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Old 03-02-2013, 01:37 PM - Thread Starter
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Make BriteView Channel Master CM/Entone Digital Stream DVICO TViX ePVision Moxi TiVo test test test test test
Model BVT-980H CM7000/DTVPal CM7400/458 DPH1000R M6620N PHD-VRX HD MR1500T3 S3/HD/Premiere/P4    
Cost new $165.00 $320.00 $380.00 $230.00 $300.00 $230.00 $500 / $600 -/-/ $100 & up    
used/open box   $220.00 $260.00 OB $190     Mate $120 S3-$330/P-$480    
authors rating * *** ** / ** ** *** *** **** ****    
                     
Hardware:                    
Tuner types; ATSC, QAM, NTSC 1 ATSC/QAM 2 ATSC 2 ATSC/QAM 2 All 2 ATSC/QAM 2 All 2 or 3 QAM All except Prem4    
Combined analog & digital tuners --- --- --- Separate --- Yes --- Combined    
RF inputs One One One One One Two One Two except Prem4    
HD Video outputs: HDMI / Component HDMI Both Both Both HDMI HDMI Both Both    
HD Audio outputs: Optical / Coaxial None Optical Optical Optical Both Optical Both Optical    
Front panel display type text or LED's LED LED Clock & LED Led Full Text Text & LED LED LED    
Front panel functions; transport and/or menu None None Menu Menu Menu & PB Menu & Ch. Menu S3 Text/LED/LED    
Power consumption; operating & standby 9 \ 1 23/21 24/ ? ? 1/ ? 22 w/HD/15/2 26/Mate 10 S3-34/ S4-26    
HDD: internal stock/maximum external size 320G / No 250G / No 320G / Yes 320G / Yes None / 2TB None / 2TB 500G / 6TB 250/160/320 - 1TB    
HDD spins down in standby Yes No No? Yes Yes Yes No standby No standby    
External record: HDD/Memory stick Stick None Both Both Both Both Yes / No Yes / No    
Low power standby Yes No No Yes Yes Yes --- ---    
Boot time from standby 30 sec --- --- 30 sec 30 sec 30 sec --- ---    
HDD file system (format) NTFS DFS – Proprietary EXT3 NTFS ? NTFS EXT2 Linux ? MFS – Proprietary    
                     
                     
Tuners setup:                    
Separate OTA & CATV channel scans No --- No No No Yes No scan No    
Add channels not in the original scan Yes ? ? ? Yes ? No Yes --- Yes w/ 2nd scan    
Add individual channels via physical numbers No No ? Yes ? Yes, no sub ch Yes No No    
M Cable Card support No No No No No No Yes Yes    
Edit channel names and/or call letters No No Yes Analog ? No Call letters No No    
Ability to re-map QAM channels No --- No No No No Yes No    
Signal strength indicator No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Skips encrypted QAM channels ? --- ? ? ? Yes Yes via CC Yes    
Skip channels. in Guide that are in ch. List ? No ? ? ? ? No ? S3-No / S4–Yes    
                     
Program Guide & Recording:                    
Program guide; PSIP and/or Pay (full) PSIP PSIP Both PSIP dig. only PSIP PSIP Full Pay only test test test test test
Fully usable without additional fees Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Register DVR No    
Number of days of programming Varies Varies Varies / 14 Varies Up to 1 Varies 14 7    
Grid type of guide No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes    
Combined or separate guide for all tuners --- Combined Combined Combined Combined Separate Combined Combined    
12 or 24 hr clock 24 hr 12 hr 12 or 24 hr 24 hr 12 or 24 hr 12 hr 12 hr 12 hr    
Time setting; auto and/or manual & source Manual Both / PSIP Both / PSIP Both / PSIP PSIP/NTP NTP/PSIP/Man Auto/NTP Auto/NTP    
QAM channels listings w/o using a CC Varies w/MSO --- Yes w/sub. Varies w/MSO Varies w/MSO Varies w/MSO Yes No !!    
Jump fwd & back in Guide No 1-8 days 6 & 24 hrs No ? ? Page up/down 24 hrs Not in Grid view    
Guide search by program names No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes    
Save program searches No Yes Yes --- --- --- Yes Yes    
Manual recording VCR style Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Protect recordings from deletion No ? No Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Record only new episodes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes    
Name and/or time based recordings Time Time Name (pd G) Time Time Time Name Name    
Auto adjusts for changing days or start times No No No ? No No No Yes Yes    
Recording conflicts action; auto or manual No Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual ? Auto    
Auto pad recordings start & end in Guide No No No Indirectly No No No Yes    
Number of programs recorded at once One Two Two One Two Two Two or Three 2 / 2 / 2 / 4    
Record indicators of future programs ? Yes Yes From the guide Yes Yes in Rec list Yes No    
Available HDD space shown ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No/No/Yes/Yes    
Adjustable buffer time amount No No No ? No buffer Yes Up to four hrs No No    
Closed Caption available in playback No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ?    
                     
Playback & Misc:                    
Dedicated play & stop & standby buttons Yes Yes Yes Yes No play /stop Yes Yes No stop or StBy    
Remembers where playback left off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Skip ahead or back time amounts None Both; 30 sec Fwd; 30 sec None Both: 15 sec Both to 2 min Fwd variable Fwd 30 sec hack    
Edit recorded program name ? No? ? Yes Yes No No No    
Recordings encrypted within HDD No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes    
Record history showing errors Shows failed No ? Yes No Yes (limited) No ? Yes    
PC / USB file transfer ability No / Yes No / No No / Yes No / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / No Yes / No    
Media Player No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Create playlists for external media --- --- Yes No Yes No No No    
Ethernet: wired/wireless No No Both No Both Wired Wired Both    
Internet services available --- --- Vulu --- None U Tube Numerous Numerous    
Multiple room recording and/or viewing --- --- No --- Yes No Yes w/Mate Yes w/extender    
Firmware upgrade; Internet and/or USB USB Both Both None available Internet USB Internet Internet    
Available support; on-line and/or telephone None Limited Limited/None Very Limited Very limited Limited Both Both – Good    

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Free, abundant OTA television separates this country from many others. ATSC1 has only been in force since 2009. The wireless industry has enough spectrum. Enough of 'planned obsolesce'.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:31 AM - Thread Starter
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Free, abundant OTA television separates this country from many others. ATSC1 has only been in force since 2009. The wireless industry has enough spectrum. Enough of 'planned obsolesce'.

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