RCN Digital Cable vs DirecTV DSS

In the loft I currently have Digital Cable TV from RCN. The service from RCN has been first rate so far, but the cable TV itself has not been so good. I am not complaining about the program (yet), but the cable box. This Motorola Digital cable box is years behind my Sony DSS controller. The Sony DSS system has a highly readable program guide that spans 2 hours. The Motorola can only show half and hour. Sometimes it has to use two lines to display one channel because the program do not end in hour or half hour. Rediculous ! Instead of showing programs, it shows advertisement on 1/4 of the screen.