This was written over a year ago (by your’s truly) and never published. Nothing has changed since, so I am going to make it public.
While I single out Cox, as they are my current television and internet provider, this message goes out equally to any, and all, television providers.
Hey Cox… you have 6 months to provide me with a new DVR box, or I build my own media center PC, and strip you down to a simple CableCard provider. (shopping for one now)
That’s right, no more $18.50 a month fee for your horrible ‘Digital Cable DVR’ box that was provided to me in the year 2005. You, Cox, in all your pun-filled-name glory, need to wake up, smell the coffee, and pound it like an ‘Irish Car Bomb’ that is about to curdle. Your shit is old, and it’s beyond obsolete. Yes, you “redesigned” your interface this past spring, but it still displays in 4:3 ratio SD quality, and looks like it was designed in the early 90’s! (Even if it had been something nice to look at, it’s still lipstick on a pig) And don’t think this means you have me as a CableCard subscriber for very long either. As soon as Google, Apple, or someone else breaks the ankles of the television networks, and provides what I describe below, you’re getting stripped down to nothing more than a bandwidth provider.