I have had my DVR+ for a couple of weeks now and CM just sent me a note asking my thoughts. As a full disclosure I have had and continue to use the CM7000Pal. I suspect many of you have also received the same request about your experience with the DVR+. I think it might be a good idea for all of us to respond especially if there are things we would like fixed. I wrote earlier that I have been looking at the British version (EchoStar HDT-610R ) and have now spent some time looking over the owner’s manual. There are several noticeable differences, some of which look superior on the British version. One thing I don’t know is the actual difference in cost. I intend to write a review for CM and also to send a copy to CM sales and promotion. If you agree then it might be a good idea to write one yourself.
To begin with the British version comes a little more complete with a HDMI and an Ethernet cable as well as a digital audio adapter and a wireless adapter and a 500GB HDD. Maybe the actual price is substantially more to make up the difference. As mentioned there is also a RF output on the British version. Since all of these things are hardware associated we can correct these ourselves.
I did find that their program guide is quite a bit superior, at least to my eyes over our version. (I wonder if that is because of Rovi). To give you my thoughts:
1. The guide shows nine channels at a time not five like ours.
2. There are quite a few information icons that we do not have.
3. We do not have the daily schedule (I think) that they have.
4. The green button on our remote is a “search” function and we do not have the 2 ½ hour forward function that the British version has.
5. They have an option of forming favorite lists of channels (4) that allow you to group your channels such that you do not need to delete them if you do not want to see them.
6. It looks like the British version is not an overlay but rather more like the old CM7000Pal/DTV-Pal guide.
All of these things are software related and thus could be changed by updates but are completely out of our control. In order of my personal preference I would like first to see (#4 above) the green button given the 2 ½ hour forward function and leave the search for the other methods of search. If that is not possible then make the red button a forward movement not backward! Then I much prefer the British version of guide that shows up to nine channels at a time even if it is an opaque guide that you cannot watch through. It is a great deal easier to work through. Since it is quite obvious these units are one and the same it must be possible to get the other functions since they already have written the software. In my eyes this would be a nice start and show us they are listening. This unit shows good promise and does much of what it is advertised but as yet is not enough superior for me to use it over my old 7kPal. I am lucky to have very good PSIP data for the most part and have learned how to work around the shortcomings. Edited by tmn1 - 1/24/14 at 9:12am