"I love TiVo!"on by Elliwyn
Pros Easy to use, powerful, and amazing overall.
Cons Runs out of program info fast when the internet is unavailable.
Summary My TiVo S2 DVR used to be the 80 hour, but because of the fact that this product is so easy to upgrade, it is now a 300+ hour TiVo. When I bought it, 80 hour capacity was the most I could get in my area, and it was great, but as I used it more often, and I got more and more season passes, I hadto upgrade it. It was as simple as opening the box, using debian linux to dd the old drive to the new, and hooking up the new drive. Thank you TiVo for making such an awesome product.
Pros TiVo does what it is supposed to do
Cons Single Tuner
Summary TiVo does what it is supposed to do and does it well. I don't really know what else to say! TiVo is NOT a VCR with a Hard Drive. TiVo is NOT like a cable companies' DVR. TiVo is a TiVo. I've always said that if a person were to be given a TiVo for free for 3 months, and they took the time to program in 75 Season Passes and Wishlists, they would NEVER think of watching TV "LIVE" again...and they wouldn't complain about paying a fee to use the TiVo after that 3 months!
TiVo is just that good.
Both of my TiVo's have lifetime subscriptions...
Pros Easy to use, Online access to recording options
Cons VERY slow with satelite TV, slow response time in general, Misleading storage capability
Summary It saves me lots of time that I can skip commercials and also chooses to record shows that it thinks I will like based on my ratings...a very cool feature. I have gotten into many new shows based on Tivo's recommendations. If you have satelite TV, "surfing" is an impossibility, as it takes at least 3-4 seconds to change the channel going up or down. But for me, I got Tivo to watch LESS TV so it's worked out well. The unit is garbage once I get an HDTV, but will still keep it and use elsewhere. A must-have if you are never home to watch your shows.
Pros Really does revolutionize TV watching
Cons Almost non-existent network support, picture quality not the best
Summary TiVo wins the "Best Product Regardless" award. There's no doubt it's the greatest advance in TV watching since the original Betamax VCR, but like the early Betamax it is a half-finished product that is not ready for the average consumer - you know, the guy or girl whose VCR flashed "12:00" the entire time he owned it.
I knew I was in for a rough ride when I saw that every single TiVo box on the shelf at Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto has been returned at least once. If I were not an obsessive systems geek, I'm sure my box would have ended up with one of those stickers on it as well.
The networking capabilities of TiVo are at least half the reason to buy one but, incredibly, TiVo does not provide any networking hardware with their systems (not even an RJ-45 jack!) and right now there are essentially NO compatible network adapters available. After three trips to three different stores (and buying two adapters on TiVo's "approved list" that turned out to be useless) I found a Netgear adapter (WG111NA with serial 130xx) specifically labeled "TiVo Compatible" and it WAS compatible - after hours and hours of reading forum posts and experimenting. If you follow the TiVo recommended procedures, there's no way you'll get it working.
TiVo is now selling its own branded network adapter, which I suppose they must properly support, but it's back-ordered until early March. Based on my experience, I'd get the TiVo-branded adapter in your hand BEFORE you buy any TiVo box. If all you want to do is use the basic recording features the dial-up connection is fine, but once the box is on your network it can help manage all your media: video, music, photos - the works. It becomes a true media hub linking PC/Internet with TV and home audio. This is truly revolutionary...but not yet simple.
Pros Wishlist, Season Pass, easy to use remote and home networking capability
Cons Unable to transfer shows over the internet.
Summary I've only had my Tivo for about three days now and already can't imagine life without it. I never have to watch another commercial again. I've already figured out if I record my entire evenings lineup I can skip the commercials. All I do is wait about 20 - 30 minutes after the first show starts recording, then I start watching it while it finishes up. While watching that show, Tivo will change channels if neccesary and start recording my next show.
The only complaint that I have is not being able to transfer shows from the Tivo to my laptop over the internet. I feel if I have the rights to transfer the shows over my own private home network, I should be able to transfer them using the software Tivo provides to transfer a show over the internet while traveling. Sure I can get a Slingbox, but come one how many pieces of hardware does someone need to enjoy their TV?