WARNING TO ALL POTENTIAL EBAY BUYERS OF THE USDTV DB-2010:
1. The USDTV website incorrectly states that the full FTA unit is "worth $150." This is an outright lie. Using eBay is a pretty fair gauge for current market value, and only ONE receiver in the past 30 days has achieved $150. That was on January 11th before the announcement was made to shut the service down. Both that auction and the $140 one more recently were never-used, new-in-the-box units. Every other DB-2010 sold for under $90, most for $30-$60. Don't let them fool you- a $30 visit by a tech is likely a majority of what you would get if you sold this unit!
2. The subscription version has been sold on eBay before and pawned off as the "full" version. Read this entire thread completely! If your eBay box shows up and it has a glaring yellow GUI, you got screwed over. The owner paid $20 (or less) for this box. If it isn't activated already (you turn it on and it tells you to call a number, or says it cannot find a USDTV signal), you're SOL unless you can A) convince USDTV's fake Cable Communications company to send you a USB key for $18 or B) live close enough that a 'tech' can charge you $30 for a visit. If it is activated, you'll be able to receive free digital OTA signals... unless the box ever gets hard reset. Then see previous options, realizing that there's likely a very short time span to do them.
3. Lots of the eBay auctions currently running do not have remotes included. This point null and void- thanks for the input, guys! See below for alternate remote options.
4. If you're still 100% set on buying a DB-2010 off eBay, do the following: If the seller claims it was new from Wal-Mart, ask how much it was. Anything under $75 likely means a subscription box (as House wisely says, "Everybody lies."). Ask what color the GUI is. This is no longer a definitive test, as the more recent firmware updates changes the awful yellow to blue; but if he says yellow, you definitely know what you're getting into. Don't trust any outer appearances to tell which version the box is! Remember, it's the exact same hardware inside and for awhile USDTV was decent enough to convert subscription boxes to full FTA for free
when buyers were screwed over on eBay. This means if there ever was a system for differentiation, it's tainted.
Lastly, stay away from "mrrock-half." He's dumping lots of these units with no remote and a lousy story about buying each one at a yard sale. The seller "buyeverythingguy" is also flooding the eBay market with his new boxes; if anyone can message him and figure out what version he is selling (full or sub) I'm sure everyone would like to know. I'm getting some subscription units tomorrow for experimentation. I hope this thread continues to be useful to everyone as we try and resurrect this rather decent OTA HD box with our own tech support... one that doesn't lie and overcharge