I almost pre-ordered one, but couldn't pull the trigger...
I'm not saying the Premiere doesn't look amazing -- the demo I got of it made it look great -- it's just hard for me to get my credit card out for it right now.
The point is, I'm in a position where this new TiVo box is very interesting to me, yet the more I look at it the more I'm reminded of what a screw-job TiVo is. You pay for the crappy box hardware that feels completely underpowered only to then pay an unreasonable amount of money just to get guide data, something that is free on other services.
I was also shocked when I watched an actual video of the new TiVo box to see that IT'S STILL SLOW. I don't know what kind of developers they have at TiVo, but they have to be doing something really special to get the kind of hardware that's available for set top boxes these days to perform that badly. And if it's that slow now, I can't imagine how bad it'll get once they start tacking on extra crap that no one cares about like they did with their previous versions of TiVo software.
Anyway, I might still end up getting one (lol) just because I'm not sure the other option is that much better (building a windows media center machine). I really wish Internet streaming would be more reliable.
I was really hoping they would integrate some home media uses maybe incorporating DLNA and/or different internet video portals. It just felt more evolutionary than revolutionary, which doesn't bode well for a company that's already dieing at the hands of its competition.
"DVR was just a warm up..." ? That made the announcement sound like it was going to be an entirely new device with DVR as an added bonus. Not so much.
Where is my combo Boxee/Tivo device? Where is my built-in tuning adapter for SDV? Where is my true2way? Where is my playable content from the LAN/iTunes? Where is the extreme change?
- Still just terrible capacity for the price you're paying and the cheap cost of disk drives today.
- Still only two tuners.
- Still need a tuning adapter for SDV.
- Still no tru2way.
- Service price is still steep.
- An extra $90 for a wireless adapter? C'mon... Smacks of money-grabbing.
But maybe I'm just bitter that they're leaving the Series 3 owners out in the cold and not giving us the software update. Bah.
I'd like to do media center, but I've had enough issues with Cable Cards that I don't trust it to be worry free. I'm pretty disappointed by the lack of new features in the Tivo Premiere. I don't see anything significantly new that it can do so far. However, it looks really slick and I'm a sucker for slick.
I just bought the Premiere XL anyway. I guess I wanted a new toy. I can't get satellite where I am so really the only option is OTA only or a really bad Scientific Atlanta box. As much as I love the idea of Media Center, the idea of the Cablevision techs troubleshooting cable card on Windows is enough to give anyone nightmares.
How does this make any sense?
Regular HD cablebox = $6 a month.
M-Card (multiple tuner cablecard) = $3 a month.
TiVo monthly subscription = $13 a month.
TWC DVR subscription = $15.99 a month.
TiVo one year cost = $129 ($10.75 a month)
So the TiVo service will ultimately cost less than the craptastic cable company version. It still costs twice what just the cablebox costs but I can't stand missing shows anymore. I'm looking forward to unboxing my shiny new TiVo Premiere sometime this week!!