I hope they take our criticisms to heart. If they do, maybe the new DVR really will
be an improvement this time.
As I've said before, my biggest worry is that Echostar will deliver another "closed-box" solution. That was fine when the CM-7000Pal was being sold, but the landscape is clearly changing. Folks today want to watch their recordings anywhere in the home. I know of three OTA DVR alternatives with open access to recordings: the TViX 6620, the PHD-VRX, and the iView/Homeworx.
To be fair, I suspect part of the "vision" of the Pal, back when Dish was selling it as the DTVPal, was to be able to receive some encrypted, pay content (a la Ion's "Airbox" service) as well as normal OTA content. That would explain both the closed-box design and the "smart cards" included with the DTVPal. CM didn't even remove the smart card slot when they started selling the Pals (they just sold the boxes with no card in the slot). Hopefully CM is not thinking along the same lines in "spec'ing out" the new DVR.
Prices have been going down too. The Homeworx is in most respects a better DTV receiver than the CM-7001, for about 1/3 the cost. Or add an external HDD, and you have at least minimal DVR capability for about the price of the CM-7001, which is only a receiver. Of course it has its own flaws, and I'd expect to pay more for a full-featured DVR with two good-quality tuners; but still under $270, I'd think. (Maybe somewhat more if it has a good warranty.)Edited by JHBrandt - 8/19/13 at 7:56am