Dish Network DTVPal reviewed, not same as EchoStar TR-40
CNET's full review of the DTVPal is up, offering lots of praise for its electronic program guide, but knocking its mediocre remote.
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Along with the review, we've also been able to get the latest info on the differences between the Dish Network DTVPal and the EchoStar TR-40. The EchoStar TR-40 was announced at renamed as the DTVPal, and now the latest story is the Dish Network DTVPal and EchoStar TR-40 are actually separate products. EchoStar's public relations team now says the Dish Network DTVPal is going to cost between $40 and $60, with a release date of June 19th; the EchoStar TR-40 is coming in the future, but there aren't any additional details. However, Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen hinted on his TV show "Charlie Chat" that the DTVPal will have an MSRP of $60, while the TR-40 will have an MSRP of $40. Again, no details of the actual differences between these models, but we wouldn't be surprised if the TR-40 featured some Dish Network advertising to compensate for the lower cost--especially since back in January, Ergen stated that Dish Network would actually lose money on a $40 DTV converter box.with a $40 price tag, then it was
We'll keep you updated on the details between these two boxes, but in the meantime the DTVPal is the go-to choice if you're looking for a DTV converter box with an excellent EPG.
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