I'm just trying to point out there are plenty of folks like me that are still weary about changing boxes - first because of the quality and usability concerns and secondly because of the way DirecTV treats their customers.
RS4, it's fairly obvious from your posts today that you're just trying to stir it up (which is fine on a forum). But all these posts of "I'm just trying to point out ..." aren't really pointing out very much.
We are all very aware that there are fanboys and girls on both sides of the fence.
Go check out my posts at TCF. I was one of the first people to get the Series3 in mid-September. Ordered hour-1. Paid the full $799. Loved it. Posted that I loved it. Posted experiences at TCF so that others could enjoy TiVo. Loved it.
Well, times change. Other products get better. The HR20 has succeeded in my eyes. My family now also loves the HR20.
Without speaking for JayW, I'd assume that his original post was to let everyone know that he's also happy now. I agree with him. Yep, we both still want DLB but the HR20 is a pretty good box right now.
Telling us all that there are still skeptical folks out there isn't exactly new news. We know. That's why JayW made his post.
Suggesting that D* have a trial program to get new converts, good idea, may or may not ever happen. In the meantime, we'll continue to try and help others move to the HR20.
This "alienation" stuff also doesn't make much sense. The D*TiVo boxes never were on par with state-of-the-art DVRs. Whether it was D* fault or TiVo's fault, we may never know, but the D*TiVo box was a half-breed.
What we do know is that D* has total control of development right here in the U.S. and they're working very hard to make the HR20 the best box possible. They are frequently enhancing the box (not just bug fixes), and they listen. We post on the CE forum and sometimes shortly afterwards the change is made. The posts at TCF are not nearly as recognized by the parent company.
Ah well, enough debate ... you get the point.