I received one from Amazon yesterday and it had the old remote.
The free remote offer expired on the 19th of August.
It does sound like the soon-to-come firmware will only work with the new remote - it would be an excellent opportunity to correct conflicts with the Westinghouse monitors...
It does appear that HomeWorx did do their homework regarding their choice of their remote's IR code set.
So much for my 2nd remote idea... but maybe there will be other FW improvements to go along with it.
Got the box yesterday and spent a while scanning to get Comcast channels. v7 FW was installed. Received it with the old remote. Had a couple of times I had to reboot the box, as it locked up going through channels on a channel change, but no big deal.
Connected to Comcast, many channels showed up but there was no station ID or prgm info from any channel. Had to rescan a few of the channels because it skipped a few HD channels on the initial scan. Ultimately, 340 TV and 70 radio channels found, wound up with about 55 TV and 1 radio (a Comcast ad channel that interestingly shows up as TV in other TV's around the house). Only one TV channel showed up as a "Scramble Channel", the others that were not in the clear came up black. In the program edit menu they came up with "no signal".
The time on the clock is varying, usually 3 minutes slow on all channels. So, it looks like Comcast here is stripping and inserting their own time. At this point, I'm set to Manual, with an offset of GMT +2 to get it there, but I've noticed sometimes that isn't right either, like this morning. No station ID's came up either, even though they do on my Sharp 42" and my trusty MyHD PC card tuner.
Haven't tried any recordings yet. Interesting to hear the results about the PNY flash drive having success. Lassie would most likely be on an SD channel, that could make a difference.
I didn't want to waste a lot of time on the box yet as I have a question for the forum:
If you switch from Cable to ATSC OTA, will this unit keep the scanned channels from cable in its memory after doing an ATSC scan, or does it wipe them out? Maybe a manual (individual channel) scan would retain the cable map? You could then assign favorites for OTA or cable, and would just have to change the setup menu and switch the input. At the price, one could get a second unit for each.
Cool. So the fact that the ID and channel numbers are not the same as on cable as vs. OTA could actually be a good thing. So once that is done, you could schedule a recording from either, or would you have to go into setup to change the reception type?
Remember when the "color" antenna was introduced?
I have no problems with Win 7 on my Toshiba L-305D using a Corsair USB 3.0 16GB drive. Very fast and works with my XP desktop.