Since I'm a ReplayTV guy myself (have a lifetime 45xx series), I'm not all that familiar with the older TiVo models. Hopefully, someone has/had one of these, so I can ask a question or two.
My father-in-law has turned the words "couch potato" into an art form. He's very into his TV; that said, he's not going to be going to HD content any time soon. He uses Charter cable.
I may have a chance to pick up a lifetime-subscription Series 1 TiVo (Philips PTV100) for a relatively inexpensive price. I know they're old by modern standards, standard-def with composite video, but those would be the correct connections for what we'd need to do with his setup.
Assuming the unit is in reasonable condition, how well do these units work? Aside from high-def, is there any major features they are lacking over newer models?
Also, how easy is it to obtain the OS image for the unit and software tools (preferably freeware ones) to upgrade the hard drive? I've done so twice in my Replay (went from 40 to 80 to 250GB), and I'm guessing the PTV100's original drive is a little small, though I don't need anything gigantic.
Finally, about how long does it take to download updates for the EPG over a standard phone line? I've never had to with my Replay, since it has an RJ-45 port. I don't want to put a lot of money into hacking on a network card onto the unit, so phone-line is going to be it; I have to make sure it doesn't tie up their line too long, unless it can be done late at night.
Thanks for any help y'all can provide; it is much appreciated.
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