The original designs wernt so bad, (analogue or digital), I still use one badged on a Winersat design.
Dont forget the nature of the STB beast is 'smaller, cheaper, faster'. The speed of advance in the industry these days (hours ?) means that if the branded product has a quirk/bug/faulty component/indifferent aftermarket support, which all the last Mnahattans appear to have been reported on, then the company becomes a dinosaur.
Technomate also have quirks, but the praises outweigh the criticisms so far