I'm glad others are having better experiences with the 8000!
Here are some of my beefs about the Explorer with Cox Cable in Northern VA:
- Cox started off charging $10 for the box rental and $10 for DVR service -- they have since dropped to $10 rental and $4 DVR.
- If you are watching live tv and press rewind, it pauses and goes black for about a second before it rewinds. tivo is seamless.
- No wishlists (program description keywords, actor, etc.)
- No season pass-type recording with ability to tape only first-run programs
- UI design is horrible. For example, when you press guide on the 8000, it will go to 2 hours in the future and to channel 2 -- it should go to the current channel you're watching or at least be configurable to do so.
- When searching for program titles, you can only search by the first letter, and not by typing a more specific prefix so you don't have to scroll through pages of programs beginning with a certail letter.
- It forgets to record sometimes
- When starting a recording in the background, the interface will stall for a few seconds like it is locked up.
- If a program appears on multiple channels, you can't tell the box to just record the show whenever it comes on
- No predictive FF/RW
- No 30-sec skip
- Can't filter by category
- and others I can't think of...
Here are my mom's 8000 OS versions:
PTV OS: March 20, 2003 6.0.4sp
Flash: March 21, 2003
Maybe I'm just spoiled with my DirecTIVO, but for all of the ranting cable companies do about how satellite sucks, they need to get their acts together -- they should have done what DTV did and have Tivo develop a box for QAM -- which I guess still wouldn't work, because alot of cable systems are still analog/digital hybrids.