Regarding la_canuck's comment about RCA/Sony/Microsoft/DirecTV not continuing the UTV Service.
I certainly do wonder what they were thinking. Of course they were a bit ahead of the DVR curve... I'm still surprised how cheaply I and many others were able to find UTVs at Radio Shacks/Best Buys/Circuit City ($50-100) around 2002/2003 when comparable DVRs did cost two or three times as much.
Of course the monthly service fee of $9.95 is still kind of high... however as was mentioned how many DVRs out there come with PIP?, built in 30 second skip (amazing I know, along with extra fast 300X FF), AND a WebTV/MSNTV Internet interface function.
One might have said Microsoft's biggest failure wasn't because it was a bad product for once... but that it was poorly marketed. Still even odder that MS didn't at least attempt a standalone version of the UTV DVR.