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These are the first
generation of receivers from Dish, all of
bear a 4-digit model number. Receivers in this line are DVB/MPEG-2
digital satellite receivers with either 8-color or 16-color onscreen
graphics. They are capable of decoding Nagravision encoded DVB streams
up to the current generation. These receivers were mainly made in Japan
and are exceptionally robust, as of 2013 there are still a number of
Dish 1000 receivers in service. Dish Network may or may not allow you
to add a legacy receiver to your account, depending on the model and/or
whether the receiver has been active on your account before. For a
receiver to decode the encrytped program stream it requires a current
smart card (pictured, far right), which as of 2013 is G3 or higher.
These smart cards have a
purple and black front with the Dish logo and "G3" in purple lettering
in the bottom right corner. DO NOT
pay money for a receiver with a missing or outdated smart card.
All of these receivers are compatible with all Dish
Dish Pro and Dish Pro Plus switches and LNBs. Legacy receivers require
a power inserter when used with Dish Pro and Dish Pro Plus equipment,
except when they are connected to a Dish Pro Plus switch/LNBF that also
has at least one Dish Pro receiver connected, or a DP44 switch with its
own power inserter.
The first receiver from Echostar with Dish Network
Released in 1996, it was the first sub-$1,000 digital satellite
receiver. Features that would carry on to many later models include
S-video output, 8-color onscreen graphics, gray buttons and a green
background with shading, and black or white text. The integrated
program guide could be accessed by pressing the Guide button on the
remote, which would display a fullscreen scrollable list of channels
and programs for the next three hours. Program information is displayed
as a translucent overlay with white text. The firmware is upgradeable
Probably the most common legacy receivers. These were
new and current customers throughout the late 90's/early 00's.
This is a 2800 with upgraded software. The on screen
resemble a 16-color version of the first generation of Dish Pro
receivers. This model also comes with an optical (TOSLINK) digital
An advanced receiver with multiple video outputs (for
built-in UHF remote capability. Came in a unique charcoal gray color,
whereas most other receivers of this era were all black.
Dish Player 7000
As far as I know, this is the first DVR from Dish. I've
one in person, so if you have any information or photos, please send me an email.