Originally Posted by LenL
How do you know they die after a few years? If that is the case then my 2 should be dead or dying already.
If you have facts to back this up I would like to see them.
I'm not pretending to be an expert on this, but I researched the DTVPals
before they became available to the general public. They were originally $249 straight from Echostar. When I began reading of all the problems,
not just on AVS but on other forums and review sites, it became apparent
that these units were unreliable. Most of the software problems were corrected with the last firmware update, but I waited two years until 2010
before taking the plunge. In 2010, when Sears started to sell new and refurbished models for lower prices, I investigated further, and read hundreds of comments from other web sites regarding their reliability. Even so, I was
lucky enough to get a Sears refurb back then for the paltry sum of $49. That
was after paying $350 to KMart for a brand new one.
Since that time, other than common issues, most of what I read is .....
"my unit worked fine yesterday, now it's dead and won't turn on" OR
"my unit is stuck in the re-boot loop, does anyone know how to fix it ?"
So, what does that tell you ? Not EVERY single DTVPal DVR dies within a few years of useage, but since they're unrepairable, it's likely to happen randomly to anyone who owns one..... including me. Either the hard drive dies, or something on the mainboard goes awry, making it a doorstop.
If you've ever taken one apart like I have, you can see just how cheaply
made the Chinese components are.
The same logic applies to the replacement Channel Master 7000, I just saw someone on EBay selling refurbished 7000 units for big bucks. Now Channel Master got rid of the 7000 and replaced it with the CM7400, which itself is not getting good reviews from people who bought it.
IMHO, DVRs that run constantly are not a good bet for long term reliablity.
Older non-Hi Def DVRs that had On-Off switches lasted for years. I know, I have five of them. You can also read up on cable co DVRs and TIVOs, which also have a habit of dying within a few years of use. You can draw your own conclusions like I did, or find someone that has a fact sheet or database to
get a definitive answer.