Our DirecTivo is dying slowly by the day. It starts losing the audio/video stream more and more until it shuts the service off, then when you restart the box it is ok for between a couple minutes to a couple hours, at which point it does it again.
I called the DirecTV customer support line, and was actually transferred to a specialized DVR support line. The guy’s summary opinion: our shit done broke. Bawk bawk what? “Is it normal,” I asked, “for a DirecTivo to last only 10 months?” His response, verbatim, was “Sir, it’s just like any other piece of electronics equipment. It could last 20 years or 10 days.” He also informed me that since we bought it in November it was out of warranty. Our new options: re-up our DirecTV contract for an additional year and we get a new DirecTivo for free, plus $15 shipping, or pay $79.99 plus $15 shipping to get a new one sent to us. Bullshit is what I call it.
It’s hotter than hell here today. I’m sitting in a darkened downstairs of my house with a fan pointed directly at my balls, desperately trying to complete my sputnik before I pass out.