Experts are plenty impressed with the Dish Network ViP922. It builds upon the success and features of the still-available Dish Network DuoDVR ViP722K (*Est. $6 per month) by offering an improved user interface that draws raves for its great looks and ease of use. It is also the first Dish Network HD DVR to fully incorporate Slingbox capabilities, which let you control and use the DVR from anywhere in the world via a web browser or a supported mobile device. Closer to home, the DVR can send the signals from its tuners independently to two TVs (though one will be in SD only). The RF-capable remote doesn't draw special raves, but it is functional and will work through walls. In addition, an app is available that will turn your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch into a sophisticated tablet-style remote control.
Content on the ViP922 isn't limited to what's available from Dish Network's satellites. DLNA compliance means you can stream content from your networked computer or laptop to the ViP922. You can also stream Internet content from sites like Netflix, Pandora, Hulu.com (but not HuluPlus) and Amazon Video on Demand to the DVR using third-party media server software on your PC.
The Dish Network ViP922 has one other big advantage: a 1 TB hard drive that ranks alongside the TiVo Premiere XL (*Est. $300 and up, plus TiVo service), though both have been eclipsed by the TiVo Premiere Elite (*Est. $500, plus TiVo service), which sports a massive 2 TB drive that can hold 300 hours of HD programming. Still, the drive in the ViP922 gives users 1,000 hours of SD recording capacity and up to 140 hours of HD capacity. If that's not enough, you can also add an external hard drive for additional storage.
The Dish Network ViP922 has drawn a bit of editorial attention, including detailed reviews at PCMag.com, Audioholics.com and BigPictureBigSound.com. We found helpful reviews at ReviewHorizon.com and Sound and Vision magazine. SatelliteGuys.us has lots of user feedback.
This review says that for those lucky enough to subscribe to Dish Network, the ViP922 "is the best DVR you can get," and names it an Editors' Choice. Testing is comprehensive, and lots of positives -- along with a few negatives -- are revealed.
Review: Dish Network ViP922 SlingLoaded DVR, PJ Jacobowitz, Aug. 16, 2010
The Dish Network ViP922 HD DVR scores this site's The Biggie award as a top product. Overall reliability, a user interface that's a "vast improvement" over previous Dish Network DVRs and, of course, Slingbox features are why. The only significant negatives are its cost and the fact that it's only available to Dish Network subscribers.
Review: Dish Network ViP922 SlingLoaded HD DVR Review, Chris Boylan, Jan. 3, 2011
Color Audioholics.com as another reviewer that puts the Dish Network ViP922 HD DVR through its paces and comes away almost completely impressed. Ease of use is a major reason why. Clint DeBoer says that for Dish Network subscribers, this is the DVR to get. For everyone else, he says that the ViP922 might just get you to sign up.
Review: DISH ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR Review, Clint DeBoer, Oct. 27, 2010
This review isn't as slick as those above, but the very first-person account of the process of installing, setting up and using the Dish Network ViP922 is helpful nonetheless. The bottom line is that the ViP922 HD DVR is a top choice for those who subscribe to Dish Network.
Review: Dish Network VIP922 Sling Enabled DVR Full Review, Editors of ReviewHorizon.com, April 11, 2010
5. Sound & Vision Magazine
This long review finds lots of positives with the Dish Network ViP922, but also a few negatives, such as the lack of integration with Google TV -- which is available with some older and less expensive Dish Network DVRs. Because of that, Kevin James says that Dish Network subscribers should carefully consider whether the ViP922's enhancements are worth its extra cost.
Review: Review: Dish Network ViP 922 Slingloaded DVR, Kevin James, Dec. 2010
This busy discussion forum is chock-full of information about the Dish Network ViP922. As with all user forums, you can't take everything at face value, but there's enough interaction here to help steer you in the right direction, including user reviews, comments, complaints, questions, answers and general chitchat about the ViP922.
Review: Dish ViP 922 Support / Discussion Forum, Contributors to SatelliteGuys.us