Pros Many great features and It's a TIVO. That says it all
Cons Needed a bigger hard drive (but that's been fixed)
Summary We were Tivo DirecTV customers for three years. Loved Tivo, but hated the way DirecTV was treating their Tivo customers. We did the only reasonable thing and dumped DirecTV in favor of Cable and the new Tivo HD DVR box. Great picture, great on-screen guide, handy hard drive capacity expandability, and it does everything we want. We don't miss VOD and PPV, as we have all the download features availble to our Tivo box through our high speed DSL connection. The soon to be released (2Q, 2008) SDV addition (through a USB port) will make this Tivo Box even better and more compatible with new cable company upgrades and features. When they new cable and DirecTV DVRs are compared to Tivo, it's not even close, as Tivo wins, hands down. It's like a big college team playing a high school team.
Pros TiVo interface is so easy, it does what it's supposed to.
Cons Haven't found any.
Summary I had a Tivo when I had Directv but switched to Verizon FIOS and have had to deal with their DVR since. I am relieved to have Tivo again. No more missed recordings, unwatchable recordings, or other issues. This machine does all the Motorola box does and does it better. The fees for the cable cards and Tivo service are still less than the lease fee for the Verizon box.
Pros dual channel recording, superb video playback, perfect interface
Cons no video on demand, no TIVO to go
Summary I have owned TIVO units since 1999 and this is clearly the best yet. I have owned 2 HD units since 1/07 and both work flawlessly. The video playback is superb and the new swivel search is a unique addition. Of course I wish it had a 10TB storage disk so that I could keep every movie ever made for easy access, but the new Amazon unbox feature helps in this category giving me virtual video on demand. I also love the remote recording option through tivo.com. It is a GREAT device and no home theater should be without it.
Pros Much cheaper than S3
Cons None - really
Summary I don't own a unit and am just questionning the review, which says PPV is not available. Many people say PPV is not available for the S3 as well, but you can order such by phone.Updated
Edit: The S3 allows you to order PPV now, without an M-card. You only need regular cablecards to order, but have to do so by phone. I order by calling (800)com-cast. One of the commenters is incorrect in writing that PPV is not available with current Cablecards.
Pros Best DVR interface and remote I've used.
Cons Subpar manufacturing or components. Try to cancel service is next to impossible.
Summary The Tivo line of products has been great for us and I've been a user since 2003. However, Tivo has fell behind and thier media capabilities are way below those of other DVR and media (TV, Movies, Music, Photos) managers/players.
I'm on the phone right now, it has been 20 minutes, and I still have not talked to anyone to cancel my service. I called in 2 times and the system hung up on me evertime I went through the cancel my account prompts. (options 2 then 2). I had to select technical support and then request the agent to forward me over to a group that would cancel my account. Last time I went through this because I wanted to cancel service on an old DVR it took over a week and Tivo constantly argued with me.