Microsoft Built a Cable Box Killer. Then They Killed It.

Cable boxes are, almost without exception, awful. They’re under-powed computers running very badly designed software. Their channel guides are slow, poorly laid out, and usually riddled with ads. Cable companies extort subscribers by “leasing” the box you need to get the channels and features you already pay for. Even the remotes are usually poorly designed. – Alex Pareene, Gizmodo