More random info:
- The DVR is a Motorola 6412 III, which comes with HDMI output. Very handy if your component inputs are filling up.
- After the cable guys plops down the box and leaves, RCN will do a "cable hit" or something which will cause your DVR to turn itself off and download any new channels or program information. The installer said this could take anywhere from 45 minutes to (very unlikely) 24 hours. It took between one and two hours for mine to complete, and during that time, I couldn't see some channels.
- The HD channels are in the 500 block (it took me forever to find them).
- If you aren't receiving the HD versions of ESPN, the other sports channel, Discovery, HD Net, and the other HD Net channel, then call RCN. Because these channels are not free with box rental in other markets, they might have forgotten to activate them for you (yes, "forgotten").