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Dish Network DTVPal

Dish Network DTVPal
alaScore 78

2 reviews

Apr, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 reviews of Dish Network DTVPal. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality, whereas some have doubts about the usability and reliability. Opinions are divided on the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dish Network DTVPal is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (

Dish Network DTVPal review


Editors' note : The Dish Network DTVPal DVR has been replaced by the virtually identical Channel Master CM-7000P .

DVR that records free over-the-air HDTV; no monthly fees; excellent image quality; dual-tuner design means you can record two program simultaneously from one antenna; 30 hours of HD recording.

Works more like a VCR than a modern DVR; bland user interface; lacks the polish of TiVo HD or Dish's own HD DVRs; terrible warranty and return policy; troubling online reports of crashing and freezing.

The Dish Network DTVPal DVR offers up bare-bones, over-the-air HDTV recording without a monthly fee, but it doesn't compare to subscription-based DVRs, and Dish's nonexistent return policy makes it a real gamble.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (

Dish Network DTVPal review: Dish Network DTVPal


Dish Network DTVPal

Excellent electronic program guide, with several days worth of data; can search for programs by title; solid video quality and reception; good aspect ratio controls for handling wide-screen programs on standard TVs; analog pass-through; can work with...

Overcomplicated remote can't control TV volume and power; no front panel buttons means you're out of luck if the remote goes missing; composite audiovisual cable not included.

The Dish Network DTVPal is a great DTV converter box with a best-in-class electronic program guide and should be your top choice, unless you value the simplicity and superior remote of the RCA DTA800.

Jun, 2008

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