I currently use a Channel Master CM-7000PAL DVR in my bedroom system. After almost a year of problem free use, I desired an OTA DVR for my living room system( mainly for the lack of EPG features on my Panny TV ). With the brite-View BV-980H/Zinwell ZAT-980H being $150
cheaper than the Channel Master CM-7000PAL, I figured I'd give it a try.
First off, it reminds me of a typical CECB in both size, shape & weight, but the build quality is decent enough for what it does. The front display has a red led on while recording. Next to the recording led is the power led( blue when on, bright red when off ) & the power button. It runs fairly quiet when on & off. I set it up in my bedroom system for a quick test. It pulled in all the channels my TV & Channel Master CM-7000PAL can. Boot up time from off is between 20 to 30 seconds. The EPG takes between 10 to 15 seconds to load. Detailed program description info can be viewed while using the EPG, but not while viewing a channel. All in all, it works as advertised, but I didn't notice a warranty card in the box, nor any online warranty registration @ briteView.com . Since the warranty seal was already broken, I popped the hood to take a look & pics. I'll test it out more tomorrow after I get it installed in my living room system( I need to pick up a HDMI cable
& a UPS ).
Manual, batteries, remote, wall wart power supply & composite A/V cables. An HDMI cable would've been nice.
Heat sink & case vents, no fan cooling.
Internal hard drive.