You're having problems with chasing playback? The box certainly supports it and I've never had the problem which some people have seen, even when playing back from the beginning of a 5-hour recording of a tennis match that was over 4 hours in.
Supposedly 30-second skip was in the firmware, but deactivated on request of the cable providers. Possibly at the request of the people who pay them to put interstitial ads in the programs--who knows? Even TiVo never officially had that feature (you had to turn it on by accessing a debug mode). There are those who have come up with macros for high end remotes which can do it, but it's not quite the same as an instantaneous skip.
I still don't understand a use for a "remaining disk space indicator" (did TiVo have this? I haven't used mine in months, so I forget). On my own system, the only constant bitrate recorded on disk is analog, which is about 5% of my recording at this point. (See here
). One hour of HD Fox takes up about half the space on disk as one hour of HDNet, and storage necessary for an hour of HD on the the "big 3" networks varies (CBS having the lowest average bitrate and ABC having the highest). SD digital channel bitrates are variable, program-to-program, and all over the place. Estimating how much of what I want to record will fit in a given number of megabytes would be problematic, at best. (Unless, of course, it was all analog--always 2.3GB/hour, period).
I find what it does
do to be more useful, and certainly more user-friendly for the non-computer-literate: when disk space gets short, it tells me how long I have to watch the things that are there before it will have to delete them to make space for something on the schedule. Based on that information, I can go in and bump the things I care the most about up to the top of the list, delete anything which I recorded on a whim (or just leave it at the bottom, to get axed automatically if I don't get around to watching) and set anything that I absolutely have
to watch to "save until I delete".
Let's see. We've been through this exercise before, but it's been months, so what irritates me about the box has probably changed. My list would be:
- An incremental title search, by entering in leading characters
- Download the new ending day of the schedule automatically, daily, and buffer the enter week's schedule (or at least cache it to disk)! The "loading new information" pauses are idiotic. This is not unique to the DVR, but it affects the DVR's recording scheduler, since it can't tell that it's scheduled to record a program until that day has been loaded. Also, the "genre" and "title" schedule listing only show information for days which have been loaded at least once (I try to scan through the end of the schedule at least every couple of days, looking for new movies to record on the subscription channels)
- When viewing the full guide info of a program, give me an option to see all known future showings and to select any of them for recording
- The TiVo feature (I forget what it's called) that lets you see why it didn't record an episode of something in the "Series Manager"
Nothing else springs to mind right now, but I'm sure that there or others.