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When I bought my first D* receiver (an old slow RCA) about ten years ago the dealer sold me an installation kit and wished me luck. I was so happy with all of the new channels that I didn't care it took me 3 hours to install!

When I bought my DVR39 two years ago at Best Buy it cost less than I was expecting, came with a free dish and second non-DVR receiver. I was planning on installing it myself, but was surprised when a D* installer called me up the next day (!!!) and asked when he should stop by to install it, free of charge. That customer service, and the nifty new DTivo, had me soooo impressed with D*!!

When I bought my HR10-250 a few months ago I was not expecting the 2-year commitment, nor was I expecting D* to charge for installation. The lame HD package, older version of the TiVo software (my DVR39 runs 6.2), and slow rebate process has me wishing there were better alternatives. :(

When did D* start to suck? I am still happy with my setup, it's way nicer than I would have ever dreamed of 10 years ago. But when did D* start to suck?
 

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I'm still happy overall with D*, just not as happy as I once was. I live in the boonies, so cable is not an option. I've played with the Dish Network gear at RadioShack, but haven't been impressed enough to make the switch. Maybe I could learn some foreign languages and go with an oldschool big dish! :)

Being a DirecTV customer today is kind of like being a Mac user in the early 1990s, it's just not as great as it once was, almost as though the company has fallen asleep at the wheel, they're still moving forward but it doesn't seem like the best direction. Oh, well, hopefully they'll wow us again in the future.
 

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The increased compression means my 40 hour DVR is now a 55 hour DVR! Yay!!!

But seriously, I remember the first time I noticed the increased compression. I had a brand new 32 inch TV and was really impressed with the D* picture quality... until about the time D* took over the Viacom channels from USSB and added MSNBC. Somewhere around that time there was an evening where I started noticing the compression artifacts and it has only gotten worse over time.

Last night I noticed some TV commercial which showed a blue sky in the background, the entire sky "gradient" was made up of two shades of blue with an obvious zigzagging seam splitting the two. Compression artifacting at its best.

Although, I have to wonder if the prevalence of compression has something to do with this. When D* was new, most video people were using BetacamSP (analog component video). Now DV25 (MiniDV, DVCAM, DVCPro) is the norm. Think about it, video is now shot used a compressed format (DV), then edited and put back to tape (DV) or burnt to DVD (MPEG2). This is transmitted to D* using who knows what codec, and then broadcast back to us using either another pass of MEPG2 or in some cases MPEG4. Compressed compressed artifacts of artifacts. And for the really lucky, high definition compression artifacts! Hehe!
 
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