Ok, but it still wasn't a review ... It was the OP saying he's happy which is great. If a member is looking to switch and sees the title claiming a REVIEW of the Hopper, they'll be bamboozled. You quoted me, yet I didn't call him names. He trashed DirecTV which is ok, so critiquing his "review" isn't ok?
If by review you mean, "Goes over the pros and cons of a product, describes its features in detail, or otherwise provides impartial information whereby others can make a rational, informed decision" you're probably right. But if by review you mean,"Describes their personal experience with a product that gives an explanation of the causes of their overall satisfaction", then you're definitely wrong.
1)I am so pleased with my Hopper and Joeys that DirecTV could offer free equipment and free subscriptions for two years, and I'd still ignore them.
2) Maybe the Genie is better than the old HR series receivers were. I can't imagine them being any worse!
3) For all of the time I used to spend on here researching and frustratingly trying to find ways to make my old DVR perform properly, Dish and the Hopper have paid me back ten fold. Heck, the only reason I even stop by here anymore is to occasionally read or share information in the OT forums. How great is that?!
4)That's what happens when you find a product that performs as it should.
So let's break it down. 1) First, he indicates his overall level of satisfaction is so high he wouldn't take the former equipment he had from DirecTV even if it cost him nothing. 2) Provides a contrast with a competitor's product, and makes sure we know which ones he has experience with. 3) Indicates that he no longer spends time on this forum solving problems. 4) Indicates that the product performs properly.
Now, maybe that's not a complete review in the vein of CNET, but we also know he didn't change his "Editor's Choice" because of a CEO invalidating his review. I wouldn't consider his review to be decisive, but it would provide information to someone who is considering the two services, i.e. "Here's somebody who switched from a DirecTV "Advanced HD DVR" to a Hopper and is very, very, very glad he did."