I just received the DTVPal Plus today. Software version: F106TCHH-N
Boot Strap Version 1813TCHH, Processor ID 28757676.
I've also got one of the Zenith DTT901's.
I'm in Boulder CO, which is a very difficult OTA environment due to the Rocky Mountains quite literally out the front door:-). I'm located roughly 15 miles from the towers on Lookout Mountain which hosts 6 channels, though I don't have direct line of sight since Boulder sits in a valley. While the DTVPal has good sensitivity it seems to pixelate a bit more than the Zenith DTT901 (which drops out more) when the signal fluctuates. So not a big difference there that I notice. It would just depend which bothers you more, the pixelation or the dropouts. Both are jacked into my Panasonic DVR - an eh50 via RCA jacks. Both are hooked to the same amplifier coming from the antenna on the roof.
There are a few things I'd change about the DTVPal Plus from a user interface point of view:
1. In program guide mode all you get is guide - no PIP w/ audio or transparent overlay, which is one the things I really like about my Panny DVR w TVGOS. What's strange is when you hit the menu button - you have the PIP/w audio on the right. But once you select a submenu the PIP disappears. Why not just leave it? Particularly since when you display channel info it's a transparent overlay and you can scroll through the single channel guide while still having the program up. You can even display the program blurb for a show in the future on that channel. But if you select to set a timer event or go to the program guide you're back to just that screen no PIP. It's an inconsistent and strange interface design decision. At least make it a user preference setting.
edit: I did discover that if I push the up or down channel button while looking at the single channel guide ( push right channel(Browse) button) the single channel guide will show the next or previous channel - all semi-transparent over the picture. So it's not quite a PIP and doesn't let you see multiple channels at a glance but it's a semi-PIP.
2. There's no way to preview any changes to closed captioning. You have to back all the way out to see what it will look like. Very strange since the PIP is there on the right while you're in the main caption menu. Picture disappears as soon as a sub-menu is selected. Irritating.
3. The guide and program info - displays station call letters but not affiliate information. That means I have to remember which channel number goes with what and given that some of my channels come in over translators I don't know what call letters go with who all the time. Channel 22 is that Fox, ION or who? The DTT901 also lacks this. I'm guessing this is a transmitted info in PSIP issue?
4. Also dislike the occasional VBI across the top in "normal" picture format on some channels. Wish it had more zoom modes like the DTT901 as well.
I have not tested out timers, and don't really plan on using them unless the TVGOS stuff never works (sigh:-(). I will have to get on the roof and get the CBS signal back (why I pick up the other 3 channels from the same tower with no problem is baffling), I don't expect to get any TVGOS digital data but I thought I'd try it for grins, since Dish/Echostar is headquartered here in Denver metro and I've heard rumors they're testing it out here:-)