DVR != TiVo
Several months ago my DirectTivo finally gave up the ghost. Beyond a hard drive crash, the MPEG decoder board was starting to go wacky several weeks before the final and bloody death. I called DirectTV to see if I could get a replacement and I was told that the Tivo units were now legacy and that I would have to use their new DVR unit if I wanted a replacement. Being an open minded lad, I decided to give it a try. After the first week, we were beamed a software upgrade that made the DirectTV. While the R15 unit we have at home only crashes about once every 4 to 6 weeks now, the scheduler absolutely sucks. I am not an expert in regards to what patents that Tivo holds in the DVR product space, but it didn't patent the fact of a DVR working correctly.
Originally I chose DirectTV as my television provider. 1.) They had an exclusive on Tivo technology 2.) I hate Comcast Cable. My wife can attest that I have a healthy dislike for Comcast, but that is fodder for another post.
At this point in time I am very dissatisfied with my service, but I'm locked in for another 18 months or so. Without the Tivo angle, television is a commodity and I might as well shop around the other satellite providers or even the local cable tv provider (*gasp*, yes that is how much I hate this DVR). Or I might end up having to go to MythTV or some other system like that, but I don't want to explain another system to houseguests.
Rupert Murdoch, stop the insanity! That other DVR company you bought really sucks, please don't force that crap down our throat. Just be done with it and buy Tivo. At least the DirectTivo units ran Linux on them, and a geek could feel good about watching TV on something that Linus Torvalds had indirectly touched. If Dish network had Tivo built in to their receivers I'd be on the phone with them this second...
Lesson Learned. I should have googled for this crapbox before I signed up for it: