"Great Software, Lousy Hardware"2.5 starson by CorporateAV
Pros: Great picture quality, good I/O, awesome remote
Cons: Hard drive reliability is terrible - I've had two die in the last year.
Summary: Overall, this is a great DVR. Very simple to set up and operate. My parents had DirecTV, and they liked my DVR so much that they switched to Dish. The onscreen guide is very intuitive, and the remote is the best I've ever used. So good that I decided not to buy the multi-function remote that I had planned to get.
On the downside, the hardware reliability is terrible. In the 14 months that I've had this, my first DVR lasted 8 months, and the second one just died today after about a month of problems with the hard drive. To their credit, Dish is sending an installer out tomorrow with a new unit, but I had to talk to a supervisor to get it. Word to the wise: back up the shows you want to watch on an external hard drive rather than the internal.