"Excellent device. Surpasses anything offered by cable"4.5 starson by trebormik
Pros: - Nice User Interface
- Netflix Streaming
- HD quality
- Multistream Cablecard Capable <-- decreases monthly rental charge from cable co.
- Record shows from the web
- Can pull shows off the Tivo HD and store or reencode for other devices (ipod, etc)
Cons: - Stock HD is too small for HD content
- Difficult to type in search boxes using onscreen keyboard. I hope Tivo adopts a texting approach using the numpad on the remote in future versions of the software.
Summary: I was actually satisfied with my Motorola Explorer 8300HD from Time Warner Cable in NYC. After moving to SoCal, TWC out here gave me a Moxi. Worst, bug-ridden POS ever. I did the math and figured out that given the amount of money we spent renting our 8300HD for 3 years, We would actually spend less by purchasing a Tivo HD (refurb) + lifetime subscription over the equivalent 3 years time. So we made the switch and calm, peace and enjoyment has returned to our living room.
We've never missed a show due to scheduling changes (happened on the Moxi). Recording live events results in a prompt asking if you want to pad the end of the recording as many live events run over... simple but great attention to detail. Netflix streaming over our cable modem resulted in fantastic HD resolution streams.
Like I said earlier, I liked the 8300HD but it didn't have one of my favorite features of the Tivo HD, and that's the ability to pull shows off the Tivo and store it on your computer, or in our case, our NAS. So we can archive the entirety of Planet Earth in HD for future viewing without taking up precious space on the Tivo. This also allows us to reencode and take our shows/movies with us on laptops or ipods/iphone.
Being networked, the Tivo HD also has access to YouTube, Amazon Unbox, and streaming music. The music choices on Live360 needs some update and it's impossible to find a stream that's >128kbps so we end up not using it too much. Instead we just play music from our music library on our home network.
We love our Tivo, and now understand why those that have one, swear by them. I don't know how better to explain other than the Tivo is DVR done right, and with regular updates over the network, it just keeps getting better. All I want now is Pandora, then I'd be a real happy camper!