The units debuted to both love and criticism from purchasers, primarily related to reliability, warranty, and service issues. All models in the line were discontinued. One model, the DTVPal DVR, had unique features in this class of product: the ability to pause live TV and time-shift broadcast TV digitally. This model returned to production in 2010 as the Channel Master model Channel Master CM 7000PAL.
- Willcox, James K. "$40 DTV converter box from Dish is finally available". ‘’ConsumerReports.org’’. Consumers Union of U.S., Inc. August 21, 2008.
- The Editors "Issues with Dish's DTVPal DTV converters?". ‘’ConsumerReports.org’’. Consumers Union of U.S., Inc. August 29, 2008.