oshunluvr, where to start....
Forced channel changing whenever a recording starts regardless of what your doing at the time.
This is the least likely problem to have a solution. The feature of watching while recording was not originally available, and DVICO spent considerable time to implement it but getting the two parts to work seamlessly was just not in the cards.
The inability to delete a recording from the recording list with a single click (a separate delete menu via the system menu and then having to confirm is a really dumb idea).
I believe this function is hardcoded into the SDK as pretty much all of Realtek's media players work in this manner. I'm not sure whats involved to alter it but I'm guessing it's not easy as I've not seen any players that work as you want.
PSIP/ION issues as already discussed.
I spoke to the chief engineer at KPXN-TV today and sending him a box to see what is causing this. Will update all as we move to correct this problem.
Some JPG folder files (reason unknown).
I'm not sure what this problem is as I don't recall it ever happening to me, and I use coverart. Can you elaborate? How are the jpg files generated?
Changing from icon or folder view to list view.
Again, I've never had this happen before, but I often run in list view. I tried multiple times to crash the box, but could not. I tried both icon view and cover art view and no crashes. But I was able to get it to crash after I switched to HDTV and then to the file mode and then switch views. If others can verify this problem, I will put it on a list of bugs to fix.
Ability to record directly to a network device (NAS or server) rather than just attached drives.
Asked already, this is a no go.
A better channel guide (something from the internet would work).
Unlikely as the guide service costs are astronomical.
User configurable internet streams, not just the default junk and Youtube.
Again, unlikely as I believe this is also stock Realtek SDK feature.
An application interface to allow add-ons like Hulu, Netflix, HBO-GO and so on.
Never going to happen on a product that's not licensed.
A selection of interface "skins" to improve the look of the menus.
That's already possible if you use a SATA drive where the image files will be stored.
Nice to have:
A warning when the drive is nearing capacity before it's actually full - an on-screen icon that shows percentage of capacity during channels changes when over 80% or something like that.
More consistency in screens: For example the icon view uses a 6-wide icon display and the folder icons are square but the folder view uses an 8-wide icon display and the icons are rectangular.
Allow the very cool TViXie style screens for more folders rather than just "movie" and "video" (allow user configuration of the folder names wold solve this).
More user configuration for most all features would really be great.
Some of the above maybe possible with some Linux programming, but unlikely to be a priority.
A lot of this could be very simply implemented with a user editable text configuration file.
Are you offering your programming services?
One thing I have found working with Sigma and Realtek is that NOTHING is ever easily implemented with their SDK.
IMO, if the above list was addressed, you could sell these by the truck load - but maybe that's just me.
If the above list was easily addressable, you wouldn't be talking to me now because I would be retired and living in Tahiti.