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Thread: 721/522 Stability/Availability??
03-18-2004 01:58 PM #1
I am about to replace my 3 year old Dishplayers with either a PVR 721 or DVR 522. I had heard dish would be making the 522 available to current subscribers at the end of the Q1.
Has anyone else heard this. I have a retailer offering me one for $500, and asked Dish if they would activate it. After checking with a supervisor she said "Yes". (Note: I have seen messages indicating others had tried this and told "NO" so I'm still a little skeptical)
I have to decide between the 721 & 522 and would like to know if stability issues have been resolved in either or if there is a newer software version to be released soon. I can wait another month or two if the 522 will be stable by then. I really like the idea of feeding 2 tv's with 2 sources.
Scott, any insight into what's in the near future?
Also, any update on the 921'a availability?
03-18-2004 02:05 PM #2
The 522's will not be released for sale to the public until at least July.
You can get a 721 from DishStore.NET for $489 with free ground shipping, I believe this is the lowest price on the net for it.Scott
03-19-2004 09:16 PM #3
are 721's soon to be discontinued?
03-24-2004 11:15 AM #4
bump... curious if the 721's are discontinued in production. I dont want to buy something on the way out.
03-24-2004 01:40 PM #5
I'd strongly suggest waiting.
03-24-2004 02:11 PM #6Pub Member / Supporter
I have talked to different dish techs and they have not heard of the 721 being discontinued and have told me this is their standard def flagship receiver. The 921 being the hd flagship receiver. This receiver is a good dual tuner receiver with a good interface and menu but I think it needs to come down in price to be more competitive .
Right now on
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has it for 499.00. Ask Scott but he had told me that they, as well as dishdepot, will do tradeins. This is a good way to upgrade your old receivers and get a new dual tuner dvr .
Either way Dish will support this receiver whether it is discontinued or not. They are still supporting the 1000 receivers which were their first receivers in 96, as well as the original dreade dishplayers :7100/7200 receivers. With the extended warrenty they will exchange the bad receivers for a replacement. You definately need this with a dvr receiver like the 721. It can have some problems occasionly. I know I have had to replace both of my 721s at least one time each. I have also replaced my 508s for refurbed units when they failed. It is sound investment to have the extended warrenty.
One thing if it is brand new unit it is covered by basic warrenty for a year. When that year is over get the extended warrenty. You will need this if you have any dvr receivers. Hard drives fail quite often.