I can't give this product a good rating because it became inoperable in less than a month of ownership. The on/off button no longer shuts off the device, and it no longer displays any channels. Its display now consists of a line of lit dashes. It does not accept any input from the remote control device, and other than the on/off switch, there are no other control buttons on the box itself.
When it was working, it was a nice converter box. It is small, so it doesn't take up much space. The remote control that comes with it is a universal remote which also gives you TV/DVD/AUX controls. The instruction booklet that comes with the device gives you the codes for various manufacturers. The electronic program guide allows you to see a channel's listing of shows; there is a simple guide and a more detailed one. I found that you had to point the remote directly in front of the device for it to work; it didn't really work well if you were at a right angle to the device. A complaint about converter boxes that I've read is that they run hot, but I didn't find that to be true about the Viore, though the electrical plug was always a bit warm.
Initial channel reception was good, and the auto-scan process worked well and quickly. You need an external antenna capable of receiving the digital broadcasts for the device to work properly. I used a Mohu Leaf antenna, and depending on the time of day, I would pull in from 19 to 25 channels in the NY metro area with that antenna; when I tried it with a rabbit-ears antenna, I received much fewer stations. On channels where the signal was strong enough, I'd receive a clear image. On the weaker signal channels, there would be pixelation, which is the annoying thing about digital broadcasts.
I think that this is one of those devices that if you get one that works, you're going to be satisfied with your purchase. From what I've since been reading about converter boxes, it doesn't seem as though many of them, no matter what the brand, last for more than a year.
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