Runs with scissors
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: Sammamish, WA
I'm a bit disappointed that DirecTV is taking over complete hardware mfg'ing and branding, ala Echo, although it seems that as of late, most DirecTV receivers were just copies of a reference design, regardless of the name on the box. A long time ago, it seemed that you could pick from a number of different types of DirecTV receivers, each with different options.
I would really like to have that type of choice for the DirecTV-Tivo units, especially the HD unit. Different manufacturers would presumably offer different options (within allowable limits -- HMO being more of something controlled by DTV, but I'm thinking of things like native pass-through, simultaneous SD/HD outputs, etc). Right now, we have to take just what DTV gives us -- similar to Echo.
At the very least, I always felt that DTV would best offer at least three models of each type of product: the value series (which they can give away for free to new subs), the regular series (which most people would buy), and the premium series, which people on this forum would strive for. In the context of HD-Tivo-DirecTV, my guess is that there wouldn't really be a value series, but perhaps the premium series would offer more options. I'd love to have bi-directional rs232 control, so that I can integrate the unit more readily into my HT setup, as well as have the box report the current channel and other info to my HTPC.
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