Hi guys. I made the move from the Sony DHG to the Premiere this past Saturday. I hated to retire a perfectly good piece of equipment, but the lack of a guide and reliable clock made it not the most enjoyable experience. I still have another one running at my parent's house, so the dream is still alive.
I've only used the Tivo for a couple of days, and so far the initial experience is positive. It will take some getting use to, but I have some questions/observations that hopefully you guys can help with. Granted, these are all comparisons to the Sony, so I have seven years of bias to get past.
--- While playing a recorded show, if I bring up Tivo Central, is there a way to exit that screen without going to My Shows and choosing the show and hitting Resume? Seems like an awful lot of button presses just to make one screen go away.
--- I'm not a big fan of the "smart-cue" while FFW or REW. I'd rather it just start at the point I hit Play. At least the Sony had adjustments for this feature. Is there any way to change it?
--- I always liked having the ability to bring up just the timeline by hitting the Up button; and I could dismiss it by pressing Down. It didn't obscure much of the screen, and was helpful for just figuring out where I was. The Tivo requires you to press Pause to bring up the timeline, which is disruptive in my opinion.
--- The ability to add Bookmarks is greatly missed. I used this all the time for concerts, sports, etc. to mark specific locations so I could easily go back and watch them again. I also used this feature if I started dozing off and was too stubborn to just stop down.
--- I miss having a Stop button. I know that Live TV basically does the same thing, but at least on the Sony, it provided further options, such as deleting the program.
--- If I'm watching a recording, but it is technically still within the buffer range, when I get to the end of the program, it seamlessly continues to the next program on the tuner. I wish it would just pop the screen up asking me if I want to delete the program.
--- I think someone mentioned this earlier, but if I'm in the live buffer and a recording starts, it jumps to the beginning of the new recording and wipes out the buffer. Hopefully this is a bug. My CM-7000PAL sometimes does this and it's highly annoying.
--- It would be nice if there were more speed options for the Slow Motion button, and if it would work in reverse as well.
--- There really needs to be a Closed Captioned button on the remote. I was going to get one of these for my parents, but they balked at it when they saw there was no CC button. They use this all the time on their Dish DTVPal DVR, mainly because their hearing's not what it used to be, and the fact that no one enunciates anymore.
I'm sure I'll have more questions as I continue to use it. I don't even want to think about the web features right now; that's all new to me.
I'll submit these to Tivo's suggestion survey as well. That's the good thing about a product that is actively being developed: you get new features and updates on a regular basis.