Dish Network DTVPal Plus Digital TV Converter Box Reviews

This box has sold out and is unfortunately no longer available for purchase. We are pretty bummed about this because it was one of our top 5 most recommended ones and was immensely popular. We are hoping Dish comes out with another version to replace this one and keeps is available after the transition and for years to come. We know that alot of peoples boxes are going to break and they are going to come looking for a new one and this would be the one to get if that happens to you, if you're lucky enough to find one for re-sale.

This converter box proven time and time again to be one of the best converter boxes on the market. It comes from a reputable name, Dish Network, along with the fact that is has just about every single feature you can imagine. As an added bonus all of these features work spectacularly and you couldn't really ask for them to work any better.

Product Details: When watching television with this box you get a picture that rivals the quality of a DVD. It gives consumers a nearly perfect picture that doesn't contain even the slightest bit of static, stretching, or blurring. Simply put, it's one of the best in that regard out of all boxes.. The sound quality of the DTVPal Plus is also very good. Consumers can get this converter box and expect to get perfectly clear sound that doesn't include any static or fuzzy noises.

When looking at overall features the DTVPal Plus is the most complete digital converter box on the market. It comes with the best-in industry program guide that provides information up to 24 hours in advance of programs airing. It also comes with analog pass-through, an event timer, program searching, adjustable closed captioning, a remote control, parental controls, and a setup wizard. The best thing about it is that is comes with an enhanced digital tuner that does a better job of picking of digital signals.The enhanced digital tuner combined with a good digital antenna mean that you will be able to get even more channels with this box.

The Dish Network DTVPal Plus is one of the best overall digital TV converter boxes that money can buy. It comes with the most features, the best picture and sound quality, and the best digital tuner. If you are looking to get the best converter box on the market at an average price then you need to get the DTVPal Plus or one of their other newer boxes that is almost exactly the same. These options include the Dish Network TR-40 CRA and Dish Network DTVPal DVR.

Dish Network DTVPal Plus

Features & Specs 
Analog Pass-Through
Enhanced Digital Tuner
Government Certified Coupon Eligible Converter Box (CECB)
Displays All 18 ATSC Formats
Best Electronic Program Guide - 24 hour advanced information
Configurable Closed Captioning
V-Chip Parental Controls Setting

What Is Included With Your Purchase?

Converter box
Remote Control
Users Manual


  1. MBrun- Cincinnati, OHMay 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Purchased 2 units. Unit 1 was defective out of the box (video output was intermittent, cycling on and off about once every second). Unit would operate for ~10 minutes at a time after applying power, after which video cycling occurred and unit had to be unplugged and plugged back in to restore operation.

    Unit 2 worked OK for 2-3 weeks, then began turning off and on by itself while it was in active use, then Unit 2 developed the same problem as Unit 1.

    Unit 1 was replaced under warranty with unit 3. Unit 3 failed within one week. Unit 3 powers off by itself randomly. Unit will not turn back on unless it is unplugged first and then repowered. Even then, occasionally the unit will not power up unless it is allowed to rest for an hour or so.

    So far, 100% failure rate. Purchase at your risk.

    All units going back to Dish for replacement, again.

  2. Mine did the exact same thing...this box does give a good picture while it's working. I would steer clear of this product. I'm on my second unit after jumping through many hoops to find out where to send the first one. Many, many phone call ending in "I'm sorry but I can't help you you have it hooked up correctly?" Last night it locked up on me and I had to unplug it to get it to respond. on second is junk. My rating is D+.

  3. I have had similarly bad experience to two other reports - it can work fine for a while, then on several occasions I've had the video lock up and the box become unresponsive - need to power off and on to get it working again. It has also sometimes on these occasions powered itself off and on, showing the "getting guide" screen after it restarted. Dish customer support is useless. After an hour and a half on the phone I'm no closer to getting a replacement - I've given up, just not worth the effort. I suspect maybe the box is overheating; I'm going to try ventilating it a little more with air holes - nothing to lose.

  4. Same problem with me. Bought it through on 8/28/09, shippped OK, worked the first couple of times but now either won't power up at all or shuts off by itself after a few minutes and must be unplugged ("wait 15 seconds," says the manual)and re-plugged to get going again, but often won't do jack until I come back the next night (must need to "rest"). Owner's manual refers you to an 800 number with a dead-end (solicitation to subscribe to DISH network). This must be a hit and miss item b/c my friend got on like a year ago for $250 (I paid $270 for mine) and raves about it.

  5. I have the same problem with the timers (will change or outright erase them arbitrarily, feature is unreliable) and has "hung" on me several times: is on but no signal and non-responsive, have to unplug and re-set up. Bought it at the same time as a Zinwell ZAT 970A because they both had timers (for my VCR's), and the Zinwell is FAR superior and reliable. Wish I could get my money bak ob this one!

  6. This is a great box I have no complaints what so ever pretty picture and great sound, also to prevent it from over heating and causing damage it prompts you to turn it off when it gets too hot, I give it a B± I've had it a year now its a great box for the price

  7. My DTYVPal Plus worked great until about 3 months ago when it lowered the volume on any program I recorded on my VCR, and the unit will not hold the programs to record that I program into it. Once the unit shuts off, all memory shuts off. The unit will also no longer turn on when it is supposed to in order to record a program. A great disappointment. May 22, 2011

  8. Where can I purchase a replacement power adapter cord for my dtv pal plus box?


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