Well, it is finally happening. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m ditching Comcast, specifically the Comcast DVR in favor of DirectvÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version. But allow me to tell you why. I picked up the Comcast DVR a little over a year ago. I needed a way to pipe in HD content into my new, HD TV. I looked at Directv at time but, unfortunately, their options were limited, and the cost was prohibitive. I reluctantly went with Comcast. Their install tech was solid and got the system up and running without issue.
The first HD DVR box I got was a little buggy, and did not have an HDMI output. What do I mean by buggy? Well, the biggest complaint I had was the remote not interacting with the receiver on a consistent basis. I would hit the pause button Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ nothing. I would hit it again Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ still nothing. After three or fifteen presses of the pause button, the system would Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcatch upÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ with all my commands and pause, un-pause repeatedly. Bah. When fast-forwarding through commercial content, I would hit the play button but nothing would happen. TiVo, something I grew to love, responds instantly to such commands, but not the Comcast DVR. On a frequent basis, better than once a day, the DVR/remote would freeze up, or just become completely useless. Add to this the cumbersome interface, the hit and miss recording of scheduled programs, and the other glitches, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to get it gone.
Hah! Just two days ago the DVR recorded 17 hours, 54 minutes of a single show. No, not combined. Somehow, somewhere in its little brain, the Comcast DVR thought the show Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ninja WarriorsÃ¢â‚¬Â? was on for 17 hours, 54 minutes, when, in fact, it was only on for 30 minutes. Uh, yeah. Glitches like that have happened, consistently, for the entire time I owned the DVR. I swapped out boxes twice, even upgraded to the most recent box a few months back but no resolution. The only reason I kept the Comcast DVR was because Directv didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite have their act together (and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have local channels in HD). But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m finally over that. I will sacrifice a little inconvenience, for better pricing (about one-third better) and a more functional DVR (oh, with about 40 more hours of HD room than the hit-or-miss Comcast DVR.