"New technology that is not as good as UltimateTV"2.5 starson by jordatf
Pros: 250 GB drive, search features
Cons: No PIP or 30 to 60 second quick advance, slow loading of the guide
Summary: We have had UltimateTV for several years. Recognizing that it does not support high definition and that it is no longer available, the UltimateTV receiver has three features that this new HD DVR doesn't, and I miss them. Specifically, picture in picture (PIP), a 30 or 60 second advance button, and a guide that loads quickly. DirecTV cannot give me an answer as to why they don't support PIP, but are willing to sell me another receiver so I can take advantage of this feature via our TV.
Otherwise, the receiver works as expected with some search features that seem pretty slick.
P. S.: DirecTV advanced support has assured me that if they move to MPEG4, they will update the software in the receiver so it will continue to work.