Well, it’s been just over a month since I had the V+ box installed, so I thought it might be a good time to post an update on how I’m getting on with it.
In the first couple of days, it seemed to reset itself a couple of times. And on another occasion, it lost sound to the radio channels – not TV channels, just radio, which was odd, and required a reboot to fix. But apart from that, it’s been very well behaved – certainly more stable than the old box. It’s recorded everything I’ve told it to, and I’ve been able to watch the programs I recorded without any trouble at all.
In short, it works. It does what it says on the tin, and I’m very happy with it. The ability to record a whole series is great – unlike my old HDD recorder, which only allowed me to set a weekly recording at a fixed time, V+ deals with series that have varying start times. I find it really handy to be able to set it to record things that look like I might enjoy, but I don’t want to watch at the time.
It has actually changed the way I watch TV – there are now very few programmes that I watch “live”. I find myself catching up at the weekend, or at odd times in the evening. Some things I might leave for a week or two before I watch them. Some things I might never watch, but I can leave them on the box, as there is more than enough space for the TV I want to watch.
So if you’re thinking about upgrading, my personal experience suggests that it’s a Good Thing. Your mileage may vary, and other such disclaimers.
 Such as Primeval, which has been shuffling around a bit.
 Like Columbo rereuns on Hallmark at 6am on Sundays, for instance