Ah, now the truth comes out. So the testing of new equipment has been the responsibility of the retailers. Now it all makes sense, and we're all doomed.
Look back at CES coverage past, we should have videos of the 922 in it's infancy ...Well, the only one I know we were able to test was the 922. I bet it really makes sense now. LOL. You should have seen that receiver then, it was so full of bugs but it also had so many new things that I had never seen before. It had the built in Sling and I believe the ability to access the internet. It had the touch pad remote and as cool as it seemed it was terrible to use. Be glad that never got to the customer. Many of the great features you love on the Hopper started out on the 922 so I'd say the 922 was more of a pioneer. If you think about it, that had a ton of awesome features and that was around 4-5 years ago. Instead of perfecting the 922 they used it to create the Hopper.
In some ways the 922 is responsible for the creation of the Hopper. Since I was a part of testing the 922 I'm almost partially responsible for the creation of the Hopper as well.
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It really was a pretty cool concept when they announced it. It just didn't quite work out. When I had it at home I really enjoyed it and didn't have many issues at all.
I think Dish's original plan for the 922 was to use the Sling technology to provide HD programming to a 2nd TV since more and more people were having more than one HDTV. Remember how they were going to have a TV that was made to pick up the signal by wireless from the 922. I was really excited because I do not have any cable run to the second story of my house.
So was I when they first came out with the concept ,but the final straw for me was when they cut plans for the sling extender that would accomplish the tv2 in hd . AFter that I traded the 922 back in for a working 722k model and stayed with it till the hopper came out. I am very happy with the hopper though . I only wish that the 922 had lived up to the hype that was put out back at the beginning.