Originally Posted by bigRoN
I just saw on the SureWest website, they have a PDF user guide for the new DVR, the ADB 5810WX... after reading through this, I am very disappointed with the stated capabilities, much inferior to what I was told we'd receive. It appears as though it will only record one show at a time. I've looked up specifications from ADB in addition to the user guide from SureWest and no where did it hint of the capability of recording multiple shows. When reading the specifications of the Amino Communications AmiNET530 and Scientific Atlanta's IPN603MCG, both mention the ability to record multiple streams/channels simultaneously. Another bit that makes me feel as if I were mislead is that there is no mention in the user guide that programming recorded on one machine can be viewed on another. ADB does
mention this capability with one of their other STBs, but there is no mention of it in the user guide. Again, both Amino and Scientific Atlanta list this as a capability.
On pure asthetics, ADB looks quite antiquated, circa late 1980's. The "features" listed appear to be extremely rudimentary; much poorer than TiVo or ReplayTV. It appears the ONLY
reason to go with this unit is that it will record HDTV; I would otherwise say that either a TiVo or ReplayTV connected externally to a AmiNET130 gives far
better control, capacity and capability. I currently own my ReplayTV units, so I have been able to increase the hard drives of my 5000-series units to 500GB. As I will not own my SureWest DVR unit, I will not be able to upgrade the hard drive myself, nor will they activate the USB port for external storage. With my ReplayTV, I can watch recorded content on other machines in the house or download it on my computer and burn it to a DVD for archiving. I've heard of similar capabilities with newer TiVo units as well.
I have not actually recived the DVR unit yet, but my first impression is extreme disappointment. I'm not sure what else played in to SureWest's decision to choose the ADB device,there may be incompatibilities I'm not aware of. I hope this is just a short
stop-gap measure and a much improved DVR will be released in the not too distant future.
There's reasons why the ADB DVR is what is being used... Just because Cisco/Scientific Atlanta and Amino have an IPTV HD DVR on their website doesn't mean squat, unfortunately.
Since people will get the DVR this week so it's probably safe to spill some info. You can record one station and watch another (both can be HD if you like...), but currently with the second channel that you watch it will buffer, but cannot be recorded. It is a high priority these limitations will be dealt with in firmware upgrades, hopefully soon. As I said previously, right now it's a pretty basic DVR and not in any shape even a Tivo competitor yet.
This is the big reason for the "soft launch" because they DO want those features in it before pro actively acknowledging there's a DVR besides Tivo. People that get the DVR are also being told of what it can and cannot do so the correct expectation is being set.
Yes, the ADB is not pretty like the A530. The A530s do look better, no argument there.
Yes, the USB ports are disabled _at_the_moment_...
All I can really do to respond to your last statement is that the ADB DVR is actually pretty versatile hardware-wise (similar hardware to the A530) and can be upgraded to the same feature set as the other non-IPTV DVRs. All of the IPTV STBs released including the DVR run software from Minerva (based on the GNU/Linux 2.6 kernel) so they are interoperable with each other in essence. It's no different that me running Debian on my customer built desktops and sharing files between them... The software/firmware will be the key - the features just have to be written since basically it doesn't exist for IP DVRs at the moment.