Pros Recorder ok
Cons no coaxial connection
Pros 4 tuners is nice.
Cons No rooftop antenna option kills it for me.
Summary I cut the cable, bought a TIVO and setup a quality rooftop antenna last year -
This setup Really works for me. Many folks don't know that you actually get a clearer, cleaner digital picture with a good antenna than you do with cable (no compression).
Of course you don't get all the cable channels (I miss ESPN & CNN sometimes) - But you don't pay the fat bills either.
Unfortunately, I still have to pay TW for high-speed internet access ($60+/month is no joke) but dumping the phone line & TV service has been a good choice (Once you get used to it).
Bottom Line: I couldn't be more disappointed in TIVO for blatantly pandering to the greedy cable companies. I wonder if "old" TIVO boxes will start selling at a premium...
Pros Lots of storage
Cons no OTA antenna
still no PPV & on-demand support
Summary I've become incredibly frustrated with TiVo. I had a DirecTiVo for several years, and have had a Series 3 for 4 years. Loved them both. What I don't love is feeling forced to spend hundreds of dollars to take advantage of features that I feel should already be available to me.
First, There was no compelling reason to go with the TiVo Premiere (besides the HD guide, I saw no big difference), but every accessory, mobile app to come from TiVo in the last 2 years lacks support for the Series 3. I can't even use the QUERTY keyboard on the Slide remote. This for a product I'm *still paying* to use.
4 Tuners is nice, but I've rarely needed to record more than 2 shows at once. Lots of storage is nice, but I already dropped a big hard drive into my Series 3. So $500 for the ability to be able to use the iPad app, and I lose OTA HD & *still* can't access PPV & on-demand? Makes no sense.
Thing is, if TiVo had included Series 3 support in the apps or remote, I'd probably continue to support them, but at this point, I'm too irritated, and won't ever buy another one of their products.
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