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Dishplayer 942 Missing Recordings

October 6, 2005

Grrrr… The one inexcusable thing for a PVR is to miss recordings.

Unfortunately, the Dishplayer 942 (which I’ve been quite happy with until now) has started doing it in spades this week — it missed Nip/Tuck on FX on Tuesday, Lost & Invasion on local HD Wednesday, and now Alias on local HD tonight…

I thought for a minute that it was something I was doing or I had it set wrong, but catching it in the act, it shows the show as recording (in the guide) and recorded (in the schedule), but the red recording light isn’t on, and the recording is nowhere to be seen on the recording list.

Tonight I rebooted it when I caught it doing this, and it came back on and started immediately recording. Unfortunately, it’d already missed 20 minutes.

It looks like I’m not alone — there are a lot of complaints on the DBSTalk Forum.

It looks like this problem coincided with a recent firmware upgrade — I hope they get it fixed quickly.

DishNetwork PocketDish Portable PVR

May 26, 2005

Echostar — the DishNetwork folks — are to introduce a portable player this summer.

Based on the AV 700 from Archos (who Echostar recently invested in), the device will hum up to a DishNetwork PVR and download content via USB.

The PocketDish will download a full-length movie in less than 10 minutes from an EchoStar DVR, say people who know details of the product. It will feature hard-disk drives with up to 40 gigabytes of storage. That’s far less than a conventional DVR, but is enough to store 180 hours of standard TV content or 25 hours of TV recorded in the ultrasharp, high-definition format.

EchoStar’s PocketDish will be a spinoff of the Archos AV 700, say industry sources. That device uses Linux software and has a 7-inch screen, but isn’t sold in the U.S.

If this truly arrives as a Linux based product, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the tweaks get ahold of it…

(via Engadget)

Windows MCE 2005 and Dish Pro 311

May 22, 2005

As mentioned earlier, there are a few issues regarding using MCE 2005 and Dish Network receivers.

Having run through all of that, I had the privilege of adding a DishPro 311 (actually two of them) to my MCE 2005 installation this weekend.

Here are some notes on how to make the process fairly painless.
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Windows MCE 2005 and Dish Network

May 22, 2005

Here are some quick notes about using Windows MCE 2005 with Dish Network satelite receivers.

In general, MCE can work with Dish as well as any other signal source. Guide data is available for Dish, usually both localized (if you’re in a city with satellite locals) and USA (if you’re not).

Perusing notes around the ‘net, MCE and Dish users have noticed a few issues, although none insurmountable.

Here’s the run-down:
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