Pros TiVo interface; easy to set up and use; great HD functionality
Cons Lack of cable box option; CableCards can be a pain
Summary Having been a long-time TiVo user and fan, I was afraid of having to spend $600+ to make the move to HD. Fortunately, this unit came along and made the move significantly less expensive.
Using this unit isn't terribly different from previous non-HD TiVos. The most significant difference is the switch from an interface with a cable box for the inclusion of Cable Cards.
Getting the cable cards set up took a bit longer than necessary, only because the Comcast tech didn't know what he was doing. But once they were installed, the unit was good to go.
I do miss Comcasts' on-demand services, especially the option to watch HBO shows and movies without charge (as I'm currently an HBO subscriber). But the sacrifice is worth it for the TiVo interface and ease of use.
Comcast is touting their own Tivo-interfaced cable box, but I have read online that it is incredibly buggy and sluggish. For the time being, I'm quite happy with my TiVo HD.
Pros The Tivo interface, record two shows at once
Cons cable card fees, cable card glitches
Summary If you LOVE Tivo, you HAVE to have one of these. We switched to HD and could not get HD programming with our first Tivo so we stayed with the HD box from the cable company because we did not want to plop down $800 for a series 3 Tivo. Then THIS one came out. We were tired of the torture from the Scientific America cable box from the cable company so we jumped at the chance to go back to Tivo.
We LOVE the Tivo interface. BUT, it is not good to have to pay a monthly fee for EACH cable card (you have to get two to record on two channels at once). Plus, we've really had alot of problems with our cable cards. At least every third day one of the cable cards will say its not working and we will have to pop it out and back in again.
At least every other week we will have to completely reboot the Tivo to get the Tivo to work at all.
It pains me to only be able to give this Tivo a 7 out of 10.
Pros Multi-turner, so multiple shows to watch, record, play/pause at the same time, great quality.
Cons none so far
Summary Cable Card allows multiple channels not only to record and watch but you can also play/pause and flip back and forth between live tv, it's great! Last night I watched the national championship game, got to speed through commercials and down time since I could pause it when i caught up to live tv, flip to one of my shows on CBS/ABC, watch that show until a commerical and flip back. Was so amazing to skip past all the boring stuff.
You can't access on demand or pay-per-view but you can still get a cable box and plug it in to a different input on your TV if you really want that, which gives you even another channel of flipping.
I have only had this product for 1 1/2 weeks now, but I was at home sick for much of that time, and I love it, got to really enjoy it. Think I will buy one for my bedroom now too.
Pros One remote, one box, one set of cables... clean and easy
Cons None, if you like Tivo
Summary It's to bad I had to rummage through the ignorant Tivo hater reviews of people who didn't have or even try the product to find real reviews.
I did, and I'm glad.
The Tivo was installed by my cable company in about 30 minutes, card and all. It was linked to my wireless router and updated in another 15 mins. The Tivo remote was linked to my TV as well as my receiver in no time at all (literally, 1 min for each)... it incredibly easy, although I must admit, my wife is a wiz with the Tivo.
Now I don't have to bypass the Tivo to get an HD show off the cable box because there is no cable box. One set of cables from my Tivo to my receiver. One set from my receiver to my TV. One remote for everything.
They even transferred my product lifetime subscription from my original Tivo to the HD box.
Pros HD recordings, new software has all old features
Cons hard disk space is small, monthly service fee
Summary It took TiVo some time to make it happen, but with their latest software updates, Tivo 2 Go functionality is back, along with all the functionality I used in my last TiVo.
The TiVo HD was a must for me, since I couldn't give up watching my shows when I wanted to get HD. TiVo's normal fast forwarding through commercials and time shifting are great. and HD content with 2 tuners works out even better.