So after the long weekend with U-verse, some first impressions and follow-ups to my "issues" from last year:
- Simultaneous HD recordings. I *am* setup for 4 HD streams, as I watched a different HD stream on each receiver (4) just after the install completed. But, it appears I can only record 3 streams at a time. :-( My "system resources" says "Streams: 0 SD/4 HD (WAN); 1 SD/3 HD (Ingress)". Is this normal, or do I need to call and complain?
- HD quality. I don't know if something changed since last summer ... but so far I'm pretty impressed! The picture looks darn good on every HD channel I've looked at. I've seen a little bit of blocking and compression artifacts, mostly on sports. But it seems infrequent enough to easily tolerate. (And DirecTV seems to have up'd their compression recently, so it is not all roses there either.)
- Sound. I'm still getting a few sound "drop outs" when using digital audio, with optical cable to a Sony AVR. But it is an older AVR, so the issue might be there. The dropouts are infrequent, honestly no worse than with DirecTV. (The issue there is I was often running CE/test software, so glitches of any type were usually blamed on that test setup.) And so far I haven't had any problems with sound that is out-of-sync from the video.
- On-Screen Guide. I'm still not a fan of seeing both SD and HD channels in the Guide (and in Search results) even if they are 1000 apart. My wife doesn't always remember the difference so she'll setup a recording based on whichever she sees first. Looking at the channel numbers just isn't part of her "process". In addition, there are a couple of channels I watch that are only available in SD (e.g., BBCA and GAC) - so I'm sometimes in those channels. I don't like having to go, "wait, let me see if there is an HD version" before I finish whatever I'm doing. (If they are going to be listed twice, I'd rather they be together than far apart.) And I still have similar complaints with non-subscribed channels being shown in the Guide (and in Search results). Especially in Searches, I get tired of weeding through pages of non-applicable shows to find one that I can access. Conversely, thank you "bonscott87" for the info to push Enter in the Guide to get the popout that allows jumping to a specific date/time. Never knew that existed, but very useful. (Now I wonder how many other shortcuts are hidden from view?)
- Search. The lack of saved searches or advanced search options is a big oversight. :-( Already I am struggling to find my sporting events that appear on various channels (e.g., Texas Rangers baseball is on FSSW, Fox, ESPN, and/or local 21). I'm going to have to check out the web and iPad app, as suggested. See if that is easier to use.
- Scheduling Recordings. All good here. I'd like to set recording defaults so I'm not always changing the options. But after getting through the initial load of series I don't expect to be in that option all that often. And the auto 1 minute pre-pad is usually sufficient, but it would be even better to add that as a recording setup option, like you can with extending the recording. ("Timothy31" - I see the option to extend the end time of a recording, but not the start.)
- Watching Shows. The speeds of the various Fast Forward options are much improved from my last experience. The increments feel right (I think there is an addition setting now), and playback is very smooth (much better than DirecTV). One complaint here is there should be a bigger "auto jump-back" when coming out of FFwd - to prevent "overshooting". And I stillnwant to be able to "stack" the jump-forward button presses. I know there are at least 4, 6, or 8 commercials that I want to jump over - depending on the show. Let me do that and get it over instead of press-wait-press-wait-etc...