Surprisingly to some, TiVo is not the only vendor out there then it come to DVRs. There is also Dish Network, or as their product is officially called, the Dish Network DVR.
The amazing thing about this DVR is that the company has more units than any other company. So in a sense what TiVo started, Dish Network seems to be finishing. Probably the most likely reason Dish Network is winning this battle is the simple fact that they are giving it away for free as an incentive to purchase their entire Satellite TV package.
Its safe to say that the Dish Network DVR is very similar to that of TiVo. Again a DVR is a device that is basically a giant hard drive that let’s you record live television.
Dish Network lets you record upwards to about 180 hours of television programing. Let me say for the record that this is A LOT of television. The number of hours is dependent on what kind of model you get from Dish Network. 100 hours is actually the norm.
Also very similar to TiVo, Dish is very easy to use and fairly straight forward in some of its options.
There are many options you can pursue and all of this takes place over the on-screen guide which I have found to be very easy to use.
As for the unit itself, I personally nor have anyone I have met come across any major expenses when it comes to servicing your Dish Network DVR. At the most is the inconvenience of swapping out the unite when you have a problem that cannot be fixed by the customer service people. And then the most you will incur is the cost of shipping the unit.
The question one really needs to ask yourself in terms of comparing the original TiVo to the Dish Network DVR is really whether or not Satellite Television, of which Dish Network is a part of, is right for you. Personally I prefer the original TiVo, but that is mostly because I have had it for much longer.
However, if you’re a Satellite TV customer, then I really cannot say anything against getting a Dish Network DVR. You’re programming experience is only sure to blossom!