Originally Posted by ahwman
Thanks for the confirmation. It's just too bad that we have to use so many creative bandaids to work around issues. What do we pay all of this money to our cable companies/TiVo for? Frankly, SDV has been nothing but a pain since day one for me...
+1 Me too.
Of course the reason is that CableCARD and Tuning Adapters, and TiVo, are just a PITA to cable cos., and (surprise!) even the majestic powers of our federal government are insufficient to make them perform reliably. TiVo isn't able to fix the SDV issues, and the Cable Cos don't have the motivation. Guess who's left holding the bag.
Perhaps a small consolation is that even subscribers who use cable co-provided DVR's have problems with SDV channels on occasion.
I have a neighbor who uses a TWC-furnished DVR. He pays about the same price for his package WITH the DVR as I pay for my similar package (with me furnishing the TiVo DVR). He has had problems with SDV channels, but not as many as I do.
My TiVo has a lifetime sub. I've been considering going just OTA with the TiVo and signing up for the TWC DVR package my neighbor has. It won't cost me any more overall and I get to say goodbye to the Tuning Adapter. Only about one third of my season passes are cable-only. I will use other features that the TiVo provides beyond OTA, including pyTivo with the PlayOn plugin, and Amazon VOD. I don't use TiVo for Netflix because I have better devices for that.