well, I'm afraid you will have to define "work well".
You will only get guide data if you are using cable. It uses the Gemstar Guide+ system.
At $600, it costs $100 more than a 5040 with lifetime activation, which is about the cost of a decent DVD player these days.
I played with one at CC. On the surface it looks to be the perfect box - DVD player, Mp3 player, PVR - but the software is pretty basic - the MP3 interface is pretty much unusable (at least to me) and the PVR functionality is very crude - much more VCR like that one would hope.
The Gemstar guide is ok. We have it on our Proscan TV. It is not bad for free. You don't get 2 weeks of listings - just several days. In general, most cable lineups will be incomplete or just flat out wrong.
Just to clarify, the Gemstar guide is usually transmitted both by cable and by the local Educational TV system. If they had included a DVD recorder rather than a player then I probably would say jump on it. But as a player. . .ehh. . .
Thanks for the replies: RCA, aside from a few product issues, have been right on with the DTC 100 and the 38" direct view. Always looking for better gadgets
I don't have cable anymore, just satellite and roof antennas, the satellite services all have guides already. Using Tivo's now with much success except for c-band, it works but could be better on this format.
I've had mine for about 2 weeks now, and really like it. I have it connected to my Hughes E-86 receiver. As stated above the program guide doesn't function with a satellite receiver, but that is no problem. Setting up a recording is simple, and I have one-button programming on my Hughes. The quality of the image is good. The DVD quality (progressive scan) is excellent.
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