Yeh, So far all that I have heard is that a DVR is in the works. Maybe sometime this year. For this reason, I still have D*. The HDTivo is slow, but it is still high def.
The channels are still the same as the as originally listed. ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, HDNet, HDNet Movies, DiscoveryHD, UniversalHD, TNTHD, ESPNHD, Comcast Sports Net HD (which is pretty much worthless now that the King's season is over. However, I have seen INHD programing playing on this channel several times this week. No real pattern, but maybe INHD is in the works), HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and the Movie Channel. The bummer with the pay networks like HBO is that there is no On Demand for them. The only On Demand items are pay per view.
The CSR I scheduled the install from said ESPN2HD was coming. Between the 2 ESPNs, I watch a lot of high def games during the week. The main one that is lacking is still Fox Sports Net Bay Area. Surewest is still minor leagues until it gets this (along with the DVR, the main issue).
The actual box is a little dinky thing, a little smaller than my wireless router. My wife was happy that she couldn't really even notice it. The only problem ( might just be my box) is that it has a tendency to freeze up every now and then. You have to turn the channel and come back.
My main issue is with the closed captions. They take up half the screen. The old captions linger on the screen, while the new captions come on in the middle of them. Worst of all, they keep changing colors. So to deactivate them you have to go through a long menu (about as far as the HR10-250 for those of you that have Directv) and then reboot the damn thing. That takes about 10 minutes.
Overall, picture quality is excellent (FIOS seems to be the real deal, but as to the benefit of the Internet Protocol..... I don't know, I'll have to reread the press release to try to figure out how this is beneficial). The hardware kind of sucks. The amount of HD programming is just average.
Not a TV topic, but I have had Surewest for internet access since it became available here about 2 years ago. With even just 10Mb/sec, prepare to fly. The 20 is a little out of my price range and a little wasteful since my router slows everything down.