When it takes this long to get basic DVR funtions correct how will they be able to give anvanced functions. I would love to see home networking, OTA, increased storage through USB, D*to go, ect.... What are we to think when they still cann't get the most basic things right.
You certainly have a point...although OTA isn't an "advanced" function...it's in the que and we are supposed to be getting it "real soon now". It will be interesting to see if they can implement it without breaking something else, or without significant problems with the function itself.
What are we to think?....patience. There's a lot to get right before the advanced stuff, as you have noted. No doubt there is some parallel development going on, but I'm betting they are getting a bit "gunshy" with releases.
Based on how my box has performed over the last 9 weeks, I'd say my number one priority is OTA...but that certainly isn't true for a significant minority of people who are having numerous and severe malfunctions in the "base feature set" of this DVR.
I say minority because 325 people responded to my satisfaction poll over the last 10 days. (on these forums). Here are the results: (rounded)
Very Satisfied: 117, 36 %
Somewhat Satisfied, 125, 38 %
Barely Satisfied, 26, 8 %
Somewhat Dissatisfied, 26, 8 %
Very Dissatisfied, 31, 9 %
As one can see 74% of the 325 respondents say they are at least Somewhat Satisfied, and I doubt that would be the case if they had the number and severity of problems reported by those who might make up the remaining 25%.
Since all of us are running the same software and the same hardware (except for HDMI interface), the only remaining variables that would account for the 25% who are having significant problems appear to be:
1. Usage patterns (what combo of features/keystrokes/recordings etc.)
2. Presence or Absence of MPEG-4/HD-Locals, and other National HD (Ch 95 which has shown it caused problems the night it came on with NFL Network's first Football HD Game)
3. Installation Problems (inside and outside, including cabling, dish pointing, etc)
4. True Hardware Failures (bad box, bad multi-switch, etc.)
5. Hardware Incompatibilities (HDMI to and from TV)
I have no idea which ones are the most important and am sure D* is having a heck of a time finding them out as well. I doubt true hardware failures account for a significant number of issues, but that's pure conjecture on my part. Channel 95 on Thursday evening acted like a virus to this box for many (including me).