Dish Network Equipment Specifications

Dish Network provides hundreds of channels in standard and high definition.

Dish Network is a television company that provides satellite programming service to subscribers across the United States. To access Dish Network‘s service, customers can choose various devices, from high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) receivers to digital video recorders (DVRs). As of fall 2010, there are two HD receivers and two SD receivers. Dish Network carries five different digital video recorders (DVRs).

HD Receivers

Dish Network’s HD receivers support up to 1080i display resolutions and Dolby Digital audio. For customers that want to screen incoming telephone calls, these receivers can also provide on-screen Caller ID from a landline telephone.

The actual dimensions of the HD receivers vary. The Duo ViP 222K measures 3.5 inches high by 16 inches wide by 12.5 inches deep. The Solo ViP 211K measures 2 inches high by 16 inches wide by 12.5 inches deep.

The major difference between the two HD receivers is that the Duo ViP model can be programmed to work for two televisions: one HD television and one standard definition television set. The Solo ViP, as the name suggests, can only be paired to one HD television.

SD receivers

The Duo 322 and Solo 311 are the only two SD receivers available. These boxes support up to 480i display resolutions. While these boxes won’t support HD quality picture, the Duo 322 model can be programmed to control two different SD television sets. Dimensions for both boxes measure 1.75 inches high by 15 inches wide by 10.6 inches deep and weigh just over five pounds.


Dish Network has a wide variety of DVRs to accommodate a variety of entertainment needs. There are three HD-grade DVRs and two DVRs for SD television. Beyond picture resolution, there are generally two points of comparison for DVRs: how many televisions the DVRs can control and hard-drive capacity.

The DuoDVR ViP 722k provides programming to one HD television and one SD television. It supports up to 1080i display resolutions, can record two shows at a time, provides on-screen Caller ID and contains a built-in 500 GB hard drive.

The ViP 922 and Solo DVR ViP 612 models are much like the DuoDVR unit, except they can be used for only one television set and the 922 model has a 1 TB hard drive while the Solo DVR ViP 612 model has a 320 GB hard drive. Dimensions for all three HD DVRs measure about 3.5 inches high by 16 inches wide by 12.5 inches deep.

There are two SD DVR units: the DuoDVR 625 and the Solo DVR 512. Both support up to 480i display resolutions, but the DuoDVR model has a 250 GB hard drive to the Solo model’s 160 GB hard drive. Dimensions for these models measure about 2.5 inches high by 16 inches wide by 13 inches deep.