I am now unmasking myself as the first to purchase the Uma mod to my UM STB.
Credit for bringing this remarkable product to market goes to H20Fun-Dave for his unceasing blowing on the long thought nonsmoldering coals of 169Time.
And most remarkably to Richard Adams who has endured floods, famine, and endless speculative character assasination to now finally be bringing to market the very technology without which the transition to HDTV could very well fail (okay, maybe not famine).
The Uma appears identical to that pictured at the new website:Two firewire ports on the back are all that give it away.
Suffice to say it works as advertised. Perfect firewire port enabled HD recordings with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Playback either via the UM STB or more conveniently the TU-DST5x STB.
Also plays back via the Japanese domestic version of the JVC 30000 without difficulty.
I have not been able to record on the JVC using the Uma, but was also told ahead of time that this was not yet supported.
What can be recorded from satellite?
I would refer those interested to the Delphi Unity Motion Forum for details.
So to all of you holding back I say, "Come on in, the water is fine."
Yes, I am aware as are all of you of the history of the 169Time saga.
And yes, I was one of those who "invested" in the technology way back when. I just kept my mouth shut (at least in public) because I believed in Richard Adams and his technical prowess.
Go back in the archives and read his posts and look at his track record. Singlehandedly, Richard forced (via an ingeniously crafted letter to the FCC) the Sinclair owned Sacramento CBS affiliate to broadcast in HD long before the 8vsb/COFDM modulation debate had been settled at a time when all of the other Sinclair affiliates were refusing to "transition." He was fixing up and reselling the old UM HD Monitors and STBs as far back as November 1999. He helped many a forum member with difficult problems that befuddled the less technically inclined among us.
So what the hell happened at 169Time? I don't know and I don't care as long as those who invested in the technology are finally made whole.
This ain't a large company or venture capital financed undertaking. The Uma and DTC100 mods were developed without the support of the major players.
But whether the consumer electronic and entertainment software companies realize it or not, the entire HD transition could fail at the marketplace without the technology Richard is now offering.
Uma, Uma, Uma...now they've got me doing it!
"Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not an engineer."