Originally Posted by rit56
The SA 8300 series is a useless piece of junk not able to run the new software.
Wow, do I disagree with that statement. As "new" software, ODN is nothing more than OCAP compliant MDN. (And from a technical stand point a 8300HDC does run the new software.) When I first tried ODN two years ago it was a Java lagged, steaming pile of monkey dung. Even now, with ODN and MDN boxes running side by side, I can detect the lag and glitches in ODN. As far as the 8300 HD is concerned, its only flaw was a 160GB drive on a DVR destined to be used recording HDTV. A flaw that was easily overcome with the feature, unsupported mind you, of being able to add up to a 1TB drive. A feature which seems to be intentionally defeated in any ODN box.
From an end user, sit down and watch TV standpoint, there is now very little difference in ODN and MDN. I can't think of a single feature that ODN has that MDN doesn't. Both have VOD and PPV. The menus are virtually identical, except of course that ODN is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to fit a 16x9 screen which I find to be hard on the eyes. I guess it was too much to ask that they actually use the additional space to give us more info.
Typical American corporation.
More like a typical American quasi-monoply operating in an artifical government designed and regulated market.
Originally Posted by scnrfrq
I can't depend on them ever to record all my shows for sure. $220/month for this???
What other TW DVR's do you recommend, that also have large hard drives?
scnrfrq, I am i the same boat you are. I have a single 8300HD with a 1TB drive that is starting to have glitches. I never have the "couldn't record message" but I get recordings that hang up or are blank. This was inevitable as the 8300s age and fail. You and I and the rest like us are going to have to learn to live with less drive space or pay more to have enough boxes to store what we want. My immediate recommendation is to do what I am doing right now, watch up everything you have recorded that you can't get on demand or through some other source such as Netflix, Hulu, or whatever else you use. There is no way to transfer the recorded material.
$220 a month and you don't even have Sig Home! You must have every last package and upgrade that TWC offers.
The short answer that has already been provided is that the largest drives on the new ODN boxes are 500GB. Cisco 8742 and 8642, Samsung 3272. However, the 3272 does not have PIP if you use that function.
In order to get a TB of storage you are going to need two of these boxes. Getting Sig Home will get you that. However, if you can just get TWC to give you two of them without Sig Home, that might be cheaper since in theory you would pay the same as you are now. As BenJF3 has pointed out, with Sig Home the two boxes don't really act as one. You pretty much have to manage the recordings on each one seperately anyway.
If you could get either Cisco and the Samsung 3272, it might be interesting to compare them side by side. I know the folks who keep up with this thread would appreciate a report.
How are the remotes for the Cisco and Samsung 500GB models? Is one brand better than the other, as far as setting them up to work with DVD players, VCR's, etc.?
In my division they now give out the UR5U-8780L for everything, Cisco or Samsung. It is pretty much the same as the UR5U-8400 that came with my 8300 HD.