Shaw Direct Motorola DSR600 Satellite Receiver Review

The new Shaw Direct Motorola HDDSR600 is a ultra small, compact lightweight high definition (HD) satellite receiver.  The ultra compact size of the DSR600 makes it ideal for hiding behind plasma, lcd and led displays and perfect for tight spaces like RV’s..

The DSR600 is a FULL HD,  MPEG-4 and 3DTV compatible with HDMI, Composite and RF outputs.  noticeably missing from the DSR600 are COMPONENT VIDEO Outputs and COAX and SPDIF digital audio outputs.  Also missing from the stripped down DSR 600 are UHF Remote control, front panel LED Display for clock and channel information, modem for PPV ordering, front panel power button and rear esata or usb jack to add an external Hard Drive for PVR capability.

The Motorola DSR600 uses the same chipset as it’s big brothers the DSR605 and DSR630 PVR and unlike the previous Shaw 209 receiver the DSR 600 does full HD.  The Motorola DSR6000 has a couple of neat features including a new channel guide with 14 days of detailed programming information, Full HD, 3D, Dolby Digital via HDMI Only, on screen search by title and interests, parental controls and the showing of unsubscribed channels in dim grey in the channel guide.

The Shaw Direct DSR 600 also has a front mounted USB slot for service and diagnostics as well as a rear mounted RJ45 jack and 3.5mm serial jack for future use.

Shaw Direct released the DSR600, summer 2011 with a MSRP of $99.00 which was half the price of the DSR605 $199.00 at the time.  Since it’s original release the price of the DSR605 has gone down to $149.00 making the value of the DSR600 questionable at $99.  For the extra $50 you get a lot more features, expandability and connection options with the DSR 605 as compared to the DSR600.

Shaw direct often lead with the DSR600 as a entry level product and on many occasions dealers will often offer the DSR600 for free on new installations.  When compared to Bell the DSR600 is currently the lowest priced and smallest HD Satellite Receiver on the market which bodes well for Shaw.  When compared to features though the DSR600 is a very stripped down – bare bones satellite receiver.

If one was to compare satellite receivers to cars,  you should think of the DSR 600 as a sub compact with basic features power steering, power windows and power door locks.  The DSR 605 is more like a compact or mid size car with a few extra features like air conditioning and a little more horse power.  The top of the line Shaw DSR630 PVR is like a full size car with all the bells and whistles!.

Your decision to purchase the Shaw DSR600 should be made on only two (2) criteria, Price and Size since these are the DSR600’s greatest strengths.  If you’ve got room for a slightly bigger box and can afford an additional $50 the Shaw DSR605 is a much better satellite receiver with several more options and well worth the price.  Of course it goes without saying that the Shaw Direct DSR630 PVR should be your first choice if you desire the ability to record and time shift programs.

DSR 600 Pros:
Small compact size:  10” x 5.75” x 1.5”
Weight: Just over a pound
Mpeg-4 and 3DTV compatible
FULL HD and SD Reception
Enhanced Channel Guide
HDMI Output
Fast Processor

DSR 600 Cons:
No Component Video Output (Limits HD connectivity)
No UHF Remote Control
IR Remote control is not very sensitive and has limited range
No Expandability for External Hard Drive – PVR
No Front Clock
No Front Channel Display
No Front Power Button
No Digital Audio Out Coax or SPDIF (other than HDMI)

Overall the Shaw Direct DSR600 is a decent HD Satellite Receiver with a stripped down feature set.  Given the competition and pricing the value of the Shaw DSR 600 is around $50 dollars and when compared to other Shaw Direct Satellite Receivers and Bell Equipment unless SIZE and WEIGHT are your primary concerns you should look at other options like the Shaw Direct DSR 605 which offers significant improvements over the 600 for only an additional $50 dollars.

When choosing a satellite service provider in Canada your options are Shaw Direct (formerly StarChoice) and Bell (formerly Expressvu).  Both companies provide satellite service across Canada and both service providers has a range of products and services.

While Shaw can boast it has the smallest HD Satellite receiver, Bell satellite receivers has a more user friendly and intuitive guide and offer a call id, on screen call display feature when connected to a telephone line – not offered by Shaw Direct.  Both systems are good, my personal preference is Bell, that being said you should do your homework and throughly review both systems hands on before making a purchase decision.  I also strongly recommend not entering into any long term contracts with either Shaw Direct or Bell without a 60 day trial period.  Many dealers will try to get you to sign a long term two (2) or three (3) year contract however  I suggest you try the system out on a month to month basis for 30-60 days to make sure you’re comfortable with the operation and the performance meets your needs and expectations prior to signing a long term deal.

Disclosure:  I am an independent systems integrator and have no affiliation with Shaw Direct, Bell, Shaw Cable or Telus.  I have personally installed the equipment from all five television content providers for clients and I have personally used Bell Satellite and Shaw Cable as my TV service providers.  Currently I am using Shaw Cable as my provider however my home remains wired for all three systems Satellite (Shaw Direct and Bell), Cable TV (Shaw) and Network TV (Telus Optik).

The opinions found in this review are my own based on personal experience and the feedback from my customers.  I have not received any compensation for this review.

If you are building or renovating your home, office or commercial building and would like a Free No Cost Consultation on audio/video/satellite/security and home integration give Doyle a call at ION Security Systems and Integration, 780-489-5522 or email info@ionsecuritysystems.com.

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12 Responses to Shaw Direct Motorola DSR600 Satellite Receiver Review

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  3. Michael says:

    does anyone have to code to a DSR 600 Shaw sat receiver so that I can programme it into my new Sharp Aquos remote to work the Shaw receiver

    Thanks

    Michael

    • djsedm says:

      Michael the Shaw DSR600 cable box is made by Motorola, check your manual for a Motorola Codes either for satellite receivers or Set Top Cable Boxes. There should be a listing for Motorola satellite or cable box and that code should work.

      Good Luck

      • Alf Hucom says:

        the manual for the DSR600 shows codes for using the Shaw remote with other devices. His question was regarding using a different ‘universal’ remote with the Motorola DSR600. I too need to know the code for the PVR630 (same code I believe). 009 worked on my Sony remote but the Sony remote doesn’t have all the access buttons I need. My new remote does, but 009 won’t work.

      • djsedm says:

        The Shaw manual for the DSR600 refers to codes for other devices using the Shaw DSR600 remote not the other devices remote.

        The previous reader you are referring to wanted a Code to control the DSR600 with his SHARP TV remote, you’re referring to a Sony Remote, as commented previously the Shaw satellite receiver is made by Motorola and if there is a Motorola cable box as a choice for remote codes you should try that code. This code is not universal with respect to each individual manufacturers remote controls. For example the code may be 101 for one brand of remote control and 067 for another while some remotes such as certain Phillips remotes use 4 digit remote codes hence 2101 for instance.

        The codes contained in the Shaw manual are for the SHAW remote supplied with the DSR600 to work other devices – the codes in the Shaw manual are not to be used with other brands of remote controls – you must check that manufacturer’s instructions and codes for controlling other devices and use MOTOROLA Cable box for Shaw Control.

        If you are using a Logitech Harmony Remote control, Logitech – Harmony has codes listed for Both Shaw and Motorola however if you use the Motorola brand as the item description you will get way more functionality from the remote especially PVR than if you enter in as a Shaw cable box or satellite receiver. That’s just a tip for Logitech Harmony users.

        You may also write or question the tech support department of the remote control you are trying to program be it Sharp or Sony in this example.

        Good Luck

  4. Grant McCarron says:

    “…Bell satellite receivers has a more user friendly and intuitive guide and offer a call id, on screen call display feature when connected to a telephone line – not offered by Shaw Direct.”

    Not true, they’ve had this for years. Perhaps the DSR600 does not (since it lacks PPV support / phone jack), but at this point in your article you are comparing companies, not recievers, so I don’t think it’s a valid point and is misleading.

    Not a big deal, just pointing out a mistake in the information posted in case that feature may be inportant to some, and people migh make a decision based on this site.

    • djsedm says:

      Thanks for your comments and insight Grant. Yes it is true that some Shaw satellite receiver do have a telephone modem built in and the ability to display caller ID information on screen – this comment pertains to the DSR600 which does not have that feature as well as Shaw Cable boxes.

      As far as the guide is concerned it is my opinion that the Bell guide is more user friendly and intuitive than Shaw direct’s . This of course is user preference. As a systems integrator I install and connect whatever equipment my client specifies Bell, Shaw or Telus. I am not affiliated with any of these three companies and encourage all my customers and the readers of this forum to do their own research and determine which system is best for them.

      Thanks for reading techtipsandtoys and feel free to post comments anytime with your insightful information.

  5. Nat Larade says:

    I have DSR 600′s, putting in a few more in our new house. Bought a second hand one and it’s a HDDSR 600, will it work?

    • djsedm says:

      Buying second hand satellite receivers and cableboxes is always a big risk, once activated they need to be transferred from the original owner to the new purchaser. If the original owner did not pay his/her account in full or the receiver was stolen etc… the service provider will not activate the receiver for you.

      As far as the HDDSR600 working with your existing system as long as it uses the same version of LNB and you have room on your switch or install cascading switches – there’s no reason why it shouldn’t other than the first note above

      Good Luck

  6. bnear says:

    Having been a starchoice/shaw customer since the companies conception in 1997, I am continually annoyed with the fact that they seem to be technologically behind bell in the way they present the end user product; the onscreen menus are often painful to navigate. I also despise the “for future use” ports that have never been used, why remove features I use in opt for something I can’t. USB and Ethernet on my DSR 600 with no hope of using it but the exclusion of optical audio out, my TV doesn’t support passthrough of 5.1 through its optical audio out. The receiver is useless for my needs and current equipment

    • djsedm says:

      All satellite receivers and cable set top boxes are built as generic units and the Satellite or Cable Company downloads it’s firmware to allow it to work within it’s eco system and network. When you see ports or jacks labeled for future use it generally means that the providers network does not offer or is not capable of using those ports or features. The DSR600 is the low end of the satellite receiver lineup from Shaw and is intended to be used to be connect via a single HDMI cable for both Video and Sound. Features were deliberately eliminated from this box in order to make is as small and compact as possible. The DSR605 and DSR630 have more features and options and perhaps would be better suited to your needs, although both these models cost more and are larger.

      As far as the on screen menus – Bell’s menus are definitely better and easier to navigate and their recording schedules on their PVR model is superior to Shaw.

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