Originally Posted by crazed_z06
Hey guys.. posted this over on the new San Diego HDTV forum..
I got an email from Cox 2 weeks ago saying the new trio guide and everything were available. I immediately gave them a call and scheduled an appointment for installation. I got one Cisco 8642HDC and one 1642HDC box. The 8642 is the DVR. The install consisted of the Cox tech installing some kind of filters and activating the new boxes. He also had to call and have it setup so the 1642 was a client for the 8642. It took about 45 minutes for setup and it went very smoothly. The tech commented that this was his 3rd install.
Overall, I am satisfied with the new guide. The guide uses the entire 16:9 screen pretty efficiently. The guide is split into three boxes which can show different info. My main gripe with the new boxes is they are SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. I mean really slow. If anyone has ever used DirecTV, it's like that. At least a 1 second lag when pressing buttons and it takes about 2 seconds to tune a new channel. Im getting used to it though.
The whole home DVR setup is pretty nice. As you would imagine, anything you've recorded on the main box can be watched on the client boxes. The best feature is the client box can record programs to the main box. So if Im in the bedroom, I can flip through the guide and record programs from the client.
The client does not have DVR functions on LiveTV (since it has no HDD to buffer). You have to hit record and then you can FF, RWD, Pause, etc.
Hmm.. what else..
You can setup different users on the boxes, so you can have different favorite channels and guide layouts per user. I now have six HD HBO channels which is great. I can now see "HBO Boxing After Dark" live on HBO East in HD. The boxes have HDMI and Component outs, but only one output can be active at a time..
Overall, Im pretty happy with the new boxes. The SLOWNESSSSS is terrible, but Im getting used to it after a couple weeks. Ive used DirecTV and Uverse Guides and this new Trio guide seems to much more efficient in how it gives you information.
Oh yea, it's $5 more per month.. the install was free
Any questions? I can try to answer them..