"A huge step down from TiVo."2.0 starson by pdelacorte
Pros: Local channels in HD.
Cons: Nearly everything about this DVR is deficient.
Summary: What happened here? How did DirecTV get it so wrong? Did they hire FEMA rejects? A huge hill blocks me from the local TV tower, so it's impossible to get HD channels over the air. I loved everything about my HR-10, but eagerly anticipated the HR-20, assuming it would be essentially the same machine with local channel HD capability. It's not: it's a disaster. All the smooth functionality, the intuitiveness of the TiVo-produced HR-10, is missing. And it's not simply a question of learning a new system. The manual is virtually useless; it tells you things you can do, but not how to do them. Deleting recorded programming becomes a trial-and-error chore. Deleting programs from the to-do list is even more difficult. Deleting programs accidentally, paradoxically, is easier. The 30-second advance--instantaneous with the HR-10--is clunky and laborious here. It was possible, with the HR-10, to actually watch, say, a baseball or a football game in the slowest version of fast forward, but the HR-20 gives you a jerky, non-continuous mess. The remote in general is badly laid out and its features confusing.
DirecTV is trailing the field in matters of high definition, and this DVR certainly isn't going to help. If I were they, I'd fire the FEMA people and go back to TiVo with my hat in my hand.