I've kinda lost the faith and have decided to look at other providers. I can't see me touching Bell with a six-foot pole, but that may change depending on how things shake-up with Shaw and the rumoured 'going digital' thing. Hopefully something will happen before my wife decides to toss another 530 remote across the room...
I started looking at other providers and noticed that Bell no longer sells their 9200, but they rent it. I don't like that idea very much. They used to do that with telephones, and after a 10 year period a person would pay thousands of dollars for a cheap phone with a rotary dial. Looking through their website reminded me of how good Bell is at finding ways of grabbing more money out of their customers pockets without the customers always realizing what is going on. Hopefully the younger generation will be smarter.
My only alternative would be to go back to Rogers Digital Cable. I like satellite because I can pick up stations from Vancouver to Halifax. Going back to cable means I would miss some of the programming available across the country, but the trade off is a stable machine. It's certainly something to think about.
Tonight, I was watching Channel 382. Suddenly, the picture disappeared and the bottom runner popped up. The channel/time listing on the left of the bar was missing, the CC and *Choice logo on the right was missing, and where it would have listed the name of the program, it said Front Panel. Looking at the DVR, everything looked normal, except that instead of a time or channel display, it said FP. I turned the player off and back on and everything seemed to resume to normal.
Yesterday I experienced another weird event with the 530. I was watching a live program and decided to use the channel up/down key to move up to the next channel. I pushed the key and my screen went black. The blue banner then popped up with the show name, however the red satellite icon was being displayed on the 530. It would not turn green no matter what! I powered the machine off/on, and the green satellite icon came on, but it was now on channel 200. I was then able to scroll through the channels again without a reboot. The bugs in this machine are unbelievable. Each day I seem to be finding a new one lately.
The 530 will never be properly fixed and if we don't take the "upgrade" offer *C will just phase out support (as if anyone will notice any practical difference seeing that support is so ineffectual already).
I do believe that you have hit the nail on the head. This is exactly what I foresee happening too. The 530 is a baked machine, and what we have with CC is pretty much all that can be expected. Each time I say that, people come back with, "No there will be more upgrades that will fix the problems." Each time the upgrade happens, disappointment sets in once more. It feels like driving a car with the wheels ready to fall off any minute.