Originally Posted by Joel Graffman
I think a few of us are curious on how this box is working for you in comparison to the 8300HD. How much is the monthly TIVO fee?
Joel, well the comcast installer came out today and installed the cable card. Much like 4 years ago when I had them put a cable card in my TV, this guy cursed every minute of it. The first multi-stream card didn't work, so he defaulted to installing two Single stream cards. I wonder how I'll get billed..
Overall, he was really nice, but said that he only installs cable cards once every 3 months. The way he went through the tivo menus and talked to the rep on the phone, made me think he was probably at the higher end of the comcast tech spectrum. He had to rattle off about 60 different numbers/codes, which he got one of them wrong and I corrected. It's no wonder why they hate cable cards.
Anyhow! you asked about how the box is working. Well, i only had it setup for analog and QAM channels. Unfortunately, tivo doesn't provide guide data for QAM channels, so I had to manually record WPBF, WPEC, etc. over the past week. In my opinion TiVo blows away all competition in terms of the box. The user interface (in my opinion) is a bit dated, but the functionality is far superior to anything. It's basically the same UI as my first SD tivo 10 years ago. Recording programs, watching TV and going onto Blockbuster On Demand/Netflix/Amazon are a breeze. I've never like Comcast's On Demand and never been happy with the fact that they push their "we have more HD than anyone because we have HD on demand" crap. The price is $12.95 for the first tivo, $6.95 for each subsequent. There are cheaper plans if you pay 1 year in advance, 2 years, or buy a lifetime plan. The cable card should rent out at about $1.95. We'll see though.