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Good product, but needs a lot of improvements to be great
January 6, 2018
Bought this while it was on sale over Black Friday. Used it for a month now and it works well, but not great. I wish it wouldn't take so long to buffer a channel.It usually takes 5-10 seconds, but sometimes longer. It did not seem to matter whether it was running off of wireless or wired connections. It's not like your typical channel surfing. You have to back out of a channel completely before selecting another channel. I'm hoping they update it so that it can continue playing the channel you're on while giving the ability to browse the guide to see what else is on. Recording works well with the internal storage. I have not yet tried the external option, but may in the future. Remote viewing worked surprisingly, very well. I was able to watch a full live episode with no problems at all. What sold me on the product was the ability to view my OTA channels from one source, without needing to run a coax cable to each TV in the house. It works well on Fire TV sticks, but has problems on an android box I have.
Recording w/out the paid subscription is awful. It looses time it seems on when to start recording. I've tried a handful of times and no matter what I set the time to, it starts it 15 minutes too late to catch the beginning of a show. Hopefully this is a bug that'll be fixed?
**If you're looking to use this outside of your home (which I was hoping to now and again) you HAVE to pay for a subscription. They take remote capability away completely after the free trial is up. I was not aware of this and did not see anything about it in the reading until I was digging for it on the website. It is there, just buried underneath everything else the paid subscription offers.
*If you plan to cancel the paid subscription (which is the free trial) once it's over, they will charge your card 2 days prior to the date. I only caught it because of my bank declining it as a fraudulent charge from Canada. It took 2 emails to their support, after they attempted 3 times in 2 days to charge my card, to cancel my subscription.