"These units do not compare to Tivo's DVRs"0.5 starson by Shrrt Rver
Pros: On screen caller ID
Cons: Slow response time to commands from the remote, very hard to edit and setup Season Passes plus many more.
Summary: I've had Directv Tivo boxes for the past 5 years with varying harddrive sizes. I upgraded our living room box to an R10 almost 2 years ago and really liked what it did. Last year I decided to also upgrade the bedroom one from the 30 hour Sony box we had there. I went to Circuitcity and asked for a Directv Tivo box. So the woman goes and brings out the R15 Directvplus box. I decided well I will give it a try and see since it does have 100 hour record time. About 5 minutes after powering it up and activating my Directv service my wife said she hated it. After about 3 days I felt the same. This box that Directv is passing off as just like Tivo is anything but. It takes forever to go anywhere in the menu after pressing the remote. Trying to make Season passes is atrocious. Unlike Tivo as you add new programs they go to the bottom of your priority list, the R15 puts them at the top and changing the priority list takes at least 20-30 minutes of scrolling things up and down while a Tivo box takes about 5-10 minutes to do the actual moving of shows on your list. The Tivo box does take a fair amount of time to update once your done. Trying to edit season passes is almost impossible. So is finding the shows you want to setup for your season passes. The Tivo box lets you spell out the show, actor, theme etc of what your looking for, you can then setup how you want the show to be recorded and those settings are saved. I've sent my 1st R15 back to Directv because it would pixelate during just about every show we recorded. Then it would actually not record shows that were setup for season passes. They replaced my R15 500 with an R15 300 but still getting the same result and problems. I'm now looking to find an R10 to replace this piece of junk. DirecTV did make a huge mistake in putting thsese units out. Before testing their features against Tivo's better streamlined and easy to use menus and features. One other thing that might just be my little peev, but where is the slowmotion feature for the remote?
Bottom Line search Ebay or even your local elec stores for a Tivo (look for the character on the box) R10 if you want a good DirecTv DVR expereience.