You were curious, so I'll tell you. A PVR is not meant to just record something. Hence the Personal part of the name. It's meant to make recording television a personal and intuitive experience.
ShawDirect didn't invent the PVR. PVRs existed and they boasted certain functions -- like searchable guides and series based recording not to mention recording two shows at once.
I expected these things from the 530 because I was told by the salespeople that the 530 would do these things when I bought it. It was supposed to record two things at once from the get-go -- this was not true, though they rely on the fact that it does temporarily record one thing while recording another so they could say they didn't lie exactly. They did mislead.
I was told that a firmware upgrade that would come shortly after I bought the 530 would bring the PVR functions I desired (searchable guide, series record, etc). This has never happened. This was a lie.
I get that some people just want to press a button and record and that's it. Nice for you. You're probably in the majority and the reason why ShawDirect isn't worried about scrapping this upgrade.
I happen to not want to spend hours searching through guides (2.8 days at a time) looking for my shows then adjusting timers to record said shows weekly. Then constantly being on the alert for my shows being moved around or extra time added to it.
I want the ability to record a series, have it record automatically whenever it's on -- then I want to know when something is a repeat or a new episode. And when I look at my list of recorded programming I want to see the show, episode number and title and proper information. I also want this in a neat and organized series of menus for ease of use.
These are the things a PVR is supposed to do. These are things that every other provider's PVRs do, and have done for years.
And more importantly -- these are things we were all told the 530 would do when they released the screen shots of the upgrade on their website years ago. They can pretend they didn't promise it, but they did.
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