Even though HDTV (high definition television) is all the rage these days, Dish Network hasn’t neglected its commitment to provide great television programming and technological features to all of its subscribers; even those who choose not to subscribe to its high definition television programming packages. The standard definition television satellite receivers that Dish Network offers are good examples of this continuing commitment.
Dish Network’s standard definition satellite receivers have an impressive blend of technological features that make watching television more convenient and enjoyable. One example of features that come on all of Dish Network’s standard definition satellite receivers is the Dish Interactive Electronic Program Guide. The Electronic Program Guide, or EPG as some people call it for short, is the central part of the software that guides the Dish Network television viewing experience. Just like its name suggests, the Dish Interactive Electronic Program Guide is an on screen TV program listing that tells you what’s on all of the channels that you have access to, when it’s on, who stars in it, what it’s about, and even how long it lasts. If the “it” in question happens to be a full length movie, the EPG will even tell you what the MPAA has rated it or let you know if it doesn’t have a rating. The Electronic Program Guide also ties into Parental Control Lock software which can be set to block your kids from accessing programming that you don’t want them watching according to a variety of criteria. On receivers with built in digital video recorders, the Electronic Program Guide also makes it easy to program in what TV shows and movies you want to record (more on that later).
Some Dish Network receivers will also supply TV signals to two separate televisions located in different rooms of the house. That way different family members can watch different programming at the same time. The receiver is installed in the living room or home theater with the household’s primary TV set, and then connected to another TV set located elsewhere in the house by using a coaxial cable which is run through the walls. A second remote control also comes with these receivers and operates on frequencies that can penetrate walls and keeps the receiver from confusing remote control signals from people watching the different televisions.
One of the most useful types of technology that’s built into some of Dish Networks satellite receivers is digital video recording. A digital video recorder is basically a high capacity hard disk and some special software. Together they can record programming from up to two channels at the same time and then play it back when convenient. At first glance it may seem that a digital video recorder serves the same purpose as a VCR, but further examination reveals that it actually does a better job than any VCR. That’s because a digital video recorder is programmed through the intuitive interface of the Electronic Program Guide rather than the obscure interface used by old fashioned VCR’s. This makes a digital video recorder a pleasure to use, and if it’s a pleasure to use, it will be used a lot more than the VCR ever was. The other difference comes from the fact that a digital video recorder can store up to two hundred hours of programming and doesn’t require the use of video cassette tapes.
In all Dish Network’s standard definition satellite receivers are a great addition to any home entertainment system.