9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very happy customer!, 4 Aug 2011
I decided to buy this after doing quite a bit of research - it was either Humax or Echostar, I ditched Sky HD and this replaced it. I went for echostar because it's a new product which means better roadmap for development and also liked the idea of the sling feature - to be able to watch tv over the net on a laptop or smart phone.
This was a straight swap for the sky box, just disconnected the two coax connections and replaced with the echostar.
Have to say I'm very impressed, it worked straight out of the box, it took about 10mins to get it up and running and automatically downloaded the latest firmware image over the Sat link without any issues.
The box is a LOT quieter than the Sky amstrad box, it's very responsive and the picture quality is superb. The menu and EPG is easy to get around.
I have not had a single failed recording to date, nor have I missed the start or end of anything (something the humax is known for).
The sling functionality worked straight away (I used power adapters as my broadband router is upstairs), although I had to set up a user account but that took no more than 5 mins. I like the idea that you see an image of the remote control on your PC and it's like you're in the room controlling it, you can also watch recordings from the library which is pretty neat.
BBCi Player works OK although it can be quite slow to respond, once you're actually watching something it's fine - obviously depends on the speed of your broadband.
I would definitely recommend echostar if your'e in the market for a new sat pvr.