I just received my CM 7000 Pal DVR yesterday and thought I would share some of my observations. Thanks to the dedicated members over on the Dish DTVPal DVR thread most of my observations came as no surprise and their research saved me further investigation.
#1. Some channels do scan into the 70's range. Here in El Paso two of the locals whose primary broadcast is on RF VHF have been experimenting for the past year with a simulcast on UHF for the more rural viewers. These UHF simulcasts have no PSIP virtual re-mapping so the DVR put them as channel 70 and 71 rather than their true RF frequencies. Other odd situations such as rural viewers who can get two channels with the same virtual number have also been reported to show up in the 70's range.
#2. Although TV guide information was quickly downloaded, I only have 6 to 8 hours worth of PSIP guide for the local FOX station. This was actually expected and fortunately the PSIP is correct in my case. If it were missing entirely one could always do a manual record based on guides available on-line or even in the newspaper.
#3. Even though I am using red and white analog audio connections ( with component video) I looked into the Dolby Digital menu. One would not expect those setting to affect the analog output, but they do. There is a setting simply labeled Standard/Night. The default was Night so I changed it to Standard. Later I noticed that I was having to turn the TV volume way up. I went back and switched the setting to Night. It seems either the programmer got this setting wrong or their definition of "night" is different than mine.
#4. Despite what the on screen help button describes, the Updates function is about firmware updates, not the TV guide. It is recommended to disable updates as the CM 7000 Pal DVR comes with the latest firmware and there may never be any more releases. Having the unit search for updates at a specific time is just asking for problems.
I wanted to post in this thread specifically titled for the Channel Master version as the casual owner might not know to look under the much lengthier Dish thread. Also one member chastised me for posting in the other thread although I believe it is the general concision the Dish DTVPal DVR thread has become relevant to both versions of this equipment.