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The 721 is Echostar's first dual tuner receiver and first to be based on the Linux OS. The internet capabilities initially announced have never been enabled.
Due to an injunction resulting from TiVo's lawsuit, any existing inventory that has never been activated will not be released to customers. (engadget, 4/08) If replacement is needed, a 522 will be sent, but no word on whether that unit's DVR fee will be waived.
DVR usage is free on the 721 (also 501 and 508) but new DVRs are hit with a $5.98/month fee. The fee is waived for those with America's Everything Pack Programming.