Posted on September 11, 2008
DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the digital transition leader, today announced its much anticipated DTVPal(TM) DVR will be available for preorder nationwide starting Nov. 19, with sales projected to begin in mid-December. The DTVPal(TM) DVR is the only digital-to-analog converter box sold in the U.S. that offers digital video recording functionality. Winner of CNET's 2008 "Best of CES" award in the Home Video category, the DTVPal(TM) DVR gives consumers the flexibility to watch their favorite over-the-air programming whenever they want via its advanced recording features - the same technology included in DISH Network's award-winning ViP Series DVR receivers. The DTVPal(TM) DVR also allows for viewing HD programming over-the-air in addition to standard definition digital programming, providing access to the best resolution available from local stations. "The DTVPal(TM) DVR is the first product of its kind in the converter box market, and gives consumers not only the benefit of receiving digital and high definition signals, but also brings their TV experience to a new level with the ability to record up to 150 hours of standard definition or up to 30 hours of high definition programming," said Tom Stingley, executive vice president of Sales and Distribution for DISH Network. "Now consumers who watch over-the-air programming don't have to be tied to their TV schedules, but rather can enjoy their favorite shows at their leisure, on their time." While the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has not authorized the DTVPal(TM) DVR for its coupon program due to the box's enhanced features, DISH Network has instituted an instant rebate that saves consumers an additional $10 over the $40 coupon value. The DTVPal(TM) DVR retails for $299, but with the rebate is $249 - a savings of $50. Consumers can also prepare for the digital transition by subscribing to pay television. DISH Network offers the best value in entertainment with the lowest all-digital price every day, along with unmatched technology and award-winning customer service that has surpassed major cable TV providers for the past eight years. The recently introduced DISH Network American and Latino Welcome Packs feature 20 popular channels for less than $10 per month. Or for as little as $19.99 per month (additional $5 for local channels), DISH Network customers can subscribe to the DishFAMILY package and receive over 40 popular channels, plus free installation and activation. For more information or to order DISH Network, visit Dish Systems or call 800-945-6440.