"This DVR is awful"1.5 starson by mmcary
Pros: Allows attachment of external HDD. Hardware specs are good.
Cons: The software on this unit is the worst DVR software I have ever seen. User interface is much worse than DVR unit from Time Warner (Scientific Atlanta) I had before switching. Dish need to hire who knows what they're doing to fix this DVR software.
Summary: I hardly know where to begin when describing the problems. The digital audio cuts off intermittently from the unit. The unit is not intelligent enough to allow you to watch TV on the unused tuner when you switch programs. It requires a reboot whenever it downloads the program guide. Half the time, when I turn it on, it starts looking for a satellite signal (something it could have done when it was in standby). The user interface is downright ugly compared to the Scientific Atlanta box I had with TWC. The problems are a shame, given Dish's great HD lineup and the hardware specs of this box. Whatever Dish executive was responsible for this calamity of a DVR should be fired, and they should outsource the work to someone who really knows what they are doing.