Does your brain just stop working after you read 5% of peoples' posts or something?
My goodness. I'm not even going to bother responding to that abortion of a post. Anyone who actually READS my ENTIRE POST will go on to read yours and then go... "WTF? This guy just completely missed the point on that one."
I read your entire post, and that's why I know how misguided it was from start to finish, because it's premise is poor. You can't say a company offers something great because someone else makes part of it good. And I am not even getting into the fact that TiVo is poor at best IMHO. (cable card dvr extrodinare they are) Granted , you are pushing something ten times more complicated to create for most people, in suggesting everyone build a htpc. THat might have some decent interface, maybe better than DIRECTV, I haven't played with one in the last year. However, something so impractical can't make up for what cable offers, and can't make cable better than sat, dish or DIRECTV. Not in my area,and not in any other area near me.
That'd be like arguing that DIRECTV is the best provider because they offered a channel in 3d. Who would care if everything else about them that was important was sub par. I haven't seen one person say that 3d is the reason DIRECTV is a good provider.
And on top of that, cable companies do not offer a Hi Definition ui in my area at all, period. That's a flat out fact that flys directly in the face of your claim they do. Other companies can provide hardware that will work with cable companies that might allow you to use a Hi Definition interface. Big difference.
It seems the point of your posts are to bag on companies and claim they don't offer pq at a good quality level. As others have said, why don't you get some real screen shots of DIRECTV on channels with five per transponder and some with six per transponder and show us the difference. Then do the same with a local network here in Los Angeles over the air and via DIRECTV and let's see what you find out.
As for the interface, not counting the Hi Definition part, (not all dvrs i have used have ever had a hd gui) I have used most of the DVR interfaces ever made at one point or another, ( accept for some of the brand new ones that are hitting right now in some areas, like fios) and DIRECTV current one, I'd rank it third, behind replaytv and ultimate tv. Htpc maybe fourth (as of the last time I used it). TiVo is barley better than a cable DVR, both at the bottom of the barrel IMHO. Sad I can still rate two sd only five plus year old interfaces higher than DIRECTV current one, but then look where I find everyone else to fall..... Shameful for all manufactures I think.
Edited by inkahauts, 05 July 2012 - 03:46 AM.