reply to BF69
Re: As a Charter Customer I'm upset Charter does offer at least one remote DVR unit that will allow multi-room playback of content recorded on a single DVR. (I have this.) When I got it, I believe they said you can add additional remote playback boxes. I'm not sure how many.
It works well except control of what the DVR records can only be managed from the actual DVR.
Having multi-room playback is a legitimate feature and something that DirectTV heavily advertises. Regarding my personal situation, it's very desirable because my kids are frequently in the living room watching their DVR programs. I routinely send them to the basement (finished and very comfortable) to continue their viewing experience when I want to watch the news.
If each DVR was independent, that wouldn't be possible and it would be confusing to try and maintain the same scheduled recordings on two units, let alone more than two. There's also "on-demand" recording when something interrupts live TV and you don't want to miss the rest of the program. Inevitably content would be on the wrong DVR.