I've been looking on/off for months now and I can't seem to find what I want. Does it exist?
(Problem 1) The biggest problem -- The STB user interface rant.
I currently have a 42'' 1080p connected to plain old Analog TV. It has a built-in TV guide and it's is simply amazing. I see about 15 channels at once, and can flip to them easily. It's fast, it's clear, it shows all the info I need. It rocks. Thank you, Toshiba.
Of course I want HD with that TV. Since cablecards aren't supported (screw you Videotron) I am forced to go the STB route and forego my beloved built-in TV guide.
But with all STBs I have seen (Illico & Expressvu at least) I have only seen TV guide user interfaces in SD. That means huge, lousy looking, and washed out fonts in ugly purpley-blue color. So, channels are only listed in 3-5 at a time, and it's not easy to flip channels (sync'ing to digital TV channels takes one or so second to sync).
Then, to add to the insult, it's not even possible (or is it?) on those STBs to UNLIST the channels that aren't subscribed.
So what have you got when you see hundreds of TV channels listed but have only 25 or so subscribed? Well, a whole lot of useless TV guide is what you've got.
Want to watch MotoGP on some sport channel? Yeah! "Click" "Sorry, channel not subscribed...."
I wish I didn't even know about it.
It's frustrating to no end. Is it too much to ask for a decent, workable user interface??? The TV guide is only perhaps the single most important feature of a STB. I understand cable companies want to push you to buy a bigger package, but can I be left alone with my choices without being constantly annoyed??? I mean REALLY!!!
Is it possible to hack the firmware of the STB to turn on this functionality?
Is there ANY aftermarket STB that works with either Illico or ExpressVU that solves these issues?
(Problem 2) Channel selection.
What a farce. Say you want that one channel, but then you can't get it unless you go for package X and then you get 80% of channels you don't even want and end up paying a huge premium for. But I won't even go there, some arent as bas as others.
(Problem 3) "You get X channels! with basic subscription!"
Ha, ha. What a farce.
"Avis de recherche TV"
"Super ecran (French) promo channel"
"Illico on demand promo channel"
"Canal Savoir" (TV courses)
"CPAC (English AND French)"
Is there ANY STB out there that has a decent user interface?
Is there ANY offering from ANY company that allows you to configure your channels for a decent price?
If not, what about "grey market" solutions? Is there a DirectTV or other US solution to my dilemna?
And sorry for the rant and foul language. I'm going nuts and I'm frustrated beyond my what is bearable for my usually pleasant self. If you have dainty feelings please don't read this email