Do not buy this box!!! Do not try this box!!! It is a waste of time and money!!! You will only be frustrated!!! Having been an avid TIVO user for several years, the Motorola DCT6208 is buggy, poorly engineered, and contains some of the most archaic features around. Simply put, what was Motorola thinking??? It would be similar to Motorola launching a five-year-old cell phone in today's market. Don't let the DVI OUT and HIGH DEFINITION RECORDING lure you in...
1. No season pass manager. You can record a time slot daily, weekly, etc. but it has absolutely no correlation to the actual show (e.g. if "24" doesn't air for three weeks, it records anything that plays in that slot; when "The Apprentice Season Finale" runs for two hours, it only records one even though it confirmed that both hours would be recorded; etc.). Why bother?
2. Since the time changed for day light savings time, the DCT6208 records all the wrong time slots. I've had to manually edit the recording preferences for every program that I previously scheduled.
3. High definition playback is buggy. First, if it works...it's slow to respond. Often there is significant delay between pressing play, fast forward, etc. and the deck actually playing, fast forwarding, etc. Second, if you happen to hit "fast forward" without hitting "pause" first, the deck often locks in a slow fast forward mode until the end of the recording without allowing you to power off, etc. If you pull the plug, everything will be erased and the deck will take several hours to reset and re-load programming. By the way, I've already reproduced this on two DCT6208s.
4. The guide stinks. Despite paying $100 for cable it's chocked full of ads with little real-estate dedicated to actual program information. I realize that it's a different company...but Motorola selected and agreed to the partnership.
And, just so I'm not completely negative...Motorola is the only manufacturer to provide high definition recording for cable...that I know of (TIVO provides high definition satellite recording). And the DCT6208 has some of the most impressive OUTs/CONNECTIONS including DVI, OPTICAL AUDIO, FIREWIRE, USB and all the usual suspects COMPONENT, S-VIDEO, RCA, ETC. It's just truly disappointing because the DCT6208 had so much potential.
Why Motorola...WHY??? TIVO...I'M COMIN' HOME!!!