"Tivo - No longer Relevant"1.5 starson by MiamiTechnoLawyer
Pros: Records HD, great user interface
Cons: Upfront Fees, monthly fee for box you own exceeds charge for box from cable company that has no up front cost.
Summary: I bought my first Tivo box in 2002 and sang Tivo's merits to all who would listen. I bought one for my dad as a father's day gift an another for the best man at my wedding. In 2005 the hard drive died and for $99.00 Tivo transferred my life time warranty to another box. My late 2006 the Tivo Box lost its spot in the living room. Tivo could not record HD and the cable company had a HD-DVR that could record HD-HBO. The user interface of Tivo was nice but come on how hard is it to program a cable company DVR.
In late 2008 the Hard Drive in the replacement Tivo DVR broke. With a Tivo DVR hard drive its not a question of if it will break its a question of when. Tivo's solution either buy a new standard def Tivo for $200 and pay another $150 to transfer the lifetime subscription of get a small discount off an HD-Tivo that brings the price down from Tivo retail to a competitive on-line price. A discount worth essentially nothing.
Before getting a Tivo for the 2nd TV in the house, I may as well just get a 2nd HD-DVR from bright-house. My cable company will charge less per month to rent a box that I do not have to buy then Tivo would charge me to use my own box. The dancing Tivo and its chirp are cute but not that cute.
Its time for Apple or Comcast to buy Tivo. Their intellectual property could help Comcast compete with Direct TV or Apple/AT&T could make the box that Apple TV could have been. Tivo was 2 years to late to go HD, and its unreliable products make purchasing a product lifetime warranty risky. Tivo was once the "i-phone" of its day... it won an emmy award and had a South Park episode dedicated to it but Tivo seriously lost its way and is no longer relevant.