I was, and remain, irritated I am forced to replace a faulty DVR with a much older assembly. Perhaps it's been refurbished perhaps not, I have no way of knowing. As I said before, I was simply surprised to see one come in stamped 2 years older than one I already considered old.
Secondly, I am perfectly capable of simultaneously being irritated at the situation while also recognizing that if it is indeed refurbished, and/or I get a long life out of it, it doesn't really matter.
Yes, my first post was incendiary, I regret starting the thread. If one starts a fire, though, throwing gas on it afterwards isn't always the best idea.
Others here in the past have had an excellent suggestion for DirecTV - allowing existing subs to buy/rent/specify a new replacement on some sort of perhaps limited basis. Personally, if I had any faith that a fast DVR existed, I'd just go visit Solid Signal, but I'm still waiting for one to definitively and unequivocally rise up.
Tom, thanks for your patience and level responses.
The very first post was incendiary.
Now you say:
...which is it? Will you be happy if it works for three or more years? Or will you be unhappy if the same model works while being the same model and older that the previous unit? Will you still call them morons or might that change as well?