Summary: With more must-see TV added to the returning shows this fall, your DVR must be filled to the brim. That’s why you should upgrade to the TiVo HD XL DVR, which is deemed XL because of its 150 hours of storage capacity, every one of them being in glorious high definition and THX certified for premium...
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Pros: Western Digital hard drive is nearly silent. THX-certified audio and video (finally). Say goodbye to the ugly stick — the XL gets the same slick programmable remote as the Series 3. TiVo-easy, as expected, with the company’s ever expanding catalog of downloadable videos (YouTube!).
Cons: Remote collects more greasy fingerprints than a secondhand sex-bot. Annoying info screen hovers over the picture a few seconds too long with each channel change. Cutesy TiVo noises are a little grating, and your only other option is to turn all the sound effects off. We noticed an increase in vid...
Conclusion: The TiVo HD XL is the successor to the TiVo Series3, but in the TiVo HD's shell. Offering a lot more recording capacity, this model adds THX certification and includes the backlit TiVo Glo remote. I just wish the price wasn't quite so steep.
Pros: Easy to use. 1TB hard drive. Dual HD tuners. eSATA port. Backlit TiVo Glo remote. Includes an HDMI cable.
Cons: Pricey. Cable TV DVRs can be less expensive in the long run. YouTube videos often don't look too hot on a large HDTV.
Conclusion: Combining the best of the legendary simple-to-use TiVo interface with dual CableCARD readers and an affordable price (finally!), the new TiVo HD delivers the promise that the TiVo Series 3 HD made.
Pros: The best HD-capable TiVo ever. Dual HD tuners. Still easy to use. Online scheduling via Web site or cell phone.
Cons: Menu operation is a little slow at times. No TiVo to Go. No satellite support. Cable TV DVRs can be cheaper in the long run. Great for fans, may be too late for novices. Cell-phone scheduling is only on Verizon Wireless.
Excerpt: A year ago, we gave the $800 TiVo Series3 our Best of Test award. Now, you can get most of its top-of-the-line features for $500 less. The hard drive is a little bit smaller — just 180 hours of standard-def recording or 20 hours of HD — but you get the same sweet TiVo hallmarks, like Season Pass and...
Pros: Dual HD tuners. Downloadable movies and TV from Amazon Unbox. Streams MP3s and photos from PCs. Mobile access to scheduling from some Verizon phones. Traffic information and weather forecasts from Yahoo.
Cons: Monthly fee is a little steep on top of your cable bill. Requires digital antenna or two CableCard decoders for dual-tuner use. No THX support.
It's been a long time coming, and we're still waiting for more.
Good Gear Guide.au
26 September 2008
Summary: After all the hype and wait, the TiVo HD isn't the ground-breaking product it was touted as. It's got some nifty new features which we'd love to see widely accepted though and it's a worthwhile investment if you want a comprehensive electronic TV program guide.
Pros: Easy to use, great picture quality, remote scheduling, intelligent scheduling, no monthly fees
Cons: Small hard drive, ugly remote, many features still yet to be enabled