Just to chime in with bits and pieces adding to the numbers.
Pre ordered by internet in november and recieved dec 24. A friend hid it under our tree without telling me
Satisfied Totally with the hd recordings and ease to do so. I am only a little bit anoyed at lockups. My friend quite hates the interuptions. Recording playback looks as good as live. Where have i been, as a pvr seems more necessary than a fine resolution. Never mind, i have been in the ota ntsc snowy reception room. Like the atsc HD.
This is the only (of 6) atsc tuners that alow me to recieve a good but spotty channel. The others dont even let me put it in the list.
System and setup.
No updates or internet connectivity.
Receiver ID 1880051522-38
Reg ID 032
Main Board RR67517T00560M
Software Version F201TALD-N
Bootstrap Version 1011TALD
Processor ID 29247021
connected by hdmi to TV Samsung ln40a630m1f
Antenna old roof antenna. rotator was added for the difficult pbs station.
Stations: Grants Pass oregon retransmiters of medford's full power stations:
KMVU 26.1&2 , KTVL 10.1&2&3 , SOPTV 8.1&2&3
30 power cycles. 4 to 8 user caused. Some reboots, just while watching. Some response lockouts requiring power cycle. Several sneaky unatended reboots. One due to 'A647' hard disk error, please unplug unit for 15 seconds. All return unit gracefully to a recording in progress or able to resume one being viewed. No tvguide data fully populated after cycles. All data and recordings still intact except that recordings scheduled via the tvguide are only marked Pending in the timer list until guide data is populated again.
Tvguide data lately has been weird as only 3 of 8 channels fully populate out to 2 weeks. The others all populate within a few minutes to just a day or so out. 10.1 may populate out fully but not 10.2&3 . 8.1&2 populates but not 8.3 . 26.1&2 have refused to list 2wks worth, the past few days.
Have used it without the smart card and it seems fine but put it back anyway.
Hard drive wd3200AAKS-00vya0 16m cache works. All troubles do not disapear from drive change. Drives are not automatically formatted but rather it is done painlessly in setup. Estimates 45.5 hrs hd recording. Original drive reconnected and held all recordings still playable. Initially looks like using factory restore and other settings do not fix troubles with a new drive installed. The unit is now in a non responsive mode with frozen picture. This while surfing to next channel soptv that is mostly unavailable today. Remote works tv, and pvr function keys blink the pvr light with no effect. About the 5th time have seen this (4?on other drive). This was even after a restore function. Other than that the remote normally works quite responsively and is laid out quite well.
One switch of drives was done in middle of solid dual recording all day with a bunch of timers set further out. system booted up fine. I formatted the used ntfs disk. It seemed too quick to be a full format but whatever. Pvr went right into the recordings not finished on the other disk. System became sluggishly responsive. Power cycle fixed the weirdness.
Back to original drive as it has the best recordings over the past 2 weeks and should be enough room for my time shifting.
Satisfied with purchase. Thanks for all your posts.