If you are using Dish Network, one of the things that you may have noticed is that some of the events that you may have set up recording may appear listed as DVR and some as Dish Pass. It can be quite confusing for the viewers. If you are experiencing this confusion and want to know what exactly the Dish Pass is, here is everything that you need to know.
What Is Dish Pass?
Dish Pass is a name-based recording utility in some dual-tuner DVRs. It allows the users to search for specific information for a show or specific information on a show simply by searching the name of the show using a virtual keyboard. The Dish Pass utility searches a show and it displays the information that the user was looking for. It can also automatically set up the DVR timers to record the shows that the user opts for.
On the other hand, DVR which stands for Digital Video Recording is a timer that can be set for a specific title on any specific channel. As compared to DVR, Dish Pass evaluates the program listing and if it finds the keyword on any description or any channel, it automatically records the program.
To explain the difference more clearly, let’s take the example of the series “House”. You can set the DVR to record this series on a particular channel, each Wednesday evening from 10 pm to 11 pm. You can set up the DVR to record all the new episodes of this series when they are released each week on that particular channel. In contrast, if you use the Dish Pass, all you have to do is set it to the word “House.” It will automatically look for the keyword “House” in all the shows that it comes across on different channels. And it will download every show that has this keyword. For example, it will not only record the show “House”, but it will also record the shows titled “Haunted House”, “My New House”, etc.
Dish Pass is a very useful feature. However, you will need to understand its correct usage to get the most benefit out of this feature. Probably the best way of using Dish Pass is to know the exact title of a show that you are searching for. What you can do is that just type the title of the show and it will automatically record that show on whatever channel it finds. So you will not have to know the channel that runs that particular show. Also, you will not need to know the exact timing of the show. Another great way of using Dish Pass is for finding shows in a particular genre. For example, if you want to watch all the shows that are based around pawnshops, you can simply type in the keyword “Pawn Shop” and the Dish Pass will find all the shows on different channels that are based around Pawn Shops and it will record them so that you can watch them all with ease.