"Great Dual Tuner HD TiVo Unit"4.5 starson by jimcoco
Pros: Cable-card accessible, Beautiful HD
Cons: No "List" button
Summary: I've been using 2 original Sony Series 1 TiVo units for over 5 years. I decided to buy this HD unit when TiVo offered a transfer of the "lifetime service" from older TiVo units for $199. The unit was very easy to set-up, and the cable company (Cox) was able to add 2 cable cards with Premium and HD service in less than 30 minutes. This is what I like about the unit:
1. Awesome dual tuners in HD. It is the only way to watch sports and movies. My cable company finally has a decent selection of HD channels, and I'm having a great time pausing, rewinding and watching football and basketball games in slow-motion.
2. The government requires cable companies to provide cable cards, but they don't have to offer multi-streaming, so no on-demand or interactive. My cards cost $1.99/month.
3. TiVo list uses folders which is a great way to quickly search for your saved shows.
4.1-button delete (with a folder for recently deleted shows in case you accidentally delete one you want).
5. Exandable storage now available via port on back of machine
6. Program your unit remotely via any computer. You can also download movies, shows and music from sites which charge for the service (I don't have this yet, but I considering trying the movie service).
7. Network your home computer via ethernet or wireless (I use wireless). You can view photos and videos via TiVo's easy to use onscreen menus. Right now, they only guarantee that their TiVo wireless unit will work, but it is very easy to set-up. I got mine much cheaper off the internet than from TiVo.
8. Transfer shows to other TiVos and your computer (I really like this feature. It failed the first 2 times I tranferred to the computer, and then it worked fine after that).
9. Good ergonomic remote with buttons in all the right places, especially if you like to fast-forward through the commercials.
Now, what don't I like?
1. No "List" button any more which means you have to press the "TiVo" button twice for your list of shows. This isn't a big deal, but it means that you'll see TiVo messages more often.
2. I've noticed that there is a very slight pause when changing the speed of HD playback from fast-forward to play, while the standard TV format remains completely seemless.
That's it. As you can see, I love TiVo. I've been using it for over 5-years now. It's a great way to watch all the shows you want and none of the advertisements (unless you want to).