Dish Network ViP622 HDTV DVR MPEG4

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Dish ViP622 HDTV DVR from Dish Network

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Dish Network ViP622 Features


The Dish Networks Dish Vip622 satellite receiver contains 2 individual HDTV tuners in one box. These Tuners are designated TV1 and TV2. TV1 is intended for use at a HD TV or Standard TV in the same room as the Vip622. The ViP622 has modulated outputs for both the TV1 and TV2 tuners. The allows for the easy distribution of TV1 and TV2 pictures throughout a house. The modulators operate on either UHF or CATV channels and are not HD TV signals.


All of the ViP receivers from Dish Network are MPEG4 and Mpeg 2 compatible. MPEG4 allows for more channels in the same bandwidth. Read more about Satellite TV using MPEG4.


The Vip622 DVR has two operating modes, Single and Dual Mode. In Single Mode the Vip622 can be used as a dual tuner DVR with full control of both tuners from one remote. In Single Mode, you can switch between the tuners, or press "PIP" on the remote use the built in "Picture in Picture" feature. Press Swap and the two images will swap places. Of Course you also have Full DVR control over both tuners. The Extra Bonus of the Vip622 is you can also use the receiver in Single Mode from the TV2 location. When operated in Single Mode, (change modes by pushing a button on the front panel) the Dish ViP622 provides TIVO like capabilities and should be considered a strong replacement option for DirecTV's TIVO community.
For two room DVR operation, switch the unit to Dual Mode. In Dual Mode both viewers have complete control over their own tuner. Each person can record or watch without affecting the other person.
In Dual Mode you will not be able to watch one channel while recording another if two people are using the system. If only TV is being watching in one room, and the viewer presses record to record a channel, they are given the option to send the recording request to the OTHER tuner.


The Dish Vip622 features Name Based Recording. NBR allows you to select a show to be recorded and not a Channel /Time scenario. For more information on NBR, go here (pdf)


The 120 gigabyte internal hard drive provides up to 100 hours of digital video recording. Compared to DirecTV's TIVO 40 or 80 gigabyte hard drives which provide 32-80 hours, the 100 hour hard drive is a new benchmark for others to match.

UHF Remote

Dish Network advertises a UHF remote range of 200 feet. However, that is through open air, and does not take into account the reduction in UHF remote range caused by walls and floors. Usually 1 normal wood framed floor or 2 walls is a safe assumption for effective UHF remote operation. UHF remote usable range is greatly reduced if passing through masonry or concrete walls or floors.

Dish ViP622 Installation

The Dish Network Vip622 does require some special wiring considerations.

Dish Network ViP622 Cabling Requirements



  • MPEG-4/MPEG-2 technology

  • Digital Video Recorder

    • 320 GB hard drive

    • Recording capacity1

  • SD up to 180 hours

  • HD up to 25 hours

  • Two HD/SD satellite tuners2

  • Digital off-air tuner2

  • Two independent TVs supported

    • TV1 HDTV or SDTV

    • TV2 SDTV

  • HDTV digital audio/video output3

  • Two USB 2.0 ports

  • Ethernet port4

  • dish home Interactive TV

  • Name-based recording

  • Recorded events management

  • Parental locks

  • On-screen Caller ID with history5

  • Up to 9-day Picture-In-Guide with optional widescreen Electronic

  • Program Guide (EPG)

  • Software upgradeable via satellite

  • DISH Comm™ compatible4

  • DISH Pro Plus compatible

  • Remote controls (2)

  • To receive local FREE OTA local HDTV TV channels, add Off Air Antenna to your receiver above.



  • 2 Platinum Plus Remotes
  • (1st) IR: 4-component universal, operate (via IR) up to three additional components, such as TVs and VCRs
  • (2nd) UHF Pro/IR: controls satellite receiver up to 200 feet through walls and other obstructions
  • DVR buttons
  • Skip ahead, skip back, stop, play, pause, fast foward, fast reverse, record
  • "DVR" button
  • provides one-touch access to the Recorded Events Menu
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) functions to display, move or swap the PIP image (via future upgrade)
  • "TV Power" button


  • Buttons
  • Cursor Up, Down, Left, Right and SELECT for menu/EPG navigation
  • "POWER"
  • "INFO" gives you instant access to program information
  • "MENU" displays the Main Nenu to access key receiver functions
  • "SYS INFO" displays receiver information including: receiver and smart card numbers, software version and remote address
  • Indicator Lights
  • "POWER" green LED light indicates receiver is on
  • "RECORDING" light indicates digital recording has been initiated
  • "MESSAGE" light indicates software download is in progress
  • "ONLINE" light is for future use
  • IR Blast/Receive
  • To control the start of a VCR program recording
  • Smart Card receptacle and door


  • 2 satellite tuner inputs
  • UHF Pro remote control antenna input for included antenna
  • 1 telephone jack
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 1 Ethernet port - Future Use
  • 1 ATSC antenna input for off-air digital broadcasts
  • 3-prong power cord/li>
  • TV1 A/V Connections
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video output
    • 1 set of Component (Y Pr Pb) HD analog video outputs
    • 1 set RCA-type audio/video outputs
    • S-Video output
    • 1 optical digital output for Dolby® Digital and PCM Digital audio
  • TV2 A/V Connections
    • 1 set RCA-type audio/video outputs
  • Shared Outout for both TV1 and TV2
    • Shared stereo Agile modulated output (channels 21-69 (Air) or 73- 125 (Cable)


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