Pros Just find the program you like on the guide, click it and forget it.
Cons Does not record in HD. It requires two cables from the satellite dish to allow you to view and record different channels at the same time.
Summary This DVR does everything well. Allows direct recording, advance program recording, current live program freeze/rewind/slow-motion picture and resume playing at your command. You can use the keyword feature to locate programs to record or even allow the TIVO to suggest programs to record based on your past selections. A telephone line must be connected to make periodic invisable calls to DirecTV. These calls will update the system and advise them of any pay-per-view shows you have selected. This unit has diffently changed our TV viewing habits. NO longer tied to the Television schedules.
Pros Unbeatable price from Best Buy
Cons Not an UltimateTV!
Summary One of my (2) RCA UltimateTV DVR's went out for service this week. I was hoping to find a $99 unit with a $49 rebate locally and not have to wait for a unit from DirecTV. Best Buy had it on sale for $99 with a $100 rebate after mailing in my DirecTV invoice with the Best Buy receipt.
Three different sales people said it was not limited to new accounts. We'll see....
Pros easy to use
Cons starts running slowly if not rebooted about once a week
Pros can TIVO two things at once
Cons it got confused easily, had to be reprogramed four times in two months
Summary For one month it didn't make its daily phone call to DirecTV, for two months it kept looking for the second satellite, and it would occationally lose all access to channels higher than 99
It didn't take much to reset the receiver, it just took several attempts to get it right. for a while it thought I only spoke spanish...
I love TIVO
Pros records 2 shows at once
Cons playback skips, screen freezes
Summary I chose to go with DirecTV with Tivo, since I was already a DirecTV customer. I'd had regular receiver service for a year or two and during that period needed to trade in several times due to various hardware problems.
That should've been a clue.
Since March 2006 there've been multiple problems ranging from 1-second recording skips (20 in a 2-hour movie) to regular screen freezes. Am now on the third one and it has issues, too.
Customer service has been spotty, with conflicting advice and my favorite "I've never heard that one before." When the local techs come out to re-install they all tell me they see these issues constantly with this equipment.
Maybe the folks at DirecTV were so eager to get this TiVo-competitive product on the market they didn't debug it properly.
If it looks like a lemon and it smells like a lemon and it rolls like a lemon...