"Spectacular product"4.5 starson by dglasser13
Pros: TiVo interface; easy to set up and use; great HD functionality
Cons: Lack of cable box option; CableCards can be a pain
Summary: Having been a long-time TiVo user and fan, I was afraid of having to spend $600+ to make the move to HD. Fortunately, this unit came along and made the move significantly less expensive.
Using this unit isn't terribly different from previous non-HD TiVos. The most significant difference is the switch from an interface with a cable box for the inclusion of Cable Cards.
Getting the cable cards set up took a bit longer than necessary, only because the Comcast tech didn't know what he was doing. But once they were installed, the unit was good to go.
I do miss Comcasts' on-demand services, especially the option to watch HBO shows and movies without charge (as I'm currently an HBO subscriber). But the sacrifice is worth it for the TiVo interface and ease of use.
Comcast is touting their own Tivo-interfaced cable box, but I have read online that it is incredibly buggy and sluggish. For the time being, I'm quite happy with my TiVo HD.