Originally Posted by mylan
And on that same topic, I would love to hear what users think of their new premiere. I have an older series 2 upstairs that works flawlessly but a cable co. DVR downstairs that is about to be shown the door, I am [i]this[i] close to getting one and would love any and all critiques.
One question I specifically want to ask is HD capacity, on the older analog boxes there is an "up to 80 hrs." record time but only 37 with best quailty. Is a 45 hr. box 45 hrs.?
HD (and digital OTA/cable) for the Premiere is "around 45 hours", and is pretty firm because it's recording bitstream and not compressing like your series 2. On the XL model (1TB) it's 150 hours. If you record the analog channels on cable and select the different levels of compression, you'll squeeze much more recording time.
I got the non-XL model, and once I got over the unfinished nature of current software, it's a nice machine that will only get better. It's too bad that the current interface is so half-baked - only two or three commonly used menues are in HD, and none of the banner or display overlays are HD. But apparently in the next couple weeks Tivo will roll out a more finished interface. There's no caching of the menus, so as you scroll up or down, the items displayed are constantly being re-drawn and there's some lag in navigating. Not terrible, but still feels like "testing version" of the UI and not the next best thing.
Another thing noticeable out-of-the-box is setup time can take a couple hours to get everything up and running, and re-booting the machine can take 5 to 10 minutes.But on the good side
, the thing operates wonderfully as a dual-channel DVR. The integration of Netflix, YouTube videos in searches, or to complement searches, is really cool. Oh, and Blockbuster and Amazon rentals are always a couple clicks away if you do the pay-per-view. And if the current odd mix of SD and HD menus (and the slightly laggy and pokiness) of the UI bugs you, there's an option to turn on the "classic view" which is Tivo's Series 3 all-SD menus, and those fly.
All in all, it has a lot of potential
. If you need that replacement DVR now
, the Premiere is a good choice as long as you understand it was pushed out the door not-quite-finished, yet still very serviceable.
Any specific question, feel free to ask!