Originally Posted by mdavej
I've had both. I personally had more problems with the SD. Mine required daily reboots. But it's been reported that recent firmwares resolved those issues. My Ceton has been very reliable. In my case subscription required messages were related to DRM problems caused by changing hardware, updating firmwares or loading new drivers. It took a lot of time and effort to resolve those, but once resolved, my tuners have worked fine.
I only know that my experience with HD Homeruns which are clearly the forerunner of whatever SD is doing today are the most appliance like peripherals I have ever seen. If the Primes reach anywhere that level of robustness and resilience than that is what I am looking for. I think that when Ceton says you might need to run WMC TV Setup again after you do a firmware upgrade you should translate that as you better run WMC TV setup. For example tonight when my PC was hanging every time I tried to access a cable channel in WMC I had no problem accessing the same channel in JRiver.
I don't want to lead anyone down a garden path JRiver is not a more robust player of cablecard content than WMC especially if you are running madVR. But here I was having one hang after another tonight and been having them intermittently since the last beta ware and it appears knock on wood that running WMC TV Setup fixed it. I haven't touched the HD Homeruns in a couple of years and they have worked flawlessly on every box in the house. Sure CableCard is a lot more overhead and way more complicated but the support software has had more than enough time to mature. I would love an ETH-6 but unless someone can demonstrate it is a lot more appliance like than their other devices I just can't make anymore investments. Finally if SD CableCard tuners are no better just different, then I am about done with PC based Cable Card stuff. Enough time has passed it should just work or to heck with it.