"I got a Lifetime subscription transfer... free!"4.5 starson by BigGeorge
Pros: Auto format switching 480P/1080i, great imaging, 5.1 THX sound and more make it worth the money to me.
Cons: Buttons have appeared on the front panel.
Summary: No more failed digital tuner channel changes! Whoopee. We had a digital cable box which was driven by the IR output on our old SVR-2000. Occasionally the cable box would fail to respond properly, usually after the cable company had updated the cable system, or the power had dropped and the box hadn't reset properly. No more! With the two built-in digital tuners with cablecards we can confidently go away for the weekend and be assured that our TiVo is doing the job.
That is worth about a quarter a day. Over the expected lifetime of the box, 5 years, that's about half the price of the box.
I had bought the Sony SVR-2000 in December 2000 and immediately took a lifetime subscription. That transferred to the new device for free. Another $200.
Finally my wife can not only operate the HD options in our TV (the switching is automatic with this box... not so with the cable company HD box) but she can actually see the difference in the 480p output of the TiVo and the 480i broadcast standard. $150 @ ten cents per day.
Not having to explain why she can't watch and pause a show on a different channel from the one she's recording on... priceless.
THX sound, 5.1 Surround, improved video processing, 30 second skip... all freebie bonuses.
For me it's a real winner. I had been too cheap to upgrade from my original TiVo until now, but it was worth the wait. I'll have to concur with the editors on this one.
Though not the incredible innovation that the first device was, it's a truly wonderful, feature-laden upgrade. There's still no better consumer device, even if there are now buttons on the front panel.