"Not As Bad As The Reviews"3.0 starson by krumpy34
Pros: Excellent Picture Quality and Sound
Cons: Not Tivoesqe
Summary: I have been a DirecTV user for about 11 years and Tivo user for about 9. So I finally gave up hope and decided that waiting for the HD Tivo wasn't worth it. So I originally decided to go with cable and the "free" HD DVR. The HD channels were great but non HD channels compared to DirecTV were just horrible. In addition the DVR controls were well like going back to a VCR if not worse. No to mention I had problems with not being to stop or start things or delete or the sound going away. But the most annoying features was that if you paused a recorded show and went back in after watching something else it started over from the beginning. After reading all the reviews on this site I almost canceleted my order for this product. After about 2 weeks using it I have to admit I am glad I went with it and against the general attitude. On the good side the controls, searching, one button recording, general layout of the controls on screen. I found it very easy to use. It defintely isn't Tivo and I miss the little things like one button guide, live tv, only getting the channels you actually receive so you don't record on something you don't get, layout of programs to record and some of the home networking features. All that being said so far it works, I can pick shows to record and watch them in HD quality sound and picture. The controls blow cable away but aren't up to Tivo standards. For the money and the quality of the sound and picture it is worth it.