Originally Posted by TalkingRat
The Pal didn't do as well with weak signals in multipath, and the guide was gummed up by one LP with a ton of subchannels, and the occasional 20 descriptions per hour. Can't delete a station from the PSIP, and the Pal had a fit trying to reload. About half my stations had no data, it ran out of space. DST was a problem for both boxes (my Mag2160A handled it just fine), and even when things work as expected, it is double the work, with twice as much to go wrong.
Yeah, the DTVPal was one of the more overrated pieces of equipment ever on these DTV internet boards.
I have one, and literally the only
good thing I could ever say about it is that it has a guide (and mine does
have the later firmware, which is supposed to be "improved". The timer is more reliable, but the unit's still buggy otherwise).
I also have a Zinwell, and though it is a little all-around better, it's not by leaps and bounds. At least it doesn't shut off in the middle of while you're watching it, though. But it does still have some minor bugs. At least mine does - but it's not necessarily anything I couldn't live with. I guess for forty bucks new, you can't complain too much.
Those early Zinwells with the EPG have to be pretty near impossible to find. I would guess that a lot of them are even dead by now, as all CECB's aren't made to last more than a couple of years, anyway.
But it does have a timer that *sometimes* works, so I guess it would still be a good choice for a cheapster with a VCR.