Dish Network, QAM and DVRs (1 Viewer)

mrschwarz

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My parents live in a condo that just dropped cable and went to a Dish Network system. He got 2 811 receivers and a 351 receiver. I called Dish to try to get him a DVR and was told that because this was a QAM system, they did not have any DVRs that are compatible with it.

What is QAM? Why can't a 622 or 942 work on this system? Are there any alternatives that will work?
 

mrschwarz

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Thanks for the response. I had already looked it up at Wikipedia. I was not sure what it means oiin conjunction with Dish Network. Does this mean that I don't need a dish receiver to view programs? The Dish guide is still availabale and it behaves exactly like the receivers I have in my house which go directly to a dish.

Is there another DVR that could be used in this system?

Thanks.
 

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mrschwarz said:
Thanks for the response. I had already looked it up at Wikipedia. I was not sure what it means oiin conjunction with Dish Network. Does this mean that I don't need a dish receiver to view programs? The Dish guide is still availabale and it behaves exactly like the receivers I have in my house which go directly to a dish.

Is there another DVR that could be used in this system?

Thanks.

You could use a SA Tivo or a ReplayTV box
 

dishrich

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At CES this year, E* had a demo of an add-on QAM converter, that would enable non-QAM receivers to work on QAM headends. Unfortunately, they didn't say when it was coming out or how much, but the one thing I did see, is that if you had a dual-tuner receiver, you had to have 2 of these things, one for each tuner input. It also didn't say if this would work on ALL E* receivers, but they were demo'ing it on a 625.
 

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