Discontinued Receiver Comparison Chart

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This chart is a work in progress, and since I don't own most of these models, I'm guessing at some of the features. If you spot any errors or omissions, please contact me with corrections and/or additions.


Much of the info on this chart is from the old Dish Network Comparison Chart. Although some of their chart looks as though it came from here, other information has been provided by contributors. Any errors are probably mine.

See the Receiver Comparison Chart for current models.

These models do not appear in the chart:
Model 3200 has been software upgraded to 4000, lacked timers.
Model 3800 has been software upgraded to 3900, lacked OpenTV.
Model 4700 has been software upgraded to 4900, lacked OpenTV, AllSub Fav.
Models 2700 and 2800 have been software upgraded to 3700, 2700 lacked Song Titles and AllSub Fav, 2700/2800 had 29-button remote.
Model 5400DVD never saw production.

Philips Echostar
2060 2700
2800 2800
3261 3900
4016 4700
4261 4900

Don't see Model xx22? See Dish System Model Number Chart.

Read Purchasing Used Equipment for some very useful information and precautions.

Last updated 2/27/06


Comprehensive Echostar Receiver Comparison Chart


Common Features
  • Digital Video/CD-Quality Audio
  • MPEG-2/DVB Compliant Technology (transport stream & video)
  • Software Upgrades Via Satellite ("Flash" Memory Component)(11)
  • 32-Bit RISC Processor
  • User-Selectable Receiver Diagnostic Testing
  • Smart Card-Based Conditional Access with Nagra Interlock System
     
  • Dish 500 compatability
  • Dish Antenna Peaking (Signal Strength) Via Audio Tone and 2-Color Bar Graph
  • Dish Antenna Aiming Screen Based Upon User ZIP Code
     
  • Alternate Audio (Alternate Language Support)
  • Closed Caption Support
  • 16-Color/Pixel On-Screen Graphics
  • EPG - Electronic Program Guide, 46 hours
  • Themes categories for program selection (10)
  • Page-at-a-Time Scrolling
  • Transparent Browse Banner (5)
  • One-Touch Program Information Button (12)
  • One-Touch Channel Return Via Recall Button
     
  • Impulse Pay-Per-View
    • On-Screen Past/Future Purchase Summary
    • Internal Modem/Phone Jack
  • Parental Control Lockout (V-Chip-Type Technology) for Channels/Ratings/Content
  • Password Protection for Parental Control Lockout
Hardware & Remote 1000 2000 3000 3500 3700 3900 4000 4500 4900 5000 5500 JVC DSR-100 7100 7200 DVR 721 6000 DVR921
Introduced 7/97 3/16/96 (--?) 7/98 (--?) 1996 7/98 2/97 12/97 6/99 12/99 6/02 6/00 12/29/03
Dimensions HxWxD 2.5x 14.75x 9.5 2.75x 16x 12.25 2.75x 16x 12.25 2.5x 14.75x 9.5 2.5x 14.75x 9.5 2.75x 16x 12.25 2.5x 14.75x 9.5 2.75x 16x 12.25 5-5/8x 15-3/4x 13-13/16 2.75x 16x 12.25 2.75x 16x 12.25 3.5x 16x 13.25 2.75x 16x 13.5 5.25x 16x 14.25
Color Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Silver Black Silver
Front panel: Power, Channel, Menu control, Sys info, Option, info None PCMi PCMi PC PC PCMi PC PCMi PCMi + VCR PCi PCi PCMSi PCMSO PCMSi
Power cord prongs X 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 38 key (1) 3 2 3 3
Smart card X X X X X X X X yes yes yes yes yes yes
Remote: IR, UHF, UHF Pro, # keys, Blue, Platinum IR,29,G "IR;33;G/ U;33;G (2)(3) IR,33,G IR,33,B IR,35,B U,33,G(3) U,33,B U,33,G(3) U,34,G(3) IR,38,(1) IR,46 PTV (1) U,49,P U,35,B UP,49,P
Interface 1000 2000 3000 3500 3700 3900 4000 4500 4900 5000 5500 JVC DSR-100 7100 7200 721 6000 921
OpenTV . . . . yes . yes . . . . yes . (8)
WebTV . . . . . . . . . yes yes . . .
View TV on Menus . . . . EPG . EPG . . Most Most Most . Most
Interactive On-Screen Program Guide 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 46 Hrs 7 Days (5) 7 Days (5) 9 Days 44 Hrs 9 Days
No-wait EPG . . . . . . . . . yes yes yes . yes
Program Info on EPG . . . . . . . . . yes yes yes . yes
Local Channel Mapping . . . . yes . yes . . . . yes . .
Favorite Lists: # (x max), AllSub, max total . 4x30 4x30 4x30 4, AS, 120 4x30 4, AS, 120 4x30 4x30 no limit no limit 4, AS, no limit 4, AS, 120 4, AS, no limit
Hide Channels . . . . . . . . . yes yes . . .
On-Screen Transparent channel Browse banner yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes (7) (7) yes yes yes
On-Screen Transparent Info Banner yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes (7) (7) yes yes yes
Program search by title or keyword . . . . . . . . . yes yes yes (17) . yes (17)
Transparent program information screen yes(--?) . .(--?) yes yes yes yes yes yes (9) (9) yes yes yes
Connections 1000 2000 3000 3500 3700 3900 4000 4500 4900 5000 5500 JVC DSR-100 7100 7200 721 6000 921
Tuners, TVs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 / 1 1 2 / 1
Dolby Digital 5.1 Fiber Optic Output . . . . . (10) yes (10) yes yes yes yes yes yes
RCA-type A/V input jacks (aux) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1(11) 1(11) 1 . 1
RCA-type A/V output jacks 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
S-Video output . 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
HD output . . . . . . . . . . . . Component, RGB Component, DVI-I
High Speed Data Port . yes X . . yes . yes yes . . . . .
Internal Modem Baud Rate 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 2400 56K 56K 56K 2400 56K
External Cable/Antenna Input, Tuner yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes, NTSC(12) yes, NTSC(12) yes(14) yes(14) yes yes, NTSC, ATSC (13) yes, NTSC, ATSC
RF Modulator Channel 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 . 3-4
USB . . . . . . . . . . . 1.1 . 1.1
Recording 1000 2000 3000 3500 3700 3900 4000 4500 4900 5000 5500 JVC DSR-100 7100 7200 721 6000 921
IR Blaster for VCR timer control . . . . . yes yes yes (--?) yes yes yes yes yes
One Touch VCR recording control from EPG . . . . . yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Programmable Event Timers . . . . . 10 10 10 10 50 50 64 10 64
Internal recorder type (hard drive for TV pause and PTV, optional on DP's ) . . . . . . . . D-VHS/ VHS 8.6GB 17GB 120GB . 250GB
Recording hours (approximate) . . . . . . . . 5 D-VHS 3.5-5 (15) 10-12 (15) 100 . 25HD- 180std
Extras 1000 2000 3000 3500 3700 3900 4000 4500 4900 5000 5500 JVC DSR-100 7100 7200 721 6000 921
On-screen Caller ID (16) . . . . . . . yes yes . . yes (17) yes yes (17)
Song Titles for DISH CD music . . . yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Seamless off-air channel interface (Local TV Link) . . . . . . . yes yes . . . yes (13) yes
Local channel data programmable into on-screen Program Guide (Prime Time events on ABC, CBS, NBC only) . . . . . . . yes yes . . . yes (13) .
HDTV capable . . . . . . . . . . . . yes yes
Fees (DVR, No Phone, etc) . . . . . . . . . PTV PTV . . DVR
Dish & Switches 1000 2000 3000 3500 3700 3900 4000 4500 4900 5000 5500 JVC DSR-100 7100 7200 721 6000 921
Supports cascaded switches Twin/ SW21 . Twin/ SW21 yes yes Twin/ SW21 yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Supports SW64/SW21 cascade for 4 satellites . . . . yes . yes . . . . yes yes yes
Supports DPP44/DP21 cascade for 5 satellites . . . . . . . . . . . yes . yes
DishPro compatible . . . . . . . . . . . yes . yes
SuperDISH (105, 121) compatible . . . yes yes . yes . . . . yes yes yes
Dish 1000 129 compatible . . . yes yes . yes . . . . yes yes yes
8PSK Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . 6000u yes

Notes

  1. 96 key IR keyboard std on 7100, opt on 7200. (7200 PTV remote sent to 7100 PTV subscribers)
  2. 33-Button IR remote standard: The deluxe system came with UHF/IR remote and dual LNBF.
  3. Receiver will not work with IR remotes until upgraded except later production 5000s
  4. PIP and program info on upper portion of EPG. 7-day std on 7100, requires PTV on 7200.
  5. All Subscribed list, and the 120 total favorites can be divided any way among the four user lists.
  6. 7100 & 7200 are slightly different here, but equally functional using PIP
  7. 7100 & 7200 are slightly different here, but equally functional using PIP
  8. Optional AC-3 Dolby Digital adapter available for 4000 & 5000.
  9. Usable only with a WebTV subscription for Audio / Image capture.
  10. The 5000 and D-VHS actually have an off-air tuner, so this is more than a pass-through.
  11. The 6000 will tune off-air NTSC and HDTV stations with the optional 8VSB module, guide info only for NTSC stations.
  12. There is no button for this on the 7100 & 7200 remote, to pass through the signal you must turn the unit off.
  13. Requires PTV subscription.
  14. Requires subscription to local phone Caller ID provider and phone connection to receiver