Originally Posted by jruser
Do the owners think this box is worth the money (even if there are no firmware updates)?
$250 seems like a lot considering the primative software and small harddrive. At the same time, there are not any competing products.
I must say that I'm much happier with this purchase than I expected I would be.
A little history: First off, I have never used any sort of time shifting device in the past. The only thing I have tried was recording special events, such as the Olympics, using Windows Media Center. What a PITA that was! Last Christmas when I did most of my HDTV upgrading, I looked hard to find a suitable OTA HD DVR. All I found at the time was the Sony, which could be had for about $500 new. I was unable to justify that price for a box that had already been discontinued. So I waited. This November, my brother told me he had bought an HD DVR from Philips for $180. When I looked into it, I learned that it was not HD. However, in my studies here on AVS Forum I found out about the DTVPal DVR. It was just the ticket, and only $270 delivered!
I must say that I was not sure I would use a DVR that much, since I don't watch a lot of TV. I was wrong! This thing is what TVs have been missing from the beginning! I find that a DVR becomes more interesting the longer it has sat there and recorded shows on a timer. Now I have the option of watching ANY show regardless of when it airs, AND I can skip over the commercials with ease.
While I realize these are standard benefits of DVRs that many here have enjoyed for years, they are all new for me. While other players may offer better and fancier timers and recording modes, I'm extremely impressed with this one just as delivered, even if there are no further firmware updates.
The icing on the cake is that we already have some limited capability to upgrade the hard disk and I have no doubt that this box will lend itself as a platform for many future custom upgrades as we learn more about how it functions.
Just my US$0.02,