Well, as I indicated in an earlier post, my Dish Network DTV Pal certainly picks up quite a few channels (and shows programming info for PBS 25 with no need to use the TV Guide option). However, after noticing that the timer feature wasn't coming on when I indicated, I discovered that the unit's time was set wrong (hour early). Problem is, you can't set the time. You simply give the unit which time zone you're in, and whether you're currently in daylight savings time. That's it!
It turns out, the DTV Pal gets its time from the TV channel you're tuned to. I've tuned to NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS with this box (can't get ABC with the rabbit ears at this point). I'm not sure who's clock is wrong, but it always seems to be 1 hour off. There is no manual time set feature. So I have to set the timer for the unit to come on in the mornings 1 hour early and pray that the stations don't adjust their time!
Elsewhere on AVS, it seems I'm not alone. A lengthy discussion is ongoing with the glitches of this device. The time setting feature is the biggie. There is no real way to update the software on these boxes. I just hope the locals can set their clocks correctly so that devices like these will be set properly. I also hope Dish will take my boxes back and send less-buggy ones with manual time set!