Originally Posted by dagger666
i been thinking of using my second coupon on this box. Do you think this digital stream in the picture can be related to the TV and not the Box itself. I'm sure age of the tv plays a part in the analog TVs ability to handle these boxes like in the Early video games days. I guess my choice is between this and digital streams.
If "digital stream" means the VBI, the age of the TV has nothing to do with it. On a plus note, the channel with the most noticable VBI lines when broadcasting 4:3 images embedded in the 16:9 field, did not display them when broadcasting a full 16:9 HD program last night and viewing this on a 4:3 TV in LETTERBOX mode. If this is always the case, then the only time these lines will appear will be when we would want to use ZOOM2 to fill the 4:3 screen fully anyway.
(I'm in the NY DMA and the channel is WPIX-11, RF-33, if anyone local cares to look at it.)
Another positive point about the box is the EPG guide, which is very, very nice. It displays around 10-11 hours of programs vertically on the left side of the screen with program info on the right that changes as you scroll through the list. The right or left arrow changes the channel in the background and populates the guide for the newly selected channel. It's reasonably fast too, with a slight delay for retrieving the program info as you move through the list.
A negative point is that the box didn't recover a couple of times when it received a "scrambled program" which is what it displays when that happens. It doesn't happen everytime, but be warned. This also happened once with my Zenith DTT900 with it displaying "No Signal". Both needed a manual intervention to change the channels and come back to pick up the original channel again. This is likely to cause me some problems until Feb. 18, 2009 when all the channels move to their final frequency assignments at full power. I intend to let it sit on a strong channel for many hours to be certain this doesn't hang up in these circumstances. I'll get back to this thread if it's a more troublesome problem than I currently think it is.
As to your question of this or the Digital Stream box, you can at least try one of those from a local RS dealer and return it easily if you don't use your coupon until you're sure your happy with it. I admit I was seduced by the S-video connector of the CM-7000, but having to buy it online makes return/exchange a pain in the ass.