Yes FDSmyth, but I believe the OP is interested in how it will work for him in his area. As one of the first people to have a DTVpal DVR in Toronto, I have these observations.
- the firmware is way better than the version that originally came with it, but it's still got lots of bugs in it. It appears the current firmware will be the last version (may not be true, but all signs point that way - like the internet page for downloading is gone
- there's no way to get the recordings off the HDD and move it somewhere for permanent storage (the Tivo does this). I didn't think this was big deal at first but I do now.
- TVGOS is nearly useless here. It only has a handful of channels - none of the Toronto/Hamilton ones, and just a subset of the Buffalo ones (NBC, CBS, ABC, CW, PBS, and Thinkbright). Notably Fox 29 is missing (it used to be there), and all the the channels and subchannels are reliant on PSIP,and that varies widely. Some provide the FCC mandated minimum. Again this was not a big deal to me when I bought it but it is now, probably mostly to the non-existance of PSIP content standards in Canada, meaning using it is like programming a 1980s VCR!
That said, if you know what you want to record, it is a lower cost option than the tivo and it works fairly well (picture/sound quality is generally excellent). We use it all the time.
Hope this helps.