"Like TiVo, but for "over-the-air" only; no fees, no ads"5.0 starson by OHcnetBob
Pros: After a bumpy start, this DVR (with the latest F208 firmware update) has become a real pleasure to have. I now find it user friendly and reliable. The picture quality is excellent; can't tell the difference between a live show and a recorded one.
Cons: Limited to over-the-air broadcasts only; not for cable or satellite TV. The quality of the program guide is dependent on the individual TV station(s), or TVGOS if it is available in your city. Not as good as Tivo's guide, but it's fee and ad free!
Summary: If you want something the replace your old analog VCR, or want a DVR similar to a Tivo, but less costly (and more limited), this Echostar (Dish) DtvPal DVR is well worth a look. I've had mine for several months and couldn't be happier since upgrading the firmware from F206 to F208, a very easy internet download. An excellent compresensive pros/cons summary of this DVR is available at the AV Science Forum site (avsforum) under the HDTV Recorders section, first post of the The Official AVS Dish DTVPal DVR Topic. There is nothing I can add to the information there. But, I can say that I am extremely pleased with my unit.