you have to manually input everything in...and if you decide not to read the review I warned you...it will be a b**ch to program since it programs differently than any other box I've worked with (well the Powervu box comes in a close 2nd)
from the review (4 years ago and this was the first box I got and the 2nd review I did so it may seem different now)
Some of the features of the unit are
-3 separate favorites lists
-receiver combines audio & video channels in one list
-change PIDs easily (guide then right arrow)
-when new channels are added on a transponder, it automatically adds them
Some of the drawbacks of the unit
-Can’t rename or delete individual channels
-All channels on a transponder are logged, whether scrambled or not
-10 entries. One Transponder is an entry, making it fill up fast
-Each transponder’s channels are easy to see (entry 3's channels start with 3...3001, 3002, etc)
I have mine setup for G10....I tried G25 but with some TP's having mainly scrambled channels it wasnt worth it for that...you cant program all TP's for G25 in it since its a 10 TP limit (each TP is a entry)
I have a Viacast Quantum DVB receiver. I have it programmed for G18 and is handy to take outside. It has a really good S-video picture too.
On mine the front panel buttons are deactivated for business use. The remote is necessary for programming.
Be careful with the EPG button, it can activate the PAL or NTSC video standard if the arrow button is selected. Then you can't see the screen to get back to the menus. It took me a while to figure that out one time when I lost the picture.