Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:11 AM
My family still has 8 ReplayTV's in use (even they are single tuner analog DVR's) mainly because of this commercial skip feature, as well as a couple of other features that D* has never decided to roll out.
I have had D* for over 12 years now (along with 4 ReplayTV's), and although I now have 3 D* DVR's with whole home, I have 4 Replay's running right beside them doing room to room realtime streaming via ethernet, commercial skip, internet video sharing, ability to archive shows on computers or DVD for future viewing on demand, user replacement/upgrading of hard drives, custom channel guides, show sharing via internet with other family members, multiple windows based utilities, etc. And all this for the measily cost of 25.00 a year for channel guide info.
So although D* has HD, more than one tuner, and a few other neat features, in my opinion, if D* were to implement/add all of the technology they have at their disposal by harvesting what they can from the ReplayTV technology, they would outclass anything else available by other providers, bar none.