Over all I am happy with the unit and would buy again however anyone Googling in should take into consideration a) The clearance price of $140 USD I paid b) I bought this strictly for the atsc pvr functions and for anything else there are cheaper and better media box options like the Asus O'Play (for example) and c) the virtual lack of atsc recording units here in Canada (only refurbished dvd recorders with digital tuners imported to Canada from the US are for sale. No new, non refurbed units nor the DTVPal DVR are carried by Canadian retailers).
For the price and the fact you can offload HD content to disc (dvd recorders downconvert to SD and content is locked into the DTVPal) I would buy this unit again however I am *seriously* on the fence about ordering a second. This unit is worth the $140 IMO however no more and, with the company dragging it's feet on firmware updates to fix the bugs according to TPeterson, I'd be leery about buying the more expensive dual tuner unit or other products from DVico when a comparable feature set product exists from a more reputible company.
There never are. DTV recorders simply capture the video stream as it is broadcast. What they send is what you get.
In a sense I understand I am comparing apples to oranges however for those open to mutiple options for an atsc/dtv dvr my Philips dvd recorder does have a number of record options. From what I understand all the dtv dvd recorders with atsc tuners do provide this.
Btw - does anyone know how the unit handles copyright flagging? On my Philips it'll record to to the HDD but forbid burning to disc - even to transfer a recorded program from the HDD to disc.
DVD recorders must downrez HDTV in order to fit programs onto the media. HDD PVRs do not.
"Copyright flagging" is not an issue. It doesn't exist on OTA recordings, because the "broadcast flag" idea was shelved. On cable, such programs are encrypted and clear-QAM recorders cannot receive them.
You know my unit never ever gets hot. I'm copying about 570 MB off of it right now and it's not even warm. I've read that before that it gets hot and mine has the "hot" sticker on it but doesn't warm up. I have a SAMSUNG Spinpoint M7E HM641JI 640GB hard drive in it and am pleased with it.
Thanks for the info on the known issue. I just set it up to record 120 minutes straight and it worked fine the other night. Good thing too cause I was outside working.
The little bugger has it's quirks but I can't wait to take it camping in about a month. We'll be gone for a week and having all the movie options is cool. I do have the hope that the new firmware will help things out.
Gord doesn't say what model Seagate he's using, but in my experience with desktop drives Seagates tend to run hot. I note that Byron's HDD manual specs its idle power at 0.85 watts, while a similar Seagate (ST9500325AS) is spec'ed to idle at "average 1.4 W". This could explain the differing results.
I couldn't find a model number on the drive however, although hotter with the seagate in, it was actually quite warm "out of the box" just using it as a tuner without a HDD in it. I removed the drive when I saw your post and been running it as just a tuner and it still is pretty warm.
NG: It's been a long time since I had the 2210 in my own hands. I remember that it felt warm, but I don't recall its being "hot" in regular use, even with an installed HDD. If I were you, I'd talk with my dealer's tech support for a recommended course, since they have a wider perspective on what to expect from the unit. My guess is that it's not defective, but....
I'm not sure why it got hot. Maybe warm is a better term. It's never so hot that you can't touch it or pick it up.
We took it camping last week and will again this week. Works great when you want to view a movie and aren't sure what you want to see. I'm not sure how many movies I have on it but the 640 GB HD is full.
Was looking through this older thread and think I have fallen victim to one of these Korean only units. Bought it off Ebay and hooked it up to only find that the menus are all in Korean with no selectable English option. The firmware on the unit is 1.8.5, and was wondering if I load a earlier firmware would that bring back the options for English menus ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Ray, I have no direct experience with the domestic-market TViX units, but IIUC they are designed to display only korean when using the standard firmwares, so your only option to get other languages is to install a hacked firmware...but I don't know where to (safely) acquire such.
Unless you truly enjoy the hunt, your best course may be to try to void the sale and get your money back.
Thank you TPeterson, I appreciate your answer. I had no idea there were even gray market Tvix units until yesterday. The seller on Ebay even stated in the auction that it had an English language option to which it does not. I'm trying to get the money back due to misrepresentation.