What is a Digital TV Tuner DVR Cable Box?
The DCT6412 is a Dual-Tuner DVR High Definition Set-top box by Motorola.
Setup of the DCT6412 DVR Cable Box
Basic Operation of the DCT6412
The DCT6412 Remote can be programmed to control your Television, DVD or VCR player and your Audio System. Instructions are included for how to do this. I’ve found that the number or channel buttons on the remote are a little bit small and awkard to control; otherwise the remote is adequate and easy enough to learn and use. Press the TV button on the remote, then press the cable button to power on the cable box and change channels on your box. When your Cable box is plugged in for the first time, it will take several minutes for it to find and program all of the station information. Once this is completed, you can view detailed information on any program you are watching by pressing the ‘info’ button. You can use the channel up-down button to change programs, or you can press the ‘okay’ button in the center of the four arrows which are located in the middle of the remote. Pressing the ‘okay’ button makes it possible to browse and scroll through 3 or more channels at a time. When you find the program you want, simply select ‘okay’ once again. You can actually scroll ahead several days in advance to view the programming of any channel you are browsing. If you want a full-screen view of television programming, press the ‘guide’ button. You can press the ‘menu’ button to do a search for your favorite program by category or title. There are also a number of other features that can be setup through the ‘menu’ function: Basic Setup, On-Demand, TV Listings, Search, Parental Control, DVR, Messages, Local Weather, Help, and Pay-Per-View. Each of these menu settings are described in detail in the included DCT6412 user manual. The DCT6412 will support all of the common digital television resolutions; 480i, 480p, 1080i and 720p. There is also a stretch mode which automatically stretches a standard definition program picture to fill the screen of a wide format television. The resolutions you choose depend on the capabilities of your television resolutions, so make sure you know what your TV supports. Note: The box gets very warm. The manual recommends placing it in a well ventilated area: Good advice.
DVR: Digital Video Recording on the DCT6412
Video-On-Demand on the DCT6412
If you want to watch Video On-Demand, press the VOD button. A menu appears with categories such as, Top Picks, Movies & Events, HD On-Demand, TV Entertainment, TV Series, Free Movies, Sports, etc. etc. Comcast advertises that there are thousands of On Demand choices. I have never counted them all, so I’ll take their word for it. The REW, FWD, PAUSE, STOP all work very much the same as the DVR menu. This is one weakness I’ve come to realize about the DCT6412: The interactive response time is very slow. For example, if you want to fast-forward to your favorite scene of a movie or football game, it is a difficult and very slow process getting there. One solution is to use the DVR to record the show first. Navigating a pre-recorded program is much easier and faster.
Bottom Line Impression of Motorola DCT6412 HDTV Dual Tuner DVR Cable Box
Ratings: Motorola DCT6412 Cable Box
- Features: 88
- Ease-of-Use: 88
- Performance: 85
- Cost: 95
- Setup and Documentation: 92
- Overall: 89