Originally Posted by mjh
Me too. And I own two TiVos. I take advantage of TiVo's lifetime subscription. Yes it increases the price of the device, but when I tried to build a comparable PC based DVR, it was more expensive and a lot more work.
To each their own. But it irritates me when people make statements like this. And yes, I'm a TiVo fanboy. I wouldn't be if I could have figured out a easier and cheaper solution for my OTA DVR.
I acutally really like Tivo. I had one basically from when it launched until HD made real inroads (Tivo was a bit behind on that curve) and it blew my mind/changed everything as far as my TV media consumption.
Don't really want to get into a debate about it as I'm sure Tivo/WMC wars have been fought plenty of times here before. It's a personal choice and WMC has less cons for me personally. Yes, to each their own.
Originally Posted by HCCDesignGuy
The problem with most MC devices are not the MC per say but rather the wrapper that PC manufacturers add to "Improve" WMC to make it their own. My HPs for instance have this terrible version.
Go it, was unaware of this as while I do have a "big name" pre-built PC, I installed Windows 7 Ent fresh and clean so I apparently don't have any of those quirks. It's unfortunate and if it causes issues, MS should just flat out disallow it frankly.
I think the strength of WMC is it's flexibility (add tuners, storage, extenders fairly easily) but the big cons in the past have been:
- Adding tuners used to be costly and a pain to do (before adequate USB/Ethernet tuners became available and cost effective).
- The cost of taking advantage of extenders. The Xbox is a great extender but at $200 and the fact that you really have to have a gold sub to get the most value out of that (all of the premium media apps are gold only), makes it a bit cost prohibitive for somebody that just wants to watch TV/stream from apps. The previous non-Xbox extenders didn't offer a very good value proposition either.
Now that the first item is pretty much a thing of the past (at least on the HDHomerun side), I'm really hoping that Ceton
can come in at around $100 for their extender (if not lower). Much more than that and I'll probably suggest an Xbox....just wish MS would remove the requirement for Gold sub in regards to Netflix/Hulu, etc. If you are using Xboxes, and want to use it for other things besides the extender, then getting the family gold sub plan (which I get for around $75/yr for 4 accounts) makes the most sense.