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See DISH In Action

I thought it might be interesting to show some of the features of a DISH DVR as it appears on my TV screen when when I am actually using it, so I created a few videos that demonstrate some of my favorite features of my DISH ViP622 DVR.

Please understand that these videos are not high quality. They were recorded from my HD-capable DVR onto a non-HD DVD recorder and then moved to my PC. As a result, the quality has been reduced significantly, but the quality is sufficient to demonstrate some of the DVR’s best features.

Just click the links below to view the videos. The videos are in a wide format, so you may have some trouble viewing them if you are not using at least 1024 x 768 resolution on your monitor.

This demonstrates the ability of the DISH ViP622 DVR that allows you to rewind any program you are watching “live.” You can only rewind live programs as far back as the point at which you started watching it.

You’ll notice in this video that the bar at the bottom of the screen shows that I had only been watching that program for a few minutes, and could only go back a short distance. You can rewind up to an hour’s worth of programming if you have been watching that long.

In this example, I rewind as far back as I can, and then use the “Commercial Skip” button a few times to move the program forward before I switch to fast-forward to advance forward to the live broadcast.

The fast-forward and rewind features of the DISH ViP622 DVR can operate in speeds of 4, 15, 60 and 300 times the normal speed, which you can also use on programs you have previously recorded.

I’ve never heard that DISH refers to this as a “commercial skip” feature. That name is something I came up with because that is what I use it for! All this magic button on the remote control does is advance the recorded program you are watching about 30 seconds ahead.

This video shows how quickly I can zap commercials with this feature. In the video, I am blasting through about 6 commercials and a couple of short local station self-promotion bits. I am able to get through all these commercials by pressing the button about 7 times.

This is another very useful feature that I make use of all the time. You can simply hit the “Pause” button while you are watching a “live” program and it will remain paused for up to an hour while you are doing something else. You can then return and resume the program right where you left off.

This is great for those times when the phone rings while you are watching TV, or you want to get up and get a snack and you do not want to wait for the commercial break. If you are watching a movie on one of the subscription movie channels like HBO, or watching a pay-per-view program, there are no commercial breaks, so this pause feature is really useful under those circumstances.

You’ll notice that when the program is paused, it begins tracking the time at the bottom of the screen so you will know how much time you have before the hour runs out.

This demonstrates the ability of the DISH ViP622 DVR that allows you to rewind any program you are watching “live.” You can only rewind live programs as far back as the point at which you started watching it.

You’ll notice in this video that the bar at the bottom of the screen shows that I had only been watching that program for a few minutes, and could only go back a short distance. You can rewind up to an hour’s worth of programming if you have been watching that long.

In this example, I rewind as far back as I can, and then use the “Commercial Skip” button a few times to move the program forward before I switch to fast-forward to advance forward to the live broadcast.

The fast-forward and rewind features of the DISH ViP622 DVR can operate in speeds of 4, 15, 60 and 300 times the normal speed, which you can also use on programs you have previously recorded.

My favorite use for the Picture-In-Picture feature is when a commercial break starts. I switch to another channel to avoid watching the same commercials over and over again, and keep the original program in the PIP window so I can see when the commercial break ends, and I can return to watching it.

In the video I show the various sizes and positions you can select for the PIP window, and how the “Swap” button works to switch the programs back and forth between the PIP window and the main screen.

I really love the way the new DVRs hold so much programming information. I can see programming information on the program guide days in advance, and with that much programming information, it can take some time to read through the list looking for a program you want to watch.

The search feature can locate a program for you a lot faster, and you can search for just about any program you want. The video shows me searching for the program “After The Catch” and then setting the DVR to record the program.

 

The Program Guide stores the programming information for all the programs that are scheduled to air on whatever DISH programming package you are subscribed to.

This video shows me looking through the Program Guide, and then viewing the full description of a few different programs. It’s kind of like a built-in “TV Guide.”

Notice on some program listings you will see an “X” in the program guide where the program appears. This is because I set the DVR to record only new episodes of a program called The First 48, and the episodes that happen to show in the section of the program guide I am viewing are not new episodes. The “X” is telling me that these programs will not be recorded because of that.

Themes allow you to search for programming using a variety of criteria. For example, you can search for certain types of programs that will be airing, like children’s programming, sports, movies, news and more.

In this video, I simply did a search for all movies that were scheduled to air over the next few days. As you can see, I could have also searched for movies by rating or by genre, like action movies, or animated movies or biographies.

Themes are a powerful feature that allow you to find the kind of programming you want quickly and easily.

Like the “on demand” movies that the cable companies offer where you can pick a movie to watch any time you want, DISH offers “DISH On Demand” where you can essentially “rent” a movie to watch any time you want.

They also have Pay-Per-View movies and programming where certain programs and movies are played back-to-back for a few days, and you can sign up to watch during one of the scheduled times for the program. Much of the time, you are able to view the program as many times as you want during the course of a day after you purchase it.

To be perfectly honest, “DISH On Demand” is a feature I have not used, and probably won’t use in the future. With services like Netflix, you can get more movies, and pay a lot less for them. If you are a real “gotta have it now”-type person, and cannot wait a day or two for Netflix to send you a DVD, this DISH feature might be something you would use.