Originally Posted by anettis
While the TiVo may be able to store a NetFlix instant download (not really sure) - if it did it would also capture the hiccups that would be caused by a slow internet connection - so it really does not make much sense to store it on TiVo UNLESS you streamed it at a time of the day when internet access is good then watch it when internet access is not so good.
This is just totally bogus. We don't know if Tivo's implementation will keep a bigger buffer or not, but having a hard disk does make this more feasible. If it does use a bigger buffer, it won't "capture the hiccups". Hiccups happen when you run out of buffer, the data coming in isn't keeping up with what's needed by the decoder for smooth playback. The hiccups aren't part of the actual data being stored, they are a symptom of lack of data. If you have a big enough buffer, and fast enough connection, then if the connection slows down then you just continue to decode the buffered data without hiccups and hopefully the connection gets back up to speed and keeps starts increasing the buffer again before you run out of data.
Slow connection just means you need longer at the start for the buffer to fill up, and a larger buffer if the connection speed in filling the buffer is slower than the decoder draining it.