I was looking at some faqs on the new dvrs and one item said that local channels in some areas
would have to get new equipment by 2012. I'm in Los Angeles
and wondered how much longer I'd be able to still get locals on my UTVs.
I also emailed dtv about a website issue, and in their response they made an offer:I see that you have been a loyal DIRECTV customer for many years ... after reviewing your account, I found that we can give you one of our best receivers absolutely free today. To learn more about the offer, please call us ...
I'm betting they're real anxious to convert this UTV straggler and might make a loyal
user a pretty good offer.
However, I recall a couple of issues with dtv's newer dvr's that were kinda showstoppers for me:
- No way to "park" on something like the myshows channel so currently recording sports could accidently show up at "live" making for a spoiler if I was recording two events at the same time and was looking at the guide or trying to ping pong between the two events.
- It seems as of 2008 or so, theres something about 30skip vs. 30slip that can be enabled - has this finally been ironed out? Does it provide a true 30 second skip like a utv?
I see there's a new HD dvr coming that can record 5 things at once
. Any thoughts? Do you think I could get them to give me one of these for free with a new dish with free install - since I'm such a "loyal" customer? Of course every new receiver they make has problems for a year or two. Not sure I want to be at the bleeding edge.
But If I dump my 2 utvs for a single 5 tuner hd, I'd save the $10 utv charge plus $6 for second receiver making the jump to HD at about the same monthly charge. I already have the hd tv.