"What about SDV???"on by smclurkin
Pros Record in HD
Cons Does not support SDV
Summary Ok so I bought one of these but now I wished I've waited! It seems like cable companies are now starting to convert to SDV:
And this "new" Tivo does not support it. Check out what Tivo had to say in their FCC filing:
Now this wouldn't bother me so much if Tivo would come out and say that they will be providing their customers a way to get the new HD channels but Tivo hasn't said or written a word on it. For $800 I want to know that the S3 will not be obsolete in a year or two!
Pros Has practically everything I'd want in an HD TiVo
Cons Expensive. Obiviously.
Summary When I first saw CNets e-mail on this, I was practically jumping for joy! FINALLY!! Then I saw the current price point. Ugh! So, instead of me going out and getting one ASAP, I'll wait for the cost to drop. I'm giving it a 7 and reserve the right to change my opinion after I get one.
Pros Tivo interface
Cons Netflix quality lacking
Summary Bought at Costco, had to then proactively prove to Tivo (calls, faxes) that I bought it there so they wouldn't charge me full service price. What is the point of it being sold at Costco? Would not have switched had I known it would be such a hassle.
Pros Originally easy to use, seemed like a good investment
Cons Problems from the beginning, not compatible with cable company, lack of customer service
Summary The issues began about 2 months into owning our TiVo with tilling of the picture, loss of sound, and freezing. When we contacted TiVo, they blamed the cable company. After 6 months of constant complaints and having the cable company to our house for service calls, we finally decided to replace everything. TiVo would not replace our DVR without $150 fee. We willing paid the fee and hoped for the best. There were several issues with transferring saved recorded shows from the old DVR to the new DVR, but once it was said and done, we didn't have any problems.. After 90 days with the replacement TiVo the hard drive "crashed". We lost access to the TV the TiVo was hooked up to, all the shows previously recorded and any programs saved (along with movies purchased that had not been viewed). The company was not concerned with our troubles, nor when we explained our unhappiness and desire to move on from TiVo, the loss of our business. This was a complete waste of our money and time. We did not find TiVo to be anything more that a regular DVR that gave us more headaches than pleasure.
Pros User interface.
Cons Slow response between clicks.
Hidden one year contract for monthly service charge -- early termination fee will be a year's cost of subscription, minus what you have already paid for. I found that out the hard way. :(
Summary Do not get a Tivo unless you have to.
Check for alternatives before buying and signing up for Tivo services.
I got ATT U-verse. It can record 4 shows at the same time (3 HD, 1 SD). User interface is just about as good. No need to pay for device, and monthly fee is just about what I would pay for Tivo service. Best part, no contract with the service I got from ATT. Think about it, no contract from a phone company!