So as you appear to be very pro Freesat/Freetime do you think the product has been rushed to market in response to Youview? Would you also consider that the average Joe with no tech know how would have a trouble free ride as the unit currently stands?
Whether a new user would have problems is down to the way they use the box. If left in sby for long periods then yes an average user would have problems. If they came home from work at say 17:00 and only recorded content in the evenings then they wouldn't notice the problem. In fairness the major problems appeared recently with the change of firmware from v6 to v16, so were unlikely to come to light easily. If you buy a box the last thing most would do is set a load of recordings and leave it alone for 8 days. . If you look at the Freesat forum threads you will see that I suggested weeks ago that problems would happen if boxes were left in extended sby. On V6 that looked like periods in excess of 7 days.
By the way the Youview box was/is far from perfect as well.
Every new pvr I ever had was the same, the Topfield was very troublesome for months by the way, and is now regarded as the best SD pvr ever.