The problem is that there is no good alternative to what WMC provided. Plenty of hardware companies claim they'd like to create a replacement, but if MSFT couldn't influence Comcast, then it's pretty unlikely that Ceton or the HDHomeRun folks would have a chance.
And even if they did, that would only get us to the point where we had a DVR that WE owned and could have some measure of control over. As of Win 8, the various extenders don't work, and the attempts at replacements (Ceton's for example) has loads of problems.
There is literally nothing out there that matches an Xbox + WMC for this functionality. Comcast's DVR requires you to have multiple boxes in each room, but you cannot buy them and you cannot 'share shows' between them. If you record downstairs, you'd best be watching downstairs.
You rent them for ridiculous amounts of money each month. Hell, even with all the hardware I personally own, I still get < $3 off my cable bill each month due to not using their hardware. Still have to pay the "HD fee" bullsh*t, though.
And so why don't I 'cut the cord' and try to cobble together something equivalent? Because what I have now has every show in one location. There doesn't seem to be anything out there that will corral the various streaming services into 1 location, and none of them want to cooperate in this way, either. Further, they don't seem to want to keep shows around for more than a few weeks. I'm anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks behind on some shows (don't judge me, you don't know me, dammit) and even Comcast's XFinity online only keeps 3 or so back episodes.
These media companies are idiots. If they would treat the paying consumer with some kind of respect, I would gladly shovel handfuls of money at them, but instead, they'd rather turn entertainment into an ad delivery stream.
And MSFT is the worst of the bunch. While google slides quickly into the depths of the evil they claim not to be and Apple finds another way to milk rich kids of their hard earned money, MSFT _could_ provide a better product for media delivery. They have the muscle and the XBone could be the platform.
But let's make sure to push "Call of Duty 16: Snacks at the VFW" instead.
In 2003 I had an iPAQ and loved it. Over time, and due to the same mismanagement, I watched that platform peak on phones and then get literally destroyed due to the same kind of short sighted decisions.
I have multiple devices in my house, and only 1 is non-MSFT, but given this stupid, stupid, STUPID decision, that ratio is going to get worse for MSFT. I just don't need to be running a PC that doesn't do anything. If the end result is that I have to go elsewhere for media content, then guess who lost their 'Advert delivery devices'.