I was notified by Comcast that DVR was now available in Sonoma County and I made arrangements for both my digital cable boxes to be upgraded to the new 120 gig, dual tuner Motorola DCT6412. Two Comcast techs came out first thing in the morning on 12/22 and swaped out my units and fired up both with ease. There is a about a 45 minute interval while the box downloads guide info. According to the installers I was the 2nd install they had ever done with this item so they were learning like I was about it's capabilities. I found the guide and the remote very intuitive, I especially liked the PIP and Swap features. The next day I had Comcast return and replace one of the boxes because the DVR was only showing one tuner. Once that was done all was well with that particular box. I had Comcast come out again and replace my other unit due to a "freezing glitch" I was getting. I would be watching a program and for no reason the image would freeze. Changing channels would unfreeze the tuner/buffer, but that was hardly a solution. Replacing the unit seemed to solve the problem but the last few days the problem has returned. So unforturnately, on several recordings it failed to complete the program due to this "freezing" issue. One other annoying issue is conflict messages popping up when programing recordings, while you can record 2 programs while watching a playback, and swap between recordings, sometimes the unit will refuse a comand to record due to a time conflict where no conflict exsists! I have yet to get this resolved but having never had a DVR before, I am none the less thrilled at features available to me vs. VCR recording. $9.95/month per unit is a lot better than buying a stack of VHS tapes every couple of weeks, and a lot less clutter. The image is excellent, I am using the Component video out to feed my Sony TVs, and the Composit video to feed one of my VCR's and the S-video to feed another VCR. There is also DVI and USB2 available if you are a HDtv person! By the way, I was able to split the RCA audio outputs of the box with no problem. There is even a card reader and RCA inputs on the front of the unit built in for future Comcast features.
Has anybody tried Comcast's new DVR's. (Either the Sci-Atlantic or the Motorola)
If so how do they compare with Replay TV and Tivo?