I took a long nap last evening – enough of one that I then sat up half the night playing Tour of Duty 3 on the XBOX 360. The kids were staying at friends, so I had the house (and the XBOX) to myself for a change. I went back to bed around 6am. At 8 am my phone rang. Time Warner. Ughhh – I forgot I made an appointment with them. What was I thinking?
They replaced my 8300HD DVR with an older model – the 8000HD. Why? Because I got sick of the reliability of the 8300. I’ve gone through no less than 6 of them – three in the last month. It’s a pain in the butt, because everything has to be re-programmed – from my Favorites Channels to the look and feel of the interface.
I’ve been very patient with Time Warner – mostly because I don’t really have any attractive alternatives. I can switch to AT&T and get my Internet speeds cut in half — and then I would have to get a dish – and I can’t seem to find an economical way to hook 11 TVs up to a satellite feed.
We’ll see how the 8000HD fares. If it isn’t any better that the 8300 I plan on purchasing a couple HD PVR cards for my main PC and move the recording function over to it (currently I have a PVR on my PC – just not HD).
Hopefully Time Warner won’t be back at my house again in 2006 (they’ve been here on average 1.5 times a month this year!).