Dish Network DTVPal

The Good DVR that records free over-the-air HDTV; no monthly fees; excellent image quality; dual-tuner design means you can record two program simultaneously from one antenna; 30 hours of HD recording.

The Bad Works more like a VCR than a modern DVR; bland user interface; lacks the polish of TiVo HD or Dish's own HD DVRs; terrible warranty and return policy; troubling online reports of crashing and freezing.

The Bottom Line The Dish Network DTVPal DVR offers up bare-bones, over-the-air HDTV recording without a monthly fee, but it doesn't compare to subscription-based DVRs, and Dish's nonexistent return policy makes it a real gamble.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.3 Overall

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Dish Network DTVPal

Editors' note: The Dish Network DTVPal DVR has been replaced by the virtually identical Channel Master CM-7000P.

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  • Brand Dish Network
  • Sound Output Mode Stereo
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