Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Calgary SonyTVs, ShawXG1 Gateway & 5 Portals, 2x Harmony One
There are, sadly, many negatives with this latest offering. One is the limitation of not being able to add additional storage. One 'solution' to this is to add additional boxes, which is an apparent option, but what cost is there for this? Additionally, you would get more tuners so more channels could be recorded at the same time but you would still only gain an additional 500GB of storage.
There is a 'voice' operated remote but to make this work, all remote commands are run back to the 'mother ship'. This means that if your connection ever goes down, you can't even watch what you have already recorded on your local machine. I find this the most ridiculous part. If your box can't talk to the Shaw servers, you can't watch your recordings. It's almost like they don't want you watching TV if they can't find out what you are watching. Way too 'big brother' for me.
The fact that there are other wonderful features of the equipment that are 'possible' but not being offered yet is the same trick that was pulled on us with the Gateway system. Remember how DLNA was 'coming soon' yet never did show up? At least this time they aren't saying any of it will one day be offered and then coming up with an excuse as to why others have it with the exact same equipment yet it isn't 'up to Shaw's standards' when they decide not to offer it.
I won't be jumping on this band wagon, sorry. Caveat emptor.
If you can then do rather than not. You're your own worst enemy. They're parking their car over there.