Originally Posted by SWLinPHX
I already have both 500GB and 1TB DVR expanders, so going down in hard drive size is no issue with me whatsoever, even though now I have the Cisco 8742 w/1 TB and a disabled eSATA port.
You missed my point entirely. ALL Cisco HDC DVRs have/had the eSATA problem. It has nothing to do with TRIO. The 8420HDC only had a 160GB HDD, so Cox got a LOT of complaints about lack of eSATA (using Passport) and it still took lots of time to come up with a firmware fix. With the 500GB/1TB drives in the 8642HDC/8742HDC, they will get far fewer complaints. Tell Cox you want to run Passport on your 8642HDC (you can, you know.) Still no eSATA. Only the 8420HDC with BRO Passport upgrade or the 8300HD (not HDC) have eSATA enabled.
More to the point actually, besides extra premium channels you have to pay for (and which I never order) and the 16:9 guide (which is nice but cosmetic only) what is it you are using or getting out of Trio that you love so much more and is so much more important than the six things I mentioned that you discounted?
First of all, I get NO premium movie channels. As related to you at least twice, I got the 8642HDC/TRIO because it was the only way to receive the HD versions of the PAC-12 and Big Ten channels. At the time, I knew NOTHING about TRIO.
Secondly, I have discounted nothing. Most of your gripes are firmware upgrade items (except the eSATA issue.) As for what I
use, I've already been through that. One final time. (1) The guide: SIX different views. The normal grid
view, being 16:9, allows me to see the entire Prime Time period in one view. And you call it "cosmetic" only. Can't do that with Passport's 4:3. List
view. Able to see 7-8 programs on a channel at once, then continue scrolling through that channel's line-up. See a synopsis of each highlighted program. Scroll or advance page by page. Nice to use when wondering when the next repeat of "Suits" airs, etc. Passport doesn't have this feature. In the Kid's Zone
guide, only children's programming is listed. [Choose this as the DEFAULT GUIDE
in the children's bedroom, if desired.] In the HDTV View
, only HDTV channels are listed. In the Favorite Channels
view, only your Favorite Channels are listed. Handy for programming your DVR on your nightly channels. No need to toggle through them all. Zone Channels
view. Not sure what this does yet. (2) Multiple users. Nice feature. All of the guides are customizable for different users. For example, I have a second user - SPORTS - who has his FAVORITE CHANNEL guide comprised of just his often viewed/recorded sports channels. Another one is named NEWS, and has just news channels for his FAVORITE CHANNELS. Any of the above can be the DEFAULT GUIDE, and each USER can chose their own DEFAULT GUIDE. But since this is all "cosmetic", I won't go on. If you're really interested, there are plenty of TRIO tutorials at GOOGLE and YouTube. Just the above few features are more important to me
than the CC, PIP, and other firmware issues that you keep bringing up. And I get my two needed HD sports channels. You better get used to TRIO, as all new HD programming is destined to be H.264 AVC (MPEG4), and the soon to be introduced 6-tuner Cisco 98xx DVR will be TRIO only on Cox.
Do you use the Recommend feature?
I have it turned off for now.