The almost perfect interface for serious television watchers
Eric Schenk, Amazon
28 September 2013
Summary: We've had Tivo in our lives for at least ten years, having gone through at least five models. It is always a hard swallow to upgrade the Tivo machine because you can't transfer the lifetime service agreement from one machine to another. But each new generation seems to be such an improvement that it is worth the extra $400. We now have the XL4 meaning we can record up to four shows at once and keep hundreds of hours of favorite television stored.
Sour Grapes-purchased XL4 only 3 weeks ago and now Roamio available
20 August 2013
Summary: Sour Grapes-purchased XL4 only 3 weeks ago and now Roamio available. Old Series 3 HD failed after 5+ years so bought XL4 HD. Less than 1 month later Tivo launches new Roamio product line with the features I was truly waiting for. Wish I had known this was coming..........aaarrggghhh!
Summary: After over a decade of loving my TiVO Series 2, and a several year period of trying to love WMC but not succeeding, I decided it was time to take the plunge and try a TiVO Premiere. Setup was very easy, including Comcast CableCard activation/pairing (which I had heard horror stories about). I love the flexibility of having 4 tuners, and once I am able to use MoCA (can't in my current mult-unit dwelling), look forward to being able to stream tuners to other rooms.
Summary: This is my first purchase of a Tivo product,and I decided to buy their flagship top of the line digital video recorder,the Tivo Premiere XL4.After reading literally dozens of reviews on this unit from customers and product review sites,this DVR seemed to be my best option.The many reviews stated that the Tivo was far superior to any cable company DVR,and also the Premiere XL4 was said to be very user friendly.With the ability to record up to four programs at one time on...
Summary: But it's still far from perfect. It's better than Windows Media Center in most ways, except for the speed of the UI and TiVo's inability to deal with multiple channels with the same programming or SD/HD channels (I just took the SD channels out of the guide). The UI is slow, but otherwise it's a great box to use. The remote is AMAZING, and better than anything else out there. There is, however, a new model coming out for the holidays, so at this point, I'd probably wait.
Summary: Tivo products automatically update their software from time to time over the network connection. Typically, Tivo provides new features with the software updates, however, the software updated in Dec 2012 turned my Tivo Premier XL into a $500 brick. Changing channels is now so sluggish that I don't use it anymore. Tivo has not responded to dozens of complainants on their support forums from people complaining about this serious problem.