I'm NOT specifically needing QAM. I'm on antennas at the moment. I'm just looking for the least of the evils. I wouldn't mind spending $250-300 for a Funai if the second generation improved things (and added a second tuner). For that reason the iView/Homeworx sounded like a good stop gap. I've got a 500gb drive just sitting here, so for $40 and an enclosure I'm good to go. I'm just trying to weight the whole 'issues to price' ratios for these.
EPGs are probably fine, but I'm such a fussbudget and old fashion from my VCR days I prefer setting things by hand for now.
As for as the CM+:
The biggest concern here is the track record of the program data supplier; Rovi. Many here have been stung in the past by the pullout of Rovi for devices that depended on it for recording.
I don't relish buying a brick or a $250 DVR that lacks an internal HDD.
The thing about encrypting all QAM is that it has happened based on an FCC rule change. That could be changed again on a moments notice.
You may not remember but in the 80s you could only watch cable via a converter box, in the 90s TVs and VCRs could tune 120+ channels and cable companies slowly allowed clear analog channels without boxes.
Sooner or later it'll get called a monopoly, the cable companies will realize that QAM is a huge advantage that they have over their competition, or the boxes will just become garbage because they are standard def. and they realize they lost money on the deal.
Be patient, I don't think we've seen the last of clear QAM. It's just resting.