Doc, one item you missed. Somewhere in the recent software upgrades they added a 'reaction time compensation' like TiVo has (If you're fast forwarding and hit Play it backs up a few seconds, then plays). As you say, it's still not a DirecTiVo; it's got some added features that are nice; it's missing some. But unlike DirecTiVos, we ARE seeing software upgrades frequently.
I don't miss the DLB that much, but again, that's a software feature that may be added if we bitch enough.
There's a difference between needing help, and just being plain ole' lazy.
"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him find it for himself." Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
HR20-700 with 2 TB, HR22-100, HR22-100, HR22-100, HR23-100 all running 0x5cd and networked.