I found a site where you can download manuals, here
not bad as manuals go.
Also, there's a page with some "tips" like how to enable 30 second skip or slip (enabled by performing a special search) here
I've been studying the HR-34 5 tuner manual. I can't find out how much it costs; I thought they didn't sell these anymore only leased them. But there's an add to cart on the website.
It seems the two sat IN coax are not identical.
- SATELLITE IN 1 – Connect one line from your satellite dish here. A Single Wire Multi-Switch (SWM) connection, if applicable, is made to this satellite in port.
- SATELLITE IN 2 – Connect the second line from your satellite dish here.
I see a couple of things that I don't like. First, I often skip ahead (instead of FF) by holding down the 30 sec skip. Unlike using FF, UTV stops skipping when I release the key - which for me solves the never fixed FF runaway problem. Likewise with replay (to go back I hold down that key). In these new receivers, holding down these keys take you to either "live" or "start over". In their forums, some complained that their "programmable" remotes messed this up and that sometimes they ended up live or at the end and it was difficult to go back to where they were. If you hit stop while watching a recorded show, it puts a live feed in a pip window. I never want live to come up unless I choose it. Perhaps going to a channel that is not viewable, or perhaps an info channel would prevent an accidental spoiler.
Features I like are, keyword search has qualifiers, NNOT, AALL etc. I always wanted to record only shows that have "live" in the description (baseball games). There are settings for only recording first run, which might also handle this. Manual record can be repeated weekly. With 5 tuners, not as important, but a priority can be set on upcoming shows if there's conflicts. They have folders and using play on a folder will play all in order from oldest to newest. This would be handy for capturing (assuming that esata trick mentioned by Kazak doesn't really work). The progress bar is better as it shows you how much you have buffered (though I still use the UTV hack that added that into the info popup). The 4 color context buttons are nice, sort of like the right-click context menu in windows. One can skip to 15 minute tickmarks while FF or REW. Using the number keys like a phone lets you enter letters easily (for seach).
Overall, I'd say probably an improvement, though it's amazing how well UTV has stood up to new technology. And of course HD is very tempting.