- A 5006 is the same as a 5005 but with Stereo RF tuner (not a problem if all your recording sources are via other inputs) and Videoplus/PDC.
You will come across lots of posts saying avoid Liteon, why? because first and foremost Liteon are a brand marketed to introduce DVD recording to the mass market and at a price point to suit. Without having access to trade sales figures I think a safe bet is that Liteon (and their re-badged machines such as Akai, Daytek, ILO, Apex and many others) have outsold all other brands several times over.
This obviously provides a much larger user base and naturally a much larger figure for those with problems.
At this point it should be noted that not all problems raised can be laid at the door of Liteon, but Liteon have done themselves no favours in mass producing units without ensuring strict quality control. However in their defence they at least do fairly regular firmware updates and they do listen to what we have to say in these forums. There are for example 2 Liteon employees who are members of the forum I moderate on and pass our comments on.
Then there are those that have spent a lot more money on machines from well known brands that do have better components in them and like to decry our choice of machine. There is not and never will be a perfect machine from anyone.
The hack will defeat macrovision, region free is easy (try that without re-chipping on a Pioneer unit).
I have had reports that HBO has been recorded without problems.