Still on the fence trying to decide to upgrade from my ViP722K to a Hopper and which Hopper would I choose.
I have eleven TVs in our home, yes eleven. The set up now in the house is two coaxes coming in from the dish to the ViP722K, a HDMI cable from the ViP722K that feeds the living room TV and at the same time a coax cable from the ViP722K goes into a whole house splitter that branches out to the remaining ten TVs where all the ten TVs can what either what is on TV1 or TV2. This works fine for the three of us because majority of the TVs are living room, master bedroom, another bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room where going from one room to the other, mirroring works. Mirroring works on the remaining TVs to watch TV2 shows because those TVs are in extra bedrooms, in the loft (areas for grandkids when they visit), basement, and outside. This setup works except for those rare occasions that there are two programs being recorded and we are watching something that was recorded previously and there is a ball game or something else on that someone wants to watch live.
This brings me to the Hopper and Joey choice and am leaning to the Hopper 3 because of the number of shows it will record at one time and I can't afford ten Joeys. Plus I don't need a Joey for each TV. I am fine with mirroring.
If I have the Hopper and one Joey, is it possible to mirror the Joey to other TVs like I’m doing now on our ViP722K? I've read somewhere that with a RF Modulator I can use the same setup by running the coax from the Hopper to the modulator and then to the Joey and finally to the splitter for the other TVs.
Are the Hopper and Joey remotes IR or UHF? Will my 21.1 IR/UHF remotes work? I only need basic off/on, guide, DVR buttons for most of the extra TVs. Would be awesome with the number of TVs I have to be able to use the current remotes.
I currently have a external hard drive that I have connected to my ViP722K and would like to be able to connect it to the Hopper because I have TV shows/movies that I haven’t watched yet and don’t want to lose them so I would transfer them to the external hard drive before I would switch receivers. Will all the Hoppers work with the external hard drive so I can watch these shows from the external hard drive or even transfer them to the Hopper's hard drive? I don't want to pick a particular Hooper and after I have it, discover it won't work with the external hard drive.
And what about any timers I have setup on the ViP722K? Do I have to make note of all of them and set them up again on the Hopper or will those timers transfer over?
I also have a Sling adapter, would I be able to attach it to the Hopper to access any of my recorded shows when I’m not at the house? How does that affect anyone at the house watching something if I want to access recorded shows at the same time? Currently with the ViP722K, it would prevent anyone from watching or recording on TV2.
Thank you for replying and letting me know that there is NO coax OUT on either the Hopper or the Joey. As much as I'd love to have a Hopper, looks like I'm stuck with the ViP722K to be able and mirror all the TVs that are in the house.
Update.....Changed to a Hopper 3 and have been able to mirror it throughout the house with a RF Modulator that feeds to a whole house splitter after chatting with the SatelliteGuys. The tech that installed the Hopper new exactly what I needed and even set it up for me!
Thank you for your reply. Got new hopper yesterday. At first I had some trouble with my external hard drive connection—it recognized the programs but wouldn’t let me access them. I unplugged the H3 and then it worked fine. Hurray!
Did your external hd from the vp722 work with the hopper?
Yes, the external hard drive I had with the ViP722K works with the Hopper 3. Sorry I didn't reply when you posted as I didn't get a notification.