"Returned it this morning"3.0 starson by mkachaluba
Pros: Tivo interface is clean, intuitive, and infomative...
Cons: If you can get it set up
Summary: Let me start by saying that I am a big Tivo fan. For all the Tivo haters out there: get over yourselves. It's better than the DVR you rent from the cable company. Don't disaparage the choices of others just because you're thrifty. I had the Hughes hi def directv box for years. When I moved to a condo and was forced into a relationship with cable and a cable company provided DVR, I thought I could adjust, but I just missed my Tivo too much. Compared to Tivo, my cable company provided Scientific Explorer DVR was a complete joke. Navigation was clumsy, menus were anything but intuitive, and simple features, like not recording duplicates, were absent. So YAAAAY for Tivo HD... I was waiting for the S3 to come down in price, but this was my answer.
So I thought...
Getting the thing on your network can be a bear, and once you do, it's downloads are very slow. I twice tried to download 'The Departed' off of Amazon's unbox, and both times failed. Amazon kindly gave me a refund. Navigating the 'Downloads' menu from the Tivo is next to impossible because it's so slow. Use your PC for what you've got to do, instead. You can do almost everything from your computer. I hope the Unbox thing works better for others because it seems like a great idea.
So once you get it on your network (try assigning a static IP btw... it finally got me on) time to test out the cable cards... well, all I can say is that I hope you don't live in Phoenix, and have to deal with the chimpanzees they have "installing" and "teching" your equipment. After 6 hours, EIGHT different cards, signal amplifiers, alternate installers dropping by, etc, etc, etc, they were simply out of ideas. One Cable Card was the best they could do, and no, they don't offer the multistream cards in Phoenix. The one cable card worked in both slots, so it's not the Tivo.
So I played with it for a while... somehow hoping another cable card would be found that would actually work, and I still love the Tivo interface. All in all, though, I was so disgusted with Cox Cable (the installer also shattered a glass shelf in my av center), that I cancelled my service this morning. The Tivo really is no good with just one tuner getting the digital signals. It wasn't designed to do it, so there's no way to set up to, say, only record HBO on tuner 1.
With the money I'll save I'm buying an OTA antenna and a supscription to Netflix.