OK, I think I fully understand your position you. When you call it 'Beta' you are simply saying it's not feature rich enough for you. I'm sure there will be adjustments.
Keep in mind, though that this is Multi-Room Viewing .. The feature you want is Remote Management. I suspect that if DIRECTV ever does enable Remote Management that it will fall under the same MRV fee .. meaning that if you don't subscribe to MRV, you wouldn't have either MRV or Remote Management.
Agreed....any this is what I'd pay for....I think it should be there already. After all it "is" for non-DVRs to DVRs....why not DVRs to DVRs ?
As for managing the system .. I rarely look at the To Do list or History .. I just let the DVR do it's thing. I look at the Series Link manager from time to time, but not often. I don't mind going to the other room .. but then again, I have a pretty small house. If it were a really big house, that might bother me more. Still, it's very infrequent.
What I do look at often is My Playlist. That is available with MRV now. Yes, it's unified, but I like having everything listed .. the unified playlist works well for me because I tend to record things where there is capacity available and just watch the recordings from the list.
I use Playlist too and like that it is unified....but how on earth do you know what space is available where without going to every room and logging how much space is on each DVR and managing that dynamic info ?...PITA. Also, besides space the feature should also be to extend MPEG encoders. Example, in Guide or Search you go to record a show and .... ooopps ...already two conflicts at that time. So, you cancel out of that request and go to other room and find which DVR has best space and program there ?...or as it should be a message comes up as part of the conflict list options and a drop-down to select which MRV DVR you wish to assign this to....would be cool if it showed next to the MRV DVR name the percent space of the DVRs. You know the info is there and with all the hoop-la about DECA bandwidth the small traffic across the network to accomplish this would be zilch.
I definitely consider MRV (in its current state) to be one of the best features of the HR2x. I'd love for it to be free, but I have no problem paying DIRECTV $3/month now that I know that is what they are charging.
It has the potential for sure....won't argue that nor even the $3...but with the features I listed versus what I'll call "just playback" seems aweful basic to me...and to charge for...geeze. So, my only point would be these extra features IMHO put this in a class more in line with the other DVR "management" software of the box. After all, as we said before...we could be doing playback on a VCR but we buy/pay for these DVRs...why, because of the management features.