I've been waiting (impatiently) for this box. Perhaps the reason it's been delayed so long could be reliability issues......just a thought......who knows but it's the primary reason as to why products take longer to reach the market......If so, I hope they worked the bugs out of it!
HOWEVER......There's a (potentially) BIG BUG they seem to be working into
it!!......Unless I'm wrong (which I certainly hope to be), while this box has some very nice features that the (so-called) first generation boxes lack, there could be a HUGE downside!......
It seems as if there's no manual channel change at the box itself.
As far as I'm concerned this is a big mistake! In fact, I'd gladly pay extra for this feature, since I consider it a necessity.
In order to record one show and watch another, two boxes are a must.
One would be dedicated to the recorder and one to the TV.
Let's say you wanted to simply make a manual recording.
OOOPS......you're changing channels on both boxes simultaneously with the remote!!
In this scenario, you're watching what you're recording anyway, so having two boxes serves no practical purpose!
I suppose the only (practical) option is to use two different brand boxes (I.E. the Zenith DTT900, which has manual controls) but then you lose the other useful features that the Echostar has (such as the program guide, timer and RF pass through).
......this could create major headaches for many of us!
......oh well, back to the drawing board!!
......or......who knows? Maybe these first (or second) generation boxes are designed to be cheap "throwaways" that are basically designed to simply get us reception in time for the transition next year.
......Then, after the coupon program is long gone......here comes the good stuff......all the features plus recording capability......all at a price you may not want to pay.