Originally Posted by kylemax
I am wondering if what you are saying is that a software revision could in fact change the OTA reception to a better qualitiy?
Yes, it could. But who knows when that will happen? It could be one month from now, or it could be one year from now. Or it could be never, if they don't make it a priority.
If you rely on OTA, and you need fringe reception, then I would hold off on the Premiere.
Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
So what you're saying is this another piece of the pie that was shipped before it was ready? I just don't understand why the Premieres have been so half-baked; i.e., why Tivo felt the need to get the hardware out on the market now when it's obvious that the code wasn't ready.
TiVo had the boxes sitting in warehouses since December. They had to ship them out. The reality is that it is difficult to work out many bugs with a group of several dozen testers. With the Series3, the first to purchase the box were essentially beta testers for a few months, and it looks like the same is true of the Series4 (Premiere).
We also don't know how long TiVo intends use the Premiere design. For all we know, TiVo intends to "refresh" the Series4 after ~15 months just as they did the Series3. The Premiere looks like it was designed around the middle of last year, and new 45nm chips just became available that allow for significantly reduced power consumption (ex: 1-5w sleep modes). As is, the Premiere doesn't meet the new ENERGY STAR requirements that take effect in January, 2011.