Originally Posted by DianaTWCSC
Interesting - one of the first things I plan to do is get more familiar with other guides out there. In my current role I frequently hear people speak of the Tivo guide benefits, but honestly I've never really gotten to play with it...
Maybe they'll let me expense one
Go to TitanTV.com (free registration required) and look around. It is vastly superior to the guide that TWC uses. There are far too many programs on TWC's cable guide listed as "30 minutes" or "60 minutes" or some generic description that is used repeatedly for the program (e.g. so and so searches for food) that tells absolutely nothing about the particular episode. TitanTV, in most cases, also identifies a show as being a new episode or rerun and allows you to find a rebroadcast of a show that you may have missed for one reason or another...including when the cable does not work or the 8300HD fails to record a program or the signal is unviewable...which happen all too often, but that is another subject.
The guide most definitely needs to provide information further iinto the future for programming when you may be away. Internet access to the DVR would be highly useful as well.
Slightly off topic, but getting arid of Scientific Atlanta would be a good start for a DVR that works better. These things are just way too buggy.
Edit: This touches on hardware that affects the guide as much as anything, but second generation cable card specs supposedly provide for bi-directional communication which, I am told, is necessary for the guides to operate. I have to believe that TWC has enough economic "clout" to get these things manufactured if they want to do so. Consumers want them even if VOD capability is lost...yes, I know that TWC does not like the prospect of losing VOD, but people actually want to be able to use cable cards for SageTV or even MS MediaCenter boxes which they would purchase on their own which would not be restricted to the two channel limitation of the SA 8000/8300 boxes. TWC has several conflicting interests as both content provider and cable operator, but it should be clear by now that customers want more and better capabilities than are currently offered with the SA boxes and (first generation) current cable cards.
This comment is not intended to "bash" TWC, but the image quality of SD transmissions is sufficiently inconsistent as to make many people wonder whether it is worth the effort to even try HD TV on the cable. I hope that there are people placing emphasis on improving this situation.
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