"Not bad for the price"4.5 starson by OldManBryan
Pros: Easy to set up in minutes. (anyone could do it)
Good digital tuner that picks up all the stations.
7 day Program guide
And yes HD recording over 30 hours
No monthly fees in any way. Its all free after you buy the box.
Box stays very very cool !
Cons: No video in the corner of the Guide like other dish network boxes, like the 622 or 722.
The box is not flat on top so no clean stacking other things on top.
There is a card for the box, that sticks out in front. :(
Summary: The Dish Network "DTVPal DVR" is well worth the money. You can buy this one time and never pay anyone again for HDTV over local channels. You can set it up to record a show every week a lot like the old VCR's worked with ones a week at a given time, but much easier because all you have to do is push the Record button for what you are watching or something on the guide. You can also rewind what you are watching and record if from the time you first started watching that channel like other dish boxes.
The seven day program guide is great but no video of current show in the corner like the other dish boxes like the 622 or 722. I hope this will be upgraded with updates but no word on that. But the work around for that is push the Browse button and see one channel guide at the bottom of your show wile watching and go see the guide at the bottom of the picture.
You can Pause, Stop, Fast forward or rewind (at 4 different speeds 4x 15x 60x & 300x), slow motion-forward or reverse ( 1/15 or 1/4 speed) when in live mode or DVR but not wile recording a given show (have to go into the DVR to do that on recorded shows). The step forward or reverse works too but not so good.
OK this one should be on the Pros list but no room. This box has 2 tuners so you can record one or two shows at the same time. You can then watch either one of the two recording shows live (Stop,Rewind, Skip ect.. will not work unless you watch the same show in the recorded show on the DVR) or watch a old recorded show wile the two new shows record.
Another great feature is you can Skip forward (30 seconds) or Skip back (10 seconds) at any time other than during a recording. (like I said above, just watch the same show in the recording wile is records so all the fuctions work like Pause). I is not like that on other dish boxes but it works.
I did do a firmware update from F201 to F202 and when the update should have finnished the box locked up. I waited about a hour and unplugged the box and when I plugged it back in it finnished the update. I didn't see any change with the update. I used the Ethernet connection for the update and it worked good.
OK the last thing is this box is not even warm when running for hours so why did they make it not so good to stack other thing on top? (you can do it but front is lower than the back and a little rounded on top).
I like to point out thing but this really is a great box for what it is and I would buy it again.