Originally Posted by ldavenport
Cox is in a dispute with CBS and we have lost our feed for CBS since Jan 1. No telling when it will be back. This is the most recent of my problems with Cox. They use switch digital which requires a tuning adapter, my channels will freeze at least 1-2 times a week. Cox has been out to check it, I've called tivo. No one can pinpoint or solve the problem. I bought the 4 tuner, the freezing was even worse so I returned it. Right now I have an HD and a premier. I love the premier. I love tivo, but when I started looking at DTV and the genie looks good, but is it as user friendly? Has anyone had any experience with both that can give me an idea of pros and cons? From what I read on the threads the DTV tivo isn't so great?
I used to have 2 DirecTiVo's then one at a time switched to the DirecTV HR-21 and later added an HR-23. Initially the HR-21 had a lot of issues software was not ready for prime time. These gradually got better and became solid workhorses.
I moved last year and the tech was unable to mount the dish low enough on my balcony to get under the eve. I have noticed recently they have a newer lower profile mount. Too late I switched to TWC and TiVo Premieres where the primary problem is TWC poor signal and Tuning Adapters that fail; in 12 months been through 4 of them! One was DOA!
There was no way I was going to pay TWC for the torment of their DVR, knowing what TiVo was capable of with the old Series 2 DirecTV equipment.
My only beef is with the Switched Digital if the channel is already on a channel to record and it's a switched channel it might not record because after 4 hours the tuning adapter drops the channel. I've seen a box pop up warning that the channel is about to go so the tuning adapter is telling the TiVo the channel is about to go. The TiVo needs to on switched channels make a quick change of channels in order to reset that timer and set the switch selected channel.
Ok, I didn't explain that well but I think you can figure it out. Any rate the DTV HR 21/23 are excellent systems the Genie well If I were switching I'd prob wait a bit and let some bugs get worked out. No doubt that DirecTV blows TWC out though.