"TIVO & HD together !"4.0 starson by jeffett
Pros: It's Tivo for High Definition! Tuners- 2 over the air & 2 cable, HDMI output, supports cable cards (so you can get rid of your set top box)
Cons: Relatively expensive ($800 for now), some of the Tivo series 2 features aren't available yet, such as transfer between boxes.
Summary: I was late to the Tivo party, but I'm a serious convert now. I've had a Tivo Series 2 for a few years. I recently upgraded my TV to HD but wished I could record the HD programs just like my standard def programing. I was excited to hear Tivo was offering a HD recorder with 250GB of storage - 30 hours of HD or 300 hours of standard def programing. Lots of people are upset that Tivo priced it at $800. I'd like to point out that the Tivo HD recorder they produced for Direct TV was originally priced at $1000 when it was released a couple years ago, and it only had a single tuner. Last year Sony sold their 250GB single tuner HD recorder for $800. (However, many owners complained about the buggy and inconsistent performance of the Sony HD DVR in the AVS Forum. Apparently it wasn't up to the normal quality expected from a Sony product.)
For $800, the HD Tivo comes with a dual tuner with HDMI output and THX certification to ensure quality playback. Furthermore, you've got the easy to use Tivo programing guide. So compared to HD DVR's you can purchase, the price vs. the features offered make this a reasonable price. And both of these previous DVR's came down in price eventually, so if you're willing to wait, you'll save even more money. (It's always more expensive to be an early adopter.)
Many people have commented on the shortcomings of this box. It's true you can't use it with satelite cable (it'll still work for over the air) and you can't (at least at this point) transfer recordings between 2 Tivo boxes. Neither of these items are deal breakers for me. I can still do my season passes, wish lists and download the program schedule wirelessly.
Tivo continues to offer more features as they improve their products, and this box will be no exception. One feature said to be coming soon: the ability to expand the storage space with an off the shelf external hard drive, no internal installation required (unlike older Tivos). So if 30 hours of HD isn't enough, add another 500GB and triple your storage. Bottomline, it's HD Tivo and I love it.