Just so you know, you can pay a set price for a TiVo with a lifetime fee upfront, and, for OTA usage, not have any monthly fees to pay. It may cost more than the others, but many consider it worth it for the extra quality, features, reliability and support.
How much are you willing to spend? How big of a priority is it for you to have a built-in guide? Or would you be OK with manual-only timer setting?
If you cant tell we are considering cutting the cord but still want to be able to record our network TV shows, hence the DVR soltuion. How well does the tivo record just OTA (no cable)? Does it work like the DVR for cable? Just point and click?
- kelson h
The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten . . . life is too short to drink bad wine
Refurb tivo premiere on woot today. $50 for the basic 45 hr premiere or $175 for the 150 hr Xl. both will do OTA. $50 + $400 for service is a great deal.
According to website the XL does not have OTA just the regular primiere. Is this correct?
Opps.. I guess the Primiere 4 is different than the XL. They dont have XL list on tivo site. Is this the same as The basic primiere, just with a bigger hard drive?
the 4 and the xl are ota and/or cable, both of these units have been discontinued. the premiere now being sold is the same as this woot one but with a bigger hard drive and the XL has been replaced 4XL which does not do OTA. this xl is the same as the 4 but with a bigger drive and THX certification, which means nothing.
if you need more than 45 hours of space for OTA, then get this XL, unless you want to get the regular premiere for $50, buy a new 1tb drive for about $100 and expand the storage. not worth the hassle in my opinion.
I have three XL's. They definitely do OTA.
The XL is the same as the regular Premier, except larger hard drive and illuminated remote. The XL has recently been discontinued by TiVo as a unique model, but I believe it is still available in the retail channels.
Is it able to runs the same apps. Ie Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus. etc?
Yes, if you connect it to the internet. I checked Amazon, and the XL is in stock, $203 with free shipping.
you can also get playon on the tivo with pytivo and "soon" the peremiere will be DLNA compliant. http://www.allyourtv.com/index.php/2011-07-25-15-56-50/1273-access-netfront-living-connect-media-sharing-enables-operators-choosing-the-tivo-premiere-dvr-to-stay-in-control-and-embrace-the-multiscreen-future