Originally Posted by exparrot
While DTV altered the functionality of their own box, it does still function.
While D*TV threw the grenade in this case, I think it might be Replay's job to jump on it.
You're half somewhat
right, and half dead
In terms of the low speed data port, this is a feature that DirecTV never advertised as being available for customer use. RTV and TiVo used a serial command set that was available and worked quite well. The fact that DTV eliminated a portion of that command set, while a distinctly questionable business decision, is probably well within their legal right. But to say that it "does still function" is not quite correct. It can be made to function
by modifying the serial commands to emulate individual IR button signals. So yes, if DTV decides to be bullheaded about the issue, it may very well be up to RTV to provide a resolution, if any is to be provided.
Where you are dead wrong is wrt the screensaver. When the screensaver becomes active, my D-10 is no longer "functioning", nor can it be made to function. This is the case for RTV users, for TiVo users, and for VCR users. There is nothing in my agreement with DTV that limits my rights to only
viewing "live" program content. They are contracted to provide program content for my use, and that use may include recording for my own use at a later time. The screensaver is an alteration to the receiver, implemented and introduced to the mix by DTV, that causes the receiver to no longer function.
I can understand an instinctual reluctance on the part of RTV to "fix" this problem, as it will cost them to design and implement the fix, and there is nothing to stop DTV from inserting yet another minor change to their command set in the next
software download. Once RTV provides a fix for this, we will expect continued support from them, and DTV will be able to inflate their operating cost if they choose to. Since DTV is the point of origination for this problem, it would be unwise for RTV to provide a SW fix. It would be nice if they would provide a code so that the IR blaster could be used, but I wouldn't expect them to rework their implementation of the serial port interface.