Originally Posted by jrs
Definitely. How hard can it be to allow us to delete a show from a different DVR?
Switching to DTV would not be cost-effective for me. Way too many TVs, and I don't know if their DVRs and MRV are any better.
You'd think they'd have figured out how to let you delete a show on a remote DVR by now.
I switched to DTV back in October. I'm out of my promo period. Between what I pay DTV for video, and what I pay TWC for 35/5, I'm paying $8 more than SH. Plus, I have all the premiums to boot. I have 2 DVR's and one stand alone receiver.
DTV's DVRs are -much- better than TWC's. To start, they can delete remote shows.
And they're faster to change channels, open menus and what not.
DTV charges you one fee to enable DVR service, no matter how many DVRs you have.
They can access the internet, with proper hardware. Comes in quite handy to stream MP3's and videos from a DNLA server. I've not tried the Youtube functionality yet, though. Nor have I tried their on demand offerings. I've never really been interested in that. I hear it works pretty well.
They accept external hard drives.
You can participate in early bird software upgrades (happens 1x a week, every week, except for super major holidays).
The DVR's support RF remotes (so you can completely hide the STB).
The picture quality is insanely better (thanks MPEG4!!).
You can tell the STB's to "lock out" the SD version of a channel if there is an HD available. Helps cut back on guide clutter. Want to watch WBTV in HD? Fine, tune to channel 3. That's the only channel available when configured to lock out SD's. If there is no HD version available, the SD version will show in the guide.
And the number 1 reason to switch to DTV? You don't get annoyed by every channel (premiums included) getting pounded by weather warnings for something going on on the other side of the state!!!!!
The future for DTV and STB's is pretty cool. The HR25 is a 5 tuner device that, with the proper TV's attached to the DECA (MOCA) network, will not require the TV's to have STB's on them. Samsung is the only company right now to support it, but others are coming on board pretty quickly.
Here's the only downside. Initially, when everything was setup, rainfade was not a problem. Snow, heavy rain, no problems. But with the wind here lately, a big storm comes through and the HD's go out. I need to either pick up that meter I want or call and have them come out for a realignment. Not really a big deal considering all of the upsides listed above.
TWC could be doing all of this (and more). Lord knows they have the financial resources to get it done.
I'd love to see a Netflix player on the STB. But you *KNOW* that'll never happen because it would jeopardize $$$ from their on-demand offerings.