So- a while back, I gave up on my old DVR. It was built into my LG television - but kept dying with power supply problems. Having had "enough", I opted to get a Tivo. (Note, this was a difficult decision for me, since I've been depending on free OTA guides for years). For other reasons, I finally decided to dive in. I was waffling between the Channelmaster HD DVR (aka "DTVPal DVR") and the Tivo.
My first impressions:
For what I primarily need it for (OTA recorder) - it seems to do very well. The two tuners is a huge bonus I didn't have before - and the season pass feature is quite handy. The internet access tie-in to manage my recording schedule is nifty.
MENUS: I'm a huge fan of good user interfaces-- here, the Premiere needs help. The "HD" menus really appear to be a mix of "hd" and "sd" menus. It certainly looks like they shoved in new interfaces into an old code base. It's a kludge at best. I'm hoping this gets addressed in future updates....
HDMI: Not ready for prime time. Specifically, if I use Netflix or Youtube, I don't get any audio 90% of the time. [lots of other threads about this topic, still unresolved]. I was forced to switch to connecting my tv with component inputs and set the HDMI aside - which solves the issue. A stupid and messy workaround. I have serious doubts this will ever get fixed.
REMOTE: As a new Tivo user, I am finding the lack of a "stop" or "back" (or "return") button annoying. I have found the "left" on the navigation pad does this mostly, but that's just silly.
SPEED: Why does the unit have a second processor core if it's not used? What a waste. I am certain the entire user experience would be snappier if they took advantage
of the processors. I am _assuming_ we'll see this in a future update...
As for the fees, I paid for the lifetime - so I'm definitely in this for the long haul, and am putting blind faith that TiVo updates will fix much above as we move forward!