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Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Dave!I've had an HD-ready television for years, but haven't gotten a lot of use out of it because I can't get HD content with DirecTV. Apparently, the trees around here block the satellites or something like that. I didn't want to switch away from DirecTV, because I couldn't bear the thought of parting with my beloved TiVo.

But over the last year or so I've been freaking out while watching television because channels are starting to go widescreen HD-only. Then, to make the picture fit on older non-HD equipment, they slice off the sides of the picture. Needless to say, this sucks ass, so ultimately I decided to trade in my satellite dish for HD Cable. To get package deal pricing, I also switched over my phone and internet.

Overall, I have to say I'm impressed with the HD picture. It looks really fantastic, and most of the channels I watch are broadcast in the HD format. The phone line is okay, but kind of spotty over long calls. The internet, however, is total shit. It's blazing fast one minute, then taking EIGHT MINUTES to download a frickin' Google page the next. Contacting the really nice people at tech support has resulted in a house-call next week to investigate the problem. If they fix it, I will be a very happy camper. If they don't... well... this will not go well for anybody.

But the biggest piece of the puzzle was always going to be my new DVR. For the most part, everything I've tried blows when compared to TiVo, but the Motorola Moxi model they gave me isn't that bad. The interface is not as good as TiVo for sure, but it's speedy and gets the job done. The only problem I've found so far is that only a small number of channels are able to be programmed for recording over the internet (NONE of the HD channels are). This is an EPIC FAIL! because being able program my DVR while traveling is kind of important.

Oooh... speaking of important... do you think they have porn channels in HD??

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  1. kapgar says:

    I’m glad it seems like your Moxi is pretty decent. We had an HD-DVR from Comcast when we first upgraded to HD cable and it sucked ass. As soon as we found a good offer on an HD TiVo, we made the jump. And now that we have HD TVs in both rooms, we have two HD TiVos hooked up via WiFi to transfer shows.

    HD TiVo FTW!!!!

  2. Hilly says:

    Welcome to the HD revolution…step inside and join the world of fun and excitement and yes, HD porn!

    Nothing is a good at Tivo but some of those Motorola boxes are the next best thing. It’s so wonkadiddle that your cable company doesn’t seem to have it all together. Raise hell, my friend…raise it big time.

  3. Oh, Lord. HD Porn. Like I want to be able to see the hair follicles on a… never mind.

  4. Lisa says:

    I don’t want to see porn in HD! Some things are better left to the imagination.

  5. Finn says:

    Um… do you really want porn in HD? Really?

  6. Christopher Stogdill says:

    I just installed a Media Center PC and got rid of the Tivo. The PC is a touch slower and I’m still working out the controller kinks (got a new uber programmable model), but I can DVR just about anything and still watch something else on cable. Also ends up being cheaper than buying and paying service on an HD DVR.

  7. B.E. Earl says:

    Why can’t you use your TiVo with cable? I have a friend who uses a TiVo instead of the cable DVR and he uses cable. He had to upgrade to an HD TiVo model a while ago, but that’s it.

    • Dave2 says:

      It has something to do with compatibility with my cable company. They have CableCards, but something goes sideways when they’re hooked up using a TiVo… I researched before I switched. If the MOXI ends up being too big a problem, I’ll investigate further.

  8. I still haven’t embraced the HD revolution. No Blu-Ray player and still have SD cable ;-) Mind you, most of the TV we watch nowadays comes from plugging the MBP into the big TV so not sure upgrading to HD cable is really worth it.

  9. martymankins says:

    Porn and HD is not pretty. Or so I’ve heard. ;-)

  10. Ren says:

    We get our Internet access from the cable company, our phone from 3rd party VoIP and our HD over-the-air via antenna + TiVo HD. Oh, and our “cable television” from Netflix, primarily.

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