Excerpt: As entertainment options become more and more plentiful, so do the variety of ways to access and enjoy them. Even without cable, the possibilities seem practically endless. Could there be one box that takes all these options and makes it simple, easy and fun to access it all?
Conclusion: The high-end Premiere Elite DVR has a lot to offer for TiVo fans, but the competition has surpassed TiVo on several key features, particularly support for devices like smartphones and tablets.
Pros: 2TB hard drive with 300-hour HD recording capacity. Four tuners. THX Certified. New TiVo interface. Online content from Netflix, Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, Pandora, You Tube, and Amazon.
Cons: Digital Cable only (requires CableCARD). Requires extra paid subscription. QWERTY remote is extra. Major cable company DVRs are better connected to tablets and smartphones.
Conclusion: The TiVo Premiere is a good upgrade if you're already a TiVo HD or Series3 user, and an even-better upgrade if you still have an older Series2 TiVo DVR. If you're satisfied with the service on your cable company's DVR, however, that's likely to be a more-convenient and less-expensive choice.
Pros: Revamped, faster, high-definition (720p) interface. More robust search function with integrated online features. Video playback in background during search. 30-second skip is improved. Box is more compact. 320GB hard drive is larger than most cable-company DVRs, and is expandable.
Cons: CableCARD is still required for cable systems. Still requires extra paid subscription. Interface is faster, but there's still some waiting involved. Main screen searches titles and actors, but not keywords. True on-demand support is only available on RCN. New slide-out QWERTY remote isn't bundled.