^^^ the official issue
It looks like the complaint is still pending.
There's also this:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-274A1.pdf (warning PDF link)
which specifies a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo...
They do run a little behind schedule, don't they?
Rest assured, folks, the HR20 is a very high priority for them. It will be out in a timely fashion. It may suck and be full of bugs, but it will be out relatively soon.
The R-15 software does not currently let you switch between tuners.
So while you can record two programs at once, I doubt you'll be able to flip back and forth.
Allegedly, the R15 should support this in a future software upgrade. (And the HR20 too, I would venture.)
Absolutely no current D* hardware feeds two TVs.
(There was a "multi room receiver" in the past, and the future should have "DirecTV PRO" and possibly the "Home Media Center" but both are vaporware.)
You'll need separate receivers.
Happy Camper is correct -- the problem is that these channels are not aired all the time -- so they go "off" and vanish from all guides, and when they're reactivated, all the receivers think it's a new channel.
Because Dish Network started the trend with the 942 -- an up front upgrade fee AND a monthly lease cost.
E* moved quite a few. Because HD DVRs are provider-specific and hard to come by, anyone who wanted E* buckled down and paid the fee -- mainly for VOOM programming.
I agree it's a...