a few more comments
I have my own OTA antenna and downlead: I think this is a better approach than using the VOOM antenna/diplexer which causes some signal loss on both the OTA and sat signal: it seems to me many of the problems reported are related to OTA: perhaps VOOM should have limited its offering to sat only.
if you have an alternate means of obtaining OTA, consider not having the OTA antenna/diplexer installed (keep the hardware though, and the VSB module)
I notice when you tune to an ATSC signal, the audio drops out from the coax digital output: changing the channel up/down brings it back: other than that I have not seen any lockups/breakups so far
now to the sat HD using the DVI HDCP output: this is where VOOM shines:
I do notice breakup/pixelization during channel changes only : and I agree with MediaGeek that this is just poor engineering by Motorola: I think other stb makers blank the picture a little longer so you don't see this: the important thing is once the channel is locked in it seems rock solid and the picture and audio quality are excellent on HD channels: even the SD channels are at least as good as DSS.
MediaGeek: I was told the extra space in the stb ( the door on the right side) was for the future MPEG 4 decoder. There is an article in Broadcast Engineering magazine ( October 2003 world edition) www.broadcastengineering.com
on this emerging standard: the subtitle is: "MPEG 2 is approaching retirement, and MPEG-4 is being groomed to take over" so perhaps we have a stb here that is designed for the future- and perhaps there is room for a PVR too- that would be sweet
Motorola at least designed a box with expansion ports- it runs VERY cool, and there is no fan. the front panel display does not work during normal operation
I like watching the VOOM HD picture: I think if VOOM can maintain this level of quality and continue to add more HD content, it will offer serious competion to the big 2- who are also racing to add HD content
this will make more and more HD channels available to us- and that is what it's all about
ps: I would like to rack mount my VOOM box but it does not appear in the Middle Atlantic RSH custom database yet: can anyone help me? the stb is probably the same as another Motorola box that is in the database (OT- noticed that Middle Atlantic RSH now offers silver annodized panels!)