"Great product and a great price"3.5 starson by kevin.talbot
Pros: Much cheaper than Series3, great Tivo interface
Cons: Have to bank on Tivo's promise to deliver external storage driver and media sharing upgrades
Summary: I have to rebut many of the ill informed posts others have made. First, clearly this product CAN record HD despite what others say to the contrary (I mean get a clue - the name of the freakin' thing is - 'Tivo HD')
Yes, there is a monthly fee and I don't know what other's get from their cable suppliers, Comcast charges me $29 a month for two mediocre Motorola HD-DVRs. Just on monthly savings along, these will pay for themselves in about 30 months plus they are much better product (and I say this as a Tivo user for more than 6 years). The ability to listen to my MP3s and view my photos is great which can't be matched by ANY cable box or DVR. Don't tell Tivo, but I'd pay $100 alone for this feature - think of it as an Apple TV thrown in for free.
The issue with incompatibily with VOD and PPV is not a Tivo issue, it's a cable card issue. Current cable cards don't support "upload" data communication so don't blame Tivo for this. Any cablecard product will have the same issue.
Overall, this will be a great product at the $299 price point and I can't wait to buy TWO of these babies and give back my two HD DVRs to Comcast.