It's a good unit for the money, after I modified it to put the USB socket on the back (I ditched the RS232 and put a USB socket there, why they put the USB on the front I don't know, crazy).
But I'm not sure if it's suitable for gran,
a) the text is too small, especially when scheduling, the date and time is tiny
b) again when scheduling, it wants date and time in Y-M-D H:M, 24 hour clock, and it's not changeable, this will confuse gran
c) you can't schedule from the EPG, you have to do it manually, it would be so much easier otherwise
It's also not very clear what's going on when you are recording or playing back, for example I can imagine her playing back something and trying to change the channel, not understanding why it's not working (the channel buttons do nothing when playing back).
Anyway, is anybody aware of any other boxes on the market which might be more suitable to the elderly? Simple, clear large font displays, easy scheduling, recording etc.
PS: and for some reason, it doesn't want to stick with letterbox. Don't know why, on the 4:3 tv's I've tried (don't have a 16:9) no matter what I do, it won't default to letterbox, I actually have to hit the resolution switch button and then it will flick into letterbox, but change the channel and it's back to pan & scan or similar. It's all correctly set in the setup. Just takes no notice.