EchoStar took the wraps off of its latest high definition DVR hoping to capitalize on the company’s success of its previous digital video recorder model. DISH Network’s new ViP722 HD DVR is the advanced version of the company’s award-winning ViP622 and is designed to complement the satcaster’s growing lineup of high definition programming.Similar to the 622, the ViP722 is a dual-tuner DVR receiver that powers two rooms, one in HD and the other in standard definition. The 722 features a 500 GB hard drive for storage and the option of recording up to 55 hours of high def content in MPEG-4, 350 hours of standard programming, and more than 100 hours of movies and shows from DISH On Demand. The receiver also supports Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and includes an IP call-back feature for PPV-curious subs without a phone line.
The ViP722 is available for free to qualifying new DISH Network customers, and the external hard drive feature has a one-time household activation fee of $39.99.