|Originally posted by athene024
The new P4 cards are corrupt and so are most of the 3.7 updates.
Direct Tv struck an exclusive deal with sony to only support TiVo, but they could not just discontinue the ult services so they created a way to make you switch to the TiVo unit. Right now RCA is in a transition period it has discontinued the 490 and has not widely released the 495 so the stock o either unit is virtually impossible to find. After the cards or the download corrupts the HD the unit needs to be exchanged there is a month waiting list for Ult exchanges as of today, Direct Tv acts innocent and tells the consumer the manufacturer is at fault but the reality is that almost all ult unit are having the same problem after recieving the download or activating the P4 card, thus making the consumer lose faith in RCA.
We have to realize who is really at fault and who really is taking advantage of us.
The information presented here is just weak and unsubstantiated.
Microsoft backed off from the UTV effort many months ago. If DTV wanted to discontinued support for UTV, they would probably send customers a letter saying that programming services for a discontinued hardware product would cease in some number of months. They have not done that.
I believe it is highly unlikely that they would undertake a behind the scenes approach involving sending out bad cards and corrupted software downloads. DTV is trying to be bought currently, and they donâ€™t need these kind of issues now or any other time.
Currently there is no 3.7 UTV software update, so there is nothing to be corrupted. There are some beta claims that an update of some sort may be coming in future months. I suspect this is true as comments from posters, whose previous information has been accurate, seems to point in this direction. None of them has made any comments about corrupted beta downloads.
Referencing information from phone calls to either DTV or RCA is generally not all that useful. There are dozens of posts here over the last 2 years from cases where somebody called DTV/RCA/??? and heard some story about something. Most proved to be just bad information. On any given day one can call DTV and ask a non-standard question about something. If you call 3 times during the day, and speak to 3 different CSRs, you will generally get 3 different answers.
It is clear that some users have experienced problems with the new P4 cards. Itâ€™s also clear that many other users have had no problems at all. The bottom line on P4 cards is still unknown.
The PVR effort to date has been mostly unsuccessful. Consumers have not yet jumped on the PVR bandwagon in numbers anywhere near what investors had hoped for. Microsoft appears to have gotten out due to lack luster sales. Tivo has had financial problems for years for the same reason. Replay seems to be in a similar situation.
Most UTV users are fully behind the concept and love our units. Many here have 2 or more UTV units in successful operation. Most have no intention of changing.