but it has be tuned to the same HD channel or recorded program.

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by grc24 / December 23, 2006 7:25 AM PST

I have the Dish ViP622 dual reciever and I have NO set top box on the second TV. I only have a cable that comes from the reciever and plugs directly into the TV. That's it. I am also able to view HD channels on my 2nd set as well, No other set top box reqired. You can pause/ record shows on your 2nd set as well and watch them on you primary TV. It's a pretty slick reciever if you ask me. No the signal is not diminished at all from the 2nd set. The picture is just as good as the primary TV. This reciever requires a LAN based phone line connection though. Be sure you have phone jack near by. It dosen't interfere with your current phone line at all. I recommend the ViP622 dual HD/DVR reciever. You'll probabaly have to submit a little cash for the upgrade. Be prepared, it's worth it.

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Best configuration for 2 HD TVs and Dish Network HD DVR
by KJSHAN / December 25, 2006 10:16 AM PST
In reply to: ViP622

I have ordered the dual HD box as an upgrade. I thought the TV with the receiver box gets the phone line. However, what wiring or receiver is used for the second TV? Does it also need a phone line? I am trying to figure out which TV gets the 622 box. Thanks!

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by grc24 / December 25, 2006 11:25 AM PST

Your primary TV should get the receiver and it will have the phone line. Your second TV should only have a coax cable plugged into it. Just like if it were coming from a cable outlet. No other box should be reqired. The coax is split off of the line that would plug into you receiver. The ViP622 is a DUAL HD/DVR receiver. It is capable of operating two sets without the need of a 2nd HD receiver. I hope you have someone from Dish doing the install for you. There are a few cables that need to be split and routed. Good luck and Happy Holidays to you.


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