Yes, i did notice the boot takes a long time 2-3 minutes or something like that. This is the first Linux based receiver i have ever tested so i did not know that they take longer to boot. No big deal, just freaked me out at first, thought it was stuck in boot.
I have to say the Amiko Alien is cool! I am really liking this receiver more and more as i use it more. I have been watching PBS in 1080i HD on AMC 21 125.0W. Picture looks absolutely excellent, no problems at all, smooth as can be. AC3 audio decodes right in the box and is sent to the tv also perfect.
The box does not blind scan like we are used to, it wont scan for transponders. But if the TP is in the box it does scan for channels, so blind scan would be great but for those of us who can build a channel list this is not a big deal.
More on the box and how it performs later.
What is really cool to me is that it connects to the internet and even has its own wireless keyboard!
This is the first time i have connected a receiver to the internet and it was super easy. I just ran an ethernet cable from my modem to the Alien, went to the set-up menu and it auto-finds my connection and is instantly on the internet. Now, I can push the "youtube" button on the remote and i am watching youtube videos, The mini wireless keyboard is really cool. You can maximize the youtube screen, scroll through videos, even search using the keypad.
You can also connect to Shoutcast and listen to music, and more. And how easy it it do go to Spark and check for updates and upgrade the box over the internet. Very easy.
Plus the wireless mini keyboard also has a laser pointer! That alone can entertain me for hours at a time.
Anyways, thats all i have time to post tonight. I will continue to update this thread as i spend more time with it.
But i can tell you already that this box is pretty awesome.