This is an Over-The-Air (OTA) unit only. It does not support satellite or cable. Until we get more info it is unclear whether this unit has an NTSC tuner or not, but based on beta tester reports, it does not. Originally Echostar stated at CES 2008 that it would support NTSC as well.
Lots of info and speculation about this unit in these two existing threads:
Dish is offering discounts initially to lower the price.
Also since it is not clear in the original post, the DTVPal DVR can output an HD signal to a digital TV/monitor via HDMI or component, not just record and convert them to analog. The digital-to-analog conversion is merely available to appeal to current analog OTA users who are using an existing analog TV.
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