Thanks for the detailed answer... A native mode would be great to have, and it doesn't work for all of us. My television won't do 720p . So, it really would be nice if you could cycle through 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and native. That would satisfy everyone I think....
Yes, I am kinda bugged by the lack of native. I get bars on all of my OTA channels when they are not being broadcast in HD. Between the Tivo and my Mit WS-65909, I can not come up with a "no bars" solution except to watch analog. Kind of a step backward. It is fine if the content is HD on OTA. It is fine for watching SD on DirecTV. But I really like the quality of my locals on OTA versus the locals on DirecTV.
I also wish I did a bit more homework but even then, I am not sure I would have found out the following. This is my 1st Tivo and the legacy Tivo folks certainly understand this one point:
It is a sub-standard DirecTV receiver. Not from a quality perspective, but is terribly lacking in BASIC DirecTV features. Yeah-Yeah - all of the legacy tivo guys will tell you it is really a Tivo with DirecTV tuner and it is meant for time shifting and recording, not watching live TV. For $1k it should shine my shoes.
What is with these manufacturers????? You would kind-o-think that they would want to attract new markets and that just maybe people would replace their current HD receiver with a Tivo??? Yes, but if you want to watch live TV, you are going to have to live without:
Not passing native
One Favorite bucket
No Jump key (to return to last channel viewed)
No caller ID
These have been standard features with DirecTV boxes for ages.
You will love it IF you want to time shift and don't like live TV. I don't think you will like it if you like live TV and being able to semi-surf. I don't surf really but I did like the organization of having several favorites set up and going to that favorite and choosing a channel, like Locals, SPorts, HD, etc. Otherwise, you are forced to use the filter and that is a pain and a bit clumsy.
I have a feeling it is going back to the store and I will have to wait until a better, all-around receiver and DVR is available. From my initial research, seems like the 921 is a better all-around unit, but there are so many horror stories out there about quality (or lack therof). Plus I would have to switch from DirecTV and they have served me well.
SIGH - After waiting all these month for Tivo HD, it looks like I am going back to my e86 Hughes until some manufacturer delivers what I want.