| RE: Review of Dish TV’s Dish TruHD+ |
Dish Tv has launched their new recorder called Dish TruHD+ which claims that it allows you to record “unlimited” TV programs on their DVR. All people have to do is buy an external hard drive and connect it to the set top box. While it sounds good, the truth is that it is just a marketing ploy by Dish Tv to position itself in DVR market.
Let me deconstruct how it works. This is known as DVR lite. This concept, allows subscribers to use the HD set top box as a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) by plugging in a USB based flash drive (pen drive/ external hard disk drive). A HD Set top box has a USB Port. A USB based flash drive like a pen drive or an external hard disk drive can be connected to the box to create a hard disk functionality The basic DVR features such as record ,rewind, fast forward etc then become available on insertion of the flash drive.The catch is , you have to buy two things, first a USB drive to store the data and a specialist DVR remote. And these entail great additional costs.
So while Dish TruHD+ may look really convenient, things get complicated when you actually start using it. Getting the USB drives, upgrading it if it falls short, buying the right DVR remote are just too many unnecessary hassles. I would rather get a real DVR like the one Tata Sky+ HD gives with 500 GB Hard disk