I feel sorry for anyone "forced to browse through" a channel guide. I stopped doing that many years ago.
I use a DVR. Specifically a TiVo brand DVR. Perhaps Comcast's are inferior, but they should be capable of basic functionality equivalent to "Season Pass".
To steal from an old Ron Popeil infomercial,
just "Set it, and forget it!"
Because the DVR records so much, I have far too many pre-recorded shows to watch to even want to browse anymore.
I dunno, maybe it's an age thing, sometimes "parents" are just too old to deal with a DVR. I'd personally give up TV altogether (except maybe for the Super Bowl) than watch it without a DVR.
And certainly DVRs and/or TiVos are affordable to people who buy $3000 HDTVs and/or pay $200/mo for cable.