A Tastier Dish: Dish Network ViP622

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2006-05-04 Print this article Print

Editor Loyd Case impulsively upgrades his high-definition satellite DVR to a Dish Network ViP622. It's too early to give a thumbs up, but the signs are all good. (ExtremeTech)

Back in 2004, we tested out
The 921 was really a low-end PC with a lot of custom hardware. While it did yeoman duty, it wasnt perfect. For example the DVR functionality would simply be off by a full 24 hours on occasion. It was also bulky and noisy.
Later, Dish came out with the 942, but I skipped that entirely. Now, Dish is shipping the ViP622, their latest satellite HD-DVR. The ViP622 is capable of MPEG-4 decoding in addition to MPEG-2, which means it can receive additional HD content from Dish Network—including ten VOOM channels. When they offered a $99 upgrade from the 921, I couldnt resist. Note that Dish recently lost a A Tastier Dish: Dish Network ViP622
Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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