Have had the box since last month.
I've made several recording onto my WD 2.5 USB powered HDD. Have had no problems so far.
Often pause live TV. That too has been fine.
Gripe, is same as other posts. The FF/RW, etc. are not as refined as others.
Still, for the $ this is a keeper!
I mounted my Blonder Tongue UHF antenna on the DirecTV Slimline mast, after removing dish ;o)
By using that, instead of the previous cable run and location, I get great signal here in the West San Fernando Valley, in L.A. (Even all the VHF channels.)
On the UHF, I even get the PBS for another area. KVCR 24 in San Bernardino.
I'm impressed with the tuner in this box! It seems to be at least on par with my HTPC, MyHD 120 card.
P.S. The remote was sluggish, had to push button couple times, very directional, etc.
I called their support. They sent me a replacement remote. It is much better!