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Scientific Atlanta Hdtv Cable Explorer 8300hdc

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  • HDMI 1.0 Digital Audio Video Output with HDCP Copy Protection
  • Analog Component HDTV Outputs YPbPr for quick & easy connection to most HDTV sets
  • Digital Audio Outputs for digital interconnection with surround sound receivers
  • 160GB internal hard drive allows recording and storage of up to 90 hours of SD or 20 hours of HD programming
  • You must verify with your cable provider if this unit is supported in your area
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Technical Details

  • Pause live TV for up to 1 hour without missing a minute
  • Use instant replay any time you want
  • Watch two programs at the same time with the Picture-in-Picture feature on any TV you have
  • Record up to two live programs while watching a third program you recorded earlier
  • Front Composite Audio/Video Inputs supports interconnection to home consumer devices such as VCRs, camcorders, or digital cameras for video and audio pass-through to the TV
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Product Description

Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD High Definition DVR Digital Video Recorder with HDMI and 160GB Hard Drive, You must verify with your cable provider if this unit is supported in your area.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.6 x 10.7 x 3.5 inches
Item Weight 7.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 7.7 pounds
ASIN B000NL5QAA
Item model number 8300HD
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1.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

1.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #220,444 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#226 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Satellite Television > Receivers
Date first available at Amazon.com February 18, 2007

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Quote from local cable company: "This unit is made for cable providers only and is not to be sold to consumers." I found that out the hard way when I bought it and took it into my local cable company for activation. My cable company also informed me that the serial number on it was listed in their archive of stolen boxes from TW cable. I'm just lucky they let me leave with the box without calling the cops after I begged them to let me return it to the seller and recover my loss. I brought this to the attention of Amazon but they didn't care. LOL! I guess they're OK with selling stolen goods??? I did get my money back from the seller but I almost ended up in the slammer for buying it. A very nerve racking experience. Feel free to give it a go yourself and find out.
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Having worked with high quality Cisco gear in server rooms, I'm really surprised they put their name on such a worthless piece of trash as this Scientific Atlanta doorstop. I'd be embarrassed to have anything to do with the design or manufacture of the Scientific Atlanta 8300.
I had three of these in three years. Each had an awful fan whine and endless annoying reboots and corruption and mangled recordings. It simply cannot handle the job, even if it weren't made so poorly. Finally, I insisted on getting a Samsung SMT-H3727 box Time Warner (*spit*) also offers. It's not much better, but I'd give that one a solid "D" compared to this one's "F."
Even if Time Warner's firmware was NOT a pathetic joke (and it is, along with the rest of that company) this box would *still* be awful. It's agonizingly slow - every... single... button... press... takes... an... eternity.... and it stores a whopping 20 shows in Time Warner's crappy half-HD (1080i). It's even ugly, to boot!
If you have one of these, take a bat to it, Office Space style. Then call Dish or DirecTV or ATT or some other less wretched provider and escape your cable purgatory.
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this machine, provided by Time Warner Cable, a company who reserves special abuse for long-time customers, is the most aggravating piece of electronics i have ever used. there is no word to describe how slow it is. i just rebooted it and timed the process at 30 minutes. during this time, there are long periods where the screen is blank, the front panel shows no light or display of any kind, so unless you're familiar with the box, you might assume that it has stopped functioning altogether and start the SLOWER THAN SLOW process over again. Slow response includes response to pressing buttons on the remote, 10, 20, 30 seconds before any indication that it even got the signal. Then it responds one by one to button pressing that you can't even remember doing. To compound the last part, the box requires repetitive "do you really mean it?" button pressing to do things. It's really hard to imagine engineering a user interface that is more effective at causing malfunctions and maximum user aggravation.
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I bought this unit from my cable system provider and have a recurring problem recording programs with the unit. I've reported this problem numerous times, as it happen every two weeks, and the response of Rogers Cable in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, is to unplug the unit from the AC outlet to initiate a reset. This works only temporarily and the problem returns. The unit was bought brand-new from Rogers who is offering to replace it with a refurbished box. All my efforts at obtaining a permanent solution to this problem have failed to produce a positive response and it is impossible to get any response from the manufacturer, Scientific Atlanta, whish is now owned by Cisco. My advice to anyone who is considering investing in this DVR is to stear clear of this product.
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I obtained the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 VDR from my cable provider. Performance went from bad to worse to dead in two weeks. Initially, HD TV video was heavily pixelated with freeze ups and gaps. Sound was garbled with gaps as well. Non-HD video was not as bad as HD, but was still poor. Later, response to the remote would freeze so I'd have to reboot the VDR and wait five minutes for it to restart. Then it would no longer record. Finally it rebooted itself and never restarted. I returned it to my cable provider and asked for a "brand name" VDR. They said they were out of stock of Samsung VDRs, so I opted for just a Samsung cable box rather than another Scientific Atlanta VDR. The Samsung works perfectly, and I look forward to eventually getting a Samsung VDR. As I was leaving, a guy waiting in line said: "Those gray boxes [referring to the Scientific Atlanta VDR] are pieces of junk". I agreed with him.
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Garbage. Avoid at all costs. If your cable provider brings SA boxes to your house refuse to accept them, and threaten to cancel unless they provide a different brand.

Box needs to be rebooted every couple days...if not more frequently (reboot requires 5-10 minutes), channels drop in and out, and it's very slow to respond to user input. Lived with two of these in the house - both behaved similarly poorly so it wasn't a fluke.
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I don't write a lot of reviews. But after 6 replacements of SA boxes via TWC in Cincinnati - enough is enough. This product is not fit for human consumption. My most recent replacement is now circulating through error messages after 5 resets - thank you TWC and SA for doing this during the US Open. Unfortunately I don't have a satellite option right now but as soon as I do I will say goodbye.
Of note, the guy who came to install the last one apologized in advance that all he had to give us was another SA box that he knew was a POS. Great company to put decent people into the position of installing known junk. Shame on both TWC and SA (does Cisco still own them?).
This is the best argument ever for stopping cable monopoly - call your congressman.
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