Conclusion: The ViP722 DVR box from Dish Network is similar to last year's versatile, cutting-edge ViP622 model, but it sports a new look and offers increased storage. In a nutshell, this satellite set-top box is just more of an already good thing.
Pros: Excellent interface. Large hard drive. Expandable storage via USB. Can record up to three programs simultaneously. Records and plays back MPEG-4 HD content.
Cons: Offers fewer local HD channels than competitors such as DirectTV. Existing Dish Network customers need to pay $200 to upgrade (before a $100 mail-in rebate), while new customers receive the box free.
Excerpt: Introduction Every time I hear about a new high-def DVR from Dish Network, I get excited. “Will this be the one that finally has dual-zone HD output via HDMI?" I ask myself. I have been successfully using Dish Network’s line of non-high-def and high-def dual output DVRs for years. The one feature I have been waiting for is dual HDMI support, so I could run two HDTVs independently and simultaneously.