"Rock Solid"5.0 starson by acmorris
Pros: Multi Room Viewing, Expandable Storage, Online Media, Online Games, Photo Viewing, Music Streaming
Cons: Not Free :)
Summary: Device is excellent.
After you buy the device, get cable cards from your cable company; M-Card or multi stream cards they are also called if available, you need 1 M-Card or 2 S-Cards. They plug in like a PCMCIA card in the side of a laptop. They are a fraction of the cost of set-top boxes or DVR's from the cable company. Current Rates on Cable Card are $1.91 a month(sometimes a bit more in some markets), with the first one being free usually (per outlet) which means if you have 3 cable boxes you could be saving $45 bucks a month depending on what your current charges are. Keep in mind that most cable operators also charge you for the remote control. Check your bill folks. Taxes also apply to that. Under most markets, this device is usually paid for by savings on the cable bill in 8-10 months if you use their DVR. Anything beyond that is pure savings. Not to mention the product is far superior.
Most of the reviews here that are sub-par affecting TiVo's rating are from people that have not owned it or ever used it. They merely gripe for paying what turns out to be 8 bucks a month and change if you prepay for service. That service is for future software update development and your guide data that TiVo will fetch every night. You always have 14 days of guide data on hand. I have gladly paid TiVo to keep my guide up to date, and frankly love every innovation they have developed over the years.
Read any of the low reviews carefully before you think that TiVo has anything to do with it.
One user posted a low review because their home network was slow; nothing to do with this product at all. Another because a cable company installer broke a shelf in her glass entertainment center. Those reviews were harsh on TiVo when the device had nothing to do with it.
Currently I own:
3 Tivo Series 2
1 Tivo HD (this model)
1 Tivo Series 3 HD (The expensive one)
I have used TiVo for years, expansive guide; ability to search for things you do like, and TiVo can record those types of things you want automatically.
Software that is being deployed now, also includes a nice new feature, advanced wishlists. Say for example you wanted to find Jennifer Aniston films not related to the show "Friends" You just tell Tivo, Jennifer Aniston -Friends and there you go, TiVo just got smarter.
The Multi Room Viewing and TivoToGo features are being rolled out to the boxes and will be enabled in November. The cable companies have fought and lost that battle. Some of the reviews also give TiVo a low rating for those features not being available until now; again--nothing to do with TiVo, it was the cable companies that didn't want the feature there; and they lost.
I'm writing this review to set some of the information straight and encourage other current TiVo owners to do the same.
Buy a TiVo, get your cable cards and stop paying the Cable Company all the extra money, Remote Fees, DVR & Set-top box rental, DVR usage in some cases, plus taxes etc.