High Def Forum
Thank you for visiting. This is our website archive. Please visit our main website by clicking the logo above.

Dish Rookie Observations

inazsully
09-02-2008, 12:37 PM
Having just switched from Direct TV and it's HR20 DVR to Dish and it's 722 DVR I am pondering the merits of some of the differences. Direct TV's channel groupings make more sense primarily because they group the four most watched HD cable channels together. Those being USA,TNT,SciFi, and TBS. When on the guide page they are all visible at the same time thus allowing for easy scrolling through an entire given day. These four channels have several highly regarded original shows through out the week which lead to heavy viewship. Shows like Closer, Monk, Psych, Saving Grace, Burn Notice, Stargate Atlantis, In Plain Sight, plus several others. While Dish forces you to jump between 105, 122, 138 and 139 to see these channels. Not logical to me. The 722 blows the HR20 out of the water by the way. Keep in mind I've only been plying with the 722 for less than a week but it seems that the 722 cannot "recall" back and forth between a recorded show and a live show like the HR20 can. Also the 722 is defaulted to scroll in a "ascending" motion (changeable in the menu) which seems backwards to every person I have talked to, All of whom have had me reverse their scrolling to "descending". Can Dish change any of these things or am I just wrong to begin with?

nextoo
09-02-2008, 03:36 PM
Try setting up a custom guide. You can set up four in addition to the three stock guides. Dish uses the term "favorites" list for these custom guides.

menu -> preferences (8) -> favorites (2)

I have four custom guides set up. One groups news channels. The second all the movie channels I'm interested in which are all of the HD ones. The third lists just the HD channels I have an interest in (sans the movie ones). The fourth groups all of the HD PPV together.

Just the way I do it and it is changed around a bit depending on what is going on.

You really can't beat the flexibility. Seven independent guides with four of them offering complete user customization.

Joe Las Vegas
09-03-2008, 12:53 AM
I hear you on the ascending scrolling, it seems reverse to me that's why I changed it like you did too, when it comes to channels order and grouping it's no big deal, after a while you know where they are, plus in the guide and channel locks you can lock out channels you don't care about so they won't show on the guide, which makes for a clean, short, useful guide with no unwanted channels to scroll by.

bigbeer
09-03-2008, 11:53 AM
You want them to group the channels that "you" watch together? For me, I'd want ESPN, ESPNews, NFL Network, FSN and History Channel together. See where I'm going with this?

18 is # 1
09-03-2008, 12:16 PM
They put all the home shopping channels together!!!

18 is # 1
09-03-2008, 12:25 PM
the 722 cannot "recall" back and forth between a recorded show and a live show like the HR20 can.

When watching a recorded show, hit the view or recall button to switch back to live broadcasting. The recall button will then switch to the channel before the live program you are currently watching. That is the feature the HR20 doesn't do. This is the same as stopping a vcr tape. To resume the prerecorded program, you must go back to the recorded menu and select which to resume.
You get the back, but not the forth.

inazsully
09-03-2008, 02:08 PM
You want them to group the channels that "you" watch together? For me, I'd want ESPN, ESPNews, NFL Network, FSN and History Channel together. See where I'm going with this?

Nah, it's not just that I want the channels I want to watch grouped together. From a marketing standpoint it is logical to group like content channels that have proven to be the most watched in a group that will be vivible on a single page. With "D" for instance, the following channels are listed in a row. SpikeHD, USAHD, SciFiHD, TNTHD, TBSHD, FXHD. From a guy standpoint, this is mighty sweet. My guide pages read, "Hot List" (the above channels plus sports channels) "All Channels", "AllHD", "All Sub", "Custom", "All Sports", "All Movies".

inazsully
09-03-2008, 02:11 PM
When watching a recorded show, hit the view or recall button to switch back to live broadcasting. The recall button will then switch to the channel before the live program you are currently watching. That is the feature the HR20 doesn't do. This is the same as stopping a vcr tape. To resume the prerecorded program, you must go back to the recorded menu and select which to resume.
You get the back, but not the forth.
But it was nice to switch (recall) back from live to recorded. Dish's way doesn't make sense to me. I wouldn't be watching a recorded show if that's not where I wanted to switch back to. Like switching to check a score and then back to the recorded movie.

garys
09-03-2008, 02:20 PM
Nah, it's not just that I want the channels I want to watch grouped together. From a marketing standpoint it is logical to group like content channels that have proven to be the most watched in a group that will be vivible on a single page. With "D" for instance, the following channels are listed in a row. SpikeHD, USAHD, SciFiHD, TNTHD, TBSHD, FXHD. From a guy standpoint, this is mighty sweet. My guide pages read, "Hot List" (the above channels plus sports channels) "All Channels", "AllHD", "All Sub", "Custom", "All Sports", "All Movies".

You can set a number of favorites and label them like that for yourself. Dish doesn't do the guide like this, but they do have searches under these headings.

18 is # 1
09-03-2008, 04:34 PM
But it was nice to switch (recall) back from live to recorded. Dish's way doesn't make sense to me. I wouldn't be watching a recorded show if that's not where I wanted to switch back to. Like switching to check a score and then back to the recorded movie.

I understand what you're saying, and I would prefer it that way also. But think of it this way, when you switch off the recorded program, you can check the score on two different games!