Yeah, that was a roaring success.
Did you own one? (or two or three?) I'd love to hear your first hand opinion on the functionality. Either way, this thread is not about that and the HR 34wins hands down. I still think the HR 2X should be able to handle PIP.
PIP is really only useful in larger screen HDTVs anyway...and even then...not everyone wants/needs it.
Still, some do want it of course, and it comes down to personal preference.
Agreed. DTV receivers have not output PIP in a decade. If you want it today you need multiple receivers (Even though your current receiver probably has two tuners). If you are not happy with what the HR34 offers for PIP, be prepared to pay 2-5K at the entry level for a scaler. I would think most will settle for what the HR34 offers instead of scaling from two independent sources. I know that is the way I'm leaning.
I don't have to "convince" you of anything. The HR2x boxes have been out since 2006 and people have been clamoring for PIP ever since they knew they would contain dual tuners. The chipset just doesn't support it. If it did, Directv would have enabled and supported it - it would have been a TREMENDOUS selling point, especially given Directv's long-standing commitment to be seen as a sports programming leader.
The chipset in the HR34 DOES support it. And it's great.
The HR34 sounds great like you exclaim. I love it and want one. The fact that DirectTv offered PIP in 2000 and it went away until now because "hardware can't handle it" is absolute BS in my opinion. If they wanted to include it, they could have.
Despite this lack of (previous) functionality that a few choose to beat me up about, I have stayed a loyal subscriber since 2001. There are many positives from DTV that long outweigh the negatives IMO.