I got my first Directv box in 1997, and had to buy it back then. I installed it, and the dish myself, and have never had any type of techie touch it, or
the replacements for it over the years. This was back when you had to subscribe to USSB (United States Satellite Broadcasting, I think) to get
the premium channels.
I've been a loyal customer all these years, but am now seriously considering chucking it all in and going with either cable (yuk!) or Dish Network... all over this screensaver.
I've tried the normal stuff, calling the tech support people numerous times, and even emailing them a 'not so nice' proposal for where they can stuff their screensaver.
All I get is that it's there to protect my tv... and, that I can turn it off permanently by pressing the dash button three times real fast.
If that actually worked, I wouldn't be writing this... so, someone is lying,
and it ain't me.
Ever be watching a football game that goes into overtime, and just as your team is about to score and win the game (or not score, and lose it)
the screensaver pops up and you miss the play?
Or, record that great movie on the dvr while you sleep, and find out later that the last few minutes of the movie is only the screensaver.. and usually with no sound after a little bit, so you can't even hear what is being said either?
I see absolutely no purpose for a screensaver on a DVR, that's a job for the television set. And, if I can't afford a tv that has a screensaver, and
would actually want one, I would ask for one.
By default it should be permanently OFF! If they want to add one, make it necessary to turn it on to use it!
The only reason the piece of junk is still connected is that I have been too lazy to box up everything and send it back. But, I can guarantee that I won't always be that way.
There, I've said my piece. I will now ease down off this soap box and
watch my screensaver for a while.
Thanks for letting me vent.
Edited by Mike Bertelson, 22 January 2011 - 07:16 AM.
Mod edit language